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August 2012

SAIC Grows at The GATE
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will expand its footprint at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) with a 33,000-square-foot facility at the Government and Technology Enterprise (GATE) office and technology park. The new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified silver facility, located at 6210 Guardian Gateway, will build on SAIC’s existing presence in nearby Abingdon, Edgewood and Aberdeen, as well as enable the company to support key customers including the U.S. Army and other Department of Defense (DoD) agencies.

SAIC has supported major Army and DoD programs at APG for more than 20 years, providing services in areas including engineering, technical integration, logistics, and safety and risk management, helping ensure customers achieve mission success. SAIC currently employs more than 800 people at APG, focused on force protection, command and control (C2), integration and fabrication of C2 systems, and intelligence and electronic warfare. SAIC expects its employee base at APG to grow as the company continues to expand its support to APG commands. “SAIC has supported our country’s defense programs in Aberdeen for more than 20 years,” says Representative Dutch Ruppersberger. “Now, they’re choosing to grow here because of our quality workers, creating even more local jobs for local families. These are the types of high-quality jobs that will improve our economy and help Maryland build the No. 1 technology workforce in the country.”

Bizerba Label Solutions Holds Ribbon Cutting at New Location
Andreas Kraut, CEO of Bizerba BmbH & CO KG, Germany, recently welcomed customers, public officials and community business leaders to a ribbon cutting at the newly expanded facility for Bizerba Label Solutions on Fashion Court in Joppa. Founded in 1866 in Germany, the company has more than doubled its workforce since 2008 and currently employs 75 workers in Harford County. Bizerba held a multi-state search for their location expansion, but Harford County and the State of Maryland collaborated on a loan package to provide incentives for Bizerba to remain in the county and invest over $800,000 on this project.

University of Maryland and State Partner to Target Veterans’ Mental Health Needs
Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and the nation’s highest ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq, recently announced that the University of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) have launched a new partnership to meet the behavioral and mental health needs of Maryland veterans and their families. The partnership will identify gaps in veterans’ services and train mental health professionals, primary care doctors, and clergy to better understand and address the unique needs of our veterans. The initiative will also develop peer support networks for veterans reintegrating to civilian life.

“Maryland’s veterans and their families have sacrificed so much for our country,” says Lt. Governor Brown. “The demands of multiple deployments have placed significant stress on veterans and their families and contributed to the signature wounds of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, including posttraumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Too often, health professionals are not adequately trained to treat these and other health issues that veterans face. Our new partnership between the State and the University of Maryland School of Public Health will help improve the care that our veterans receive in order to ensure the most effective support for those who have served.”

Computer Sciences Corporation Signs 26,000-Square-Foot Lease with St. John Properties at The GATE At APG
Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) has signed a lease with St. John Properties, Inc. for 26,000 square feet of space at 6200 Guardian Gateway, a three-story, 75,000 square foot Class “A” office building located within The Government and Technology Enterprise (The GATE) project, a 416-acre business community located inside APG. The defense contractor plans to relocate from its existing space within Water’s Edge Corporate Campus in Aberdeen by third quarter 2012. “The move brings CSC immediate proximity to its federal customer, and positions it within the nerve center for the Army’s technological development and procurement activities. The GATE remains the sole business community location that provides this connection to APG,” says Matt Holbrook, regional partner for St. John Properties.

CSC, with more than 98,000 employees and revenue of nearly $16 billion, is a global leader in providing technology-enabled business solutions and services. St. John Properties also initiated construction on 6170 and 6160 Guardian Gateway, new single-story office buildings totaling approximately 47,000 square feet of space. The real estate development company has the capacity to build up to two million square feet of Class “A” multi-story and single-story office space, as well as research and development flex/office and retail space at The GATE.

Megan Shupe Joins Beacon Staffing Alternatives Staff
Seasoned human resources professional Megan Shupe recently joined the staff at Beacon Staffing Alternatives in Aberdeen as a business development specialist. She is bilingual, and has already used her Spanish language skills to help match prospective employees with potential employers.

