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Business Digest

January 17, 2000

Dollar Express is coming to Laurel, Severna Park

Dollar Express Inc., a dollar-store variety retailer, has signed leases to open stores in Severna Park and Laurel -- adding to its 18 outlets in the Baltimore-Washington area.

The leases are with Kodiak Properties LLC for 10,500 square feet of retail space at Valu Food Festival in Severna Park, and with KCH Acquisition Inc. for 13,253 square feet at Ames Plaza on Route 198.

In addition to Odenton in Anne Arundel County, Dollar Express has stores in Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown, Joppatowne, Largo, Reisterstown and Salisbury, according to KLNB Inc., a commercial real estate services firm that represented the company and announced the signings last week.

Bracone elected president of West Arundel chamber

Joseph Bracone, regional vice president of Citizens National Bank, has been elected president of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce for the next two years.

Bracone previously served as chamber chairman. He will be installed at the annual meeting, scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 27 at the Fort Meade Officers' Club, 6600 Mapes Road. County Executive Janet S. Owens will be the guest speaker. Admission is $20 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers, with a reservation deadline of Jan. 24.

Also elected as officers were Bonnie Lindsay, vice president; Doreen Coates, secretary; and Judy Sciechowski, treasurer.

Information: 410-672-3422.

AACC plans tribute for Black History Month

A multimedia exhibit, video presentation and round-table discussion will highlight "A Rich $$ Heritage -- African-Americans in the Business World," Anne Arundel Community College's tribute to Black History Month.

The free exhibit opens this week and runs to Feb. 25 in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts Gallery. It focuses on accomplishments of 12 business people, engineers, fashion designers and corporate leaders, as well as African-American entrepreneurs in Anne Arundel County.

The latter group includes Jewel Chambers, owner of Chambers Barber Shop on West Street in Annapolis, and waterman Alexander Gray, who dredges oysters in the shadows of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

A 50-minute video, "Black Entrepreneurs," will be shown at 11: 30 a.m. Feb. 11 in the Anne Arundel Community College cafeteria, and Jesse Ingram will lead a discussion on "The Black Psyche" at the second AACC Black Studies Round Table at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in Cade Center Room 207.

Information: 410-541-2529.

Names in the news

Arlene Kaye Berlin has announced the opening of Berlin Associates, a public relations firm based in Annapolis. A former president of the Eastport Business Association, Berlin has been a public relations consultant, political fund-raiser and free-lance writer for many years.

Bernie Ellis of Severna Park has been named executive vice president of merchandising for Giant Food Inc. Ellis joined Giant in June as senior vice president of nonperishable operations.

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