Annapolis SAM's assists development corporation The...

Business Digest

May 08, 2000

Annapolis SAM's assists development corporation

The Annapolis SAM's Club donated $4,000 to the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. last week toward its efforts to attract business and retain jobs.

SAM's Club, a membership warehouse store, is a subsidiary of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The development corporation manages local revitalization projects, recruits employers, and provides loans to new and expanding businesses.

Anne Arundel County's "economy is thriving due, in part, to the many fine businesses who give to their community," said Bill Badger, president and chief executive of the development agency, in an announcement about the donation.

Last year, the Annapolis store and two Wal-Mart stores in Glen Burnie donated $168,000 to nonprofit organizations in the county.

Deal to give west chamber a boost in membership

The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will get a boost in membership as a result of a partnership agreement with Arundel Mills: All of its tenants will become individual members upon signing their lease.

Under the agreement, Arundel Mills will pay for tenants' memberships, allowing the retailers to take advantage of chamber programs including networking events; marketing through the chamber's newsletters, directories and Web site; and training and work-force development.

Two hundred and fifty businesses are members of the West County chamber.

Arundel Mills, at Route 100 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, is scheduled to open in November.

College will sponsor software symposium

Anne Arundel Community College will hold a symposium at 8 a.m. May 16 in Linthicum to introduce area business and industry representatives to software integrating business systems.

The SAP R/3 Symposium will take place at the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies Training & Conference Center, with panelists discussing the software's benefits, implementation and employee training options available to local companies.

The SAP R/3 system is used by nearly 11,000 companies and agencies, including Northrop Grumman Corp., RWD Technologies, Black & Decker and the World Bank, the college said in announcing the program.

The keynote speaker will be Robert B. Spiker, vice president and controller at Northrop Grumman.

The program will conclude after a noon luncheon. Registration by Friday is $65, with $50 for each additional representative of the same company, or $75 and $65 the day of the program.

The college is an SAP University Alliance Partner, offering training in use of the system with classes tailored to employees' needs either at the job site or on the Arnold campus.

Information or a registration form: 410-541-2958 or


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