Monday, September 1, 2014

In This Issue:

As Seen on TV: Poker at Maryland Live! »

The mid-2013 unveiling of the poker room at Maryland Live! Casino opened a new world for players in the state who previously had to travel beyond its borders for a friendly public poker game or three.

Ascend One Corp. Will Focus on Health Centers »

As Columbia-based Ascend One Corp. restructures, the company will focus on its Nava Health and Vitality Center subsidiary. Ascend One announced 147 layoffs last spring, with some of those employees being absorbed into health center-related jobs.


Upcoming Events

September 2, 2014 Rotary Club of Clarksville 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM September 2, 2014 Columbia Rotary Club 6:30 PM September 3, 2014 Columbia Town Center Rotary Club 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM September 3, 2014 YPN/HC Network & Mingle 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM September 3, 2014 Elkridge Rotary Club 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM View all upcoming events »

Latest News

BizWeekly 8-27-2014

Whole Foods Opens in Former Rouse Headquarters

Whole Foods Market Columbia, the first in Howard County, opened Wednesday, Aug. 20. The approximately 50,000-square-foot store, located in the former Rouse Company building, was designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry for Columbia founder Jim Rouse.

Whole Foods Market team members will be organizing and attending events around Columbia in the coming weeks. In a community as focused on health as Columbia, team members believe the store will be a natural fit. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine.

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MD Entrepreneur

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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