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Proposal Would Make County Documents Searchable Online »

The Howard County Council is considering legislation introduced by Councilman Greg Fox (R-Dist. 5) and co-sponsored by his council colleagues that would make county documents and certain other files be saved in a format that enables the public to search for (and within) them on the county’s web site.


July 1 Marked Final Quarter of the Fed Fiscal Year: Time to Strategize »

The federal government agencies follow a fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 and ending Sept. 30, so we just entered the final quarter, which started July 1. Historically, more $150 billion will be spent in the next three months, with companies large and small receiving competitive and single-source contracts.


Chamber Corner »

WCC Everyone always thinks things will slow down during the summer, but that certainly isn’t true for the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (WAACCC). Here are some of the events coming up this month. Lunch at the USO The WAACCC Military Affairs Committee and Maryland Live! Casino will be sponsoring a Yum! Lunch [...]


New Programs, Renovations Coming to Merriweather »

It’s taken a long time. A very long time.


Competitive Primary Races for Some Offices: But Low Turnout Expected »

There are many competitive races on the Howard County ballot for the June 24 primary, but depending on your party registration and where you live, there may be little reason to go to the polls besides the statewide races.


Recommendations Made for Columbia’s Village Centers »

A new Retail Retention and Recruitment Program for the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), technical assistance, small business loan funding and on-deck ideas for replacing lost anchors are among the recommendations made by the consulting team studying the future viability of Columbia’s Village Centers.


TEDCO Announces 2014 ICE Award Winners »

The Columbia-based Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO) hosted the organization’s fourth annual ICE Awards in May. Held at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center, the awards program recognizes outstanding businesses and individuals from TEDCO’s portfolio of more than 300 seed and early-stage companies.


Reston’s Matthews Named to Head CA »

The Columbia Association (CA) board of directors has announced that Milton Matthews will be the next president/CEO of the organization. Matthews was most recently the CEO of the Reston Association, an organization similar to CA that is located in Reston, Va. The Reston Association covers more than 11.5 square miles and is home to more than 65,000 residents.


CFHoCo Grants $295,403 to Howard County Nonprofits »

The Community Foundation of Howard County (CFHoCo), which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, gave $295,403 in grants to 48 nonprofit organizations in Howard County. Grants come from the foundation’s community grant program, which combines operational and project requests into one funding cycle.


Biz Roundup »

Major Triathlon Events Taken Over by Ironman, UCF As the Columbia Triathlon Association (TriColumbia) continues its silence regarding the future of the organization, some major triathlon events have been taken over by the World Triathlon Corp (WTC) — organizer of the official Ironman series — as well as the Ulman Cancer Fund (UCF) for Young [...]


Anne Arundel County’s Voter’s Guide »

As a supplement to this issue’s election guide sponsored by the League of Women Voters Howard County, The Business Monthly has asked candidates running for office in our coverage areas outside of Howard County to answer a short questionnaire about their candidacy.


Primary Choices: Change Course or Four More Years of O’Malley Policies »

By the end of the month, Democratic primary voters will make a fundamental choice: Should Maryland have four more years of Martin O’Malley’s policies carried out by his lieutenant governor, Anthony Brown, and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman? Or should the state shift directions to another course?


Howard County Considers Affordable Housing Changes »

Less than two months after the issue of concentrated affordable housing was raised at a countywide community forum, the Howard County Council is considering legislation that would alter some affordable housing policies and the process used to acquire new county-owned properties.


Schuh, Neuman Face Off to the Finish »

Steve Schuh and Laura Neuman have been tangling with each other from afar for 15 months now in the Republican contest for Anne Arundel County Executive. The back and forth has gone on since that night in February 2013 when the county council chose Neuman over Del. Schuh (and several others) to fill the post after the resignation of John Leopold, who was convicted of abuse of the office.


Big Win in the House for Women Seeking Access to Federal Contracrs »

The House of Representatives has taken steps to improve the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program by voting 325 to 98 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015 (H.R. 4435), which includes a provision authorizing sole-source contracts in the WOSB procurement program.


