Archived Articles: March 2015

Food Allergies Addressed for Youngsters: Focus of Dayton Child Care Provider

For parents of young children with food allergies, one of the hardest rites of passage is that of entrusting their child to the care of another person. Something as commonplace as attending a morning preschool class can be fraught with potential hazards: snacks, cross contact with other children’s food-smeared hands or even a handful of Play-Doh could trigger a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction.Read Full Article »

Biz Roundup

Grace to Separate Into Two Public Companies

Columbia-based W. R. Grace & Co. has announced that its board of directors has approved a plan to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. The two companies, to be named prior to closing, will be “New Grace,” composed of Grace’s Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies business segments (excluding the Darex packaging business); and “New GCP,” composed of Grace’s Construction Products business segment and the Darex packaging business.Read Full Article »

Mandating Sick Leave Is Anti-Business for Maryland

Mandatory paid sick leave laws regulate employment benefits; they require employers to provide paid sick leave to be used at the employee’s discretion. The proposed legislation in Maryland would require employers with more than nine employees to provide 56 hours (i.e., seven days) of paid leave per year and those with nine employees or fewer to provide unpaid leave.Read Full Article »

Letter From Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman to Gov. Larry Hogan

As state and local leaders, we are all working diligently and thoughtfully to address budget concerns in order to secure a viable future within our state. I am currently reviewing county departmental budget proposals to reduce spending by a total of 5% in order to close a $15.8 million shortfall in [fiscal] 2015. Howard County’s Spending Affordability Committee is currently evaluating several issues that will assist with decisions for the [fiscal] 2016 budget cycle.Read Full Article »

Hogan Appoints Beatty as Secretary for State Department of Disabilities

Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Carol Beatty as secretary for the Maryland Department of Disabilities. With more than 20 years of leadership at The Arc of Howard County, Beatty served as executive director of the nonprofit organization, which serves more than 750 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, providing advocacy and support services.Read Full Article »

New BBB Standards Reflect 21st Century Advertising in Traditional, New Media

Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently made comprehensive changes to its cornerstone product, the BBB Code of Advertising, to reflect the many new ways advertisers reach consumers via web sites, social media, texting and other channels. BBB’s foundation of business self-regulation and truth-in-advertising has earned the support of federal regulators who take seriously cases referred to their agencies. BBBs across the U.S. and Canada monitor advertising for compliance with the code.Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

Rams Head Tavern Owner Charged With Installing Restroom Camera

According to a charging document released to the press, Howard County Police have charged Kyle Muelhauser, 37, of Severna Park, with installing an illegal recording device in the women’s restroom of the Rams Head Tavern at Savage Mill.Read Full Article »

People In Business

The Columbia Bank Announces Personnel Moves

The Columbia Bank has announced several hires. They include the hires of Angel Connolly, Brad Rodier and Jeffery Long, Sr., all as commercial relationship managers; and Ian Riddle, vice president and relationship manager. All were previously employed at M&T Bank.Read Full Article »

Spotlight On New Business

Ex-Post Commander Rothstein Opens ERA Advisory

Since retiring from the Army after serving as a garrison commander and resigning as president and CEO of Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., Ed Rothstein has become a small businessperson with the establishment of ERA Advisory, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.Read Full Article »

Letter To The Editor

Turning Outrage Into Action in Your Community

Everyone is horrified by what we witnessed in the video depicting Ray Rice assault his then fiancée (now wife), but why are we just now outraged when we see what goes on behind closed doors? We all knew he assaulted her months ago. We all hear about domestic violence incidents regularly on the news.Read Full Article »

Education Briefs

CFHoCo Offers Academic Scholarships

The Community Foundation of Howard County (CFHoCo), which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, is administering 22 scholarships this year for Howard County high school seniors pursuing higher education at a two- or four-year college or trade school. Applications are available at www.cfhoco.org/scholarships and are due by March 9.Read Full Article »

Personal Perspective: I Got Married, Started a New Job – and Went Back to School for an MBA

It was the spring of 2011. Just a few months prior, I had gotten married and started a new job working as a marketing manager for a major financial institution in the Baltimore area. While my husband had just received his master’s degree, I personally had no plan to go back to school; in my mind, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree and was well on my way to an exciting and successful career.Read Full Article »

ADG Creative Video Celebrates ‘Col Gateway’

In celebration of the recent holiday, Columbia-based communications agency ADG Creative released a humorous Valentine’s Day music video that pays homage to the tucked-away Columbia Gateway business community where its offices are located. “Love for the Gateway,” styled like a ’90s hip-hop video, calls out quirky and memorable elements of Columbia Gateway Drive that Howard County locals can appreciate.Read Full Article »

‘Knowing What’s Happening Here’

Ellen Miller, a founding principal of Stonebridge Associates and principal of StonebridgeCarras, directs Stonebridge’s real estate advisory efforts. With her main office in Bethesda, when her company began acquisition of the land in Odenton (a process that extended from 2006 to 2008), she began seeking avenues to get to know Anne Arundel County and the Odenton community.Read Full Article »