Archived Articles: May 2016

Now Appearing at Merriweather: The Rotating Stage

What’s new at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion?

How about a VIP deck above the new stage that allows concertgoers to watch the musical mastery from behind it? And that stage encompassing a circular area that revolves, which has already allowed acts at the just-held first event of the season, the M3 Festival, to kick into their heavy metal grooves much faster than they used to?Read Full Article »

Blossoms of Hope Brings Beauty to Doorsteps, Beyond

A group representing Blossoms of Hope traveled to the Japanese embassy on April 12 to celebrate the beauty of cherry trees in Washington, D.C., and in Howard County. The event, which celebrated the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival, also celebrated the planting, in 2013, of three Japanese tree saplings by Blossoms of Hope, as well as the nonprofit’s 11 years of work related to cherry blossoms.Read Full Article »

Innovative Approach Leads to Textbook, and Increased Productivity, at APL

Unprecedented technologies and innovative solutions are common currency at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in North Laurel. The last two months have been particularly productive, comparatively speaking, evidenced by a rapid series of major announcements of significant impact for national security, emergency response crews, space exploration and even unrelated organizations looking to improve their own innovative processes.Read Full Article »

Biz Roundup

New Partnership for Watershed Restoration Launched at Howard Detention Center

A partnership promoting water quality improvement and socioeconomic development has celebrated the opening of a new native plant nursery in Howard County. Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth (READY), a young adult workforce program, has partnered with the Howard County Department of Corrections to establish the nursery at the county’s detention center in Jessup.Read Full Article »

Positioning With Facebook Video

The month of May tips into the second half of the federal fiscal year, which quietly started last Oct. 1. Industry experienced more spending in this first six months than in recent years, and the projected federal contract spending is on a decidedly upward slant, with Deltek anticipating a $600 billion spend on contracts for all of the current fiscal year. If this number is reached, it will be the highest federal spend since before sequestration began in 2013. Read Full Article »

Chamber Corner


Join us on May 11 at the BWI Airport Marriott for the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber’s (BWCC) 69th Annual Meeting, where we will celebrate Ron Peterson, of Johns Hopkins Hospital & Health Systems, as UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski presents him with the BWCC’s Hrabowski Visionary Leadership Award.Read Full Article »

Columbia Festival of the Arts New Festival Development Director

Wrapping up a lively “Viva La Vida” spring season and forging forth into summer with “Silk Road Stories,” the Columbia Festival of the Arts (CFA) also has been growing in terms of new sponsorship and community partners. To meet the unique challenges and responsibilities of delivering high caliber entertainment, CFA recently brought in a new team member, Melissa Rosenberg, as development director.Read Full Article »

Real Winners

In 1958, Robert Lane decided to name his baby son Winner. Perhaps it was a wish or a special feeling that led him to call his son Winner Lane. His name sounds like that of a corporate CEO, a movie star or even a president of the United States.Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

Ruppersberger Applauds Decision to Send More Troops, Helicopters to Fight ISIS

Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger applauded the Pentagon’s decision to send more air support and 217 new troops into Iraq to serve in advisory and training roles in the fight against ISIS. The move will enable American forces to advise at the battalion and brigade level — closer to the front lines — to better support the Iraqi offensive to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS.Read Full Article »

People In Business

BGE Announces Senior Leadership Appointments

BGE has announced a senior leadership promotion and three new appointments to the company’s executive leadership team. They include David Vahos, formerly BGE’s chief financial officer (CFO) and treasurer, who has been promoted to senior vice president, CFO and treasurer; in addition, Derrick Dickens has been named vice president of technical services; Andrew Holmes vice president and controller; and Michael Menendez vice president of information technology.Read Full Article »

Letter From President & CEO Leonardo McClarty

Dear Chamber Members and Friends:

Spring is always a refreshing time period. It is during this time of seasonal change that the weather warms, flowers bloom and we emerge from the doldrums of hats, scarves, gloves and wintery mix. For the Chamber, it is an equally exciting period as it means we are nearing the end of one leadership regime and beginning the start of another.Read Full Article »

Letter From the Chair-Elect Jeff Agnor

Howard County is undergoing an extraordinary transformation. The continued development of Downtown Columbia and Maple Lawn is changing our skyline and promises to attract a more diverse and vibrant community. Gateway continues to attract major employers, and we are looking forward to unlocking the huge economic potential through the revitalization of the Route 1 and Route 40 corridors. Innovations by institutions such as Howard County General Hospital, HCC and HCEDA are helping to make Howard County the best place in the region to own a business.Read Full Article »

Biometrix Gives Local IT Firm a Promising Niche

Biometrix may not be generating huge amounts of revenue yet, but there’s a wave on the horizon for Columbia-owned information technology (IT) firm Creatrix. Biometrix is the company’s service-oriented, architecture-based enterprise middleware that integrates multiple biometric authentication technologies. In layperson’s terms, you walk up to a door and give your fingerprint or your iris —and the door opens, or a computer user can access his or her own files on a shared computer.Read Full Article »

Thank You Volunteers

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce is not composed of corporations, but rather people who tirelessly provide their support, time and talent to advance the growth and success of Howard County. Heartfelt thanks go to these individuals who volunteered in 2015 to help the Chamber in its activities. These members, who serve on committees, assist with events and share their expertise, are the heart and soul of the organization.Read Full Article »