Business Digest


Howard Business

April 21, 2003

A showcase for inventors set in Columbia

The Howard County Economic Development Authority will sponsor an Innovation Showcase for Inventors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, in Columbia.

Inventors are invited to display their inventions for review by the business community.

Ronald L. Docie, founder of Docie Marketing and author of The Inventor's Bible: How To Market and License Your Brilliant Ideas, will speak at 9 a.m.

Information: Nancy Gebhart, 410-480-7362 or 410-313-6550.

Orchard Development begins apartment complex

Orchard Development Corp. of Ellicott City has broken ground on its largest apartment community to date in Northern Virginia.

The $30 million development, known as Orchard Mills, will contain 280 one-, two- and three-bedroom units. A clubhouse with exercise room, swimming pool, tot lot and sport court are planned for the 20-building project.

Construction is expected to take 18 months. The site is in Dale City, Va. The general contractor is Harkins Builders Inc. of Marriottsville, property manager is Armiger Management Corp., an affiliate of Orchard Development.


Luncheon: Howard County Chamber of Commerce will hold a general membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Columbia Hilton. Scientists from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will discuss "Outer Space Exploration - the Reasons Why." Tickets are $35 for members; $45 for nonmembers. A Business after Business networking event is planned from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 29 at National Business Products, 7165-K Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Anne Darr, 410-730-4111, Ext. 105, or

Youth job fair: Maryland Job Service in Howard County and the Howard County Job Service Employer Committee will sponsor a Summer Youth Job Fair from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Columbia One-Stop Career Center, 7060 Oakland Mills Road. Ann Gunning, 410-312-5760, Ext. 300.

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