Business Digest


April 07, 2003

Timbers of Troy retains Audubon certification

Timbers at Troy Golf Course in Elkridge has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary."

The designation is awarded by the educational division of Audubon International. The golf course first received the designation in 1998.

Courses are recertified every two years. To win the designation, the facility must demonstrate excellence in environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical-use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management.

Timbers at Troy is under the supervision of Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Turf Valley Resort begins renovations

Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center in Ellicott City has begun renovations to join the hotel and outermost ballrooms, in the original clubhouse building, with a new facade, central entrance and common lobby area.

This addition will allow travel through the complex without having to step outside.

The multimillion-dollar project includes new design elements in two original ballrooms, as well as a new main canopy and handicap access ramps. Renovations are expected to be completed by June.

Trade show follow-up to be discussion focus

The Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will offer "Successful Trade Show Follow-Up Techniques - A Panel Presentation," from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at chamber offices, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel.

The event is part of the chamber's "Tips: Techniques & Ideas for Professional Salespeople" series. Admission is free for members; $20 for nonmembers.

"What Can the Chamber Do for Me?" a program on the benefits of chamber membership, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

A Business Dialog Group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Admission is free.

Information: 301-725-4000 or 410-792-9714.


Trade show: The Baltimore-Washington Chamber of Commerce and the Howard County Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor Business 2003, a trade show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow in the Carriage Ballroom at Laurel Park racetrack. Admission is free for visitors who show a business card; $5 without a business card. A networking breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Turf Club at the racetrack. Reservations are required. The cost is $20 for chamber members; $30 for nonmembers. 301-725-4000 or 410-792-9714.

Bag lunch: Barbara Swann, director of volunteers at Howard County General Hospital, will discuss the interaction of volunteers and paid staff in the workplace at a bag luncheon sponsored by the Howard County Association of Volunteer Administrators. The meeting will be held at noon Thursday at Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Admission is free for members; $5 for nonmembers. Elaine Lawrence, 410-313-7881.

Transit alternatives: Howard Transit and Commuter Solutions of Howard County will sponsor three free transportation alternatives workshops for employers interested in finding reliable transportation solutions for their employees to and from work. Workshops are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. April 16 at the Gateway Building; 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 7 at the Savage branch library; and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 21 at the offices of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. Reservations are required. 410-313- 3130, or e-mail commuter

Energy stars: Nominations are sought for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's fifth Energy Star for Small Business Awards. The award recognizes small businesses and organizations that have created innovative ways to cut costs through efficient use of energy. The businesses or organizations must have a facility of 100,000 square feet or less and must not be in the energy equipment industry. Nominations must be submitted by April 22. 888-STAR Yes, or

Be a leader: Leadership Howard County is accepting applications for its next session. The program trains accomplished, enthusiastic people to create a network of leaders in the county. Candidates who live or work in the county, are willing to become involved in enhancing the quality of life in the county, have demonstrated leadership and hold positions of responsibility will be given priority. The cost is $3,600. Applications must be returned by June 6. Stacie Hunt Irish, 410-730-4474, or www.

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