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August 2014:

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.

Gathering ’Round: Uniting the Cyber Sectors »

The cybersecurity industry is big. And it’s expanding.

Transformed Library Branch Becomes Destination for Future »

The Howard County Library System (HCLS) continues to take steps to solidify its role as a 21st century public educational institution that has been recognized as the best public library system in the United States.

NGC to Build Space Assembly, Test Facility in Linthicum »

Northrop Grumman Corp. (NGC) officially broke ground on a new, $20 million Maryland Space Assembly and Test (M-SAT) facility on its Baltimore Campus, adjacent to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum, on July 14.

Grants in Howard Spurring Ag Growth »

From the first acre of hops ever planted in Howard County to improvements on a roadside produce stand, grants from the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) are helping farmers innovate and improve their businesses.

West Arundel Continues as Location of Choice for Growth, Expansion »

From Odenton to Hanover, West Anne Arundel County continues to benefit from key business moves and an uptick in development projects.

Biz Roundup »

BPW Approves Expedited Procurement for Plan to Improve BWI Marshall The Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW) approved an expedited procurement request for a major construction program at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. The contract will support the main package of construction for the D/E connector and security checkpoint program, a multi-phase development at the airport [...]

HCEDA Building on Momentum With New Loan Fund, Initiatives »

Howard County is gaining national attention for the innovative economic development initiatives launched during the past year. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said he expects the team at the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) to continue to build on that momentum.

Q&A With Crofton Community Activist Marsha Perry »

While the first name the public connects with Columbia is obviously that of its founder, Jim Rouse, that’s anything but the case with another of the area’s planned communities.

The Recovery Grinds Ahead »

The economic winter has ended for Howard and Anne Arundel counties, even as much of the balance of the state continues to deal with chilly business conditions.

Sharfstein: Too Much on His Plate »

It was easy to feel sorry for state Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene Joshua Sharfstein during the last couple of years. When it was announced he was leaving the department late last month, the only surprise was that his departure wasn’t immediate and that it hadn’t happened sooner.

Referendum Dispute Sparks Opposition to HCEDA Board Makeup »

The latest skirmish in the battle waged by a group of residents opposed to some of the provisions in the 2013 Comprehensive Rezoning package approved by the Howard County Council occurred during a portion of the council process that is typically viewed as routine and perhaps mundane. But it’s rarely controversial.

Will Anne Arundel Voters Let George Do It — or Steve? »

June’s culmination of the fierce fight for Anne Arundel County executive between Republicans Steve Schuh and incumbent Laura Neuman may have given the impression that it was a one-act play and that the final curtain is down.

A Serious Case of Incumbent-itis: Is It Fatal? »

Now that we’re deep into the heaviest buying season of the federal year (July 1–Sept, 30), let’s address the issue that is killing the chance of winning for many previously-successful government contractors.

Chamber Corner »

BWCC Huge Summer Networking Event How would you like to develop business contacts and possibly win an iPad or a Flat Screen (courtesy of Sam’s Club) at one of the region’s largest networking events — a happening that draws nearly 300 businesses, nonprofits and institutional representatives? You’ll have that opportunity on Aug. 20, from 7:30–9:30 [...]

Fly Me to the Moon »

Let’s look at several overworked topics, such as the Supreme Court decisions on Aereo TV and cell phones — but from a (hopefully) new computer perspective.

Bogus Towson Ad Agency Cons Businesses Across Country »

Better Business Bureau (BBB), serving Greater Maryland, has warned business owners of an advertising scheme that supposedly originated from an ad agency in Towson. That firm, known as Sports Media (also called Signature Sports), has unanswered complaints and an “F” rating with BBB.

Sauternes … It’s Not Just for Dessert »

When I first sat down to write this article, I was going to discuss dessert wines. This category had been declining for quite a while due to many factors, including consumer tastes and cost.

Industry Perspective: A Trusted Partner in Energy Efficiency Gains »

The Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI), through a partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), is reaching out to manufacturing companies in the BGE service area to assist them in making decisions to become more energy efficient. Lowering costs is a key competitive advantage of energy efficiency which, in turn, creates savings. Companies may then invest these savings in other areas, like hiring more workers.

Small Firms Give Maryland C- for Business Friendliness »

Some rankings of Maryland’s business climate put it at the bottom of the pack, as the Tax Foundation does. A few put it at the top, as does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s No. 1 rating for innovation and entrepreneurship that Gov. Martin O’Malley likes to cite.

New Managers for Maryland Small Business Loan Fund »

As Maryland’s casinos continue to grow in popularity, so do their contributions to the state’s Small, Minority- and Women-Owned Business Loan Fund. The program receives 1.5% of video lottery terminal revenue and has already approved 77 loans, totaling $7.8 million.

CyberMaryland 2014 Set for Late October »

The state of Maryland has announced that, during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October 2014, Maryland will host CyberMaryland 2014, a multi-faceted conference, competition, cyber hiring event and awards celebration.

Personal Perspective: What’s the Focus of Economic Development? »

Economic development agencies were originally established by local and state governments to, theoretically, help promote business within their respective jurisdictions.

Commercial Development Is Economic Development »

To illustrate the importance of commercial development to a local economy, let’s examine the example of an astute real estate developer who senses that demand is greater than supply and plans to build an office building in response to the perceived imbalance.

Business Briefs »

HCGH Redesignated Cardiac Interventional Center Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) has announced its re-designation as a Cardiac Interventional Center by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) for a period of five years. The designation indicates that HCGH meets Maryland state standards in the care of patients transported by emergency medical services (EMS) [...]

People In Business »

Five Leaders Join Loyola’s Sellinger Board Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management elected five members to the board of sponsors. They are Calvin Barker, president of BB&T for Maryland; Micah Conrad, CFO for One Main Financial; Deb Ingersoll, co-founder of Orchard Hills Design & Construction; William Kauffman, owner and sole principal officer [...]

NonProfit News & Charitable Giving »

CFAAC Offers Ladders to Success Grants for 2014 The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) has announced the 2014 Ladders to Success Education and Youth Development Grants. The awards, totaling $55,875, aim to improve educational outcomes for at-risk youth in Anne Arundel County. During the past five years, CFAAC has granted more than $525,000 [...]

From The Desk of CA President Milton Matthews »

It’s now been about two months since I began working for Columbia Association (CA). Columbia is the sixth community that I’ve worked in, with four of them being incorporated municipalities.