Columbia Bank certified by SBA for loan program The...

Business Digest

August 30, 1999

Columbia Bank certified by SBA for loan program

The Columbia Bank has announced that it has satisfied requirements from the Small Business Administration and been awarded Certified Lenders Program status.

Commercial loans approved under this program are partially guaranteed by the SBA.

Benefits to small- to medium-sized businesses include an accelerated loan approval process and the partial guarantees, which reduce collateral requirements.

Agriculture tour to visit farm enterprises in county

The Howard County Fall Agriculture Tour will begin at 8: 30 a.m. Sept. 18 at the University of Maryland's Center for Research and Education Farm in Clarksville.

Stops are planned at a variety of farms in Howard County.

At one, former dairyman Howie Feaga boards horses and uses innovative pasture grazing and feed-management techniques.

Jim and Linda Brown raise crops with drip irrigation and integrated pest management.

Calvin Day uses rotational grazing to manage through wet and dry weather.

Jim and Ruthie Welling use buffers to help manage nutrients.

Transportation between stops will be by tour bus, and refreshments will be provided. The tour will return to the university property by noon.

Information and reservations: 410-465-3180.

People

Frank Moran has been named director of sales for Galaxy Automotive of Glen Burnie, Ellicott City and Columbia. Moran, who has 28 years of experience in the Baltimore market, will oversee new and used vehicle sales for Galaxy's three area locations.

Galaxy is owned by March Hodge Master Management, which owns dealerships across the country and was named 1999 Automobile Dealer of the Year by Black Enterprise magazine.

Ted Kroos has been hired by Manekin LLC as a broker for commercial sales and leasing in Maryland and Virginia.

He was tenant representative for W. F. Chesley Commercial Real Estate, responsible for Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties and Northern Virginia.

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