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How Social Media Can Influence Buying Decisions

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Social Media Infographic

This infographic has some very important statistics for businesses. If your business is not using social media or even worse, if you are using social media incorrectly, it can have a direct impact on your potential sales. Note the information about bloggers…they do have an impact. A business having a blog and developing good relationships with local bloggers may have future positive returns.

If you are looking for assistance with social media…make sure to check out

It is Friday and I am still pushing forward on some current and upcoming projects. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. If you get a chance…check out the Nancy Ziegengus-McIntosh’s Cermamic Artists – Art Show/Sale! on Sunday hosted by HorseSpirit Arts Gallery.

Scott E

First two months…

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ScottE Software Opportunities

Two months ago I left my “regular” job (that I had for nearly 16 years) in search of a new adventure. I chose to start my new career by expanding ScottE Software Development services and outreach. Those that know me know I have been working on ScottE Software on nights and weekends since 2011. What started as a simple mobile app (iPhone and Android) company had already expanded into providing a variety of additional technology and social media services for small businesses and political campaigns in and around Howard County. This transition was one I had been planning for some time. I put myself into a position to make the switch and reached a point in my life where I was ready to pull the trigger and make the move.

I must admit that I am still loving the decision to make the career change. People have told me numerous times that I look much happier and more relaxed. I know that is exactly how I feel most days. I will say that this new life does come with some new challenges but 60 days in, I remain dedicated to growing the business and helping small businesses with my expertise in technology.

I do miss my old technology, facilities and fleet & inventory team. They were all great people who were dedicated to the mission of the company and I hope they all continue to do well in their careers in the future. I do check in from time to time on what is going on with the organization and I hope to find some time in the near future to catch up with the team.

I have a couple of exciting meetings scheduled for this afternoon and some potential opportunities on the calendar for next week. There are numerous upcoming networking events to attend in the area over the next couple of weeks and I look forward to meeting local business owners and providing whatever services I can offer. There also may be an opportunity to co-host a HoCoBloger party in my future (more details on that coming soon…I hope).

This adventure has only just begun…hopefully it continues to be a fun and exciting ride going forward.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday. The weather is gorgeous out there this morning…maybe some rain this afternoon. Of course it is going to rain while I am traveling around Howard and Anne Arundel County.

Scott E

Howard County Hashtags for Sports, Fitness, Health and Wellness

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Long Reach High Softball Hashtags

Here is another great listing of local hashtags from HoCoBlogs. As a fan of local sports, I love following many of these hashtags plus some that are not on this listing today. One of my favorites not on the list below is #HoCoSoftball. Maybe Brent Kennedy can recommend some other useful hashtags we should be following for local sports updates?

Sports and Fitness Twitter stream
#HoCoSports catch-all tag for all things sports-related in Howard County
#HoCoFitness gyms, personal trainers, classes and fitness-related events
#BikeHoCo cycling clubs, events, pathways
#RunHoCo running events, personal stats
#HoCoSwims pools, lessons and all things swimming related
Health and Wellness Twitter stream
#HoCoYoga, etc.


Have a wonderful day.

Scott E

HowGirlsCode – Summer Camp 2015

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How Girls Code

If you are looking for a great summer camp program for your elementary school daughter make sure to check out the HowGirlsCode Summer Camps in July. From coding to robotics to yoga it seems like a great all around experience for the attendees.


UMBC Training Centers Partner with HowGirlsCode, Inc. to Offer Summer Camp at UMBC for Young Girls

Mind, Body, & Coding Summer Camp Provides Computer Science–Based Opportunities

BALTIMORE (June 17, 2015) — UMBC Training Centers, the mid-Atlantic’s premier provider of technical, engineering and professional skills training, has joined with HowGirlsCode, Inc. to offer a summer camp called Mind, Body, & Coding that will fuel the minds of young girls through computer coding and hands-on robotics.

In addition to computer science–based education, Mind, Body, & Coding will include daily yoga sessions, guest speakers and a tour of the UMBC campus. The first summer camp session will be offered to rising third and fourth grade girls and the second session will be for rising fifth and sixth grade girls. Both sessions will be held at the UMBC campus at 1000 Hilltop Circle from July 6 to July 10, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

“Mind, Body, & Coding will provide a fun environment where elementary school girls can embrace their inner strength and learn how to use technology to problem solve,” said Katie Egan, co-founder of HowGirlsCode, Inc. “This camp is one step in closing the gender gap that exists within the science and technology industry. HGC’s goal is to empower the future generation to thrive and pursue a career in technology.”

UMBC Training Centers received a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) to make the Mind, Body, & Coding summer camp possible. The grant will fund supplies and materials, such as yoga mats and robotics kits, as well as curriculum development. There will also be scholarships available for campers that qualify.

“In partnership with UMBC’s Computer Science department, UMBC Training Centers is proud to be involved in a program which offers computer-science education to elementary school girls,” said Kent Malwitz, President of UMBC Training Centers. “Offering this camp to girls at an early age will hopefully spark an interest in technology as the campers learn how interesting and fun technology can be.”

