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From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews


We at Columbia Association (CA) don’t do all we do expressly for the sake of recognition. Nonetheless, it’s great news when CA and its staff receive awards. These honors demonstrate the commitment CA team members have to fulfilling our mission through a wide range of programs and services.

Spotlight On New Business


Patrick’s Owners Open Skin Care Center

Patrick’s Hair Design owners Jodie and Rudy Gil have opened the Aesthetic Center of Columbia, a medical skin care center, next door to the salon. The center is under the directorship of Ravi Dahiya, M.D., who is board certified by the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Staff members include a certified physician assistant, registered nurses and aestheticians.

Letter To The Editor


In Defense of Freelancing

Paying money to obtain fake reviews is a ridiculous marketing tactic that should be contained to the extent Amazon and the Internet can do so. Thanks to Cliff Feldwick for writing his column on this topic on Nov. 4, in The Business Monthly. I haven’t personally met Cliff, but he has been writing quality articles for many years.

Letter From The Publisher


Happy 2016

Each December, as I design the January issue, I have to remember to change the volume number and the copyright date. Not that it is a big effort, but it helps bring in the new year with the new edition.

Should Commercial Real Estate Be Part of Your 2016 Investment Portfolio?


Should you consider making commercial real estate part of your investment portfolio in 2016? If you are not currently invested in this area, you might want to give it serious consideration.

Howard County: A Message From County Executive Allan Kittleman


It’s amazing how time flies. I recall my swearing in as Howard County executive like it was yesterday. And now, we’ve completed the first year of my administration. We’ve made tremendous progress and have had many successes. There were challenges, such as the $15.8 million budget gap I inherited. Through fiscal discipline and better-than-expected revenues, we closed the gap and ended the year with a $3 million surplus — without negatively impacting the critical services we provide to our residents. The additional revenues allowed us to keep road resurfacing projects on schedule and provide critical funding to the Community Action Council to relocate and expand the Howard County Food Bank.

Anne Arundel County: A Message From County Executive Steve Schuh


It has been a fantastic first year in our administration, and every day I feel honored that the people of our county chose to entrust their faith in my leadership.

The Corridor in the Post-Federal Age: New Economic Drivers Required


The U.S. economy is now in its 78th month of economic expansion. After two months of soft job growth at the end of summer, the nation bounced back in October, producing 298,000 net new jobs according to the latest estimate, followed by 211,000 net new jobs in November. As of this writing, the Federal Reserve has yet to increase its benchmark short-term rates, but this eventuality is now presumed.

Five Retail Tenants Introduced at The Metropolitan


Kettler, a Washington, D.C., real estate development and property management company, The Howard Hughes Corp. and Orchard Development Corp. have announced that five new retail tenants in The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia have opened their doors for business. They include the following.

From HCEDA CEO Larry Twele


As we look back on the past year, the accomplishments and activity that occurred in Howard County were very exciting, and we anticipate having even more good news in 2016. Across a range of industries, we saw existing companies grow and new companies locate throughout Howard County.

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