Archived Articles: December 2016

Trends and New Programs: Focus at Expanded Entrepreneur Expo

To gauge the health of Maryland’s startup environment, look no further than the Technology Development Corp. of Maryland’s (TEDCO) annual Entrepreneur Expo. The annual November event has outgrown its traditional Linthicum venue, necessitating relocation to the Hilton Baltimore in its sixth year to accommodate more than 700 participants and a record 83 exhibitors.Read Full Article »

Local Banks Combat Credit Card Fraud 

Reflecting a national trend for credit card users, members of the Applied Physics Lab Federal Credit Union (APLFCU) now have more say in controlling fraud on their credit cards. That’s because they can receive “purchase alerts” — customized by card users and delivered in close to real time — that roll in via text or email to help purchasers monitor their account activity.Read Full Article »

Biz Roundup

HCGH Proposes Construction Project to Serve Growing Community

Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) is proposing a construction project that would add a two-story addition to the hospital and renovate existing space. It would rise in an effort to meet current community needs for emergency care, general medical and surgical care, and behavioral health services, including acute mental health and substance use disorder treatment.Read Full Article »

Columbia to Bloom Again With 50,000 Daffodils Planted for 50th

Five decades ago, the figurative seeds for a groundbreaking new community had been planted. Columbia, blossomed, bloomed and became a destination for people seeking a high quality of life in a community renowned for its diversity, beautiful open space, activities and amenities. That reputation has remained throughout the years, with Money Magazine recently naming Columbia the best small city in the country in which to live.Read Full Article »

Moving North? Consider Tax Consequences

During every presidential election cycle, there are citizens who, fearing the direction the country is heading, begin researching the steps to move to another country. This election in particular, countless people (including many celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Schumer, John Stewart and more), publicly vowed to leave the country if their candidate lost.Read Full Article »

Secretary of State’s Office Warns of Charity Scams This Holiday Season

As the holidays approach, Gov. Larry Hogan and Secretary of State John Wobensmith are warning Maryland citizens to beware of deceptive practices. Charities in Maryland and beyond depend upon the generosity of citizens to provide programs and services to those in need across the state. While this is the time of year charities increase their efforts to collect donations, it is important to be vigilant about scams that are posing as legitimate charitable organizations.Read Full Article »

New Fed Mentor-Protégé Program Affects Large, Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced major changes to its long-standing Mentor-Protégé Program. Originally, this program was designed to support the growth of small businesses that were certified as 8(a) Program participants; the program is intended to serve as a business development tool, with the mentors providing financial, technical and/or management assistance to their protégés.Read Full Article »

Privacy — Maybe

In October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in an historic and contentious decision, voted to limit the use and sale of customer information by Internet providers, such as Verizon and Comcast. While individual content providers like Google and Facebook have been regulated by the Federal Trade Commission, the FTC has no mandate to restrict Internet service providers — a subtle, but important, difference.Read Full Article »

Chamber Corner


This is an exciting time for our region, and we at the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (WCC) could not be more enthusiastic about what lies ahead. There is a trifecta of assets that are primary drivers of economic growth in this region and, likewise, critical components to the healthy business ecosystem the WCC strives to sustain.Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

One Dish Cuisine Named Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant in America

AllergyEats has named One Dish Cuisine Café, Deli & Bakery, in Ellicott City, the most allergy-friendly restaurant in the United States. One Dish is free of most common allergens, including peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy, as well as gluten. While the restaurant does serve dairy, all dairy-based meals are made in a separate kitchen with protocols in place to avoid cross-contact with milk, butter and cheese.Read Full Article »

People In Business

Hogan Names Former Howard Police Chief as New Sheriff

Gov. Larry Hogan recently appointed Bill McMahon as Howard County sheriff. McMahon previously served Howard County as chief of police from 2006 to 2014. He most recently served as acting executive director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, and as director of the Commissions’ Leadership Development Institute.Read Full Article »

Young Women Rise to the Entrepreneurial Challenge

A small group of young women, dressed in business attire and looking busy on their laptops, recently gathered at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship anxiously awaiting the start of a 13-week journey to better prepare them for their futures. These young ladies were the third cohort of Junior Achievement (JA) Rising Women, composed of high school girls from across Howard County who meet weekly to explore entrepreneurship first-hand as they launch their own business.Read Full Article »

Embracing STEAM Education as an Expansion of STEM

STEAM is an educational movement that engages students from preschool through college and beyond in an integrated learning approach, now officially recognized nationally as part of Common Core standards along with science, technology, engineering and mathematics, i.e., STEM plus the arts. The standards, implemented both on the national and individual state levels, are an essential component to any high quality STEAM program.Read Full Article »

In Brief

Maryland Commerce and Community Colleges Join to Launch Workforce Training Program

The Maryland Department of Commerce has joined with the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) to launch a program that partners the state’s 16 community colleges with local employers to build customized workforce training and assess future training needs. A “one-stop-shop” for Maryland businesses and workforce stakeholders, the Maryland WorkSmart program will provide training through a network of centers located at each of the community college campuses.Read Full Article »

Milestone Birthdays

70 Acme Paper

Edward and Mildred Attman founded Acme Paper & Supply Company in 1946 in a 1,500-square-foot rented garage in Baltimore. Today, three generations of the Attman family continue the tradition, with a warehouse/headquarters complex in the Baltimore-Washington Industrial Park in Savage and a regional distribution center in Richmond, Va.Read Full Article »