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Women’s Federal Contracting Program Gains Sole Source Authority

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Women-owned businesses racked up a huge win in mid-December when Congress passed the Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) sole source authority. Sole source authority, a critical tool to increase awards of federal contracts to women-owned businesses, was one of the few amendments to be included in the $577 billion measure.

Verified Customer Reviews Rolling Out With New Year

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In recent years, consumers and businesses have asked the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to create an option for customers to share feedback on business interactions. As a result, BBB serving Greater Maryland launched verified Customer Reviews on Jan. 5.

Fearless Predictions 2015

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A recent article in the Washington Post business section decried the lack of fear of failure by many entrepreneurs, especially in the tech sector. In that space, it seemed to be a badge of honor to say that you had failed multiple times but still kept on trying, as if failure was no big deal and just a necessary prelude to success.

From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews

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You may very well already have heard that Columbia Association (CA) will be relocating its headquarters by the end of August 2015, with the move to Hillside Center. The building is located on Hillside Court, off Stevens Forest Road, near Broken Land Parkway and Route 29.

Business Briefs

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Howard County to Provide Updates on the Master Plan for Aging Population

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services recently invited the public to get involved in a series of community meetings to discuss the status of the county’s Master Plan for the Aging Population.

People In Business

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FMA Names President-Elect, New Executive Committee Member

The Fort Meade Alliance (FMA) has named Steven Tiller, a partner with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, as president-elect; Joseph Pacileo, vice president at TASC Inc., as vice president. Tiller will begin his three-year term as president in July; Pacileo’s term is underway.

Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving

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Rotary Clubs Host Soup’r Sundae Benefit for Grassroots

The Rotary Clubs of Howard County are hosting the seventh annual Soup’r Sundae, a family event featuring soups prepared by area restaurants, as a fundraiser for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center on Sunday, March 22, from noon–2 p.m., at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

Howard County: A Message From County Executive Allan Kittleman

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As we start the new year, we have the opportunity to make Howard County even stronger — more productive, more prosperous and better positioned to help our citizens be secure and successful.

Anne Arundel County: A Message From County Executive Steve Schuh

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With its large population, strong economy and the presence of so many critical statewide and national assets, Anne Arundel County is poised to be a model for the rest of the state — an economically vibrant community with strong schools, safe streets, an efficient county government and clean and picturesque waterways.

From BRAC to Cybersecurity

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From 2005 to 2011, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiative dominated the headlines and captured the attention of the regional business community. As Fort Meade grew through the BRAC process, local business leaders worked diligently to position the region to take full advantage of the growth.

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