4 Arundel firms honored
Four Anne Arundel County firms have received the GreateBaltimore Committee's Venture Award in recognition of their growth and economic contributions to the region.
The firms receiving the awards last night were:
* Barton Ceilings and Commercial Interiors, an interior finish and light gauge structural framing contractor employing more than 50 workers.
* Business Systems Management, a computer sales and training firm that operates the Entre Computer Center franchise. The firm employs 24 people.
* Crosby Communications, a marketing communications firm with billing in excess of $4.6 million. The firm employs 14 people.
* Samuel Meisel and Co., the diplomatic and wholesale division headquarters of Duty Free International Inc., which sells duty free merchandise to foreign diplomats and to merchant and passenger ships departing from Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. The firm employs 99 people.
The GBC created the Venture Award in recognition of local growth from firms already established here. Nominations are judged on expansion of facilities, creation of new jobs, purchase of equipment or machinery or improvements to facilities or equipment in the last year.
O. Ray Bourland 3rd has been appointed as the chief hearing examiner of the Public Service Commission, the state agency that regulates utility companies in Maryland.
Bourland, who has been the commission's senior hearing examiner since 1984, succeeds Paul H. Harrington, who recently accepted a position in private industry.
The hearing examiners preside over various utility cases and issue rulings, which can be appealed to the five-member commission.
Bourland was most recently in the news when he turned down a taxi rate increase because of complaints about poor service. The higher rate was approved last week by the full commission after taxi companies made an agreement with opponents of the increase.
Focus on quality of life
The 1990s will be the decade to focus on quality-of-life issues, said Georgette Mosbacher, chief executive officer of a cosmetics company and wife of U.S. Commerce Secretary Robert S. Mosbacher Sr.
The head of the La Prairie Inc. in New York addressed a state conference yesterday at the Omni International Hotel in Baltimore. The Governor's Conference on Small and Growing Businesses attracted about 300 participants. The conference kicked off the state's observance of National Small Business Week.
Mosbacher, known for her flashy style and business savvy, advised entrepreneurs in her audience to make time for themselves while taking care of business issues such as increasing sales and cash flow.
Eveready sues over ad
Everyready Batteries Co.yesterday sued Adolph Coors Co. in U.S. District Court in Chicago, claiming the Golden, Colo. brewer's plan to air a commercial that is a parody of the Eveready bunny advertisement infringes on Eveready's copyright and trademark rights. Coors, in turn, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver. It seeks a preliminary injunction to prevent Eveready from interfering with the airing of the commercial.