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Blossoms of Hope Celebrates 10 Years, Future Growth


Pretty In Pink, the Pink Greens Golf Classic, Power of the Purse, Pink Plates — and the list goes on. And as Cherrybration Days unfold in Howard County, so do a growing number of activities that offer something for everyone.

Pedestrian Master Plan Update: Howard County Seeking Input


A series of public workshops being held through April are intended to inform the public about the input phase of Walk Howard, the Howard County Pedestrian Master Plan Update.

Local Brewers Have Different Recipes for Connecting


Wander through a microbrewery tasting room or craft beer pub and there’s a good chance the clientele will be discussing nuances of beer styles and hop varieties, or the different attributes of top fermenting yeast versus bottom fermenting.

Feds Invest Another $7.5M to Support State’s Small Business Growth


It’s time for the second installment.

That’s basically what Greg Cole said about the news that the state of Maryland has received its second infusion of $7,598,484 in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury (DOT), which gives small businesses access to the capital they need to grow and create jobs.

First Distillery Planned in North Laurel


Howard County is set to join Maryland’s growing craft distillery movement with the establishment of the Lost Ark Distilling Co., in North Laurel.

Biz Roundup


Howard Bancorp, Patapsco Bancorp to Merge; Commitments for $25M in New Capital

Howard Bancorp, the parent company of Howard Bank, and Dundalk-based Patapsco Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Patapsco Bank, have entered into an agreement to merge.

Howard’s Kittleman Proposes Capital Improvement Budget


Education and public safety are the priorities in a fiscal 2016 capital improvement budget proposed by Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman on April 1.

Howard County Earns AAA Rating From All Three Agencies


Howard County has received an AAA credit rating, the highest possible score, from all three bond ratings agencies. Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investor Services and Standard & Poor’s all have recognized the county’s vibrant economy, diverse revenue streams and strong financial policies and practices.

Q&A With FIRN CEO and Executive Director Hector Garcia


Hector Garcia, Jr., has been the CEO and executive director of FIRN —which was founded as the Foreign-born Information & Referral Network — in Columbia, for more than four years. His duties include overseeing the operations, fundraising, strategic planning and community relations for the nonprofit.

Film Industry Hoping for Incentives Renewal, More Projects


For the Maryland Film Industry Coalition (MFIC) and its supporters, the drill was the same during Session 2016 as it’s been, seemingly, every year.

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