Archived Articles: August 2016

Biz Roundup

Ball Calls for Independent Review of Proposed TIF for Columbia

Howard County Council Member Calvin Ball has called for an independent analysis to assist the council in its review of the proposed tax increment financing (TIF) for Downtown Columbia.Read Full Article »

New Rules, Regs Affecting All Federal Contractors

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently published the Small Business Government Contracting and National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2013 Amendments Final Rule (81 FR 34243), which affects small and large government contractors in all industries. This Final Rule went into effect on June 30, 2016, and amends certain regulations which were required to implement the changes mandated by the 2013 NDAA.Read Full Article »

Are You an Ethics Leader?

Businesses in Greater Maryland have begun compiling submissions for the Better Business Bureau’s [BBB] annual Torch Awards for Ethics. Winners will be announced on Nov. 3; but even if your organization didn’t submit a nomination, and even if you don’t own a business, it’s a great time to take stock of the positive character traits that are essential to life and work.Read Full Article »

In Brief

Ellicott City Woman Named No. 1 Elite Executive National Sales Director

Ellicott City’s Gloria Mayfield Banks has made history in the beauty and direct sales industry by being named No. 1 in sales of Mary Kay Cosmetics. Banks is the first African-American woman in the company’s 53-year history to hold this title. Since joining Mary Kay in 1988 she has been a consistent record-breaker, with more than $11 million in earnings to date.Read Full Article »

HCC Event Helps Co-Workers Recover From Illness, Embrace Wellness

Scott Cannon thought he had pneumonia when he went pale and felt his chest tightening at work on July 7, 2014. His now-wife thought differently and took him to the emergency room. When he arrived, Cannon’s heart was only pumping a third of what it should have been. Cannon, now 33, of Clarksville, was diagnosed with heart failure, hospitalized for a week and put on multiple medications so his heart could heal.Read Full Article »

Speak(easy) H,oward Kicks Off Conversations About End-of-Life Care Before It’s Too Late

A new campaign in Howard County is bringing together faith groups, health care providers and other community organizations to change the way people talk about and plan for the health care they want to receive in the future. The Speak(easy) Howard campaign, led by The Horizon Foundation, is designed to encourage residents to take two critical first steps in planning for end-of-life care: have a conversation about health care wishes with loved ones and identify a health care agent who can communicate these wishes when the need arises.Read Full Article »

Chamber Corner


Town Center Boulevard: Progress

There are more signs of progress in Odenton Town Center, with work in progress on Town Center Boulevard. The artery will serve as the spine road through the heart of the Town Center, connecting Seven Oaks and Independence Park to the Odenton MARC Station.Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

Route 32 Resurfacing in Howard County Set to Begin

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is resurfacing more than three miles of southbound Route 32, from Route 108 to the Middle Patuxent River Bridge. Weather permitting, the $3 million project will be complete late this fall.Read Full Article »

People In Business

Neighbor Ride Welcomes New Board Members

Neighbor Ride has welcomed four new members to its board of directors. They are Lisa Bagrosky, Discovery Communications; Cynthia Penny-Ardinger, Law Offices of Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones; Richard Watson, Long & Foster Realtors; and Todd Zoren, Allstate Insurance. Retiring from the board will be Jan Eveland and Beth Thomas.Read Full Article »