Business Digest


March 03, 2003

Selborne House wins builders' award for senior housing

Selborne House of Dorsey Hall, a 120-unit senior apartment complex in Ellicott City, was recently honored with the Silver Achievement Award from the Seniors Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders.

The award was presented to Orchard Development Corp. of Ellicott City at the 2003 International Builders Show in Las Vegas.

The apartment complex, designed for independent living, includes an activity room, a library with computers offering free Internet access, a lounge with large-screen television and fireplace, a hobby room and an exercise room.

Transportation from the site is provided by Howard County Transit, and the building surrounds a courtyard overlooking a nature preserve.

In 2000, Orchard's Selborne House of Laurel won the Merit Achievement Award from the Seniors Housing Council. Both awards are in the category of affordable senior housing. Design Collective of Baltimore was the architect of both developments.

Ascend One is named `excellent place to work'

The Maryland Work-Life Alliance, a coalition of public, private and nonprofit organizations committed to developing and recognizing favorable working environments in Maryland, has named Ascend One Corp. an "Excellent Place to Work."

The Columbia-based company received a 2002 Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval on Feb. 13 at the Work-Life Alliance's annual awards breakfast and symposium, held at the University of Maryland Inn and Conference Center.

Amerix Corp., a Columbia-based technology and processing service provider to the credit counseling industry, is part of Ascend One's businesses. The holding company, based in Columbia, employs more than 700 people.

Patent attorney to speak to innovators' network

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Center for Business and Technology Development sponsors an Innovators Networking Group that provides educational as well as networking opportunities for local inventors, authors, software developers and others.

Richard Irving, a patent attorney with experience in computer software and hardware, will speak about patent and copyright protection at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the center, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia.

Information: Nancy Gebhart, 410-480-7362 or


Businesswomen meet: The Columbia Chapter of the American Business Women's Association will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 10 at the Sheraton in Columbia. Professional women in all fields are welcome. Dinner is at 6 p.m. A meeting planner will speak. Casey Coven, 443-756-5467, or

Job search: The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, will offer "Job Search Tools at the Library," a discussion of databases, Web sites and periodicals and a tour of the business and career sections, at 7 p.m. March 12. Registration is required. 410-313-7860.

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