Howard Bank Names Rise ‘N Grind the Winner of $10,000 in its First Annual “Keep It Local” Contest

The Rising Sun-based coffee shop is voted the region’s favorite small business. Owners plan to throw a community block party and donate money to other local businesses.

Baltimore, MD, August 5, 2019 – Three months after it launched a contest designed to recognize and support small businesses in and around the Baltimore region, Howard Bank has named Rise ‘N Grind the winner of its inaugural “Keep It Local” contest, the bank announced today.

The Rising Sun-based coffee shop, which has generated excitement since opening a year ago, walks away with a $10,000 cash prize after receiving nearly 3,200 votes.

“We are thrilled to present Rise ‘N Grind a $10,000 check and recognize them as the Baltimore region’s favorite small business in our first ever Keep It Local contest,” said Mary Ann Scully, CEO of Howard Bank. “Rise ‘N Grind embodies everything that our contest aimed to show, that small and medium-sized businesses in our region are growing, vibrant and are having a positive impact on the communities they serve.”

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we are proud to have met so many hard-working and determined business owners through our contest,” added Jamie Bennett, who manages Howard Bank’s Rising Sun branch. “Rise ‘N Grind faced intense competition beating out nearly 500 eligible businesses that were nominated by individuals throughout the region. But since it opened its doors last August, the coffee shop has quickly become a catalyst for growth in downtown Rising Sun.”

Today, Scully surprised Rise ‘N Grind owners Angelina and Jeremy Vanderhoef by declaring them winners of the contest and presenting them with the $10,000 check at the coffee shop’s 8 E. Main Street location in Rising Sun.

“This is one of the best days of my life,” said Angelina Vanderhoef. “It validates what we have done for the community. It was a total surprise. I knew from the very start that this community was a special place to be. All of the energy and hard work was worth it.”

Vanderhoef said she will use the prize money to purchase equipment so she can expand Rise ‘N Grind’s menu. She also plans to hold a block party for the community and give $500 each to two other contestants that are based in Rising Sun, Hair & Things and Shephard Design Company.

Howard Bank’s Keep It Local contest began on May 6, 2019, and the bank received entries from people across the region nominating their favorite business. The bank whittled the list down to five companies in July: Rise ‘N Grind, ArtFarm Studios, Annapolis; Caprichos Books, Bel Air; Domesticity, Baltimore City; and Iron Bridge Wine Company, Columbia.


Rules to the Keep It Local contest included:

  • The nominated business must be located within Howard Bank’s branch footprint, which includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, and Howard counties as well as Baltimore City.
  • A person can nominate as many businesses as they like.
  • A small business owner may nominate their own business.
  • The nominated businesses and/or nominators do not have to be a Howard Bank customer. 
  • Employees of Howard Bancorp and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate families (spouse, parents, children, siblings, and their spouses) are not eligible to win. Employees of Howard Bancorp may not nominate or vote in the contest.

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