Howard Bank Announces Top 15 Finalists for Annual “Keep It Local” Contest

First round of voting is open to the public from June 1-8
BALTIMORE, MD, June 1, 2021Howard Bank, a commercial-focused community bank serving businesses, professionals, and individuals, today announced the top 15 finalists for its third annual “Keep it Local” contest.
The Keep It Local contest recognizes small businesses in Baltimore City and the Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, and Howard counties that have shown outstanding service in their communities. The winner will be awarded $10,000.
Through June 8, the public can vote on the first round of finalists on the Howard Bank website. The top five finalists will then be selected to advance to the second round of voting, which will be held from June 14 - 21.

“Despite significant challenges from the pandemic, so many local businesses have continued to work for the greater good of the neighborhoods they serve. These finalists prove that Maryland businesses have worked harder than ever to give back,” said Erica Starr, Director of Marketing at Howard Bank. “We are thrilled to be able to recognize the impact small businesses have made on the community, this past year in particular.”
The top 15 finalists include:
·       Career Image Solutions — Baltimore County
·       Pierpoint Restaurant — Baltimore City
·       Charm City Run — Howard County
·       Compass Home Group — Harford County
·       Chesapeake Food Works — Baltimore County
·       Gradeline Construction Company — Baltimore County
·       Kim’s Karate of Glen Burnie — Anne Arundel County
·       The Broken Plate — Baltimore City
·       Explorganics Plant Shop — Harford County
·       Peabody Heights Brewery — Baltimore City
·       State Fare — Baltimore County
·       Every Life Works — Howard County
·       Chesapeake Environmental Management. — Harford County
·       Old Mill Café — Howard County
·       Lovelyarns — Baltimore City
“It’s our hope that this contest will help local small businesses continue to do what they do best— bring our communities together,” said Rob Kunisch, President and COO at Howard Bank. “It’s an honor to support their work, as they play a crucial role in our state and economy overall.”
The winner of Howard Bank’s Keep It Local contest will be announced on June 28. Previous winners include Rise N’ Grind Café and Impact Martial Arts.
For more information and the voting form, visit

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