Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Cherrybration Days Raise Money for Cancer Awareness »

The month of April means its time for a Cherrybration in Howard County, which is the series of events ranging from Pink Plate specials at local restaurants to a Pretty-In-Pink Champagne Lunch & Fashion Show at Turf Valley.

A Message From Stacie Hunt: President & CEO, Leadership Howard County »

Whether you are a small business owner or the CEO of a major company, you share a concern that our community strives to be the best it can be. It’s vital to the success of your business, your employees, your neighborhood and your family.

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Latest News

BizWeekly 4/22/2014

Howard County Unveils New 3D Maryland Innovation + Prototyping Lab

3D Maryland, an initiative of the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), has officially opened the state’s newest prototyping lab dedicated to the advancement of additive manufacturing, 3-D printing and rapid technology.

The Innovation + Prototyping Lab features industry-level workstations, a variety of industry standard professional software packages and four 3-D printers for prototyping. This new lab provides the facilities for 3D Maryland to offer seminars, workshops, classes and customized training while also making the lab resources available to both individuals and groups.

3D Maryland is already facilitating cross-industry collaboration and business growth, much of it coming out of the professional user group. Among the companies and agencies participating are The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Northrup Grumman, Next Line Manufacturing, Stanley Black and Decker, and Bowles Fluidics.

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Responding to the growing trend of entrepreneurism, The Business Monthly has introduced a new publication Maryland Entrepreneur Quarterly (MEQ). Subscribe and read articles »

Guest Article

Sipping With Sam

A Tale of Two Regions (With Apologies to Dickens)

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” ― Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”

Mr. Dickens didn’t know at the time he penned this now famous opening line that he could have been describing the contrast of the 2013 harvest between two of the world’s premier winegrowing regions. While California’s Napa Valley enjoyed a near-perfect growing season, France’s Bordeaux region could not catch a break.

When we as consumers walk into wine shops and see shelves full of shiny bottles, with their eye-catching labels and colorful capsules, we often forget that wine is an agricultural product. Wine is made from grapes grown on farms called vineyards, by farmers called viticulturists; and like any other crop, grapevines grow at the whims of Mother Nature. Growers are constantly being challenged by pests, diseases and, most of all, by the weather.

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