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Howard County Spending Affordability Report Issued


The Spending Affordability Advisory Committee appointed by Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman (R) delivered a 16-page report last month, detailing suggestions to ensure the county will maintain its fiscal integrity during the next five years.

Newest of the Newbie Delegates


Six of Anne Arundel County’s 15 delegates are new this year, including the youngest delegate, Meagan Simonaire, 24, who is also part of the first ever father-daughter team with her father, Sen. Bryan Simonaire.

Drug Take Back Day in Howard County Scheduled for April 11


HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police Department are teaming up to hold the next Drug Take Back Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at nine locations throughout the county.

Chamber Corner



Forum for Women in Government Contracting a Hit

“Confidence is 25%-50% genetic,” said Claire Shipman, co-author of Womenomics and The Confidence Code, explaining how research shows that men come by their confidence “honestly,” while many women need to be prodded in order to gain the confidence they need to succeed.

GSA Schedules Update: Use Shrinking Every Year


The go-to federal contract vehicle in the past has always been the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Multiple-Award Schedules program. It had been consistently used by defense and civilian agencies to purchase services and products from large and small businesses alike.

Over the Top


Can we avoid talking about the Apple Watch? Probably not, as it stands out as a truly spectacular example of a ridiculously expensive product being sold to ridiculously pretentious people for ridiculous reasons.

Ethics Matter in the Marketplace


Every successful business incorporates ethics into its decision making. Here’s how your organization can apply the universal standards of right or wrong into daily operations.

Red, White and Green


I’m not talking about the Italian flag here. I’m talking about going green when it comes to making wine. Like many other industries, winemakers see the value of environmentally responsible production practices. Producers worldwide are moving toward, or are already growing, grapes and making wine with green principles in mind.

HCEDA Announces Speaker Lineup for First Ignite in Howard


The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) has announced the speaker lineup for the first Ignite Howard County event scheduled for April 13. Twelve speakers were selected for the inaugural event, which will take place at Jailbreak Brewing Company, in Laurel. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Sonja Hines, at Helm of H&S Resources, Approaches Growth Thoughtfully


As she contemplated her path to becoming an entrepreneur, Sonja Hines admitted that it wasn’t always clear that she would own a thriving business one day. “I always had dreams of doing ‘something else,’” she reflected. “I hadn’t envisioned this.”

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