Archived Articles: April 2015

Feds Invest Another $7.5M to Support State’s Small Business Growth

It’s time for the second installment.

That’s basically what Greg Cole said about the news that the state of Maryland has received its second infusion of $7,598,484 in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury (DOT), which gives small businesses access to the capital they need to grow and create jobs.Read Full Article »

Biz Roundup

Howard Bancorp, Patapsco Bancorp to Merge; Commitments for $25M in New Capital

Howard Bancorp, the parent company of Howard Bank, and Dundalk-based Patapsco Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Patapsco Bank, have entered into an agreement to merge.Read Full Article »

Chamber Corner


Forum for Women in Government Contracting a Hit

“Confidence is 25%-50% genetic,” said Claire Shipman, co-author of Womenomics and The Confidence Code, explaining how research shows that men come by their confidence “honestly,” while many women need to be prodded in order to gain the confidence they need to succeed.Read Full Article »

Red, White and Green

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.Read Full Article »

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

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.Read Full Article »

HCAC Presented Howie Award Winners at Celebration of the Arts

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.Read Full Article »

TEDCO Invests in Three Maryland Cybersecurity Startups

The Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO) has announced that three Maryland companies received funding from its Cybersecurity Investment Fund (CIF). Strajillion, Protenus and Ridgeback are the first three companies, each receiving $100,000 through CIF. The fund supports Maryland companies that develop and commercialize new cybersecurity products or services by providing investments of up to $100,000.Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

Kittleman Stops Use of Parking Meters in Ellicott City

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has announced that the use of parking meters in Ellicott City has been discontinued. Meters on Main Street, Maryland Avenue and in Parking Lot B in Historic Ellicott City will be covered and a two hour parking limit will be enforced for parking spaces in those three areas. New signs will be installed to reflect the changes in parking enforcement.Read Full Article »

People In Business

Local Resident Honored With Congressional Badge of Bravery

An Ellicott City resident, Officer Dorian DeSantis, has been honored with the State and Local Congressional Badge of Bravery. DeSantis, of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, was one of the first responders to the Sept. 16, 2013, mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. He took a bullet in his vest, helped secure the safety of many innocent civilians and fired the weapon that fatally wounded the gunman and ended the threat.Read Full Article »

CRTC Announces 2015 TechAwards Winners

The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) and more than 350 technology executives from around the Annapolis-Baltimore-Washington region gathered on the evening of March 26 at the Hilton Baltimore to honor the region’s rising tech companies, outstanding innovators and all-around top professionals at the 10th annual TechAwards 2015: Connect With Confidence.Read Full Article »

Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving

AACC Snares Honor for National Outreach Efforts

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) is the only community college in Maryland and one of only 20 community colleges in the nation to be chosen for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Two other Maryland colleges also were chosen among the 361 institutions that hold the classification.Read Full Article »

A Message From Stacie Hunt President & CEO, Leadership Howard County

Whether you are a small business owner or the CEO of a major company, you share a concern that our community strives to be the best it can be. It’s vital to the success of your business, your employees, your neighborhood and your family. Becoming engaged in community leadership is not an option that we can hope others pursue; it is our responsibility to be informed and to take up the challenge of leadership in the communities in which we live.Read Full Article »

LHC Receives Holland Humanitarian Award From CAC

The Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) named Leadership Howard County as its 2014 Humanitarian Award recipient, presenting the award at its annual Holland Awards dinner in October. The Holland Humanitarian Award is presented to an individual or organization that demonstrates extraordinary commitment and dedication to service to the disadvantaged community in Howard County.Read Full Article »

HCC Educational Foundation LHC Endowment Scholarship Recipients

The Leadership Howard County (LHC) Endowment at Howard Community College provides scholarship funds to students who incorporate community service in their curriculum and demonstrate the ideals of service to others. Herman Chenwi and Beth Evans are two students who exemplify the goals of the LHC endowment. Despite heavy course loads and family obligations, both are preparing for careers in the medical field while finding time to reach out and help others.Read Full Article »

The Story Family Story

When Karen Cherry, a principal at Lee & Associates, joined the Premier Class of 2015, her family officially set the record as the first three-generation family to participate in Leadership Howard County (LHC). Her father, Dick Story, was a member of the Class of 1995, and her daughter, Ryann Marchetti, participated in the Leadership U Class of 2012.Read Full Article »

Personal Perspective: Leading by Example

Looking around the room on the first day of our Leadership Howard County (LHC) Premier Class retreat in September, I had no idea the interesting relationships that would develop with my classmates. We were similar, yet different. That first weekend, we discovered our unique leadership personas and delved into critical topics affecting our personal and professional selves.Read Full Article »

The Leadership Pyramid

When Leadership Howard County (LHC) revised its curriculum several years ago, the visual pyramid was developed as the structure of the program. This notion came from a desire to remove silos or topic-focused days in earlier curricula when a full nine-hour day was devoted to one topic, and there was little integration of many aspects of community.Read Full Article »

FAQs About Leadership Howard County

What is the purpose of Leadership Howard County (LHC)?

Our goal is to create an active network of informed, concerned citizens to guide the future and growth of our community through the 21st century. By providing the opportunity to learn about and explore the key issues in Howard County, LHC intends to develop a diverse group of informed community trustees who can create collaborative partnerships to further common goals.Read Full Article »