Business Briefs

March 01, 2004

Membership meeting for community group to be held Thursday

The Anne Arundel Council of Community Services board of directors will hold a general membership meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Cafe Mezzanote, 760 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.

Kristen Cox will provide a brief overview of the governor's legislative priorities regarding human services for this year, including a proposal for the Governor's Office for Individuals with Disabilities to be elevated to a Cabinet-level department.

Before her appointment as director of disability services, Cox served as one of President Bush's appointees within the U.S. Department of Education.

The cost of the lunch is $15. Registration is required. Information: 410-626-7800, Ext. 108 or charden@ywcaaac.org

AACC foundation begins fund-, friend-raising drive

The Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc. is launching a fund- and friend-raising campaign this month by having representatives visit more than 100 select Anne Arundel County businesses. The initiative is to help forge lasting relationships with the business community, which AACC serves.

The foundation hopes to create partnerships, strengthen existing ties with employers and intensify communication between the business community and the college.

Some AACC programs such as business administration and business management have advisory boards made up of members from businesses in related fields. These boards advise the college on curriculum issues, work force needs and other matters.

Other AACC programs have received donations of high-tech equipment for computer labs or health care instruction from employers in related fields.

The reduction of state and local funding over the past two years is helping to drive the initiative. Cuts in anticipated or budgeted revenues have come at the time AACC is experiencing an enrollment increase, creating demand for more faculty members, classes and increased student support services.

Constellation Energy Group to sponsor Volvo boat race

Constellation Energy Group has announced that it has committed $500,000 as part of its title sponsorship of the Baltimore-Annapolis stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. The round-the-world sailing competition will return to the region as part of a planned stopover in April 2006.

The Volvo Ocean Race, formerly the Whitbread Round the World Race, is held every four years and is recognized as one of the premier international sailing races. During competition in 1998 and 2002, the Volvo Ocean Race included stopovers in Baltimore and Annapolis.

Boats competing in the eight-month-long race will sail nearly 30,000 nautical miles, cross four oceans and make eight separate ports of call. Racing crews are projected to arrive in Baltimore, the only scheduled U.S. port in April 2006, at which time they will make repairs to their boats and rest. Teams will spend one week in the Inner Harbor area and then move to Annapolis for two days before restarting the race under the Bay Bridge.

Crofton Internet company expands Web data service

Sidus Group LLC, which specializes in managing Web hosting solutions, has expanded AlwaysOnline.net, its data center operations, and is signing up clients in Anne Arundel County's business incubator.

The Always Online data center offers a secure facility for collocation, where customers can house their Web server equipment. The data center provides high-capacity bandwidth, managed hosting services and redundant power that will protect against emergencies such as power outages.

The CIC, an initiative of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., is the first high-technology business incubator in the nation focused on the homeland security sector. AlwaysOnline.net has been chosen by the CIC to be its exclusive data services partner and will provide services for the center.

Sidus, which is based in Crofton, began operations in 1999. The company, through AlwaysOnline.net, provides a range of hosting solutions from the United States and 27 other countries. Information: 800- 699-9748.

Crofton engineering firm gets TEDCO awards grant

The Maryland Technology Development Corp. has awarded Crofton-based S&M Engineering Services $24,750 to develop a low-cost wastewater treatment system for use in developing countries. The funding comes from the Council of State Governments' program to encourage environmental trade partnerships between the United States and Asia.

The funds will support the engineering company's nine-month demonstration project in Andhra Pradesh, India. TEDCO is providing business assistance and administrative oversight of the grant's reporting process.

Maryland companies interested in the program can contact Ronald Kaese, TEDCO's senior program manager, 410-715- 4170 or rkaese@maryland tedco.org.

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Work force aid:

Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp., a nonprofit organization, offers help to job seekers and employers throughout Anne Arundel County through its One Stop Career Center in Severna Park and through satellite offices throughout the county. The organization helps job seekers with job acquisition, career change and employment re-entry, and employers with their work force needs. The organization is funded by the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and Anne Arundel County.

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