Business Notes


February 03, 2003

Specialty Direct names Art Libby vice president

Art Libby has joined Specialty Direct Marketing as vice president of business development. Specialty Direct, a 23-year-old Annapolis company, provides customer and deposit retention solutions for the retail banking services industry.

Libby has more than 30 years' experience in the direct marketing industry. He has worked for several companies in many capacities, including serving as chairman and senior vice president of his own firm, Direct Marketing Associations of Baltimore, for eight years. He also was senior vice president of AB&C Group in McLean, Va., for a decade.

He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Maryland.

Del. Cadden honored for car-theft legislation

The Maryland Association of Counties has given Del. Joan Cadden its Legislator Recognition Award for the introduction of legislation to restore funds to the Maryland Vehicle Theft Program.

The program partners police in Anne Arundel County and other jurisdictions and has been successful in reducing car theft in Maryland.

Cadden, a Democrat representing the 31st District, also endorsed funding for circuit courts and is supportive of state and county partnership for drug treatment initiatives.

Executives Owens, Robey to speak at meeting Feb. 19

The officers and board of directors of the BWI Business Partnership's Spirit of Success breakfast meeting will feature Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens and Howard County Executive James N. Robey as speakers at 7:45 a.m. Feb. 19 at the Holiday Inn BWI, 890 Elkridge Landing Road.

Reservations are required. The cost is $25 for nonmembers. Information: 410-859-1000.


Don't forget:

The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Lunch and Learn Seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at Damon's in the Village at Waugh Chapel in Gambrills. The session will feature Gary Golman of the Memory Training Institute. The cost for chamber members is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The cost for nonmembers is $30. Lunch is included. Space is limited, and reservations are required. 410-672-3422.

Mardi Gras:

Opportunity Builders Inc. will sponsor its fifth annual Mardi Gras celebration from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at 7509 Connelley Drive, Suite O, Hanover. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Costumes are optional. Blue Nite Band will provide music, and food will be served from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. 410-787-0700.

SCORE workshops:

Service Corps of Retired Executives Association will hold a small-business workshop, "Let's Prepare a Business Plan," from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 18. The cost is $45. The seminar will be held at the YWCA, 1517 Ritchie Highway in Arnold. Registration is required. The workshop is intended for individuals who operate a small business or plan to launch a new venture. 410-266-9553.

Get online:

ToadNet Inc., a Severna Park Internet provider, will conduct "Meet the Net" workshops from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 and March 19 at its headquarters, 570 Ritchie Highway. ToadNet and non-ToadNet customers are welcome to attend the free workshops and learn how to get more out of the Internet. Registration is required. 410-544-6193.

Job hunting:

Family Support Center, 7500 Ritchie Highway, offers a jobs program from 9 a.m. to noon the third Friday of each month. Participants can meet with employers at 8:30 a.m. 410-421-8478.

Sponsors sought:

Volunteer Services of Crownsville Hospital Center is seeking sponsors for cooking and ceramics classes and parties, and donations of art supplies and gardening items. 410-729-6517.

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