Business Digest


October 07, 2002

Nixon's Farm offers retreat venue for fun, business

Nixon's Farm in West Friendship is offering fall retreats and conferences for small and large groups. Team-building, survivor and murder-mystery games and wine tastings are available at the 163-acre farm. The farm caters to businesses, church groups and groups of friends or neighbors. An open day for individuals is held once a month.

A pavilion decorated with hay bales and cornstalks is available for a four-hour event that includes a hayride, bonfire and ghost stories. The ballroom - a converted barn - is used for the retreats, role-playing murder mystery games and wine tasting. Thanksgiving and other holiday meals are offered in the ballroom, and planning and accommodations for weddings are also offered.

The farm devotes about 90 acres to soybeans, alfalfa, clover and other crops.

Information: 410-442-2151, or

Success In Stride open in metropolitan area

Jay Schulman, founder and president of Success In Stride, based in Columbia, has announced that the company is open for business to serve individuals and organizations in the Baltimore-Washington area.

The company is an authorized dealer for Texas-based 360 Solutions Inc., which provides curricula and training to its affiliates.

Success In Stride offers public and corporate workshops and on-site training to help new and existing organizations become more productive. Topics include communication skills, conflict resolution, time management, negotiation skills, building a team and becoming customer-focused.

Schulman will open an office in Culver City, Calif., this month. He plans to open a third office in Atlanta in January.

Oct. 23 seminar to focus on first business plan

Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center will offer a seminar, "Developing Your First Business Plan," for first-time, small-business entrepreneurs, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia.

The cost is $50. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-6550.


Career information: Howard Community College is presenting a series of career information sessions in which students, alumni and community members can hear a panel of industry experts discuss their fields and answer questions. A session on arts and media is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the HCC Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Science and engineering will be discussed Nov. 21. Sessions on biomedical and health sciences and social science and education are planned for the spring. Admission is free. Registration is not necessary. 410-772-4840.

Touring farms: Howard County Economic Development Authority and other sponsors will offer the fall "Western Howard County's Working Landscapes" bus tour from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. Participants will visit four family farms. The tour will leave at 8:30 a.m. from Central Maryland Research and Education Center, 11975 Homewood Road, Ellicott City. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Reservations are required by Wednesday. 410-313-6500.

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