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MBE Certification

Custom Media Options, LLC awarded Minority Business Enterprise certification from the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Custom Media Options, LLC can help you fulfill your minority business goals both locally and regionally – the MBE certification is reciprocal in many other states. In addition to our MBE, Custom Media Options is approved by Howard County Government as an Equal Business Opportunity vendor.

Custom Media Options and Merriweather Post Pavilion recognized by Howard County Tourism and Promotions as Partners of the Year

On Friday, September 25th Custom Media Options and Merriweather Post Pavilion were recognized by Howard County Tourism and Promotions as Partners of the Year.

We are proud to receive this award and will continue to help promote tourism in our county by publishing the biggest and most comprehensive annual Official Visitors & Residents Guide and work with the tourism team to create marketing campaigns to showcase what Howard County has to offer.

Photo by R. Scott Kramer
Photographer/Multimedia Specialist | Office of Public Information | Howard County Government

4th Annual Power of the Purse is largest in event’s history


More than $18,000 in proceeds donated to Blossoms of Hope to support Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center

Her Mind Magazine is pleased to announce its most successful Power of the Purse (POTP) event yet. Held at Sub-Zero and Wolf by Fretz Showroom on June 8, the fourth annual POTP raised more than $18,000 for Blossoms of Hope to support the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital.

The 350 guests browsed among 1,700 gently used and vintage purses displayed throughout the opulent kitchen display areas and available for cash and carry. At the same time, guests bid on 70 new and designer handbags – including new purses by Kate Spade, Coach and Danielle Nicole – filled with such treats as certificates to spas and restaurants, and luxury accessories – as part of the Silent Auction.

Her Mind Magazine and Blossoms of Hope want to thank all who contributed to this event. Danielle DiFerdinando, founder of Danielle Nicole, a New York-based handbag company, was the guest speaker. Danielle, who grew up in Howard County, created Danielle Nicole at the age of 18 while a student at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Brenda von Rautenkranz, owner of Fit For Life Personal Training and the Fit To Be Fabulous video and television series, served as m.c. with her inimitable grace and humor. We can always count on Brenda to warm up the crowd.

Kudos to chairs Michelle Wildman and co-chair Pam Moss for pulling off this year’s event. Michelle is the owner of the 15-year-old MW Events, which coordinates galas, parties and social events throughout Howard County. Pam is community relations and project manager for Custom Media Options, publishers of Her Mind magazine. Each year Power of the Purse is bigger and better, and we look forward to 2016!

Thanks to this year’s sponsors—Horseshoe Casino for its generous financial contribution, and Iron Bridge Wine Company for consistently providing fine wines for our guests; Sub-Zero and Wolf by Fretz showroom has been a magical venue since the event started; Sir Speedy-BWI/Columbia provided printing services; and Pam Long Photography returned as the official event photographer. (Pam’s beautiful photos are included in this post); Chuy’s provided a fantastic Mexican buffet as a tantalizing preview of its move to Howard County in 2016.

Dana O’Sullivan of DellaBlooms & Gifts provided the flowers and the props for the purse displays, and Carol Weil, aka The Decorating Therapist, artfully staged the purses throughout the showroom.

Thanks to The Business Monthly and to the Business Women’s Network of Howard County for helping us promote the 2015 Power of the Purse, and thanks also to The Wendy Slaughter Team-REMAX 100, for donating the customized purple Power of the Purse shopping bags.

Ruth Toomey, sales manager at An Extraordinar Limousine, deserves a special shout-out for her last-minute contribution of transportation to and from the satellite parking lot.

In addition to all the contributors and volunteers, the success of 2015 Power of the Purse is largely due to the community. Without our many friends – who scour their closets for handbags to donate, and who show up to buy and bid – the event just wouldn’t be as festive and fun. Nor would it raise such generous funds for the important work of Blossoms of Hope and the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County Hospital. Thank you again for making this year’s Power of the Purse bigger and better. See you in 2016!

