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September 2014:

Slots Begin Paying Off for Maryland Racing Industry »

Casinos have become part of the Maryland landscape, thanks in part to a legislative arrangement that diverts a percentage of slot machine proceeds to support the state’s horse racing and breeding industries.

As Technology Marches On: What About the Jobs? »

Mike Galiazzo has a question. He’s not sure what the answer will be, but he thinks his query needs to be addressed.

‘Can We Do More?’ Community Asks After Concert Deaths »

When two concertgoers died and others were hospitalized during an electronic dance music festival on Aug. 1 at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, many local community members wondered whether these deaths could have been prevented.

Study Recommends Incremental Changes for Village Centers »

The consulting team that is studying the effects of market forces on Columbia’s Village Centers expects to deliver a consolidated report by the end of September.

Sidelined Development Back on Track in Laurel »

Anticipating that new residents would follow job growth in the region, the City of Laurel seemed primed for a development boom seven years ago, due to its central location.

HCGH Cancer Center Connects Patients to Resources, Support Networks »

Life can change in an instant for those living with cancer, often leaving them wondering where to turn for support, guidance and hope for the journey ahead. For men and women with all types of cancer in Howard County, the starting point is often The Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital (HCGH).

Q&A With Columbia Association President/CEO Milton Matthews »

It’s turned out that the second visit to Columbia was the charm for Milton Matthews, who in June became the fifth president of Columbia Association (CA), after serving in a similar position in a similar community, Reston, Va.

Biz Roundup »

ICBN Producing Savings for Public School System, Howard County Says Howard County has announced that the first stage of work to allow the Howard County Public School System to use the Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) for data services is complete, in time for the start of the 2014-15 school year. As the result of a [...]

MakingChange: A Family Affair For Wendy And Jason Slaughter »

For Jason and Wendy Slaughter, MakingChange is a family affair. Jason, a vice president and loan originator at Clarksville Mortgage Corp., has served on the board since 2008. And Wendy, who is president of the RE/MAX Advantage Wendy Slaughter Team in Fulton, is an enthusiastic volunteer and sponsor of MakingChange events.

A New Beginning for the Columbia Festival of Arts »

Artfully drawn and colored street-chalked masterpieces. Flipping, tumbling, gravity-defying contortionists from China. Quick-paced fiddler shrills and the stirring footwork of an 8-year-old performer.

Already a Watershed Election, But Is a Wave Coming? »

We already know this is a watershed election year in Maryland politics.

Howard County Renews Focus on Pathway, Watershed Initiatives »

A collaborative project between the Howard County Conservancy and the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) will target the water quality in watershed areas near public schools throughout the county. The project is supported by a $30,000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

Casting for a Councilman »

If you were casting an actor to play the role of a distinguished-looking politician, Michael Anthony Peroutka would fit the bill.

Chamber Corner »

WCC Insiders Know ‘It’s Happening Here!’ Phenomenal growth has occurred in West Anne Arundel County during the past few years, and it’s not over yet. Insiders know the place to find out what’s happening in the area is through the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (WAACCC). Not a member yet? Join between now [...]

After Eight Years: Small Business Contracting Goals Finally Met »

Federal government contracting made national headlines when the 2013 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard was announced at the Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt. The results for fiscal 2013 showed that the federal government met its small business federal contracting goal of 23% for the first time since 2005. This translates to $83.1 billion in contracts awarded to small businesses nationwide.

The Future, In Layers »

In a small room in the back of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship at an office of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, transformational things are growing — one thin layer at a time.

Invoice Jeopardy: Is It Legit? »

It’s challenging enough to run a business. But the increased need to investigate every invoice places time and money squarely on the back of business owners. So, with growing reports of unauthorized merchandise, bogus invoices and fake fundraisers, BBB advises businesses to boneup on clues to avoid losses associated with deceptive and fraudulent solicitations.

Try It Again — For the First Time »

Our recent night out took Dawn and me to Alexandra’s American Fusion at Turf Valley Resort. If you haven’t dined there in a while, it’s time you try it again; and if you never have, it’s time that you do.

Mobile Tools, Social Media Add Gusto to Nonprofit Fundraising »

Nonprofits are competing more vigorously than ever for a share of their potential contributors’ wallets. The most successful of these have learned that engaging individual donors and potential donors today calls for a mix of the old and the new.

Financial Planning for Business Owners: It’s a Whole New Ballgame »

For many business owners, their personal and business lives are practically inseparable. That’s why it’s important to integrate all the aspects of owning a business in developing a personal financial plan.

The Roth 401(k): The Last Great Tax Shelter »

Most people know that one of the last great tax shelters today is the Roth IRA. A Roth 401(k) is similar to a Roth IRA in terms of tax benefits, but it’s included as part of a company’s retirement plan.

HCAC Receives Funding Increase From MSAC »

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) was awarded a $106,964 Community Arts Development grant for fiscal 2014–15 from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts.

Travers: Passion and Persistence at Vantage House »

In 25 years at Vantage House, Katie Travers has made more than 50,000 calls to prospective residents and has met with more than 10,000 people thinking about making Vantage House their home.

Business Briefs »

TEDCO Announces State Support for Cybersecurity Fund The Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO) has received state support for its Cybersecurity Investment Fund (CIF), the first dedicated cybersecurity fund in Maryland. CIF will support state companies to develop and commercialize new cybersecurity products by providing investments of up to $100,000. Funding from TEDCO’s CIF program will [...]

People In Business »

CarneyKelehan Attorneys Elected to Council for State Bar Kevin Kelehan, Daniel Scherr and Darren Burns, partners with the Columbia-based law firm of Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett and Scherr, were elected to the Section Council of the Construction Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association for the 2014–15 term. The trio has been active as [...]

NonProfit News & Charitable Giving »

Vendors, Sponsors Wanted for Howard County 50+EXPO Explore the possibilities for the next chapter of your life at Howard County’s 50+EXPO with the help of keynote speaker Anne Herbster, vice president of marketing and integration at AARP Services and the creative force behind the “Life Reimagined, Real Possibilities” campaign. Presented by the Department of Citizen [...]

Spotlight On New Business »

Malcolm Johnson of North Laurel has launched a new tour and event service focused on the growing local craft brew industry. All Grain Brew Tours arranges transportation and combines on-site tastings with education about the brewing process and tours of the brewing operations. “We provide the transportation and partner with the breweries, who provide the [...]

From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

On Oct. 18, Columbia Association (CA) will host “Columbia Speaks. CA Listens,” a forum which will provide an opportunity for residents from a diverse cross-section of Columbia — including members of the business community — to give their thoughts regarding specific issues.

Neuman Announces Decision on Dairy Farm »

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has announced the county has reached a decision regarding future operation of the Naval Academy Dairy Farm.

Letter To The Editor »

The Post-Labor Day School Start: The Debate Continues Recently, a state task force on a post-Labor Day school start for Maryland public schools approved a recommendation that public schools do just that: start classes after Labor Day. This recommendation follows a series of task force meetings during a nine-month period, where its members, like members [...]

CIC to Celebrate New Headquarters With Grand Opening Week »

Anne Arundel County’s technology business incubator, the Chesapeake Innovation Center, will formally open its new headquarters at 2288 Blue Water Blvd., Building 300, Ground Floor, Odenton, with a ribbon-cutting event attended by state and local leaders, including Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, on Friday, Sept. 12, at 9:30 a.m.