Chamber of Commerce plans day of events this week in...

Business Digest

January 08, 2001

Chamber of Commerce plans day of events this week in Annapolis

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce will hold its "Business Day in Annapolis" from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

A Chamber Action Network (CAN) breakfast will recognize the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Calvert House in State Circle. CAN is the chamber's grass-roots lobbying program, which provides a network of activist business contacts for legislators.

Comptroller William Donald Schaefer will discuss his book "A Guide to Business Tax Credits" from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Treasury Building. Admission is free.

The rest of the day's activities will be at Loews Annapolis Hotel. Gov. Parris N. Glendening, legislators and political and business leaders have been invited to discuss their priorities for the 2001 legislative session from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. A reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. will offer opportunities for networking.

A "Made in Maryland Showcase," with exhibitors from across the state, is planned from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Registration is required. The cost for the CAN breakfast is $25; cost for the legislative briefing and reception is $125. Information: 410-269-0642.

Rouse fund lends $100,000 to advertising business

The Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund (JREF), a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1992 by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, has provided a $100,000 loan to Artemis Production & Publications International Inc., a full-service advertising and publications firm based in historic Oella Mill. The company plans to expand its client services, particularly its online services.

JREF offers risk-oriented loans of $5,000 to $100,000 to small and emerging Howard County businesses that have been unable to get financing from traditional sources. The organization expects to lend about $1 million this year from a revolving fund of $3,375,000. JREF's mission is economic development and the creation of jobs for the county.

The organization is in the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road N., Columbia.

Information: Mary Becker, executive director, 410-313-6170.

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