See complete list of 2015 POTP contributors and volunteers

The winners of the door prices and raffles were:

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Door Prizes:

  • Anjela Haynes won the Purple KATE SPADE satchel
  • Dana Echols won the DANIELLE NICOLE handbag

Raffle Prizes:

  • Ruth Goldberg won the Wolf Gourmet High Performance Blender donated by SUB-ZERO and WOLF by Fretz
  • Donna Smith won the Madison Sophia Brown leather COACH satchel
3rd Annual Power of the Purse Event was a Great Success!
Her Mind magazine is excited to announce yet another successful Power of the Purse! Held at Fretz Kitchen Showroom June 10, 2014, this event raised over $12,000 to be donated to Blossoms of Hope in support of Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital and Business Women’s Network of Howard County Scholarship Foundation.
Over 1,100 purses were offered for sale. Gently used and vintage purses were available for cash and carry while over 50 new and designer handbags, filled with goodies, were included in the Silent Auction.

Blossoms of Hope, Business Women’s Network and Her Mind Magazine want to thank everyone who contributed to this event. First, thanks to this year’s sponsors—Iron Bridge Wine Company for providing wine and Chef Lewis for preparing a delightful Gazpacho for all to taste!  Fretz Kitchen Showroom provided the venue, Sir Speedy—Columbia provided printing services, and Pam Long Photography was the official photographer. Pam’s photos are included in this recap—what a great job!  Harris Teeter provided the light fare and The Wendy Slaughter Team donated the Power of the Purse shopping bags—all to make this year’s shopping experience fun and memorable.

potp_2013_1This event wouldn’t be the same without the entertaining master of ceremonies—Brenda von Rautenkranz who opened the program with her usual humorous style.  And a shout out goes to Dana O’Sullivan of Della Blooms & Gifts for her designs, props and floral centerpiece and to Carol Lombardo Weil, the  Decorating Therapists who provided the purse layout and design.  And of course, it’s always fun to see Lee Andersen’s new MANNEQART creations.

But the overall success of this event is dependent on the donations, contributions and volunteerism from the community.  We couldn’t do this without everyone’s help!  Power of the Purse is indeed a community effort and we want to thank all of you for making this year’s event bigger and better!

To view a complete gallery of Photographs from the 3rd Annual Power of the purse, please visit our Facebook page.

