Howard Bank Wins Maryland Business Philanthropy Award

Howard Bank recently won top honors in the Small Business Category of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Baltimore Business Journal’s Maryland Business Philanthropy Awards.

The awards “recognize the significant contributions that employers throughout the state make to charitable organizations each year," said Maryland Chamber Chairman Betty Buck. "Most charities recognize that, without corporate support, their programs would be considerably smaller and perhaps even unfunded.  Corporate contributions make a difference in the work of these non-profits — and in the quality of life of tens of thousands of Marylanders across our state."

To the local business and nonprofit communities though, Howard Bank’s award came as no surprise. For the county’s only locally-owned bank, community involvement is a core value.

Every executive is required to serve on the board of a local charity or non-profit agency. Though only four years old, the bank has provided resources and monetary support to more than 50 organizations, including The Columbia Foundation, The United Way, Grassroots, Humanim, the Domestic Violence Center, the Columbia Festival of the Arts and the  Howard County Public School System Foundation and others. Bank employees have provided countless volunteer hours to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, among other local groups. And the bank has also developed or participated in a variety of financial literacy programs and other educational programs for people of all ages for which they have been recognized regionally and nationally.

The bank was recently included on the Baltimore Business Journal’s lists of the Largest Small Business Administration Lenders and Largest Depository Institutions in the Baltimore area in 2008.

In thanking her staff for making the award possible, Howard Bank President and CEO Mary Ann Scully praised the bank’s employees for their dedication to the community.

“We recognize that it is the time and talents of our uniquely qualified team of Howard bankers that made this award… and other recognition like it- possible. Our bankers provide not only the  highest quality advice to our  clients and a hallmark quality of proactive customer service but they truly believe that they have a responsibility to make a difference in the communities that we serve through servant leadership. I am proud of and grateful for  their commitment and achievements.”

Howard Bank opened in August of 2004. It currently has branches in the Hickory Ridge Village Center in Columbia, on Snowden River Parkway in Ellicott City and on Johns Hopkins Road in Maple Lawn. Its newest branch, at the intersection of Centennial Land and Route 40 is expected to open in December. For information about the bank, call 410-750-0020 or visit www.howardbank.com.