Shupe, 40, graduated from Edgewood High School in 1989 and from Harford Community College in 1991. She received a B.A. in International Relations, with a minor in Spanish, from Towson University in 1993. The Aberdeen resident also serves as secretary of the Edgewood High Alumni Association. She has more than 20 years’ experience in human resources, including work for Westaff, Target, C&S Wholesale Services, Inc., Maxalea Landscape, Inc., Drake International, Manhein Balt/DC Auto Exchange and Akehurst Landscape Services.

Ring Factory Students Learn About Business With Junior Achievement
Ring Factory Elementary School students in Bel Air continue to learn real-life business and financial lessons from the Junior Achievement programs for kindergarten through 5th grade. Thanks to a partnership between Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, the school’s PTSA and Freedom Federal Credit Union, the program was conducted in every classroom this past school year. Freedom sponsored the Ring Factory program, and also provided seven employees as volunteer teachers. This is the 10th year that Ring Factory has participated in the in-class portion of the Junior Achievement (JA) program and the fifth year that Freedom supported the activities.

Harford Tourism Manager Appointed to Maryland Tourism Development Board
Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed four new members to the Maryland Tourism Development Board including Harford County’s Tourism Manager, Winifred Roche. The Board representing hospitality and tourism industry leadership from across the state guides and supports the work of the Maryland Office of Tourism. By General Assembly authority, the Board has broad policy powers to guide the direction of all activities necessary to develop and market the State as a destination. “I’m honored to serve and promote our great state on the Maryland Tourism Development Board,” says Roche. “With so many wonderful experiences to offer, tourism is truly a bright spot in Maryland’s economy.”

An 18-year veteran of Maryland’s tourism industry, Roche would like to see a greater awareness across the state of the value of tourism and the power of promotion. “I hope to bring more grass roots advocacy to the table. We need only to look at the impact of a successful state-promoted event such as the Star-Spangled Sailabration to realize the local impact in our hotels, restaurants, shops, etc. Tourism sustains small businesses and jobs in every Maryland county.”

Historical Society Offers Opportunity to Own a Piece of Tudor Hall
The Junius B. Booth Society and The Historical Society of Harford County are offering a unique opportunity to own a piece of historic Tudor Hall – the house that Junius Brutus Booth built for his family. The chimney at Tudor Hall was structurally unsound and it was removed so that a new chimney could be built. Vintage photographs reveal that the original chimney, which dated to the construction of the house which began in the fall of 1851, was repaired and modified at least once in the years after Samuel A. S. Kyle purchased Tudor Hall in 1878 from Mary Ann Holmes Booth, widow of Junius Brutus
Booth, Sr.

The Historical Society is offering 400 of the bricks from the old chimney at Tudor Hall for sale to the public. Proceeds will go to support the Junius B. Booth Society and The Historical Society of Harford County, in part, to catalog and preserve materials related to the Booth family and Tudor Hall. To purchase this unique piece of history, send a check for $55 made out to The Historical Society of Harford County, Inc., to Historical Society of Harford County, Tudor Hall Brick, 143 N. Main St., Bel Air, MD 21014.

Y Celebrates Anniversary, Plans Expansion
The Y of Central Maryland recently celebrated the five-year anniversary of the Walter & Betty Ward Family Center Y and introduces expansion plans for the Family Center. The proposed expansion will include an indoor aquatics center with two pools, an outdoor patio and an additional multi-purpose space. The aquatics center will incorporate a family fun pool as well as a lap pool. The multi-purpose space will provide 3,500 more square feet of program space. The expansion will add approximately 19,000 square feet to the existing 29,000-square-foot Family Center.

HAR-CO Federal Credit Union Awards $15,000 in Scholarships to Members of the 2012 Harford County Graduating Class
Thirteen graduating high school seniors in Harford County will find it a little easier to afford the costs of college thanks to HAR-CO Federal Credit Union. The students will share $15,000 in scholarships awarded by the HAR-CO to members of the 2012 graduating class. HAR-CO, Harford County’s education credit union, each year makes available a $1,000 unrestricted scholarship to one student at every accredited high school in the county. In addition, two special scholarships are presented, one valued at $1,000 in memory of HAR-CO Board member and county teacher Edward V. Goetz to a student who plans to take environmental studies, and a $3,000 HAR-CO Credit Union Scholarship for a student planning to attend Harford Community College. All of the applicants are members of HAR-CO.