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  • 39 Minute Workout and Wellness
  • A Journey From Junk
  • AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar—Mary Barbera
  • AVEDA – The Columbia Mall
  • Awaken Wellness
  • Mary Ellen Baker
  • Baltimore Business Journal – Lisa Carmichael
  • Bare Bones Grill & Brewery
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Being There Senior Care
  • Between the Lines Medispa – Linda Perline
  • Blossoms of Hope – The Howard County Cherry Tree Project
  • Bode Floors
  • Bonnie Heneson Communications – Kyri Jacobs
  • Linda Boyle
  • Bra-la-la
  • Tina Broccolino
  • Wanda Brodsky
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Business Women’s Network of Howard County – Renee Gerber
  • Business Women’s Network of Howard County Scholarship Foundation, Inc. – Stanette Robinson
  • Cabot Creamery Cooperative
  • Charm City Yoga
  • Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
  • Chili’s/Macaroni Grill/On The Border/Maggiano’s
  • Claudia Hall Christian/Cook Street Publishing
  • CMIT Solutions of Columbia – Tom Burtzlaff
  • Collections
  • Columbia Association – Hobbit’s Glen Golf Course
  • Columbia Jazzercise Fitness Center
  • Curves Columbia
  • Curves Glenelg
  • Custom Media Options, LLC
  • Danielle Nicole New York Handbags
  • Davis Vision – Lisa Hall
  • DellaBlooms & Gifts – Dana O’Sullivan
  • DuBois Design – Kelley DuBois
  • Earth Treks Climbing Centers
  • Eggspectation
  • Einstein Brothers Bagel
  • EyeFit Vision Centers
  • Factory Athletics Foundation
  • Famous Dave’s
  • Feet First
  • Fitness Together
  • Floyds Barber Shop
  • Regina Ford
  • Girls Night Out – Ellicott City
  • Hobo Handbags
  • Houlihan’s
  • Howard County Tourism & Promotion
  • Howard Hospital Foundation
  • Hyatt & Company
  • Hyatt Regency Baltimore
  • Inspire—An Organic Salon
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs
  • Jolles Insurance & Financial
  • Julie Katz
  • Kid’s Time Out
  • Kim Musser – State Farm
  • Ledo Pizza
  • Lee Andersen – MANNEQART
  • Living Wellness Chiropractic of Columbia
  • Ma Maison III
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics – Angie Goodwin Johnson
  • Maryland Wineries Association
  • Massage Envy Spa
  • Medical Skin Therapeutics
  • Sarah A. Mess, MD, LLC
  • Elaine Northrop
  • Octavia II
  • Mimi O’Donnell
  • Pam Long Photography
  • Patrick’s Hair Design
  • Linda Payan, A District Division Manager for Lia Sophia Jewelry
  • Petit Louis on the Lake
  • Portalli’s
  • Power Train Sports & Fitness
  • Pub Dog Pizza & Drafthouse
  • Redeux Consignment Shop
  • River Hill Garden Center
  • Janet Robey, Honorary Chair of Blossoms of Hope
  • Salon Marielle, An Aveda Concept Salon
  • Serendipity
  • Sergio’s Fine Jewelers
  • SIEGELLAW – Law Office of Harry B. Siegel, LLC
  • Simply Divine Boutique
  • Simply Organized
  • Jackie Sims
  • Sir Speedy—Columbia
  • Smyth Jewelers
  • St. John’s Jewelers
  • Sanford Grill
  • State Farm – Robert Fitzgerald
  • Leslie Stein
  • Still Life Gallery
  • SUB ZERO WOLF by Fretz
  • Sun Nurseries, Inc.
  • Sweet Cascades Chocolatier
  • sweet elizabeth jane
  • Symmetry Hair Studio
  • Tendou Japanese Cuisine
  • Terrapin Adventures
  • Terry’s Tag & Title
  • Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant
  • The Brewers Art Restaurant
  • The Business Monthly—Becky Mangus & Cathy Yost
  • The Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center
  • The Elkridge Furnace Inn
  • The Gift Shop in Howard County General Hospital
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • The Iron Bridge Wine Company – Steve Wecker
  • The Loft Salon & Spa
  • The Marilyn Johnson Sewing & Creative Fabric Design Studio
  • The Nail Spa
  • THE pearl Spa & Boutique
  • The Pottery Stop
  • The Shoppes at Shipley’s Grant Starbucks
  • The Still Point – Spa
  • The Still Point Yoga
  • The Timbers at Troy
  • The Wendy Slaughter Team—REMAX Advantage Realty
  • Lori A. Theodore
  • Tino’s Italian Bistro
  • Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia
  • Together Couples Counseling
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Turf Valley
  • Vertical Connection
  • Victoria Gastro Pub
  • Victoria and Albert Hair Salon
  • Brenda von Rautenkranz, Fit For Life Training and Master of Ceremonies of Power of the Purse 2014
  • Carol Lombardo Weil, The Decorating Therapist
  • Dee Weir, Owner Howard County Holistic Center
  • Wells Fargo
Harford Transit Link Begins Ad Partnership with Businesses

Harford Transit Link, Harford County’s bus service, is accepting advertisements paid for by local businesses on Harford Transit Link buses.

(Bel Air, MD) The ads will be located on the outside and in the passenger area of the buses and will be paid for solely by the businesses that post the ads.

