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MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

May 20, 1991

Word Doctor

How good you talk, along with you're proved riting and speling abilitys, could urn you a raze and put you on the Rd. to unherd-of bizness sucsess.

Not to mention helping you spot the mother lode of mistakes in the preceding sentence.

So if your modifiers tend to dangle, and your infinitives split just when you need them, and terms like past participle and future perfect make you tense, call the Word Doctor.

"There are a lot of people out there who would like to know this stuff without being insulted or intimidated," said Barry Tarshis, president of the newly launched "Grammar for Smart People" seminars, aimed at improving the state of language in American business.

The course material, he said, has been acquired by about 650 companies, including such corporate titans as AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank and Xerox.

The "Grammar for Smart People" course materials cost $50 to $75, depending on the amount ordered. TeamGrammar seminars, conducted for groups of 20 to 25 people, run from about $3,000 to $3,500 for the group.

Networking women

When a business problem stumps Katherine Gardner, a partner in Corporate Journeys Inc., she doesn't panic. She calls Bonnie Widenhouse, president and chief executive of Touchberry & Associates Realtors.

And Ms. Widenhouse, a 21-year business veteran, listens, offers suggestions, shares experiences and encourages Ms. Gardner.

"Having someone like Bonnie say, 'This is how I did it' or 'You are right on target' is a big help," Ms. Gardner said. "It helps build my confidence."

Ms. Gardner and Ms. Widenhouse are participating in the Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training, a national program established by the Small Business Administration.

The program lets veteran female entrepreneurs pass business know-how to women who have owned businesses for a year or more. There are 500 participants in Baltimore, Charlotte, N.C., and other U.S. cities.

Natalie Birk, the program's national coordinator, said the mentor-protege relationship has to be created artificially, because women are newer at it.

Nationally, the number of women-owned businesses is growing at four times the rate of all businesses. And the SBA estimates that by the year 2000 women will own 40 percent of U.S. small businesses.

For information about the program in Baltimore, call Mindy Allentoff at 962-2235.

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