Archived Articles: November 2015

Howard Bicycling Advocates Mark Hard-Won Progress

Promotion of active lifestyles has been a popular mantra in government, private and nonprofit sectors during the past few years. So much so, in fact, that pedestrian and biking amenities and facilities received ample consideration in Plan Howard 2030, the Downtown Columbia Master Plan and other more recent planning documents and guidelines established by Howard County.Read Full Article »

Community Members, Union File Suit to Stop Closing of LRH

Community members and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, which represents workers at Laurel Regional Hospital (LRH), recently filed suit in Prince George’s Circuit Court against private operator Dimensions Health Corp. (DHC) seeking a temporary restraining order to halt the planned closure of the hospital. The suit also seeks a preliminary and a permanent injunction from eliminating licensed beds or services at the facility.Read Full Article »

Downtown Columbia Partnership, The Mall Launch Loyalty Program

The Downtown Columbia Partnership and The Mall in Columbia are working together on a campaign to promote dining in Downtown Columbia. Downtown Columbia EATS!, a new loyalty app that currently includes 20 restaurants and eateries, was launched Oct. 29 to showcase one of the region’s strongest collection of dining options.  “Finally there is one place that you can go to find the restaurants in Downtown Columbia,” said Downtown Columbia Partnership Executive Director Barb Nicklas. “It’s a way to learn about great specials and get discounts. It is an information app plus a loyalty program,” she said.Read Full Article »

Chamber Corner


Signature Event Wrap Up

The business community came out in force on Oct. 2 to honor its own. Almost 500 people joined in the celebration at Turf Valley as the Howard County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) recognize the achievements of the Damon Foreman Music Academy (Small Business of the Year), Clyde’s of Columbia (Large Business of the Year), Ciena Government Solutions (GovConnects Government Contractor of the Year), Mac Cassity of Mid-Atlantic Social Media (Entrepreneur of the Year) and Matt Eyre of Eyre Bus, Tour & Travel (Business Person of the Year).Read Full Article »

Rate This Five Stars

When I wrote last month about the problem of fake reviews on Yelp, etc., I hadn’t heard of But Amazon certainly has: According to, they’ve sued more than 1,000 people who had “worked” for Fiverr for writing bogus reviews on Amazon’s site.Read Full Article »

People In Business

Bay Bank Adds VP, EVPs

Columbia- based Bay Bank has hired Matthew Rickeman as vice president and commercial banking relationship manager. Rickeman comes to the institution with more than a decade of experience in banking, having held leadership positions at The Columbia Bank, Carroll Community Bank, Maryland Financial Bank and K Bank.Read Full Article »

From the Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews

The students who go to Columbia Association’s Youth and Teen Center don’t just benefit from having a fun, safe place to be with their friends while not in school. The options there go well beyond games and various recreational activities, to include leadership opportunities and mentoring programs that help steer the participants toward success as they grow into young adults.Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

Architect Addresses Raising Roof at Merriweather

After the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning’s approval of Merriweather Post Pavilion’s final development plan, residents gathered under the roof of the outdoor venue as project architect Jamie Pett, principal at JP2 Architects, of Baltimore, shared the 10-year plan for renovations at the facility. They include raising the structure’s roof (which rests approximately 33 feet above the stage at its lowest point) by approximately 20 feet, adding more concessions and building a two-story warehouse.Read Full Article »

Howard County’s 4th Annual Caregiver Workshop

As November is National Family Caregivers Month, the Howard County Office on Aging will host its fourth annual workshop for caregivers, “The Caregiving Journey: Strategies, Support, Success,” on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel. The $10 conference fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch.Read Full Article »

In a Rapidly Changing Industry, Jolles Insurance Earns Trust

More than 30 years ago, Jolles Insurance started off with the original tagline: “Setting the Standards for Service.” Decades later, company CEO Brian Jolles reflected that his company is still successful because it has kept that pledge, even while staying at the forefront of an industry that has seen rapid and monumental change over the past several years.Read Full Article »

Employment Practices Liability Insurance: What Is It, and Who Needs It?

Twenty years ago, employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) was rare in the United States, and even a decade ago, most companies didn’t buy it. Today, however, many firms have stand-alone EPLI coverage: 41% of those companies with more than 1,000 employees, 34% of those with 500–750 employees, 23% of those with 200–500 employees, 32% of those with 50–200 employees and about 20% of companies having fewer than 50 employees.Read Full Article »

How to Avoid Becoming Financially Squashed in the Sandwich Generation

One of the greatest stressors in life can happen when you become responsible for caring for an aging parent while still supporting your own children. The Sandwich Generation is defined by the Pew Research Center as adults who have a living parent age 65 or older and are either raising a child under age 18 or supporting an adult child. Seventy-one percent of the members of this generation are age 40–59.Read Full Article »

Q&A With Fort Meade Alliance President Steve Tiller

Recognized as Best Lawyers’ 2013 Baltimore Patent Lawyer of the Year and 2014 and 2016 Baltimore Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year, Steve Tiller, a partner with the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston (WTP), is known as a top technology and intellectual property (IP) litigator in the mid-Atlantic. Tiller is co-chair of WTP’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice group, which is one of only 24 firms nationwide ranked in the top tier for technology by U.S. News & World Report.Read Full Article »

Fort Meade Contracting: So Much More Than NSA

Within its tight, 5,067-acre footprint, Fort Meade’s primary mission is to provide a wide range of services to 118 partner organizations from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as to several federal agencies, including the National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Media Activity (DMA), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Defense Courier Service and U.S. CyberCommand.Read Full Article »