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GSA Schedules Update: Use Shrinking Every Year

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.”

Report Projects When Women in Each U.S. State Will Achieve Equal Pay

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The first release from Status of Women in the States: 2015, a project of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), found that, if current trends in narrowing the pay gap in the states continue, the date when women in the U.S. will achieve equal pay is 2058, but new projections for individual state find this date is much further out in the future for women in many parts of the country.

Police Recruits Sleep Out to End Homelessness

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The Howard County Police Department’s Academy Class 39 recently experienced what it’s like to live without a roof over your head in Howard County in the winter. The 22 recruits spent the night outside in the cold, rain and snow as a project to help Grassroots, Howard County’s 24-hour crisis intervention center and homeless shelter.

HCAC Presented Howie Award Winners at Celebration of the Arts

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The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) honored its 2014 Howie Award winners at the 18th Annual Celebration of the Arts on Saturday, March 28, at the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Howard Community College, Columbia. The gala afforded members of Howard County’s arts, education, government and business communities the opportunity to gather to honor individuals and businesses that have made meaningful contributions to the arts in Howard County.

Annie’s Project Graduates Second Howard County Class

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The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) and the University of Maryland Extension – Howard County have announced the 2015 graduating class of Annie’s Project. Seven participants completed the eight-week program, which is designed to empower women in overall farm decision making and teach them how to build local networks throughout the state.

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