At Howard Bank, business is always personal. We don't just work here; we're from here. So we are invested in helping the people who live and work here succeed. That is why we decided to implement an annual contest to show our dedication to and support of small businesses in the community. Our Keep It Local contest was designed, not just to find the community's favorite business, but a business that is dedicated to their community. What does the winning business receive? $10,000 toward their great work and continued success.


This year, we're honored to award Howard Bank's 2019 Keep It Local Small Business contest winner,
Rise 'N Grind Cafe of Rising Sun, Maryland, $10,000! 



About Rise 'N Grind - From a dilapidated building to a thriving coffee shop, Rise ‘N Grind is the key ingredient to revitalizing Main Street in Rising Sun. With no businesses opening there in over a decade, Jeremy and Angelina saw massive potential in the abandoned structure that had been deemed to be leveled to a parking lot. With tenacity and vision, they relentlessly transformed it into a beautiful, charming café that not only serves delectable delicacies but also provides a home that draws the community together. For the owners it was never just about coffee, it is about changing lives. Guests have cried upon entering the café because they felt the building would never breathe again. Recently, this dynamic husband and wife team were instrumental in securing four new businesses to occupy nearby empty buildings. They are determined to rejuvenate Main Street by bringing back the glory it deserves. Their hopes are that Rising Sun will no longer be a place to simply pass through, but rather a prominent destination in Cecil County. This little café gives back in a huge way by hosting events for teachers, children, nurses, and first responders. They also hold fundraisers, promote local businesses, and bring in musicians, all while providing a place to enjoy and savor life within its picturesque walls. It’s the lure of caffeine that draws customers through the doors, but it’s the warm, inviting atmosphere and love they are shown that keeps them coming back. Rise ‘N Grind is the heartbeat of the town.