2 emerging companies get loans from Rouse...

BUSINESS DIGEST

May 20, 2002

2 emerging companies get loans from Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund

JREF, the Columbia-based Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund Inc., has provided $100,000 in loans this month to two emerging technology companies in Howard County: VOTARA Corp. and Optivor Technologies LLC.

VOTARA, in the Howard County Economic Development Authority's NeoTech incubator at the Center for Business and Technology Development in Columbia, produces voice-activated technology for customer service and other business applications. Optivor provides a range of advanced computer security solutions.

The loans will help develop the businesses and create jobs.

JREF, a private, not-for-profit organization, works with the Howard County Economic Development Authority to fund new and emerging businesses unable to obtain funding from traditional banking sources.

`Business After Business' scheduled for tomorrow

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce will hold a "Business After Business" networking event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.

The event is being held a week earlier than usual so it will not to conflict with the Memorial Day holiday.

The cost is $10 for members; $20 for future members. 410-730- 4111

Clarksville market plans `Celebrate Italy Day'

Roots Market on Route 108 in Clarksville will hold "Celebrate Italy Day" from noon to 4 p.m. June 15.

Pasta, sauces, olives, olive oil, breads, risotto, tapenade, pesto and other foods will be available for tasting.

Cooking and food preparation ideas will be offered. Admission is free.

The 11,000-square-foot store, opened in June 2000 by Clarksville resident Jeff Kaufman and Jody Cutler, offers organic produce, natural and gourmet foods, specialty cheeses, housewares and other items.

Calendar

Fighting mold:

Home Builders Association of Maryland will hold a program about mold for building industry professionals from 9 a.m. to noon May 30 at Jillian's at Arundel Mills mall. Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The cost is $55 for association members; $95 for nonmembers. Information and registration: Cathy Lysaught, 410-265-7400, or cathy @homebuilders.org.

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