Ulman Leads ‘Wall Breaking’ at Columbia Flier Building, Future Home of MCE
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman led other county officials and business leaders in a ceremonial “wall breaking” at the Columbia Flier building. The event marks the start of renovations that will transform the property into the future home of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE).
“This building is all about innovation, excitement and energy. It has terrific open spaces for collaboration,” said Ulman. “I can imagine years in the future when young entrepreneurs will be working together in this space, building the businesses of tomorrow. I think we can all agree this will be a very fitting home for the jobs being created for the 21st century.”
The MCE, a component of the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), is an initiative that creates an ecosystem connecting entrepreneurs to ideas, financing and other assistance. Nearly 100 resident and affiliate businesses use space at the MCE to nurture their concepts; companies that have graduated from the center are adding jobs, making products and contributing to the vibrant economic climate in Howard County.
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The B.I.G. Project Is Giving Books to the Children of the World
More than 15 years ago, the Parole Rotary Club of Annapolis began “Spreading Literacy by Keeping Books Alive.” Through its Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G.), the club and its supporters have successfully recycled used books for productive use by schools and libraries in developing communities around the world.
B.I.G. has grown into an independent, nonprofit entity, and its goal is to provide the basic tools for educating the public both in formal school settings and through community libraries.
“We believe that the route to world peace and prosperity is through giving people the tools to learn how to feed their minds, as a corollary to the philosophy,” said Joyce Edelson, a member of the B.I.G. board of trustees and of the Parole Rotary Club.
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