Business Notes


October 20, 2003

Textbooks for Tots to hold `first ladies' fund-raiser Nov. 6

Textbooks for Tots will hold its annual fund-raiser, "Salute to the First Ladies," from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 6 at the estate of Dr. William Arminger, chief executive officer of Chesapeake Plastic Surgery Associates.

Maryland's first lady Kendel Ehrlich and Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens are honorary co-chairpersons for the event. First lady Laura Bush, an advocate for improving the quality of childhood education, has been invited to the event.

Tickets are $1,000. Checks should be made payable to the 21st Century Education Foundation (all but $100 is tax-deductible).

Textbooks for Tots, is a nonprofit organization that raises money to provide textbooks for kindergarten classrooms. This year's lead sponsor is BB&T.

Proceeds will go toward the purchase of the Open Court reading program, a series of phonetically based textbooks aimed at helping kindergartners develop reading comprehension skills. Information: 410-544-3000.

Computer consulting firm named to fast-growth list

Baesch Computer Consulting Inc. has made the Washington Technology Fast 50 list for the second year in a row.

Glen Burnie-based BCC serves clients in the defense and intelligence communities. The Fast 50 list ranked companies according to revenue growth between 1998 and 2002. BCC, which grew 74.6 percent during this period, is one of 16 Maryland companies to make the 2002 list and one of 22 companies to do so for the second year in a row.

BCC employs about 100 workers.

BankAnnapolis promotes Cobb to vice president

BankAnnapolis has promoted Deborah Cobb to vice president in recognition of her superior performance in one of the bank's busiest branches. Cobb has served as the Edgewater branch manager since she joined the bank in 1997.

As a vice president, Cobb will continue to supervise operations at the Edgewater branch. Cobb entered the banking industry 20 years ago and has worked at local community banks throughout her career.

Annapolis Elks to hold REALITY fund-raiser

Annapolis Elks Lodge 622 will sponsor a fund-raiser for the Anne Arundel County REALITY program Nov. 2. Funds raised will go toward scholarships.

REALITY is sponsored by the Annapolis, Bowie, Glen Burnie, Severna Park and Laurel Elks lodges, which together donated $7,500 to begin the Anne Arundel REALITY program in 2000.

REALITY is a drug- and alcohol-abuse prevention program used as an alternative sentencing or diversion program for first-time offenders between the ages of 14 and 21.

The program is administered by the Annapolis Police Department and Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the Maryland State Police and community volunteers.


Presentation ceremony:

Brown's Honda City of Glen Burnie will donate a 2003 Honda Pilot EX with navigational system to the Center of Applied Technology North at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The school is at 800 Stevenson Road in Severn. The ceremony will coincide with the school's open house. This donation will be used as an instructional aid in the school's automotive program. A dinner buffet will begin at 5:30 p.m. (Use the front door.) 410-553-8014.

Women meet:

The Maryland chapter of the Association for Women in Communications will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Patuxent Room at the Heritage Office complex, 2660 Riva Road, Annapolis. Karen Glenn will discuss how the Maryland Film Office markets the state. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. The Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corp. will be the host for the evening. 410-266-2252.


Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland will honor its top volunteers at the organization's 43rd annual volunteer recognition luncheon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie. 410-558- 0932.

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