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August 2016:

New Plan Could Revive Laurel Regional Hospital »

Laurel Regional Hospital (LRH) will remain open through 2017 and likely beyond.


Attracting Women to Cyber: Encouraging Words »

The recent study from Colorado State University (CSU) that revealed women are twice as likely as men to drop out of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs due to difficulty with calculus may not have been shocking, but it offered more confirmation about an ongoing issue in the cyber industry.


Update: Three APL Missions Focus on Solar System Origins »

One year after the Applied Physics Laboratory’s (APL) New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flyby of Pluto, the mission is on course to explore an even more distant object in what’s known as the Kuiper Belt.


Jet Noise Annoys in Eastern Howard County »

At one point in the not-so-distant past, the sounds of jets descending from eastern Howard County onto runways at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport weren’t frequent and were somewhat faint.


Loan Closet Expands Access to Donated Disabled Resources »

Living with a disability and aging in place can be challenging enough, but an unexpected need for medical or therapeutic equipment can wreck a limited budget and require some research (and multiple trips) to acquire the needed apparatus.


Investing Wisely: Startup Maryland Adds Next Dimension »

With Startup Maryland’s eye-catching yellow recreational vehicle again about ready to roll down the state’s highways, Founder/CEO Mike Binko prepared for this year’s main event by adding an additional element before he takes the wheel for this year’s tour on Sept. 14 on the Lower Eastern Shore.


Pokemon as ‘HoCoMon’: Businesses Turn Players Into Payers »

As people wander around with their smartphones capturing Pokemon characters, at least some local businesses are seeing an opportunity to capture some new customers.


Biz Roundup »

Ball Calls for Independent Review of Proposed TIF for Columbia Howard County Council Member Calvin Ball has called for an independent analysis to assist the council in its review of the proposed tax increment financing (TIF) for Downtown Columbia. “I have asked our county auditor to engage an appropriate consultant with specific expertise in TIF [...]


Q&A With Laurel Mayor Craig Moe »

Craig Moe is serving his fourth term as mayor of the City of Laurel, a position to which he was initially elected in 2002; previously, he served six terms on the Laurel City Council, including a stint as president from March 1996 to March 1998.


Go Home for the Holidays – to an Historic Home, That Is »

Local historic venues can provide a space for your holiday parties and, at the same time, give your employees and guests a glimpse into their own local past.


‘None of the Above’ Appeals to Many Voters »

Maryland has never had a strong movement to put “none of the above” on election ballots, but perhaps the nominations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could change that.


Legislation Aims to Prime Affordable Housing Pump »

Six years after adoption of the Downtown Columbia Plan, the number of affordable housing units built stands at zero.


Live on Facebook »

Right now, as I write in early July, Facebook Live is hot — but probably not in the way Facebook wanted it to be. Being used to live stream the shooting death of a motorist in Minnesota is not a prized publicity coup.


Why New Schools Cost So Much »

Anne Arundel County has become a poster child for ways to save money on school construction.


New Rules, Regs Affecting All Federal Contractors »

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently published the Small Business Government Contracting and National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2013 Amendments Final Rule (81 FR 34243)


Are You an Ethics Leader? »

Businesses in Greater Maryland have begun compiling submissions for the Better Business Bureau’s [BBB] annual Torch Awards for Ethics.


50+EXPO Offers Expanded Marketing Opportunity for Vendors and Sponsors »

Vendor and sponsorship applications are now being accepted for Howard County’s 18th annual 50+EXPO.


HCC Event Helps Co-Workers Recover From Illness, Embrace Wellness »

Scott Cannon thought he had pneumonia when he went pale and felt his chest tightening at work on July 7, 2014. His now-wife thought differently and took him to the emergency room.


Speak(easy) H,oward Kicks Off Conversations About End-of-Life Care Before It’s Too Late »

A new campaign in Howard County is bringing together faith groups, health care providers and other community organizations to change the way people talk about and plan for the health care they want to receive in the future.


Chamber Corner »

WCC Town Center Boulevard: Progress There are more signs of progress in Odenton Town Center, with work in progress on Town Center Boulevard. The artery will serve as the spine road through the heart of the Town Center, connecting Seven Oaks and Independence Park to the Odenton MARC Station. An official groundbreaking ceremony was held [...]


White Burgundy Is ‘Anything But Chardonnay’ »

Now that the heat of August is here, many of us are choosing a glass of chilled white wine to sip when it’s time to relax or sit down to enjoy a summer meal.


From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

No matter how much technology changes and no matter how many ways people consume information, one constant is the important role that art can play in an individual’s life.


Business Briefs »

Route 32 Resurfacing in Howard County Set to Begin The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is resurfacing more than three miles of southbound Route 32, from Route 108 to the Middle Patuxent River Bridge. Weather permitting, the $3 million project will be complete late this fall. SHA’s contractor, C.J. Miller LLC, of [...]


People In Business »

Neighbor Ride Welcomes New Board Members Neighbor Ride has welcomed four new members to its board of directors. They are Lisa Bagrosky, Discovery Communications; Cynthia Penny-Ardinger, Law Offices of Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones; Richard Watson, Long & Foster Realtors; and Todd Zoren, Allstate Insurance. Retiring from the board will be Jan Eveland and [...]


Town Center Boulevard Construction to Commence in Odenton »

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh in late July joined other county and community leaders at the official groundbreaking marking the start of construction of Town Center Boulevard, in Odenton.


Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

TFCU Recognized for Community Involvement by the Partnership Tower Federal Credit Union has been named Member of the Year by the BWI Business Partnership. The Partnership recognized the financial institution’s deep roots in the community and its contributions to the area economy. “When selecting the Member of the Year, we look for a company that [...]


Focusing on Shelter and Jobs: Columbia Downtown, Business Parks Went Up and Down With the Economy »

It was an odd celebration, even for the honorees. In hindsight, the way Ryland Homes commemorated its long, 35-year partnership with the Rouse Co. in 2001 was ironic for both companies.