Coin show opens in Baltimore

This week in business

Ancient, foreign currencies featured at 32nd annual event

Retirement planning seminar set at Enoch Pratt Library

March 08, 2004|By Frank McCoy | Frank McCoy,Special to

Get your Greek drachmas, Botswana pulas and Japanese yen out.

The 32nd annual Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention returns to the Baltimore Convention Center on Wednesday, ending on Sunday.

More than 1,000 coin and currency dealers are expected to attend the free event. A number of special items will be on display, including ancient and foreign coins, collectibles and offerings from the United States Postal Service. Dealer day is Wednesday.

Other events this week include:

Monday The Light Street branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library sponsors a seminar at 6:30 p.m. on Social Security and retirement planning. For details, call 410-396-5396.

Tuesday At 11:30 a.m., at Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center in Ellicott City, the Howard County Chamber of Commerce features Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele speaking about statewide business development. For more information, call 410-730-4584.

The Howard County Economic Development Authority presents "Proposal Development: How, What, and Why?" at 2 p.m. at the Center for Business and Technology Development. For details, call 410-313-6550.

The Chesapeake Professional Women's Network Inc. will sponsor a networking session at 11:30 a.m. at Sean Bolan's in Bel Air. For more information, call 410-297-9722 or send an e-mail to

The Women's Leadership Alliance, formerly known as Executive Women's Network, presents a networking event, "Perfect Your 30-Second Commercial," at 5:30 p.m. at Nottingham's in Columbia. For details, call 410-653-5067.

The National Facilities Management and Technologies Conference will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center through Thursday. More than 3,500 attendees are expected. For more details, call 630-271-8210.

Wednesday Eat and learn with the Howard County Economic Development Authority at its "Smart-Start Your Business" breakfast at the Center for Business and Technology Development. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. For directions and details, call 410-313-6550.

The Baltimore Chapter of the American Marketing Association sponsors a breakfast seminar on managing large Internet projects. The event takes place at 8 a.m. at the System Source in Hunt Valley. Send an e-mail to or call 410-276-0027 for more information.

The Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce presents a lecture on "Understanding the Difference Between Marketing and Sales" from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. at its offices in Laurel.

Thursday Join the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce at 8:30 a.m. for a meeting of its Small and Minority Business Committee. The event takes place in the chamber offices in Lanham. For more information, call 301-731-5000.

The Hunt Valley Business Forum sponsors its monthly "Information Systems Roundtable" at 8 a.m. at the TESST College of Technology in Towson. Call 410-771-5560 for more information.

Friday The Greater Baltimore Technology Council will sponsor a "Smartaccelerator" seminar on securing funding and growing your business. The focus is on regional incubators and startup biotechnology companies. Dr. John Holday, founder of EntreMed Inc., will conduct executive workshops.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Maryland Technology Development Center in Rockville. RSVP by sending an e-mail to Vivian Armor at

Saturday Want to make money and music? The Central Library's Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will sponsor a seminar and panel from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the music industry and how to succeed in it in Baltimore. Call 410-396-5430 for details.

Several economic reports are due out this week:

Wednesday The nation's wholesale trade figures are released by the Commerce Department.

Thursday Initial jobless claims figures are reported by the U.S. Labor Department.

Next week On March 20, from 8:30 at St. Patrick's Church Hall in Baltimore, Mayor Martin O'Malley's Hispanic Liaison Office, the Small Business Development Center, and the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce present a bilingual workshop on starting a business in Baltimore.

"Having a great idea for a business is the first step," said Jose Ruiz, the mayor's Hispanic Liaison-Project Coordinator. This workshop is the next step and will give you the 'know-how' and access to resources and information that will make your idea become a reality." State, local and private agencies will discuss available resources. Admission is free and a continental breakfast will be served.

For more information, call 410-545-6532 or send an e-mail requesting information to

The Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce sponsors a new member night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday March 18 at the Ambassador's Club, The Engineering Society of Baltimore, 11 West Mount Vernon Place. RSVP by March 16 by calling 410-837-7101.

On Tuesday, March 16, the 26th annual Ed Block Courage Awards will be presented at the Baltimore Convention Center. A special tribute will be given to former Baltimore Ravens owner and NFL pioneer Art Modell. Also, New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel will be honored as the 2003 Pro Football Weekly Assistant Coach of the Year.

The Courage Award is named for Ed Block, a former head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts. For more details, call Tim Richardson at 410-821-6252.

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