Dead Internet? »

Today, I ask you to make a choice.


Document Retention & Destruction Tips »

If your business is drowning in paper, BBB has some guidelines for what you should keep and how long to keep it. To protect your own and your customers’ identities, shred anything with private or financial information before you discard it.


Meet the Winemaker »

One of the perks of working in the wine business is having the opportunity to meet winemakers from all over the world. In addition to all of the tasks involved with getting their wine from the vine to the bottle, many winemakers also hit the road to visit local retailers and restaurateurs and help sell their wines. I’ve had the good fortune to meet winemakers from France, Germany, Australia, Italy, Chile, Argentina and the U.S. without leaving Howard County.


Having Fun, Making Friends at Work »

What can organizations do to attract and retain the best talent? In today’s competitive business environment, many organizations try to make work fun.


AACPS Appoints Arlotto as Superintendent »

The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County appointed George Arlotto as superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS). He is slated to assume his duties on July 1; by law, he will have a four-year contract that will run through June 30, 2018.


Ulman Launches The Roving Radish, Offers More Healthy Meal Options »

Howard County has unveiled a new way to bring fresh, affordable and healthy meals to more people: The Roving Radish mobile market.


Coming In, Going Out: Getting High Value From the Board »

It’s that time of the year when nonprofit enterprises traditionally bid farewell to board members whose terms of service have expired.


City, Arundel Economic Development Leaders Embrace CVB’s Branding Efforts »

Tourism and economic development leaders in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are teaming up to promote the destination with a single message: “Find it here.”


AACC Student Chosen for National TechStars Patriot Boot Camp »

Ethan Dietrich plans to make the technology company he’s created a reality with his high energy, adaptability and passion — and with a little help from mentors and investors at the TechStars Patriot Boot Camp this month at Goldman Sachs in New York City.


Business Briefs »

Turf Valley Tapped for First Off-Site Season Taping of ‘Chesapeake Collectibles’ Since its debut in January 2011, Maryland Public Television’s (MPT) “Chesapeake Collectibles” series has been taped at MPT’s Owings Mills studios, except for a single Season 3 program shot on location in Easton. But for the first time, MPT will shoot all the programs [...]


People in Business »

MakingChange Elects Officers, Board Members Making Change has elected new officers and new board members. The new officers are Tom Burtzlaff, CMIT Solutions, vice chair; and Dara Knobel, Exelon Corp., secretary. Newly elected to the board of directors were Andrew Chen, Peace Technology; Dave Kociolek, Wells Fargo Bank; and Jean Sedlacko, Enterprise Community Partners. The [...]


Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

Geocaching the Historic Farm The Howard County Conservancy is offering free guided hikes and talks on the second Saturday of each month. On Saturday, June 14, at 10 a.m., the nonprofit will present its “Geocaching the Historic Farm” program along the conservancy’s meadows and wooded paths. En route, hikers can search for hidden containers with [...]


Getting Your Home Ready for Summer? Check Your HVAC System »

Summer’s coming, and you’re probably working on your garden and getting rid of the last remnants of winter on the deck and in your yard. But as you’re working and checking off items on your to-do list, don’t forget your heating and air conditioning system. Making sure your system is in top condition will keep you more comfortable during the hot summer months and minimize your energy expenses.


Industry Perspective: Who’s Going to Build Your Next Building? »

In 2012, as the National Chairman of Associated Builders & Contractors, I traveled the country speaking about construction issues.


Letter from the Publisher »

As I remind our readers every election, we at The Business Monthly do not endorse any candidate. We believe it is our job to provide you, the voter (I hope), with information that you can use to help make the right decisions for you. It is not our place, nor do I believe should it be, to recommend how you vote.


City of Annapolis Keeps AA+ Rating From Fitch, Outlook Now Stable »

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides has announced that the city maintained its AA+ rating from Fitch rating agency, with its outlook upgraded to Stable.


Are Your Social Security Benefits Taxable? »

If you’ve recently begun receiving Social Security benefits or plan to apply in the near future, with tax season upon us you may be wondering: Are Social Security benefits taxable?