Archived Articles: October 2016

Biz Roundup

BWCC, WCC Announce Intent to Merge

The West Anne Arundel County (WCC) and the Baltimore Washington Corridor (BWCC) chambers of commerce have signed an agreement exploring becoming a single entity. The combined organization would be the largest chamber in Anne Arundel County and serve the larger region surrounding Fort Meade and Laurel.Read Full Article »

Find Technology for Everyday Life at Howard County’s 50+EXPO

Mobile devices are an integral part of everyday life for most working adults, who rely heavily on them to make calls and send texts, check email, search the Internet and more. In addition, increasing numbers of older adults use cell phones or iPads to connect with family and friends, explore options for restaurants, travel and entertainment; research health topics and shop online. There is also a growing interest in wearables for health and using everyday technology for caregiving purposes.Read Full Article »

Three Top Reasons Businesses Will End 2016 Below Revenue Goals

While the calendar says early autumn, businesses are already projecting year-end results, many with the hope of making interim course corrections to end 2016 in as positive manner as possible. That’s because this year, three issues created roadblocks to success and low return-on-investment (ROI), with even the most experienced businesspeople: These issues involve professional relationships, business development processes and diversification.Read Full Article »

LHC Welcomes the Class of 2017

Leadership Howard County (LHC) has announced the new members of its Class of 2017. Fifty individuals were selected for the 10-month program, which is designed to empower and connect community leaders and keep them engaged in the critical issues facing Howard County and the region. The class members represent a cross section of business, nonprofit, government and educational organizations.Read Full Article »

Who’s In Charge of Keeping Your Company Secure?

Even if your company has strategies in place to handle malicious attacks on your security, you may still be at great risk for insider threats. Why? According to a Forrester study, “insiders” were involved in 39% of data breaches; and of that 39%, 27% came from inadvertent misuse of data by employees, making your human resources manager as important to your security as your facility security officer or chief technology officer. Here’s why.Read Full Article »

Sustainability: ‘Connecting’ the Dots to Increase Sales, Pride

Sustainability. What does it mean and how important is it to consumers and businesses? Sustainability is about living in a way that meets our needs without negatively affecting future generations’ ability to do likewise. Simply, it means reducing our impact on the environment; for businesses, it can mean an opportunity to grow sales and build the brand value in the community.Read Full Article »

Accidental or Intentional: Making a Case for Charitable Planning

Year-end projections are coming together. Calendar-year budgets and strategic plans are either done or in the works. Have you taken a proactive stance with company charitable contributions or are you waiting for those predictable, end-of-year charitable requests to hit your mailbox to begin writing checks? And have/are you taking steps to align your corporate philanthropy with your organization’s core values, your brand (including your customers) and your overall business objectives?Read Full Article »

Council Releases Independent Analysis of the Proposed TIF for Downtown Columbia

The Howard County Council recently released an independent report from TischlerBise that reviewed the administration’s proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) package for Downtown Columbia. Council Chairperson Calvin Ball called for an independent analysis of the proposed TIF in July, noting that the council wanted a neutral third party to provide a critical review of the proposal. President Carson Bise will brief the council (as of press time) on Oct. 5, at 8 p.m., following the Legislative Session.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

ELTA Systems Set to Expand in Howard County

During a recent week-long economic development mission to Israel, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan met with executives of defense firm ELTA Systems and announced that the company’s U.S. affiliate, ELTA North America, is tripling its footprint in Maryland and adding up to 50 new jobs during the next two to three years.Read Full Article »

People In Business

MBRG Names Steinmetz, Myers to Board

Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG) has named Barcoding Inc. founder and CEO Jay Steinmetz and Sandy Spring Bank Vice President Bradley Myers to its board of directors. Steinmetz is a media source regarding RFID, wireless, mobile and the AIDC industry; Myers works with local companies whose revenues range from $5 million to $100 million.Read Full Article »

Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving

Anne Arundel, City of Annapolis Enter Into Strategic Election Partnership

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides and Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh have announced a strategic partnership where the independent Anne Arundel County Board of Elections (BOE) will assist in the administrative processing of the 2017 city primary and general elections.Read Full Article »

Letter From Rotary International District 7620 Governor: Rotary Membership Is About to Dramatically Increase

It is an exciting time to be a Rotarian. The 2,300 Rotary members of District 7620 (Central Maryland and Washington, D.C.) invite readers to join us as we work to eradicate polio from the face of the earth and work in our local communities and around the world to change lives, enhance communities and build peace and goodwill.Read Full Article »

Columbia Town Center Rotary Takes Our House Youth Under Its Wing

Over the last few years, the Columbia Town Center Rotary Club has taken a special interest in a program nearby that provides young men with a second chance at life. These young men have met with struggles and challenges in their lives so that, without the care and environment given to them by Our House, they might otherwise be lost to their friends, family and the community.Read Full Article »

In the News: Rotary Around the World

Rotary International (RI) has clubs in more than 200 countries, with more than 1.2 million members. It was first founded in 1905, and within 16 years, it had clubs on six continents. Rotary was represented at the founding of the United Nations and has included among its members presidents of the United States, prime ministers, astronauts, U.S. senators, Nobel prize recipients and even a Filipino world-champion boxer and congressman.Read Full Article »