Business Digest


September 09, 2002

Patent attorney to give inventors application advice

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Center for Business and Technology Development has added a seminar to its entrepreneurial series.

"Introduction to the Patent Application Process" will explain the importance of protecting inventions for the independent inventor. Patent attorney Valerie Looper will discuss the steps in maintaining a laboratory notebook, when to file a provisional patent application and what to expect when filing a regular patent application.

The seminar, the first part of an Intellectual Property Seminar Series, will be presented from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia. A follow-up seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 24.

The cost is $25 per session. Registration is required. Information: 410-313-6550.

Clark's Elioak Farm open through next month

Clark's Elioak Farm will be open for business from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 31. The new petting farm, at 10500 Route 108 in Ellicott City, offers opportunities for families and school groups to visit a working farm and learn about animals and farming.

In addition to the petting farm and educational programs, former state Sen. James Clark Jr. and his daughter Martha Anne Clark raise sheep and cattle, and grow and sell summer vegetables, sweet corn, hay, straw, wheat, feed corn and sorghum on their 540-acre operation.

Information: 410-730-4049 or

Businesswomen's group to hold meeting today

The Columbia Chapter of the American Business Women's Association will hold its monthly meeting today at the Sheraton in Columbia.

A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m.

Information: 443-756-5467.

Library to offer workshop on print and online tools

Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, will offer "Job Search Tools at the Library," a workshop on print and online resources available at the library, at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Registration is required. Information: 410-313-7800.


Starting a business: The Maryland Small Business Development Center and Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center will sponsor a seminar, "The First Steps to Starting Your Own Business," from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia. Registration, which is required, is $25. 410-313-6550.

Career fair: Howard County Human Resources Society, a new affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management, will sponsor a Workforce Development Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. Employers can rent a booth for $300 to $350. The price includes setup, advertising, a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Deborah Stallings, 301-596-8800 or debo; Sara Muempfer, 410-381-8660 or

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