Howard Bank Announces Top Five Finalists for its “Keep it Local” Contest, Which Awards $10,000 to Winning Small Business

Selected from nearly 200 applicants, five finalists enter the next round, where the public will vote for the winner.

BALTIMORE, MD, June 15, 2020 – Howard Bank, a locally headquartered community-focused commercial bank serving businesses, professionals and individuals, today unveiled the five finalists in its Keep It Local contest. Launched last year to support businesses in and around the Baltimore region, the Keep It Local contest recognizes small businesses for their extraordinary work in the community.

“After several weeks of reviewing nearly 200 applications we are down to the top candidates and they are all impressive,” said Erica Starr, Director of Marketing for Howard Bank. “All of them have extraordinary stories and all have done so much to support their local communities.”

The companies that advanced to the round of five are:

Charm City Books – Baltimore City
Impact Martial Arts – Cecil County
Millennial Marketing – Harford County
Tea by Two – Harford County
Wire and Honey – Baltimore City

To be eligible, businesses must operate within Howard Bank’s branch footprint in Baltimore City or Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Harford or Howard counties. Eligible businesses were invited to self-nominate and describe their efforts regarding how they embrace their communities.

If you’re not familiar with the top five businesses, you can learn more about them at The third round of voting will be open to the public until Monday, June 22nd. Voters will only be able to vote once so you can help spread the word to ensure your favorite business wins. The winner of Howard Bank’s 2020 Keep It Local contest will be announced Tuesday, June 30th.

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