Archived Articles: January 2016

Biz Roundup

Kittleman Announces Energy Initiatives to Benefit Residents, Businesses

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has announced a pair of environmental initiatives that will provide incentives for residents and businesses seeking to make their properties more energy efficient. The bills were pre-filed with the county council on Dec. 23 for consideration by the council in January.Read Full Article »

CFA’s Winter Festival: ‘Beyond The Blues’

The Columbia Festival of the Arts (CFA) has officially announced its Winter/Fall Festival line-up. Embracing the theme “Beyond The Blues,” CFA will present 10 dynamic events, which includes headliners Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour; the music of “’Trane, Miles & Mingus” with Vince di Mura and James Brandon Lewis; August Wilson’s play “Gem of the Ocean”; two Sundance award winning films, “Fruitvale Station” and “20 Feet From Stardom,” six short plays from New Theatre Movement, “Black Lives, Black Words”; an art gallery reception and blues concert with Samuel James; plus insightful lectures, including a conversation with Baltimore Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, play readings and more. Read Full Article »

Kittleman Proposes Significant Government Reoorganization

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman submitted a government Reorganization Plan to the county council on Dec. 22. The plan proposes to reassign the Office of Transportation (OT) to the Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ), separate the Howard County Housing Commission from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and move its programs to the Department of Citizen Services (DCS), and create an Office of Housing and Community Partnerships within the DCS.Read Full Article »

Financial Tips for the New Year

The new year offers a fresh start, a time when many of us feel energized, optimistic and open to change. When you set your New Year’s resolutions, consider financial goals, too. Set goals that are attainable and measurable. Break each goal into steps, write those steps down, and set deadlines for accomplishing each step. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.Read Full Article »

People In Business

The Lutheran Village Hires Two

The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant has hired Tamara Griffin as general manager of dining services; she previously held the same position at Glen Meadows Retirement Community, in Glen Arm. Also, Don Knepper was selected as the director of facilities management. He is employed by Sodexo Senior Living, which provides maintenance services for the village.Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

R&R Taqueria Reveals Expansion, Cookbook, Food Network Spot

Chef and Owner Rodrigo Albarran has announced that R&R Taqueria is moving from its celebrated gas station digs to a larger location next door that seats 126 guests and has a room for private events. The move also will enable R&R Taqueria to expand its menu.Read Full Article »

Spotlight On New Business

Patrick’s Owners Open Skin Care Center

Patrick’s Hair Design owners Jodie and Rudy Gil have opened the Aesthetic Center of Columbia, a medical skin care center, next door to the salon. The center is under the directorship of Ravi Dahiya, M.D., who is board certified by the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Staff members include a certified physician assistant, registered nurses and aestheticians.Read Full Article »

Letter To The Editor

In Defense of Freelancing

Paying money to obtain fake reviews is a ridiculous marketing tactic that should be contained to the extent Amazon and the Internet can do so. Thanks to Cliff Feldwick for writing his column on this topic on Nov. 4, in The Business Monthly. I haven’t personally met Cliff, but he has been writing quality articles for many years.Read Full Article »

Howard County: A Message From County Executive Allan Kittleman

It’s amazing how time flies. I recall my swearing in as Howard County executive like it was yesterday. And now, we’ve completed the first year of my administration. We’ve made tremendous progress and have had many successes. There were challenges, such as the $15.8 million budget gap I inherited. Through fiscal discipline and better-than-expected revenues, we closed the gap and ended the year with a $3 million surplus — without negatively impacting the critical services we provide to our residents. The additional revenues allowed us to keep road resurfacing projects on schedule and provide critical funding to the Community Action Council to relocate and expand the Howard County Food Bank.Read Full Article »

The Corridor in the Post-Federal Age: New Economic Drivers Required

The U.S. economy is now in its 78th month of economic expansion. After two months of soft job growth at the end of summer, the nation bounced back in October, producing 298,000 net new jobs according to the latest estimate, followed by 211,000 net new jobs in November. As of this writing, the Federal Reserve has yet to increase its benchmark short-term rates, but this eventuality is now presumed.Read Full Article »

From HCEDA CEO Larry Twele

As we look back on the past year, the accomplishments and activity that occurred in Howard County were very exciting, and we anticipate having even more good news in 2016. Across a range of industries, we saw existing companies grow and new companies locate throughout Howard County.Read Full Article »

From AAEDC President/CEO Robert Hannon

According to the National Association of Counties’ estimates, the Gross Domestic Product for Anne Arundel County is at $35.7 billion, making it the fourth largest county economy in Maryland. Such a robust economy is not just the result of favorable national and regional trends; rather, it is achieved by supporting major economic drivers within the county, and providing resources to support and expand business ventures and industries.Read Full Article »

DOC Launches New International Trade Initiative

The Maryland Department of Commerce (DOC) has launched a new international initiative aimed at boosting exporting by Maryland companies. The Maryland Partners in International Trade (MAPIT) program will bring together key partners from local, state and federal government and academia to raise awareness of existing export promotion programs; facilitate greater access and usage of the state’s ExportMD grant and FlexEx programs; and build new, collaborative, globally-focused programs.Read Full Article »

BGE Proposes Testing Microgrids at Two Maryland Locations

Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) is proposing to develop two electric microgrids — one in Baltimore City and one in Howard County — as part of a pilot program to test the microgrid concept. Microgrids are self-contained, small-scale electric grids with their own power generation source that can power a commercial center independently of the regional power grid when necessary, such as in the aftermath of a severe impact storm.Read Full Article »

Industry Perspective: Howard County: In the Knowledge Business

As our innovation economy grows, a great deal of attention often gets placed on the intellectual capital clustered in hot tech markets. A key component of the success of these employment hubs is the presence of a top research university that feeds the local tech market: think Stanford in Silicon Valley, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston’s Route 128 corridor or the University of Texas, in Austin.Read Full Article »

Industry Perspective: Economic Growth, Mobility Go Hand-in-Hand

Mobility is not just an important part of economic growth, it is the most essential component of economic growth, and is every bit as important as good soil is to good crop growth. That’s not surprising when you consider that it’s not an accident that every urban center of activity throughout history was developed along a transportation route of one mode or another.Read Full Article »

Arts = Business

According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and Americans for the Arts, arts organizations, and the creative people they employ, stimulate innovation, strengthen our nation’s competitiveness in the global marketplace and play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy.Read Full Article »

Industry Perspective: Synergies, Progress Boost Maryland’s Cyber Scene

After only a few weeks on the job, the energy, vibrancy and innovation that surrounds everything cyber in Maryland has been remarkably apparent. I have met with startups, small companies and large, and everything in between. Each is characterized by a drive to make a difference, to offer a product or service that will allow their customers — private or public — to deal with the ever-growing, increasingly complex threat arising from cyber criminals, cyber spies and cyber terrorists.  Our networks are under constant attack here and around the world.Read Full Article »

Looking for Innovation? Head to the Farm

When the word “innovation” is brought up in a general business discussion, agriculture is rarely an industry that readily comes to people’s minds. While the dusty roads, barns and rural views remain similar to their predecessors, today’s farms are embracing technology to diversify and transform their farming operation, making them more efficient and economically diverse.Read Full Article »

Pinnacle Entrepreneur Prize Awarded in HCC’s Competition

A capacity crowd was on hand to watch 17 Howard Community College (HCC) students pitch their innovative business ideas in a judged competition during the college’s Dec. 2 Entrepreneurial Celebration. The event was sponsored by HCC’s Center for Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence (CEBE), Pinnacle Advisory Group, the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, the Howard County Economic Development Authority and the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship.Read Full Article »