Business Notes


December 22, 2003

Souza Agency hires two new employees

The Souza Agency, an Annapolis marketing communications firm, has hired two employees.

Jimmy Swierczewski, a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's imaging and digital arts program, joined Souza in September and heads the digital-arts team. He has expertise in digital video, animation and interactive Web design. Before joining Souza he was associate producer, creative director and audio mixer for an independent feature film, Ghostwatcher, that won the Maryland Fantastic Film Festival's Best Film award this year.

Debbie Hanson Greene brings more than 20 years of professional writing and editing experience to the company. A graduate of Vassar College, Greene has served as general manager of Ballet Theatre of Maryland. She also has worked with the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation and is a visual artist.

Owens appoints five to minority-business group

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens recently made appointments to the Anne Arundel County Minority Business Enterprise Committee. New members are: Alvin Williams, McDonald's I and II; Veronica Eyenga, VBP Outsourcing; Ki Lee, Mailboxes Etc.; Vena Shamanna, Kutti Tech Inc.; and Felicia Sauls, SKY Neurological Rehabilitation.

The Minority Business Enterprise Committee advises the county executive on the operation of the County's Minority Business Enterprise Outreach program, which ensures equal business opportunity for woman- and minority-owned businesses.

The committee meets bimonthly at the Office of Central Services, 2660 Riva Road, Annapolis.

Naturopathic doctor opens practice in Annapolis

Kevin Passero, a naturopathic doctor, has opened a practice in naturopathic medicine in Chesapeake Holistic Health Center on College Parkway in Annapolis.

Passero received his training at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Ore. His specialties include ADD/ADHD, immune support, detox therapy and women's health.

Arc of Arundel granted business tax credits

The Arc of Anne Arundel County has been granted $50,000 in business tax credits through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's Neighborhood Partnership Program. Under the program, businesses can earn Maryland tax credits by making donations to The Arc. Money raised will be used to purchase information-technology systems for county residents with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

Contributing businesses can earn tax credits equal to 50 percent of the value of their contributions of cash or goods. The credits may be claimed in addition to the usual state and federal deductions for charitable contributions.

The Arc provides a wide range of services to county residents with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, and support to their families.

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