Archived Articles: February 2015

APL, HCEDA Teamwork Advancing Tech Transfer

In September, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) named the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) as one of 50 winners of its first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. HCEDA’s Accelerator for the Commercialization of Technology (ACT) was selected from more than 800 applicants competing for $50,000 cash awards from the SBA, and was the only Maryland program to win.Read Full Article »

Biz Roundup

Sidus BioData World’s First Provider for MES in Cloud

Annapolis-based Sidus BioData has been chosen by POMS Corp. as the platform provider for the world’s first cloud-hosted Manufacturing Execution System (MES). POMS MES users span 20 countries and hundreds of sites, making it one of the most widely-used MES solutions in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer packaged goods and other regulated industries.Read Full Article »

Q&A With Columbia Festival of the Arts Executive Director Todd Olson

Todd Olson is in the middle of his first year as executive director of the Columbia Festival of the Arts, a position he assumed after spending the last 11 years as the artistic director of American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, Fla. — where his impact was proven with a recently received Best of the Bay award for Best Director, as well as the Theatre Tampa Bay Award for Outstanding Director for last season’s “The Amish Project.”Read Full Article »

APL Settles Race, Sex Discrimination Case with U.S. Labor Department

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), of North Laurel, will pay $359,253 to settle allegations of discrimination made by two African-American women who were employed at its facility. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) determined that the lab violated Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment on the basis of race or sex.Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

Howard County Housing Offers Assistance Via SDLP

Howard County Housing has announced that funds are available to help families who qualify to buy homes in Howard County through the Department’s Settlement Downpayment Loan Program (SDLP). The department has committed $400,000 toward the deferred second mortgage loans, which can be used by pre-approved homebuyers for settlement costs and down payments.Read Full Article »

People In Business

Kittleman Announces New Staff Appointments

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has announced appointments to round out county administration leadership with four veterans of prior public service. They include Holly Sun, budget director; Jahantab Siddiqui, deputy chief of staff; Deidre McCabe, director of communications; Sandy Schrader, director of intergovernmental affairs; and John Butler, chief of the Department of Fire and Rescue Services.Read Full Article »

Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving

Columbia Town Center Rotary to Host Valentine’s Gala

The Columbia Town Center Rotary Club is gearing up for its next major fundraiser, the annual Valentine’s Gala, which will be held at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel on Feb. 7, from 6:30 until 11:30 p.m. This event offers the community an elegant evening of dining and dancing to celebrate this romantic holiday.Read Full Article »

Industry Perspective: Nonprofit Overhead: The Legend and the Myth

For years, some funders and nonprofits have held to the belief that an organization with low overhead was an efficiently run, solid organization. This notion seemed to become more widely accepted during the recession years when foundations and other funders were faced with less money to distribute and determined that an organization’s overhead was a good measure of how much “bang for the buck” a funder would get for its contribution.Read Full Article »

Sustainable Investing and Philanthropy: The Same Side of Two Coins

The words “philanthropy” and “sustainable investing” often are uttered in the same sentence. Yet they are different disciplines. They do have several touch points, such as an appeal to a similar group of individuals and institutions, the growing interest in sustainable investing by charitable foundations and the emergence of impact investing.Read Full Article »

Project SEARCH Makes Working a Reality for Interns With Disabilities

The time when a student is preparing to leave high school is full of hope and promise — for a job, for independence and for a sense of accomplishment. Some students who receive special education services, like Danny White, age 18, from Ellicott City, are benefiting from extra help in their transition to adulthood and being part of the workforce. That is the mission of Project SEARCH, launched in Howard County government sites last fall.Read Full Article »

The Village In Howard Serves Seniors

With the projection that 20% of the U.S. population will be older than age 65 by 2030, it is no surprise that the Howard County senior population may reach that a decade earlier. In addition to long-time residents who don’t want to leave familiar homes, activities, medical care, friends and family, there is a steady stream of new residents who have moved to the county to be near adult children and enjoy the many benefits of the community.Read Full Article »

A-OK Mentors/Tutors Support Students’ Success

In his proclamation declaring January 2015 National Mentoring Month, President Barack Obama said, “In a nation of limitless possibility, every child deserves the chance to unlock his or her potential. When young Americans have the support they need to make the most of themselves, they can achieve their dreams. … Every day, mentors play a vital role in this national mission by helping to broaden the horizons for our daughters and sons.”Read Full Article »

In Brief

Memory Café Coming to Anne Arundel County

A partnership between Anne Arundel County’s Department of Aging and Disabilities and the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Maryland will bring the Memory Café, an early-stage social engagement program, to the Pascal Senior Activity Center beginning in March.Read Full Article »

Industry Perpective: Not a Statistic to Be Proud Of

Face it, Howard County has earned bragging rights for a lot of things — a top-rated public school system and the nation’s best library system, as well as rankings as the third-most technologically advanced community in the nation, one of America’s best places to live, second in the nation for advanced degrees and the wealthiest county in Maryland, to name but a few.Read Full Article »