Wishing You a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017

A new year. Usually with a new year comes new plans, resolutions, hopes and strategies. We certainly have them here at The Business Monthly, and we are looking forward to sharing them with you during the next few months. But first, we want to thank our readers, advertisers, contributors and writers and wish you all the best for 2017.

The Business Monthly is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and, amazingly enough to us, Cathy Yost and I have owned the paper for the last 15 of those years.

There’s an App for That

We are currently working on a new website that should be ready to debut no later than March. Websites are something that need to be renewed regularly to keep up with the technology; we found this out the hard way when we added a new page for our year-long special section, “Columbia at 50.” Fortunately, there was a back-up when the entire site blew up. We are well on our way to putting the finishing touches on a new site that will provide us with an opportunity to add more up-to-date news on a regular basis.

Equally exciting, and perhaps even more so — we will have an app so you can read The Business Monthly on your smartphone. We will be one of only two newspapers in Maryland to offer this feature. Again, our goal is to make local business news accessible to you in a timely and convenient way.

Salute to Columbia’s 50th

We are also excited to be working with Columbia’s 50th Anniversary Committee and will publish a special salute to Columbia in our March issue — in a magazine format. We believe this will be a fitting tribute to this unique community and the businesses and people in it.

As is the theme of the 50th anniversary, we will look at Columbia’s milestones and history, but also focus on today and look to the future. The salute will include a calendar with events and activities planned for the six-month celebration. It will be a great time to use our app for easy reference.

Of course, we will be selling advertising for this section — contact us if you want to be part of what we’re officially calling the “Salute to Columbia’s 50th Anniversary.”

Send Us Your News

The Business Monthly is a niche newspaper reporting on Howard and Anne Arundel county business, economic development and political news. A component of that is reporting information about local businesses and professionals. In part, for that news, we rely on you to let us know about your hires, promotions, mergers, anniversaries — so we can share it with others in the community. Please be sure to send us your press releases, or even just a couple of paragraphs ([email protected]) so we can include your news in our pages (as space allows).

I hope you have a happy 2017 and that The Business Monthly is part of it.