Business Notes


April 21, 2003

Realtors association publishes calendar with student art

As part of its observance of Fair Housing Month, the Maryland Association of Realtors will honor the winners of its Fair Housing Poster Contest.

Maryland students were invited to create an illustration of the theme "Homes for All in 2004." The 12 winning posters are reproduced in a calendar that Maryland Realtors distribute statewide.

This month marks the 35th anniversary of the enactment of the federal fair housing law. Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, familial status and handicap and encourages fair housing opportunities for all.

The association offers continuing education courses to Realtors, including "At Home with Cultural Diversity: One America." Developed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the course teaches real estate agents how to expand homeownership opportunities for minority buyers.

Sporting goods maker to relocate in Arundel

Head USA Inc. will consolidate its operations at a new distribution center and warehouse in the Marley Neck Industrial Park in Pasadena.

Head, a manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods, plans to combine its facilities in Jessup and Newburyport, Mass., this year.

"The decision to consolidate and locate in Anne Arundel County made good sense both logistically and from a sales perspective," said Gunter Hagspiel, chief operating officer. "Our new location in Anne Arundel County gives us easy access to transportation via land, sea, and air."

The company will initially occupy 106,000 square feet with the ability to expand. The distribution operation will employ about 60 people.

"Head is a well-known and highly respected company in the world of sports and a wonderful addition to our county," County Executive Janet S. Owens said. "We are proud to welcome their consolidated operations to Anne Arundel County."

Communications group plans Leadership Forum

The Association for Women in Communications 2003 Leadership Forum will be held from Thursday to Saturday at Governor Calvert House Inn, 58 State Circle, Annapolis.

A reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

The three-day forum, with the theme "Exploring the Next Level," will feature networking from 11:15 a.m. to noon Friday and a luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Nancy Fredericks, author of Dancing on the Glass Ceiling, will speak.

Roslyn Duda of CorporateHOPE will give the keynote presentation, "So What's Stopping You?" on Friday. Additional speakers include Mary Lou Quinlan, author of Just Ask a Woman, and Mary Donahue Quinlan, vice president of The Network of City Business Journals. A panel of women who have visited Afghanistan also will share their experiences.

The cost is $55 to attend the reception and luncheon ($10 for reception only). Information: 410-544-7442.

SCORE schedules business workshop

SCORE Chapter 390 and the Small Business Administration will conduct a workshop, "Developing a Marketing Strategy," from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the YWCA, 1517 Ritchie Highway, Arnold.

This workshop covers topics from market research to sales with emphasis on how best to use tools such as advertising and trade shows to promote business.

The cost is $45. Information: 410-266-9553.

BankAnnapolis worker named `Service Fanatic'

BankAnnapolis recently named employee Ami Herrmann the 2002 Service Fanatic of the Year as part of its Wag the Tail program, a campaign to improve customer service.

Herrmann's earned 13 "tails" or commendations from customers and bank employees.

Herrmann, a credit and loan documentation specialist in the loan processing department, has worked at BankAnnapolis since 1997.

She received a $500 check for earning the most tails during the past year.

Founded in 1990, BankAnnapolis is an independent commercial bank serving Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties.

Three attend conference on commercial real estate

Richard Bell, chief executive officer of the Adams Cos.; Conrad Koneczny, principal broker for Adams-Nelson and Associates Inc.; and Bryan Bayliss, sales associate for Adams-Nelson and Associates, Inc. recently attended the Dominion Directions Conference in Richmond, Va.

The conference focused on the effect of transportation on commercial real estate.


Job hunting:

Family Support Center, 7500 Ritchie Highway, will offer 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.

Apple Slice:

The Annapolis Apple Slice, a club for Macintosh computer users and owners, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Severna Park library branch. A demonstration of Dream Weaver by David Illig will be given. A question-and-answer session on computer-related issues will precede the program. 410-266- 9752.

Lunch and Learn:

West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will hold its second-quarter Lunch and Learn seminar, "Best Personal Finance Ideas for the Rest of 2003!" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 13 at Damon's Village at Waugh Chapel, Gambrills. The cost (including lunch) for chamber members is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The cost is $30 for nonmembers. 410-672-3422.

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