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October 2015:


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October 2015:

First Lady Visits, Encourages Howard County Students »

Trecya Jordan recently enjoyed what she can only call the job interview of her life.

Students Construct Helping Hands: Manufacturing Day at NGC »

As part of the fifth national Manufacturing Day, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Northrop Grumman Corp. (NGC) hosted 15 students from two Baltimore high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs at its Linthicum facility on Sept. 28.

Feeling the Power: Banking on Solar Energy »

It’s not unusual when cruising around central Maryland to drive past the home of an owner who has taken advantage of the state and federal tax incentives and installed solar panels on their roof. And it’s not hard to thumb through a directory that lists numerous companies that have invested in the trend.

Prince George’s Council Questions Dimensions About Hospital Closure »

State and Prince George’s County elected officials joined Laurel Regional Hospital (LRH) workers and Laurel city leaders at an outdoor press conference on Sept. 8 to outline the impact of Dimensions Healthcare System’s (DHS) recent decision to close the hospital.

A Possible Step Forward for Crystal Spring »

When the principals of Westport, Conn.-based Affirmative Hillpoint LLC, developers of the proposed mixed-use Village at Crystal Spring, initially pitched the project in 2011, they were hoping to have their first shovel in the ground at the Annapolis property by 2013.

Biz Roundup »

Historic Agreement Between Anne Arundel, Annapolis City Officials Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides and Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Bob Hannon, and members of both the city and county council recently created a new partnership. Schuh and Pantelides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that utilizes [...]

30th Anniversary: LHC Sets Goal of $1M for Cap Campaign »

Leadership Howard County (LHC) is in the midst of a 30th Anniversary Capital Campaign that will bring its scholarship fund to $1 million, allowing the program to support even more future participation.

Q&A With Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra »

A quick winter hop from Philadelphia to Miami ended up leading Sal Sinatra on a new adventure that he couldn’t have imagined before that blizzard-like weekend in Philly in early 2014; for later that same year, he was named by the Aurora, Ontario-based Stronach Group as vice president and general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club.

Final Long Reach Input Session Explores Housing »

Howard County residents received planning updates and heard the preliminary results of a housing study at a September community meeting that was focused on the redevelopment of Columbia’s Long Reach Village Center.

What’s to Do About Baltimore’s High Taxes »

It is an old question perplexing Maryland political leaders, but with new urgency. And there have been precious few new answers.

Kittleman Announces Initiatives to Support Older Adults »

In September, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman announced new initiatives to support the future growth of Howard County’s older adult population.

Schuh Is Difficult to Pigion-Hole, Ideologically »

The Anne Arundel County executive is hard to pigeon-hole ideologically, much as he was when he was serving in the House of Delegates, where he got good marks from both business groups and environmentalists.

Chamber Corner »

HCCC HR Essentials Seminar Nearly 100 small businesses came to listen and learn from CEOs, lawyers, marketing professionals and financial counselors who gathered to share their experiences (and lessons learned) on how to successfully nurture a growing business. With labor laws and employment practices changing frequently, attendees were updated on topics ranging from recruiting via [...]

GovConnects Cyber 6.0 »

Almost 300 cybersecurity thought leaders recently convened in Howard County at Cyber 6.0 to discuss and consider the rapidly evolving cloud and its impact on risk management, security and our nation.

New Rule Creates Equal Playing Field With Sole Source Abiility »

Women-owned small businesses seeking federal contracts won a victory when the Small Business Administration (SBA) published a rule, effective Oct. 14, allowing for the use of sole-source authority in the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program.

Spell Out Guarantees — or Spell Trouble »

Few advertising claims garner more attention than “100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.” This widely-used statement can be found in all forms of advertising, ranging from simple flyers to national TV spots.

Moonshot »

John Sculley is perhaps best known as the man who fired Steve Jobs from Apple, which is probably not the thing you want as your legacy. Sculley was a marketing man who helped launch the original MacIntosh, to great success and profits.

Millennials and the Business of Wine »

According to International Wine and Spirits Research (IWSR), a London-based drinks research group, the United States is the world’s largest wine market, by volume.

People In Business »

Partnership Announces Pecoraro to Replace Greene Greg Pecoraro has been appointed as the BWI Business Partnership’s new executive director, succeeding the retired Linda Greene. The selection was made after an extensive regional search and selection process led by the board of directors. Pecoraro’s résumé includes more than 25 years of government relations and nonprofit management [...]

Business Briefs »

DTS Acquires Columbia Partners-Backed iBiquity for $172M DTS Inc., a high-definition (HD) audio solutions and audio enhancement technologies company headquartered in Calabasas, Ca., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire iBiquity Digital Corp., of Columbia, the developer of digital HD radio technology for AM/FM audio and data broadcasting, for approximately $172 million. DTS expects [...]

Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

Ghana Fest 2 to Celebrate Columbia’s Newest Sister City Columbia Association (CA) will host an afternoon of Ghanaian music, drumming, dance and refreshments at Ghana Fest 2, the latest event celebrating Columbia’s expanding relationship with its new sister city of Tema. The event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 8, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. [...]

Letter To The Editor »

Starting in 1890, “Jim Crow” laws were established to enforce racial segregation. These laws continued until 1965.

From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

Just as individuals who live in Columbia can receive discounted membership rates, for fitness programs and other benefits, so too do those who work full-time on Columbia Association (CA)-assessed property.