Business Digest


March 01, 2004

Steele to address chamber luncheon meeting March 9

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele will be the keynote speaker at the Howard County Chamber of Commerce general membership luncheon at noon March 9 at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City.

Steele will discuss the General Assembly session and the Minority Business Enterprise program.

The event is open to the public. The cost is $35 for chamber members; $50 for nonmembers. Guests who are accompanied by a member pay $35 for this event only.

Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center is at 2700 Turf Valley Road.

Information: Monique McCaw, 410-730-4111, Ext. 104, or www.

Chamber's Calder resigning, but staying as consultant

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce has announced that its president and chief executive, Kara Calder, will resign her position but remain as a consultant for the chamber's government and community affairs activities.

Calder joined the staff in 1999 as director of government and community affairs; she was promoted to executive vice president in 2001 and became the chamber's chief executive in February 2002.

The chamber's board of directors will initiate a search for a successor. Calder will continue to serve as president until a replacement is found.

Information session slated tomorrow for Leadership U

Leadership U, a student leadership training program sponsored by Leadership Howard County, is accepting applications from high school sophomores. The program prepares students to be effective leaders by exploring the inner workings of the county and becoming involved in a service project that addresses a community concern.

An information session will be offered at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Humanim Inc., 6355 Woodside Court, Columbia.

The program will begin Aug. 1, with a one-week interactive training experience designed to teach leadership and team-building skills. Students will develop a service project during the fall semester of their junior year of high school.

They will also participate in a "Shadow Day" spent with a business or community leader.

The cost for the program is $400. Financial aid is available. Applications, which are due by March 19, are available in high school guidance offices and on the organization's Web site,

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