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Baltimore Metro Economic Development Luncheon

Howard County, while having one of the highest median household incomes in the country, is — unlike many wealthy counties — becoming more, not less, racially diverse. This was just one of the insights that Michael Kelly, the executive director of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) and part of the Opportunity Collaborative, provided to a recent gathering of local businesspeople.

Feds, Contractors Using Social Media


In this day and age, it’s hardly a surprise that the federal government marketplace is a heavy user of social media and mobile apps by the civilian and military agencies, as well as by the contractors or vendors.

Rip You Off, Sir?


Don’t you hate it when someone tries to sell you something that’s already available that they got for free? It’s like a dude selling flags at the parade when the American Legion guy right behind him is giving them away. Not cool.

Fake Fee Scam Targets Small Business


The Better Business Bureau (BBB) encourages businesses to be on guard for a scam that attempts to fool them into paying phony fees to maintain compliance with government regulations that don’t even exist.

Back-to-School Budgeting


When handling financial matters with a college student, parents often struggle to find the right balance between hovering over the child’s every decision and granting too much financial freedom, too soon.

Maryland Community Colleges See 20% Increase in Dual Enrollment


The Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) has announced a significant increase in the number of Maryland high school students who are earning college credit before graduating high school via dual enrollments.

Public Sculptures, Sites Selected for ARTsites 2015


The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) has selected the 13 sites and sculptures for ARTsites 2015, its fourth annual public art initiative. The sculptures have been installed during the past month and will remain in place until July 2016.

British American Auto Care Launches Solar Project


Following a solar daylighting project that has saved the company nearly $40,000 in energy costs, British American Auto Care, of Columbia recently completed a major solar conversion. It consists of the install of 185 solar panels on the workshop by Solar Solution LLC, of Washington, D.C., that satisfies approximately 95% of the shop’s electricity needs.

Startup Maryland Announces Updates to 2015 Pitch Across Maryland


Startup Maryland announced updates to the schedule (Sept. 12–Oct. 2) and the rough route for the Pitch Across Maryland, the fourth annual statewide tour and celebration of entrepreneurship and high-growth startup companies. The tour again will traverse the state, with the purpose of celebrating Maryland’s diverse communities of venture building. A sampling of details, key data and results from previous tours follow.

Index Funds: What Are They? Why Are They Growing?


1975. It may or may not be a notable year in your life, but it was in the financial world, as it marked the beginning of a sea change in mutual fund investing in America; for Jack Bogle founded The Vanguard Group the year before and launched the first index fund for the masses, the Vanguard 500 Index fund.

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