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Community Foundation’s Grants Fund $72K to Arundel Programs

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The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County has announced four new Ladders to Success Economic Opportunity Grants. The awards, totaling $72,000, aim to improve economic outcomes for low-income adults and youth in Anne Arundel County.

Local Youth Readies for Boston Marathon, Raising Money for Bombing Victim

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Collin Altomari, a 17-year-old Severna Park resident and already a veteran of the competitive marathon circuit, is preparing for the Boston Marathon on April 20. While he may be the youngest participant in the race, that’s not all that’s notable about the Severna Park High School senior, honor student and intern with the Department of Defense.

Letter To The Editor

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Turning Outrage Into Action in Your Community

Everyone is horrified by what we witnessed in the video depicting Ray Rice assault his then fiancée (now wife), but why are we just now outraged when we see what goes on behind closed doors? We all knew he assaulted her months ago. We all hear about domestic violence incidents regularly on the news.

Education Briefs

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CFHoCo Offers Academic Scholarships

The Community Foundation of Howard County (CFHoCo), which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, is administering 22 scholarships this year for Howard County high school seniors pursuing higher education at a two- or four-year college or trade school. Applications are available at www.cfhoco.org/scholarships and are due by March 9.

Personal Perspective: I Got Married, Started a New Job – and Went Back to School for an MBA

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It was the spring of 2011. Just a few months prior, I had gotten married and started a new job working as a marketing manager for a major financial institution in the Baltimore area. While my husband had just received his master’s degree, I personally had no plan to go back to school; in my mind, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree and was well on my way to an exciting and successful career.

Direct Mail or E-Mail? Whatever You Do, Don’t Just ‘Spray and Pray’

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Duane Carey gets 300 e-mails a day. And part of his job is to get people’s attention via e-mail (and direct mail). It’s good to know that Carey, president of IMPACT Marketing & Public Relations, is on the receiving end of lots of annoying cyber spam — just like the rest of us.

It’s Simple to Rank on Page 1 of Google

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You’ve probably heard that search engine optimization (SEO) can improve your local search results so your business is found on Google and other search engines. There are literally hundreds of proven tactics for improving those odds, but one of the simplest, yet most important, ones is citation listings.

Is the Printed Piece Still Alive and Well?

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A line of questions public relations people are asked on a regular basis is, “Can I just send my message through e-mail or Constant Contact? Do I have to spend the money to print this newsletter? Must I mail a direct mail piece? Should I buy a print ad?”

4 Tips for Asking Really Great Interview Questions

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Whether it’s an interview with your CEO, a local personality, the employee of the month or a new hire to your organization, chances are that you’ll be interviewing someone this spring for your organization’s content marketing program or blog.

Google+ Is (Not?) Dead

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Google enjoys a vaster media empire than Forbes and TechCrunch combined, but those outlets have no fear declaring that the king’s social media network is dead.

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