Business News
Huntress, an Ellicott City-based provider of managed detection and response (MDR) with human-powered threat hunting, announced today the acquisition of network-aware endpoint detection and response (EDR) technology from San Antonio-based startup Level Effect. Find out more
Wealthspire Advisors, an NFP company and independent investment adviser, announced the official rebrand of StratWealth as Wealthspire Advisors. More info
Sandy Spring Bancorp, the parent company of Sandy Spring Bank, reported record net income of $56.7 million ($1.19 per diluted common share) for the fourth quarter of 2020. Learn more
Small businesses located within BGE’s service area can now apply for a BGE Energizing Small Business Grant of $20,000, which pledges $15 million to assist small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. See the details
Leadership Howard County (LHC), which seeks to empower leaders to strengthen and transform the community, will hold information sessions for Leadership U, a leadership development program for high school students in Howard County. Learn more
Maryland Public Television’s (MPT) original series Maryland Farm & Harvest, now in its eighth season, takes a look at impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on farmers and agriculture-related businesses in Maryland during the second episode in a two-part series airing on MPT-HD at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Find out more
In a recent BizWeekly poll, readers responded to the following
survey question: 

Have you been dining inside at restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes: 35.7%
No: 64.3%
Government News
Gov. Larry Hogan unveiled his Fiscal 2022 recovery budget, which makes record investments in K-12 education and public health, provides substantial tax relief to struggling Marylanders and small businesses, expands resources for crime prevention and fighting the opioid epidemic, fully funds Chesapeake Bay restoration and lays a strong foundation for the state’s economic recovery. More
Maryland’s 13 heritage areas, funded through the Maryland Department of Planning and overseen by the Maryland Heritage Area Authority, generated a total impact on the state’s economy of more than $2.4 billion in fiscal 2019, according to an economic contribution analysis. Find out more
Gov. Larry Hogan announced Executive Order 01.01.2021.03, establishing the Maryland Semiquincentennial Commission, to coordinate the commemoration and observance of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War, and founding of the United States. Read about it
Student participation in dual enrollment courses (known as JumpStart) offered in collaboration between the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) and Howard Community College (HCC) has increased to 1,798 students, giving Howard County the distinction of the second-highest ranking among Maryland counties. Students enrolled in more than 2,800 courses for college credit during the fall 2020 semester. See the details
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