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Howard’s Calvin Ball: Howard County steps up for small business 

Over the last 15 months, COVID-19 has impacted economies around the world. Some businesses suffered drastically, especially many small businesses.   Our economic outlook is finally improving after months of uncertainty, allowing many businesses to get on the road to recovery – but those same businesses will feel the effects of the pandemic for quite some time.  Throughout this pandemic, we’ve focused the Federal CARES Act and State of Maryland funding towards our small, local businesses. We’ve distributed more than $20 million through four rounds of HoCo RISE […]

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Recently awarded government contracts

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. For more information, contact TargetGov: 410-579-1346 x 325. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Annapolis Junction, won a $42,536,432 contract for sustainment of the Cyber […]

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Fed agencies reining in the LPTA

The Department of Defense (DOD) recently joined the General Services Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration in amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). The change will implement Section 880 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The amendment applies to criteria for, and limitations to, the use […]

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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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NIVA comments on reopening of Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the application portal for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program. The SBA initially opened the application process on April 8th, but it was quickly closed due to technical issues. The program that has more than $16 billion available in economic relief. “Simply put, this is emergency relief that […]

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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 […]

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Recently awarded government contracts

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. For more information, contact TargetGov: 410-579-1346 x 325. Solution Engineering Associates Inc., Lexington Park, was awarded a $17,267,060 contract to provide engineering and […]

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Federal updates for small businesses, changes in WOSB set- aside rules

Owners and employees of government contractors and small businesses that have been – and presume that that they still are – certified for a procurement set aside under the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and/or Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Program, read on. Know that your verification was approved under a […]