“We are an education credit union made up of students and their family members, and this is our way of giving back to our community,” explains Jim Famous, Chairman of the HAR-CO Board of Directors. “We’ve been awarding scholarships since 1985 and it’s always a joy to see the students and what they represent. This is something we enjoy doing each year and we’re excited to continue it into the future.”

Innovative Maryland Businesses Recognized at 12th Annual Incubator Company of the Year Awards
The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), McGladrey LLP and Saul Ewing LLP has recognized the winners of the 12th Annual Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards. The awards, chosen by a selection committee of regional industry leaders and early-stage investors, recognize achievements of current and graduate companies within Maryland’s incubators. “The Maryland Incubator of the Year Awards recognize the drive and dedication of the innovative companies in Maryland’s business incubators,” says DBED Secretary Christian Johansson. “Developing and commercializing technologies in our State is one of the keys to Maryland’s future economic success.”

“The 2012 Incubator Company of the Year Award honorees represent the most innovative group of startups in the State and region,” adds Rob Rosenbaum, president and executive director of TEDCO. “Having provided many of these companies and entrepreneurs with early-stage funding and grants, TEDCO is proud of their growth and successes. We look forward to seeing these products enter the mainstream marketplace.”

The categories and award winners are: Cyber/Homeland Security, StormCenter Communications, Inc., which develops and implements real-time geospatial collaboration technology to improve situational awareness, decision making, planning and response; Graduate, LiveHealthier, Inc., a global provider of innovative health management programs that actively engage employees in identifying, achieving and maintaining their health goals; Green Company, SemaConnect, Inc., the leader in developing and producing electric vehicle charging stations and sophisticated software for commercial applications; Information Technology, 6thStreetCommerce, which helps retailers simplify E-commerce by providing a turn-key solution that helps retailers increase sales while reducing operating costs and improving the overall quality of service; Life Sciences, Noxilizer, which has a unique and superior NO2-based sterilization technology that is revolutionizing two major sterilization markets; New Incubator Company, Subject7 LLC, the creator of Proof, a SaaS cloud-based scalable automated web testing framework that provides an end-to-end solution to web testing automation without requiring any coding by testers; and Technology Professional Services, Meridian BioGroup LLC, a validation and compliance contract service provider to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

State of Maryland recognizes A. Bright Idea Advertising and Public Relations as Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise
A. Bright Idea Advertising and Public Relations, an award-winning agency servicing the Baltimore Metropolitan region, recently received acknowledgement as one of the Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises in the State of Maryland. This marks the fourth win since the program’s establishment, reflecting the agency’s continued stature among trusted MBEs during every year of eligibility within the recognition program.

Nominated by the region’s chambers of commerce, professional organizations, business community and general public, A. Bright Idea counts among one of 5,000 nominees from businesses in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. “It remains an incredible honor to be recognized by the state again as one of the Top 100 MBE’s of the region,” says Anita A. Brightman, president and founder of A. Bright Idea. “This award showcases the tremendous small business community here in Maryland and I am proud that A. Bright Idea is counted among the top echelon.”

Kenwood Kitchens Ranked First in Nation
Now in its second generation, family-owned Kenwood Kitchens, with locations in Bel Air, Lutherville and Columbia, received the 2011 Wood-Mode Masters Club Award for outstanding cabinetry sales. Kenwood ranked first in the nation out of all Wood-Mode carriers and accomplished an unprecedented 31 percent increase in sales from 2010. The award was presented to owners Bob Waldhauser and his sons Steven Waldhauser, Scott Waldhauser, and David Waldhauser.
For over 38 years, Kenwood Kitchens has continued to receive recognition as one of the top Wood-Mode dealers in the nation, and hundreds of Kenwood Kitchens customers have selected Wood-Mode custom cabinetry, as well as Brookhaven semi-custom cabinetry, for their kitchen or bath. “We know that customers respond to the quality, craftsmanship and customer service that comes with a Kenwood Kitchens project,” says Scott Waldhauser. “Our exceptional attention to detail and turnkey process are the reason so many customers come back to Kenwood.”

