Late-Breaking News About People, Businesses and Opportunities in the Baltimore Washington Corridor
October 2010   VOLUME 2 ISSUE 7  

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A View from the C-Suite
Chamber News
Corridor News
Business News
Happenin' in the Corridor: Our Calendar
News from Our Members
Look Who's Joined Us!
BWCC Board Profiles
Committee Corner
Tips and Opportunities



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Enjoying a ride around the beautiful Argyle County Club golf course at the BWCC Annual Golf Tournament


Laura Rubenstein of Offit/Kurman perfects her game of golf at the recent BWCC Annual Golf Clinic
Nell Baldacchino, Patuxent Research Refuge, gives attendees of the Green Alliance Procurement Workshop a tour of the facility on the tram
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Chamber News
Don't Miss the 19th Annual Government Procurement Fair on October 27, 2010

Don't miss our third procurement opportunity, the 19th Annual Government Procurement Fair, on October 27, 2010 at the Greenbelt Marriott.  This Procurement Fair will provide significant opportunities for members and prospective members to gain procurement information and identify business opportunities in the region. This year, with procurement officers from over 50 Federal, State and Local government agencies in attendance, there will be more opportunity than ever to meet with the agencies one-on-one.

The Baltimore Washington Corridor is a Great Place to Work and Live

Did you know?......The Baltimore Washington Corridor is a Great Corporate Location.    (See the chart outlining the details)

Did you know?.....BWI Remains Among the Nation's Most Rapidly Expanding Airports.    (Another great chart for your marketing report)

For more information on these and other fascinating facts about the Baltimore Washington Corridor, read on.   This is the second article in our series on "The Baltimore Washington Corridor is a Great Place to Work and Live", taken from the publication, "The Top 10 Superlatives of the Baltimore Washington Corridor", researched and written by Anirban Basu, Regional Economist, Chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., and sponsored by Tower Federal Credit Union.

Join the BWCC on November 16, 2010, as Anirban Basu presents guests with his 2010 Economic Update for the region.  To register for this event, click here.  If you wish to be a sponsor for the luncheon, please contact Shirley Redd at 301-725-4000 or via email at


Office Depot National Chamber Program October Promotion


Get a "Big Brands Gift Box" from Office Depot worth over $100, with a purchase of $100 or more on qualifying 3M Label Products.

VALID: 10‐01‐2010 thru 10‐31‐2010

How to redeem this offer:

Enter coupon code 427515878 at checkout.

Not yet participating in the Office Depot Chamber Program?   Click here for more information, or contact Cathy Barrett at or 301-725-4000 to enroll.   The Office Depot Chamber Program is open to all employees of BWCC Member Companies, with savings of at least 5% off the lowest online or store price, and deeper discounts on an additional 95 most commonly purchased items.   Every month there are additional savings, such as the "Big Brands Gift Box" that is offered this month.

Spectacular Day for BWCC Golf Tournament at Argyle Country Club

On Tuesday, September 28th, 68 golfers converted early morning raindrops into spectacular sunshine, as they mastered the beautiful golf course at Argyle Country Club.   Another 20 soon-to-be golf champions proved that it not only takes skill, but some good looks, as they learned some basic golf tips from Mike Barillo, and then put their learning to the test at the driving range.   To view the photo album from the day, visit our BWCC Golf Tournament Album.

Thank you to our event sponsors for the Golf Tournament:
Academy Ford, Argyle Country Club, Belfor Property Restoration, CommerceFirst, Dottie's Trophies, Goozman, Bernstein and Markuski, M&T Bank, P3 Promotions, The Show Place Arena and The Elkridge Furnace Inn.

Business News
Social Networking Use Among Internet Users Ages 50 and Older Nearly Doubles in Last Year

The Pew Research Center reports that while social media use has grown dramatically across all age groups, older users have been especially enthusiastic over the past year about embracing new networking tools. Social networking use among internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled—from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May 2010.

2011 UI Tax Liabilities Unchanged for Most Employers; Higher for Many
The Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR) has indicated that while Maryland’s UI trust fund has a positive balance–unlike the trust fund balances in more than 20 other states—the balance is insufficient to trigger on a lower tax rate table.  Thus for 2011, Table F will again be in effect and Maryland employers will be assigned tax rates, based on their individual experience, that range from a minimum tax rate of  2.2% ($187 per employee) to a maximum tax rate of 13.5% ($1,147.50 per employee).

Military Personnel and Service-Disabled Veterans No-Interest Loan Program

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), in consultation with the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA), is currently accepting applications for no-interest loans via the Military Personnel and Service-Disabled Veterans No-Interest Loan Program for the following categories:

  • A business owned by a military reservist or a National Guard member called to Active Duty.
  • A Small Business that employs a military reservist or National Guard member called to Active Duty.
  • A Service-Disabled Veteran.
  • A business that employs a Service-Disabled Veteran.

The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to disabled veterans and activated members of the armed forces reserves and Maryland National Guard and to small businesses that employ members of the armed forces reserves or Maryland National Guard members that are called to active duty.

Loan Amount: Loans range from $1,000 to $50,000.

Terms: Loan maturity will be from one year to eight years. The loan repayment period usually will not exceed the useful life expectancy of the equipment to be purchased.

Interest Rate: No interest

For more information, eligibility details about the program and to obtain an application, please visit or contact:

Jerry Boden
Chief of Staff
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
(410) 260-3841

Capitol College Designated a Military Friendly School
Capitol College was designated a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine on August 16, 2010 week as the publication released it’s 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top colleges and universities which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Originating as a radio engineering institute offering courses for Navy personnel in 1927, Capitol College has a long, proud history of educating active and former members of the armed forces. In addition to participating in the Post 9/11 GI Bill’s Yellow Ribbon Program and the Montgomery GI Bill, Capitol is a Servicemembers Opportunity College, a DANTES Affiliated Distance Learning Catalog School, and a Maryland National Guard Educational Partner. Capitol is also approved by the Veterans Administration which allows active duty, reserves, National Guard and veterans to use their educational benefits at the college, and has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency.

A View from the C-Suite
Real conversations from behind the executive table

Stan Stokes, President of KC Company, has a knack for bringing out the best in others. He inspires employees by being "mindful of the moment," a leadership style that aligns the company's goal of continuous improvement with the customers' changing needs. As result, KC Company has experienced record sales growth, and remained profitable, in spite of the recession.

Tips and Opportunities
Maximum Energy for Abundant Living (part 2)

How’s your energy level? In last month’s newsletter (visit for an archived copy) Nancy shared three tips for improving your energy. Here is part two of a two part series on five ways you can keep your energy level high.

Corridor News
What a difference an island makes!

The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center recently installed floating islands in 2 locations within the center. What is a floating island, and how do they make a difference?

BioHaven(R) Floating Islands are a chemical free, naturally based solution to algae and other water quality problems in all water bodies (large or small). Their large amount of internal surface area and unique design allows pond managers the ability to use nature to de-nutrify the water, create wetland habitat above and below the waterline and to create aesthetically pleasing floating gardens that never have to be watered.

These images show the transformation of a small pond near the entrance to the Visitors Center.   The first image shows the water quality before the installation of the island.  The second image shows the island after installation.   The third image shows the water quality after several months of installation.   The water is significantly cleaner, and the island is providing a new habitat.








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