Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta, sparked a pledge from Gov. William Donald Schaefer yesterday to look into training prison inmates to use computers so they might one day earn an honest living.
Speaking to more than 900 businessmen and women at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Young challenged state officials to do what Muslim community leaders have done in Atlanta, which is help ex-convicts establish their own businesses.
The state should teach prisoners how to use computers, he said.
The governor responded to Young's remarks by telling state officials to "do it." During the meeting, Gerald W. Ebker, president of the International Business Machines Corp. Federal Sector Division in Gaithersburg, said IBM would be willing to become partners with the state on such a project.
Young was speaking at a state-sponsored conference aimed at encouraging joint ventures between small and minority-owned firms established businesses in Maryland.
Several individuals received the Governor's Recognition Award
during the conference. The awards honor Maryland small
businesses for their outstanding achievement and entrepreneurial spirit.
Harlow Fullwood Jr., owner of Fullwood Foods Inc., which operates Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets in the area,
received the Business Growth and Development award.
Manny Noya of Frontier Adjusters of Baltimore Inc., a Towson firm, received an award for staff development and training.
Other awards went to the following:
* Malynda Hawes Madzel of Custom Telemarketing Services of Columbia for product development;
* Clemon H. Wesley of TEXCOM Inc. of Lanham for market expansion;
* Patricia Francomacaro of Seasonal Impressions in Ellicott City for unique management strategies;
* Roger R. Blunt of the Essex Construction Corp., a special
award for joint venturing.