Chamber to announce position on Md. issues at luncheon...

BUSINESS DIGEST

January 14, 2002

Chamber to announce position on Md. issues at luncheon Thursday

Maryland government should be concerned about the rising costs of small-business health insurance, teacher shortages and paying for transportation, the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce says in its 2002 Governmental Relations Agenda.

In listing its positions on issues that are important to the local business community, the chamber says that Anne Arundel County's most pressing issues are expanding the commercial tax base, the county planning and permit process and sharing environmental responsibilities.

Annapolis officials should examine the city's master transportation and parking plan and the West Street redevelopment project, and put more emphasis on the city's Economic Development Office, according to the chamber.

The chamber is to officially announce its governmental relations agenda at its annual business day luncheon Thursday at Governor Calvert House, 58 State Circle in Annapolis. Registration is to begin at noon, and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

The chambers agenda is posted online at www.annapolischamber. com/govrelations/2002agenda.

Small-business workshop to be held Jan. 22 at AACC

The U.S. Small Business Administration and Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. will hold a workshop on financing a small business next week at Anne Arundel Community College.

TEAM SBA, made up of Small Business Administration officials, bank loan officers and small-business consultants, will work with entrepreneurs to explore lending options, explain the SBA's prequalification loan program and clarify the lending process.

Participants should have a good credit history, cash to invest in a business and an idea of how much money they need to borrow to start or expand their business. They also are encouraged to bring business plans and financial statements for TEAM SBA to review.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 in Room 121 of Building K at the college. Sessions are free, but space is limited. Advance registration is required.

Registration: Fran Hensen of the SBA, 410-962-6195, Ext. 309, or Lisa Brady of Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., 410- 222-7410.

AirTran president to speak at BWI business breakfast

BWI Business Partnership Inc. will hold a Spirit of Success breakfast meeting at 7:45 a.m. Feb. 1 at Marriott Hotel/BWI Airport, 1743 W. Nursery Road.

Robert L. Fornaro, president and chief operating officer of AirTran Airways, will speak.

Information: 410-859-1000.

Belkov Yachts installs management software

Belkov Yachts of Annapolis has successfully completed the installation of Perception, a production planning and resource management system.

The system integrates the business activities of the yacht builder. Perception has been integrated with the Quick Books accounting system and offers links to a variety of software products.

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