Business Digest


Howard Business

November 24, 2003

Md. association of restaurants issues gift certificates

The Columbia-based Restaurant Association of Maryland has issued restaurant gift certificates in a variety of denominations, from $10 to $100. Holders can choose from the more than 750 member restaurants that have chosen to participate in the program to redeem them. Fine and casual dining options are available.

The association, which has about 3,000 members statewide, works to promote, protect and improve the food service industry. Members include hotels and motels and businesses that provide products to the hospitality industry, as well as restaurants and other food businesses.

Information: 800-874-1313, or

Mall entertainment, holiday services planned

The Mall in Columbia and other Rouse shopping centers will offer gifts to Premier Shopping Club members, gift-wrapping services, gift certificates and entertaining, beginning Friday.

Shoppers at the mall can "adopt an angel" from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree, which will be decorated with children's names and their requests for holiday gifts. The Salvation Army will deliver the gifts.

The National Council of Jewish Women and the Howard County General Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary will provide gift-wrapping on the mall's lower level.

Entertainment will be focused on children and include strolling characters, visits and a Dec. 6 breakfast with Santa, and a pet night with Santa on Dec. 10 when pictures will be taken. Strolling singers and holiday concerts are also planned.

R&A Communications under new ownership

R&A Communications of Dorsey's Search, formerly Romano & Associates of Ellicott City, is under new ownership. Founded in 1990 with a focus on video production, the company is now a full-service communications firm providing marketing, public relations, project management and creative services.

Jim Carroll, former vice president of the company, is president and owner.

The company focuses mainly on nonprofit and issue-based campaigns, particularly health-awareness issues such as smoking and cancer.


Nominations sought: The U.S. Small Business Administration's Baltimore district office is accepting nominations of successful small-business owners for its Maryland Small-Business Person of the Year award for 2004. The winner will compete for the national title. Nominees are also sought for Advocate and Special Award categories. Nominations, which can be made by an individual or organization, must be received by Dec. 12. Rachel Howard, 410-962-6195, Ext. 319.

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