County launching effort to recognize, retain businesses...

BUSINESS DIGEST

March 25, 2002

County launching effort to recognize, retain businesses

Howard County Executive James N. Robey will launch the county's annual goodwill mission to the business community at 8 a.m. today at the Executive Conference Room in the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

This week, designated Business Appreciation Week, teams of representatives from the Economic Development Authority, county government, state Department of Business and Economic Development, the county's Chamber of Commerce, Howard Community College and other economic development partners will visit about 100 businesses in the county.

The goal is to recognize the contribution of existing businesses to the county's economy, discuss their needs and concerns and increase business retention.

Information: 410-313-2022 or 410-313-6500.

Coalition to present `Come to Life More Fully'

The Coalition of Geriatric Services in Howard County will present a program, "Come to Life More Fully," at its monthly membership meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Harmony Hall, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Tom Balles, senior faculty member at Columbia-based Tai Sophia Institute, formerly the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, will discuss how professionals can use healing arts to help their clients more effectively.

Breakfast will be provided. The event is free to members; $10 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-997-0610.

Diabetes testing guidelines to be conference focus

COLA, a national nonprofit health care accreditation organization headquartered in Columbia, will co-sponsor an audio-conference by phone, "The New Diabetes Testing Guidelines: Effects on the Laboratory and Clinical Management," from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 15.

The conference is being held in response to the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry's recent publication of the new guidelines. Co-sponsors are the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, the American Diabetes Association and the Endocrine Society.

The cost is $199 for individuals or groups, if registration is received by April 23; after that date, $249.

Information or to request a registration form: 800-892-1400, or www.aacc.org.

Calendar

Business opportunities: Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center will offer a seminar about business opportunities - "Is Franchising for You?" - from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Business & Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia. The cost is $25. Registration is required. Information: 410-313-6550.

Managing money: Registration is required by Friday for the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension's four-session workshop "Prescription for Financial Wellne$$," to be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning April 3, at the Maryland Cooperative Extension office, 3525-L Ellicott Mills Drive, Ellicott City. The cost is $20, including materials and a workbook. Information: 410-313- 2707.

Business skills training: Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides entrepreneurial training, is recruiting candidates for its next business skills training course. Candidates will be screened from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6. The application deadline is Friday. The group offers a three-month course, as well as post-training business consultation, mentoring, financing strategies, community networking assistance, Internet training, government procurement assistance and resource sharing. The fee, which ranges from $85 to $325, is based on a sliding scale. Payment plans are available. Information: 410- 727-4921.

Scholarships offered: Business Women's Network of Howard County is accepting applications for two scholarships to be awarded in June, one of them to a high school senior. Applications are available through high school guidance counselors or by calling 410-740-0126. Completed applications must be received by April 1. Information: www.bwnhoco.org.

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