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The next decade of commercial businesses

Howard County is facing budget shortfalls coming out of the pandemic. The Howard County Spending and Affordability Committee recently advised that projected revenues fall far below our expected expenditures. Short-term cuts won’t solve the problem. Many, including Howard County Chamber of Commerce President Leonardo McClarty, agree that new sources of revenue are needed. Mr. McClarty […]

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Howard County Chamber’s McClarty: The need for business and commercial growth

Since taking the helm of the Howard County Chamber, I have been fortunate to participate on a hosts of task forces and work groups. One of the most important has been the Spending Affordability Advisory Committee (SAAC). Created through Executive Order by the County Executive, this committee is charged with: Reviewing in detail the status […]

Posted inBusiness News, Columns, Coronavirus

How to reopen and keep customer trust

First impressions are key, and businesses should treat this time of reopening like a fresh introduction. Reintroduce yourself to customers as a business that prioritizes health and safety. Whether that means expanding telecommunications, offering delivery, or enhancing our cleanliness standards, we have a responsibility to our customers to champion health and be transparent about any […]

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Federal contracting websites updates delayed

Contractors using the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) to analyze awarded contacts data have discovered that the March 16 scheduled transition of the ad-hoc (or individually created) reporting function to beta.sam.gov has been delayed until at least May 2020. This delay compounds the challenges experienced by the earlier rocky transition of FebBizOpps (FBO), the legacy […]

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Awarded Government Contracts – March 2020

The following information is regarding awarded contracts can be used to develop prime contractor, subcontractor and teaming partner relationships on these and other opportunities. The website for each awardee is also provided, if available. For more information, contact TargetGov: 410-579-1346 x 325 John C. Grimberg Co., Inc., Rockville, MD is being awarded a $20,987,000 contract […]

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Awarded Contracts – February 2020

The following information is regarding awarded contracts can be used to develop prime contractor, subcontractor and teaming partner relationships on these and other opportunities. The website for each awardee is also provided, if available. For more information, contact TargetGov: 410-579-1346 x 325 International Business Machines, Bethesda, MD was awarded a $145,808,087 contract for the full […]

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Former GSA Contract Officer Pleads Guilty in $12,000 Bribery Scheme

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that former federal government contract officer Ronnie Simpkins, 67, plead guilty to accepting bribes from a company to file documentation allowing the company to maintain its GSA Schedule contract even though the company did not meet minimum requirements. Simpkins, of Lusby Md., worked at the General Services Administration (GSA) […]

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Where have all the trees gone in HOCO?

In Howard County, for decades, more trees have been cut down than State law allows. Development waivers, allowing more tree removal than regulations permit, have been granted because county decision makers have been too lenient. State Forest Conservation law requires a higher standard than just economic need. Yet, for 20 years developers have reasoned that […]