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April 2016:

The Opioid Epidemic: Looking for Progress »

Addiction to opioids and heroin. It is a deadly epidemic, one that has no societal boundaries; it’s been widely acknowledged by local and state, as well as the national, governments.


Youth Hockey Programs Boosted By Caps’ Stellar Season »

2015–16; this could finally be their year.


Spending Affordability, Social Issues Drive Funding Concerns »

A report issued in March by the Howard County Spending Affordability Advisory Committee advises cautious optimism in anticipating projected revenue growth of $32.7 million — a 3.2% increase — in fiscal 2017.


Drone On, But Know the Regulations »

Drones and cherry blossoms don’t mix, at least in Washington, D.C., warned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently — no matter how much you want to take that beautiful aerial photo.


WomenFest Is Back for 2016 »

Howard County’s WomenFest is back again this year, providing attendees with opportunities to boost their health and wellness, attend workshops, shop for jewelry and fashion accessories, find home improvement and financial services, and enjoy lunch — all under one roof, all in one day.


Entrepreneurial Program Turns High School Girls Into Rising Women »

Rising Women, a unique Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JA) program made possible through a partnership with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) and the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County (WGC), is training the next generation of female entrepreneurs.


Biz Roundup »

Kittleman Addresses Proposed Changes to Maryland Transportation Project Policy Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has issued the following statement regarding proposed changes to Maryland Transportation Project Policy. “Senate Bill 908 politicizes and complicates the Consolidated Transportation Plan (CTP) and the Maryland Transportation Plan. This proposed legislation adds additional bureaucratic layers to an already complex process. [...]


Columbia Festival of the Arts Spring Program Coming »

The Columbia Festival of the Arts’ (CFA) winter 2016 offerings, dubbed “Beyond The Blues,” marked exceptional growth for the festival as it moved further into its new format as a multi-seasonal event.


Q&A With TEDCO President & COO John Wasilisin »

John Wasilisin, president and chief operating officer (COO) of the Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO), has spent 38 years in the business/government service sector, 33 of which have been in economic/workforce development.


Giant Food Truck Driver With 1.7M Miles First Woman to Receive Industry Award »

The Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) has named Howard County resident Annette Womack, a truck driver for Giant Food, MMTA’s 2015 Driver of the Year. Womack is the first woman to be recognized with this honor since the organization’s founding in 1935.


Unusual Bipartisan Unity Against School Board Incumbents »

School board elections in Howard County are often snoozy affairs, marked by muted debate on education issues that engage PTAs and the teacher’s union. But this year’s nonpartisan primary for three seats on the seven-member board is the most politicized and intense in recent memory.


Support for Bike Plan, Rejection of Storm Water Fee Elimination »

In March, the Howard County Council rejected County Executive Allan Kittleman’s (R) proposal to eliminate the county’s storm water remediation fee, with a vote of 4-1 against the measure. Councilman Greg Fox (R-Dist. 5) cast the lone vote in favor of elimination.


HHC Donates $50K to Support Columbia’s 50th Birthday Celebration »

The Columbia 50th Birthday Celebration, a new nonprofit created to coordinate the events and programs commemorating Columbia’s golden anniversary, has received a lead gift of $50,000 from The Howard Hughes Corp. (HHC).


SBA Achieves Federal Contracting Goal for WOSBs »

On March 2, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that after more than 20 years of effort, the 5% target goal for awarding federal contracts to businesses owned and operated by women has been reached. This translates to more than $17.8 billion in awarded contracts in fiscal 2015.


For You, a Deal »

So, LivingSocial is cutting more than half of its workforce, laying off 85 people in its Washington office and more than 280 countrywide, and outsourcing its customer service call center — something that I’m sure will go well with people trying to straighten out a snafu while out on a hot date.


Buyers, Sellers Value Engagement, Struggle to Find Common Ground »

While 97% of small and medium-sized businesses agree that customer engagement is a top priority, they admit they come up short.


Stop and Taste the Rosés »

Quick: What’s the fastest growing wine category in the U.S.?


Howard County Board Of Education Voters Guide »

As a service to readers, The Business Monthly has asked each Howard County Board of Education candidate to answer a short questionnaire for a local voters’ guide.


People In Business »

Spearman to Depart Dimensions, LRH; Enter Perkins John Spearman, president and chief operating officer of Laurel Regional Hospital (LRH) and interim chief operating officer of Dimensions Healthcare System, will resign his position on April 8 to pursue other opportunities. Spearman’s departure aligns with the start date of the health system’s new executive vice president and [...]


Business Briefs »

Applications for TEDCO’s Life Science Investment Fund Now Being Accepted The Life Science Investment Fund (LSIF), which was previously managed by the former Department of Business and Economic Development (then under the name Biotechnology Commercialization Award), was one of the programs that was transferred to TEDCO on Oct. 1, 2015, along with Maryland Venture Fund. [...]


From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

The line in the beloved baseball film, “Field of Dreams,” included a famous saying: “If you build it, he will come.”


Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

CA Board of Directors Passes Budget for Fiscal ’17, ’18 Columbia Association’s (CA) board of directors voted on Feb. 25 to pass the operating and capital budgets for fiscal 2017 and the conditional budgets for fiscal 2018. CA’s operating budget for fiscal year 2017 anticipates $69.8 million in revenue, with budgeted expenses of $66 million. [...]