SAIC Recognized by National Veteran Small Business Coalition
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been recognized by the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) for its excellence in working with veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB). Last year SAIC significantly exceeded the government’s mandate statutory goal of 3 percent of total subcontract awards to SDVOSB. SAIC awarded approximately $315 million, reflecting 7.9 percent of subcontract dollars to SDVOSB. Additionally, SAIC awarded 16.2 percent of total subcontract dollars to veteran-owned small businesses, a small business category without a statutory goal. “We’re very pleased and proud to be recognized by the NVSBC for supporting our veterans,” says Babak Nouri, vice president and director of corporate small business development. “We receive outstanding support from the veteran-owned small businesses we work with, and it’s an honor to pursue expanded business opportunities to those who have served our country.”

The mission of NVSBC is to transition veterans into business owners serving the federal marketplace by working to ensure that veteran businesses are given first consideration for federal prime and subcontracting procurement opportunities.

Clough Resigns, Sadowski Joins Board
Melissa Sadowski, economic development coordinator for the Cecil County Office of Economic Development, has joined the Board of Directors of NMTC, the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council. The 21-member board voted unanimously to ask her to serve the remainder of Roy Clough’s two-year term. Clough recently retired from the Cecil County OED, where he worked for 13 years.

Sadowski holds a bachelor of science degree in Agribusiness from Delaware Valley College. She is also a graduate of LEAD Maryland and the Harford County Leadership Academy. Her experience includes working as an agricultural coordinator and business development associate with the Harford County OED, and as a business development representative with the Baltimore County Dept. of Economic Development.

“I look forward to working with NMTC and serving as an advocate for the technology industry. While working to carry forth NMTC’s mission, I look forward to further collaboration with industry, education, and government to benefit Cecil County’s tech community and enhance our future workforce through STEM education,” Sadowski says.

“Roy has been the voice of reason on the board and highly influential in bringing the Cecil County science community together to support NMTC programs. His steady insight and can-do attitude will be missed both professionally and, by me, personally,” NMTC Executive Director John
Casner says.

Harford Dancing “Stars” Named
Harford community leaders have been named to participate as dancers for the 5th Anniversary of the “Dancing for the Arts” fundraiser. The event will be held on Sept. 15, 6:30-11pm at the Bulle Rock Residents’ Club. The dancers will showcase their ballroom dancing talents and compete for top honors. The “Stars” will take private dance lessons with professional dance instructors from Dancing with Friends. The evening will include an open bar, sumptuous food, the dancing competition, and an exciting live auction.

The Harford dancing “Stars” include Eddie Ayala-Program Manager, Battelle; Mary Hastler-Director, Harford County Public Library; Martha Hopkins-Owner, Elberton Hill Farm; William Howard, M.D.- MedStar; Marcie Dresher Michael-Trustee, The Dresher Foundation; Karla Slade-Pope-Retired Continental Airlines; Tamera Rush-VP Defense Operations, STG Inc.; Wayne Thibeault-Principal, Patterson Mill; Aaron Tomarchio-Chief of Staff, Harford County Government; Dean L. Vassar, M.D.-Johns Hopkins Medicine. The Harford “Stars” will showcase their ballroom dancing talents and compete for awards as “Top Fundraiser” and “Judge’s Choice.” The public will be able to help choose the Top Fundraising Award by going online to to vote for their favorite dancer by making a donation to the Center for the Arts (1 vote = $1). Gala attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dancer during the competition.

The money raised will help sustain the Center for the Arts as they move forward to build a regional Center for the Arts in Harford County.

Edgewood Math Teacher Wins 1st Annual “Golden Apple” Scholarship from Freedom FCU
Angela Rosenberg, a math teacher at Edgewood High School, is the recipient of the first annual Golden Apple $1,000 Scholarship, as awarded by Freedom Federal Credit Union. Rosenberg teaches Introduction to Algebra, Algebra 1, and Integrated Geometry, 9th through 12th grade. She is pursuing a master’s degree in education with a self-designed focus on “Adventure Learning.” This includes outdoor learning settings, like Harford Glen or wilderness programs like Outward Bound. Rosenberg plans to take a year off to advance her study through Project Adventure and National Outdoor Leadership School. She then plans to incorporate these learned skills to help make her math teaching more meaningful and fun to her students.

Golden Apple Scholarship applicants had to document how they would use the funds, whether to further their own continuing education, as support for their class, or for their school. I95