Archived Articles: July 2016

Biz Roundup

Cordish Unveils Plans for $200M Luxury Hotel, Event Center at Maryland Live!

The Cordish Companies has shared plans for a significant expansion to its Maryland Live! Casino property, located in Hanover. The new, $200 million Live! Hotel will be the largest enhancement and investment at the casino since its opening in June 2012.Read Full Article »

Q&A With Col. Bert Rice, U.S. Army (Ret.)

It’s a wrap for Col. Bert Rice, a native of Montana and a 40-year resident of Odenton, who retired at the end of May after wearing a variety of hats at Fort Meade. His professional journey began in 1959, upon graduation from Montana State University, when he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Infantry through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). He began active duty in the U.S. Army in July 1959 and served until July 1989, retiring as a colonel.Read Full Article »

Ameresco, U.S. Army Complete Solar Energy Project at Fort Detrick

Ameresco, an energy efficiency and renewable energy company with offices in Columbia, joined U.S. Army leadership and federal, state and local officials for a ribbon cutting celebration to mark the completion of the large-scale, 18.6 megawatt (MW) direct current (15.0 MW alternating current) renewable energy solar facility located at the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick installation in Frederick.Read Full Article »

Never 10

In the last few weeks, three different clients awoke to find that their computers had “upgraded” to Windows 10 overnight. One decided he liked it, one accepted it and one did what I advise: She looked at the required legal screen asking “accept” or “reject” and chose reject.Read Full Article »

Don’t Let a Directory Scam Get Your Number

Reports to the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Scam Tracker don’t just come from consumers; businesses are also sharing information about disingenuous tactics and shady operators. Scams are typically under-reported, so though there are almost 100 scams on file surrounding deceptive directory solicitations, that number is likely much greater.Read Full Article »

Cardin Joins Filibuster to Force Action on Assault Weapons Ban

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated with colleagues including Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to attempt to force the Senate Republican leadership to allow votes on provisions that would make it harder for terrorists to legally purchase weapons and keep military-style weapons out of the hands of civilians. Cardin also discussed the work being done to address the “root causes of hate in our society” in the wake of the terror attack in Orlando that especially targeted the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.Read Full Article »

Chamber Corner


Search Committee Formed

The Board of Directors of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (WCC) has begun the search for a new president and CEO. They are seeking a full-time professional to lead the chamber in day-to-day operations and set goals for the future of the West Anne Arundel County community. The Search Committee will be led by past Board Chairman Steve Horne of Elm Street Development.Read Full Article »

Stealing By Accident

Whether you’re updating your company’s website, social media channels or next big marketing campaign, there’s always a need for a visual element. There are millions of images out there, so why not just use your favorites from a Google Images search? Well, that can get your company into hot water.Read Full Article »

The Arc Honors Kittleman for Championing People With Disabilities

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman was presented with the President’s Award at The Arc of Howard County’s recent Celebration of Excellence. President Dorothy Plantz cited Kittleman’s championship of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “He understands the importance of an inclusive and diverse community, and is willing to lead by example,” she said.Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

Rickard Named New Garrison Commander at Fort Meade

With the end of Col. Brian Foley’s three-year stint as garrison commander at Fort Meade celebrated at the Fort Meade Alliance’s sendoff at the BWI Airport Marriott in late June came news of Foley’s next assignment and the name of his replacement.Read Full Article »

NonProfit News & Charitable Giving

Kittleman Kicks Off Walking Program to Promote Fitness at County Parks

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has launched a walking initiative, HoCoWalks, to demonstrate how simple it is to get started with a fitness program. “We want to encourage people to get out, get exercise and have fun doing it,” Kittleman said. “The most successful fitness activities — the ones people stick with — are the ones they enjoy.”Read Full Article »

BWCC Calendar of Events


Wed., Aug. 17, 7:30–9:30 a.m. Multi-Chamber Networking Breakfast. The largest networking breakfast of the year, with 10 other chambers and organizations participating. The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, 692 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum, MD 21090. Cost: $25 prepaid members; $45 non-members and walk-ins.Read Full Article »