HowGirlsCode, Inc. invites local elementary technology teachers to learn about the program by attending an awareness session in order to promote activities focused on coding and robotics in their schools. Through observing the camp activities and sample curricula, the technology teachers will have the chance to replicate similar programming at their local schools to impact a larger number of students beyond the camp session.

Registration for Mind, Body, & Coding will remain open until it reaches its maximum capacity of 60 girls. Visit for more information and to register.

About UMBC Training Centers

UMBC Training Centers ( is the premier provider of technical, engineering and professional skills training in the mid-Atlantic region, extending the instructional excellence of UMBC to individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Their exclusive Rapid Applied Learning (RAL™) combines skills training and hands-on problem solving, guided by expert instructors, to create high-impact, individualized learning. Founded in 2000, UMBC Training Centers is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland.

Scholarships are available. For more information, click here.

Registration is now available! (As of 5/8/2015 – we are 60% full.)

Summer Camp: Mind, Body, & Coding (Session 1)


This session is for rising 3rd and 4th grade girls.
Dates: July 6 – July 10, 2015 (Mon.–Fri.), 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration Form

Summer Camp: Mind, Body, & Coding (Session 2)


This session is for rising 5th and 6th grade girls.
Dates: July 6 – July 10, 2015 (Mon.–Fri.), 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration Form

Coupon from Club Pooche

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New Clients Club Pooche Coupon

Club Pooche (located in Columbia) is offering a special during the month of June (actually through July 5th) for new clients. New clients can save $35 on various services (dog day care, boarding and training) offered by the company. The $35.00 works out to one free day of day care or a reduced pricing on the other services.

More about Club Pooche (from their website):

State-of-the-art Dog Daycare Facility Offers Both Indoor and Outdoor Play Areas

Our Staff

Our knowledgeable and experienced caregivers are trained in dog behavior, dog safety and health management. They are on hand 24/7 to insure that your furry friend is safe, happy, and loved.

Our expert caregivers positively reinforce appropriate social behavior, whether it is dog to human or dog to dog. In our dog daycare facility, you can feel secure leaving your best friend in their capable hands.

The foundation of Club Pooche is our passion for dogs. Our goal is to provide the best quality of dog day care and dog boarding for your furry friends at a reasonable price. We offer an attractive alternative to leaving your dog home alone or locked in a cage while you’re at work or on vacation.

Our Facility

K9 Grass™ covers our 2200 sq. ft., dog daycare play areas. Designed specifically for use by dogs, it’s easier on their paws than concrete. Its knitted mesh backing with flow-through™ technology assures the best drainage possible. An antimicrobial incorporated into the grass blades reduces the growth of microorganisms and the development of odor.

With an eye to the best in sanitation, we installed a Spray Master Technologies (SMT) system. This system along with the K9 Grass™ and our stainless steel Trench Drain system and proper ventilation gives us the cleanest, safest, and most odor-free environment possible.

You can visit the Club Pooche website to learn more:

Scott E

An event for local bloggers and their readers – June 23rd

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Centre Park Grill

The next HoCo Blogger party is scheduled for June 23rd (10 days from now)!!! This one will be held at Centre Park Grill and is being organized by Elizabeth Brunetti (local blogger). These are always wonderful events with opportunities to meet many of the local bloggers and a great networking opportunity for the community. Make sure to register if you can attend:

Here are the details:

Join us on Tuesday, June 23rd, from 5:30-7:30 to celebrate the opening of Centre Park Grill in Columbia. Enjoy a buffet of small plates and appetizers, as well as 1/2 price drafts and $3 off signature cocktails and wines on tap. Come with a group and take advantage of their regular Tuesday night special – 1/2 priced bottles of wine!

Located in the newly renovated space formerly occupied by Cafe de Paris, Centre Park Grill is the second restaurant of chef/owner Jim DiChiara, who also owns and operates the Mt. Airy Tavern. The bar features an extensive whiskey and bourbon selection and the restaurant boasts upscale casual fare like steaks, seafood, sandwiches, and other American classics. They run specials throughout the week, like $7.77 burgers on Mondays and extended happy hour pricing on Thursdays. I’ve been there several times already, and have loved everything I’ve tried!

Once you’ve reserved your ticket, be sure to like the restaurant on Facebook to get the latest specials and updates. Tweet before and during the event with the hashtag #HoCoFood and get others excited about this great new restaurant! We hope to see lots of bloggers/foodies/community enthusiasts/fun-lovers there!

See you soon!

Elizabeth Brunetti, Blogger

The Bare Midriff

Centre Park Grill Links
Centre Park Grill website 
Mt Airy Tavern website 

Scott E

Business After Business at the Still Point Spa at Haven on the Lake

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Join Howard County Chamber of Commerce for their Business After Business networking event at Haven on the Lake today, June 10, from 5-7pm. Learn more:

I hope to see many of my HoCo Chamber members or future members at the event today. If you see me, stop by and say hi.

Scott E