Business Digest


January 04, 2009

Kinnard to head joint unit

Howard County General Hospital has announced the appointment of Dr. Richard D. Kinnard Sr. as medical director of the HCGH Joint Academy.

Kinnard received his medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. He served his internship in general surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and his residency in orthopedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, and he is a member of Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland.

The HCGH Joint Academy approaches joint replacement as a partnership among the patient, doctor and hospital. The focus is on engaging and educating patients throughout the surgical process, from admission to post-discharge, so they can more fully participate in their care and recovery.

Howard County General Hospital has been a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine since 1998.

Howard Bank honored

Howard Bank, the county's only locally owned and managed community bank, has earned a place on SmartCEO Magazine's Future 50 list for the third year in a row.

Each year, the magazine lists the 50 fastest-growing companies in the greater Baltimore region. In choosing the companies to include on the list, the magazine looks at growth in revenues and employees over the most recent three-year period.

Howard Bank expects employees to participate in the community by volunteering with local groups and serving on the boards of community nonprofits.

The bank opened in August 2004. It has branches in the Hickory Ridge Village Center in Columbia, on Snowden River Parkway in Ellicott City and on Johns Hopkins Road in Maple Lawn. Its new Centennial Place branch at the intersection of Centennial Lane and Route 40 will open this month.

Information: 410-750-0020 or

Hartgen is ambassador

Paul Hartgen, president and CEO of the Columbia-based Restaurant Association of Maryland, recently was licensed as a Certified Tourism Ambassador for the city of Baltimore, part of the national Certified Tourism Ambassador Program.

The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association is leading the ambassador program in Maryland, spearheading the search for new candidates and drawing volunteers to join in efforts to promote Baltimore City and surrounding areas.

Seminar for startups

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center will hold a business seminar at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia, from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday.

"Smart Start To Business Success" is designed for first-time entrepreneurs exploring the possibilities of business startup and seeking basic information on legal, accounting, funding and business insurance options. Professionals in these fields will provide valuable information and address specific concerns.

The Center for Business and Technology Development's Business Resource Center and its affiliates provide targeted assistance in all aspects of business management, from planning and financing to marketing and networking. For information about the center's programs, go to

The center is part of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, a public-private partnership that promotes growth and stability by supporting existing businesses, targeting new businesses and attracting corporate/regional headquarters.

For information, go to Registration fee is $45. Pre-registration is required.

Information or to register: 410-313-6550.

Nominations sought

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Committee for Business and Economic Diversity is planning its 15th annual awards program.

The program recognizes outstanding business leaders in the Howard County community and their achievements in the area of equal business opportunity. Nominations are being accepted for the following awards categories: Business Achievement, Individual Achievement, Business Diversity Achievement, the Howard County General Hospital Rising Business Star Scholarship and the Earl H. Saunders Entrepreneurial Scholarship.

Nomination forms and applications for the two scholarships are available at or 410-313-6550.

The deadline for nominations and scholarship applications is March 6. Honorees in each category will be announced and recognized at the CBED Awards Program on April 21 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

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