Commenting on the new practice of allowing businesses to advertise on Harford Transit Link buses, County Executive David R. Craig stated, “Allowing our business community to advertise on Harford Transit Link buses is another example of how local government and businesses can work to support one another. The ads paid for by local businesses not only helps drive business to them, but also help support the budgetary needs of county government that supplies transportation services to thousands of citizens throughout Harford County,” the County Executive remarked.

Harford County is not alone in allowing ads placed by businesses on their buses. The practice is also offered in Charles, Cecil, Howard, Frederick and Montgomery counties, as well as Ocean City and the MTA.

“I think it’s great that County Executive Craig would open up this wonderful opportunity for local businesses, community organizations and churches to help share their messages by advertising on our local bus system, the Link,” remarked Harford Transit Link Administrator Jim Ports.

Harford Transit Link is a division of the Department of Community Services. Its Link public bus services operates nine fixed routes Monday through Friday except county holidays, serving Aberdeen, Bel Air, Belcamp, Churchville, Edgewood, Havre de Grace, Joppatowne and Perryman. Harford Transit also links to MARC train service to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

~ Press Release, Haford County Government, Dept. of Community Services

A Big Win for Custom Media Options and Howard County Tourism & Promotion
Jan 03, 2013
Custom Media Options publisher of the 2012 Official Visitor Guide for Howard County is thrilled to recognize Howard County Tourism & Promotion for their recent award – Best Destination Guide for 2012 presented by the Maryland Tourism Council and the Maryland Office on Tourism.
Howard County Tourism & Promotion and Custom Media Options partnered to create a destination guide that is informative, easy to use and appealing.
Howard County General Hospital Directory of Physicians

Custom Media Options, LLC in partnership with Howard County General Hospital, is producing a full-glossy medical staff directory.
This valuable resource will be mailed directly to homes in Howard County and surrounding areas. The Directory of Physicians provides information and exposure for the Howard County General Hospital medical staff and it is an excellent opportunity to inform the community about your practice and services.

Custom Media Options to Publish Howard County Official Visitors Guide

The Official guide to Shopping, Dining, Lodging, Sightseeing, Living and Discovering Howard County published by Custom Media Options in partnership with Howard County Tourism & Promotion hits the shelves and goes online in March 2011!

(ELLICOTT CITY, MD) Howard County Tourism & Promotion is delighted to announce its partnership with Custom Media Options as our new publishers of the 2011 Official Howard County Visitors Guide. Howard County, Maryland, nationally recognized for its outstanding quality of life in MONEY, Forbes and US News & World Report magazines will now have an Official guide for visitors and residents that best reflects all the attractions and amenities that make our community a wonderful place to call home. The partnership with local Custom Media Options is ideal for Howard County Tourism & Promotion, the official destination marketing organization, who is charged by Howard County Government to publish a visitor guide. The 100,000 copies of 2011 Official Howard County Visitors Guide will debut in print and online in March 2011.

“Howard County Tourism & Promotion’s mission is to feature the county’s unique sites, services, products and people in its sales and marketing activities: the 2011 Official Howard County Visitors Guide will be the perfect publication for us to tell those stories and sell the county as a destination for business and leisure travel.” said Rachelina Bonacci, Executive Director, Howard County Tourism & Promotion. “Custom Media Options is excited to be partnering with Howard County Tourism & Promotion to showcase the many treasures Howard County has to offer visitors. The 2011 Official Howard County Visitors Guide will be a ‘must have’ local tourism magazine for both recreational and business visitors” said Dotty Doub, President of Custom Media Options.

“We have been looking for publishers that were locally headquartered, totally connected, ‘in-the-know,’ and already a part of our community. Tourism has now found that partner in Custom Media Options” said Joe Barbera, co-owner, AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar, President of Tourism’s Board of Directors and advertiser. He added “the team at Custom Media do wonderful work, and the 4-color glossy magazine sized 2011 Official Howard County Visitors Guide will be absolutely beautiful.”

– Howard County Tourism & Promotion