Business Digest


November 20, 2008

Awards program honors Howard Bank

Howard Bank recently won top honors in the small-business category of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Baltimore Business Journal Maryland Business Philanthropy Awards.

The bank has provided resources and monetary support to more than 50 organizations, including the Columbia Foundation, United Way, Grassroots, Humanim, Domestic Violence Center, Columbia Festival of the Arts and Howard County Public School System Foundation.

Bank employees have provided volunteer hours to Big Brothers and Big Sisters and other groups, and the bank has developed or participated in several financial literacy programs and other educational programs. Howard Bank opened in August 2004. Information: 410-750-0020, or

Women's network to meet

The Business Women's Network of Howard County will meet at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10 for a lunchtime meeting and presentation from Michele Cohen, principal at Miles & Stockbridge. Cohen will speak on the role of an attorney in helping with the establishment of a business and development of buy/sell agreements between partners, leases, and contracts for vendors and customers.

The group's meetings are held at That's Amore, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Lunch meeting admission for members is $30 with early registration; guests and member walk-ins are $40.


Arc gains recertification

Maryland Nonprofits has recertified the Arc of Howard County for its Standard of Excellence Seal of Approval. The seal was developed to promote ethical practices and accountability in nonprofit organizations across the state.

The Arc of Howard County was started by a group of parents in 1961 as an advocacy and support group. Today, the organization provides housing, job placement, vocational training and a variety of individual and family support services annually to nearly 2,000 children and adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities and their families.

The Arc is one of Howard County's largest employers. Its assistance is designed to support individuals and their families from birth through the senior years.

Information: 410-730-0638, or www.archoward. org.


Government contracting : The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Center for Business and Technology Development, in partnership with TargetGov, has been presenting seminars for small-business owners, "Government Contracting Institute," at the center, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia. The series concludes with "Security Clearances" from 8:30 a.m. to noon today. The cost is $250 for the first workshop registration and $200 for subsequent workshops. 410-313-6550, or

Nominees sought : The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Committee for Business and Economic Diversity will celebrate business diversity at its 15th CBED Awards Program. The program recognizes leaders in the Howard County business community, honoring their achievements in creating equal opportunity. Two scholarships are also awarded. Nominations are being accepted in the categories of business achievement, individual achievement and business diversity achievement, and for the Howard County General Hospital Rising Business Star Scholarship and the Earl H. Saunders Entrepreneurial Scholarship. Nomination forms and scholarship applications:, or 410-313-6550. The deadline for nominations and scholarship applications is March 6. Honorees will be recognized at the awards program, to be held at 7:30 a.m. April 21 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Sponsors sought : Wine in the Woods, the community wine festival sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, is seeking sponsors. The festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. May 16 and 17, rain or shine, at Symphony Woods in Columbia. To receive a sponsorship packet, e-mail and include name, business name and mailing address. 410-313-1668.

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