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“We wake up every day wanting to put on shows.” That’s how Merriweather Post Pavilion spokesperson Audrey Fix Schaefer describes her life right now. Last year, these venues, combined, produced 768 shows. This year, Schaefer said, “we went from a thousand miles-per-hour to a sudden halt.” Read more
Ambu Inc., a medical device maker and maker of sterile, single-use endoscopes that bases its U.S. operations in Columbia, has introduced a new single-use cystoscope. Learn the details
Owner and property manager Holland Properties broke ground on Lakeside Center, in Columbia, which will offer 85,000 square feet of new development, including 30,000 square feet of Class A office/medical space atop 55,000 square feet of retail. More
To help protect the safety of the public and employees during the COVID-19 health emergency, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Aviation Administration will host two Virtual Public Workshops via video conference regarding proposed improvement projects at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Read it
I.M.P., which promotes most concerts at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion and at various venues in the Washington, D.C. market, has joined the National Independent Venue Association, a coalition of independent concert venues, that has asked Congress for financial assistance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about it
Government News
The full Maryland congressional delegation announced $16,105,784 in Community Development Block Grant funding for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Read more
Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) advocated for increased small business-led research related to the coronavirus pandemic and response. See the details
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) released a proposal to prevent underserved and underbanked business owners, including minorities, women, and those in rural areas, from falling further behind during and after the COVID-19 economic crisis.  Learn the details
Howard County has launched the HoCoCounts 2020 Census dashboard, an innovative online tool providing real-time statistics on census completion within the county. The dashboard provides the current response rate for Howard and other Maryland counties, and the state overall. The deadline for completing the census has been extended to Oct. 31, 2020. Find out more
The Howard County Chamber will be highlighted in the June issue of The Business Monthly. All members of the Chamber are invited to participate in this special section. Each year, this special section informs our community about the important role the Chamber plays in the success of our community. Deadline extended to May 15.
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May 14, 2020