Business Digest


October 14, 2002

Fair will provide opportunity to meet purchasing agents

The Economic Development Committee of the Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce invites local business owners to meet purchasing agents from local, state and federal government agencies at its 11th Annual Procurement Fair. The event will be from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 23 at the Conference Center at Cedar Ridge, near Route 198 and U.S. 29 in Spencerville.

Those who attend can find out what agencies are buying, register to receive bid requests, obtain information on minority certification and learn what subcontractors may be needed by prime contractors.

Information: www.baltwash For directions:

Businesswomen's group meeting today for dinner

The Columbia chapter of the American Business Women's Association will meet for dinner at 6:30 p.m. today the Sheraton Hotel in Columbia. Del. Gail H. Bates, a Howard Republican, will speak.

A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Professional women from all fields are welcome. Reservations are required.

Information: 443-756-5467, or e-mail

Computer consultants planning dinner meeting

The Independent Computer Consultants Association, Maryland chapter, will sponsor a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at Michael's Pub, 8630 Guilford Road, in the Kings Contrivance village, Columbia.

The topic is "Survival Experiences of IT Consultants: A Reality Show."

Tickets are $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers, until Nov. 9. A $5 surcharge will be applied for reservations after that date.

Information: To reserve tickets, send a check to Program Director Joe DiGangi, c/o Trusant Technologies LLC, 9636 Larchmede Court, Ellicott City 21042. Include name, meal choice (vegetarian pasta, chicken Madeira or grilled New York strip steak), address and phone number.


Corporate challenge: Columbia Association will hold its 15th Annual Corporate Challenge from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at Columbia Athletic Club. The event offers an opportunity to build teamwork skills while competing against other companies in games requiring physical fitness and mental skill. Candace Dodson Reed, 410-992-1614.

First 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. 410-313-6550.

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