Archived Articles: January 2017

Biz Roundup

Done Deal: BWCC, WCC Merger Is Confirmed

The board of directors for the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (WCC) and the board of directors for the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber (BWCC) have officially voted to merge the two organizations into a single, new, regional chamber. The combined organization will be the largest chamber in a rapidly growing region.Read Full Article »

Understanding China: Opportunities, Challenges for Maryland Businesses

After many years’ growth, the Chinese economy is now second only to that of the United States. To understand the size of the Chinese economy, the following comparison offers an interesting perspective: In 2015, the size of Russia’s economy, measured by gross domestic product, was equivalent to that of one Chinese province, namely Guangdong Province, according to the World Bank and National Bureau of Statistics of China. Although varying in economic size, there are a total of 34 provinces and special districts in China.Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

MedStar Health, MED-IQ Announce Partnership

The Med-IQ Quality Improvement Institute has joined forces with Columbia-based MedStar Health, the largest health care provider in Maryland and Washington, D.C., to address unrecognized chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among the baby boomer population. Expanding Success: Improving Alignment With Birth Cohort-Based HCV Testing and Linkage to Care is an expansion of an award-winning quality improvement (QI) initiative designed to facilitate the identification of HCV infection in alignment with current clinical practice guidelines.Read Full Article »

People In Business

UMD Tabs Lenzer to Create Innovation-Based Economic Development Efforts

The University of Maryland (UMD) has appointed Julie Lenzer, former executive director of the Howard County Economic Development Authority’s Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, as associate vice president for economic development. She also will serve as director of UM Ventures–College Park, in the university’s Division of Research.Read Full Article »

Got Referrals? Spammy Traffic Can Derail Analytics, Hurt Business

Small business owners have a reputation for working “in their business.” In other words, finding time to perfect their organization isn’t always easy and often requires the help of specialty consultants. The small business website is something that’s often split among in-house and out sourced talent. The owner, or owner’s spouse or another family member, may make occasional or basic updates to the company website. A consultant may be used for projects, campaigns or major site overhauls.Read Full Article »

A Letter From The Publisher

Wishing You a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017

A new year. Usually with a new year comes new plans, resolutions, hopes and strategies. We certainly have them here at The Business Monthly, and we are looking forward to sharing them with you during the next few months. But first, we want to thank our readers, advertisers, contributors and writers and wish you all the best for 2017.Read Full Article »

Anne Arundel County: A Message From County Executive Steve Schuh

With a new year upon us, I am very optimistic about Anne Arundel County’s business climate and the continued progress of major economic development projects. I look forward to working more with Julie Mussog, who has been at the helm of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. (AAEDC) as its CEO for only a few months. As the county’s controller from 2013 to 2016, her extensive experience in finance was valuable to our budget and operational considerations; she also played a key role in understanding the tax implications of major projects, and that perspective will be very helpful in her new role leading our economic development efforts.Read Full Article »

Nation’s Economic Outlook Improves, Maryland Forecast Less Transparent

This is the way the recovery was supposed to work out.

A set of emerging nations, including China, India, Brazil, Russia, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey, was supposed to supplant the United States as the leading engine of global economic growth. The emergence of these nations as increasingly powerful economic drivers was in turn expected to bolster the demand for key inputs into production, including oil, natural gas, copper, iron ore and grains.Read Full Article »

Perspective: Assessing Our Offerings

Although my tenure as CEO has just begun, I have been fortunate to have worked on a variety of economic development projects in my previous role as Anne Arundel County’s controller. That perspective, as well as my familiarity with the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp.’s (AAEDC) experienced staff and many of its partners, allows me to have a smooth transition into my new role and provide seamless continuation on several of AAEDC’s major initiatives.Read Full Article »

An Update Around Howard and Anne Arundel

Howard Conservancy Hovering Over Fundraising Goal

The effort to raise $1.8 million for expansion and upgrades at the Howard Conservancy (see The Business Monthly, March 2016) is nearly complete and, with a little luck, the Woodstock-based nonprofit will garner the last $100,000 needed by spring, when the nature center is expected to re-open.Read Full Article »

AAWDC Increases Services to Individuals With Disabilities

In conjunction with the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and other agencies that assist disabled members of communities across Maryland, the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp. (AAWDC) is expanding the services provided to individuals with severe disabilities through a Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL). The partners of the DEI grant will work together to provide resources, training and employment support to individuals with severe disabilities.Read Full Article »