Hispanic entrepreneurship highlighted

This week in business

Bilingual workshop offers resources for residents hoping to start a business

Howard Co. economic group sponsors seminar on patents

March 15, 2004|By Frank McCoy | Frank McCoy,Special to Baltimoresun.com

On Saturday, Mayor O'Malley's Hispanic Liaison Office, the Baltimore Small Business Development Center and the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce present a bilingual workshop on starting a local business.

"Having a great idea for a business is the first step," said Jose Ruiz, the city's Hispanic liaison. "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 at the free event, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Patrick's Church, 1728 Bank St. A continental breakfast will be served.

For more information, call 410-545-6532 or send an e-mail to lorena.beltran@baltimorecity.gov.

Other events this week include:

Monday The legal ramifications of gay marriage will be discussed at the University of Baltimore School of Law's Center for Families, Children and the Courts. The session will be held at 1 p.m. at the John and Frances Angelos Law Center, 1420 N. Charles St. For details, call 410-837-6164 or send an e-mail to cleidemer@ubalt.edu.

Tuesday The 26th annual celebration of the Ed Block Courage Awards will begin at 5 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center.

A special tribute will be given to former Baltimore Ravens majority owner and National Football League pioneer Art Modell. New England Patriots' defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel also will be honored. The award is named after a former head athletic trainer for the Baltimore Colts.

For more details, call 410-821-6252.

The Maryland Association of Mortgage Bankers begin a two-day meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center. For details, call 410-752-3318.

The Howard County Economic Development Authority hosts a seminar, "Marketing Basics for Business Growth," from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Center for Business and Technology Development in North Columbia. For more information, call 410-313-6550.

Wednesday The monthly Hunt Valley Business Forum's "Facilities, Security, Transportation Roundtable" will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. at Loyola College in Timonium. Call 410-771-5560 for more information.

The Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce sponsors a new members' gathering from 6 to 8 p.m, at the Engineering Society of Baltimore, 11 W. Mount Vernon Place. For more information, call 410-837-7101.

The Howard County Economic Development Authority sponsors a seminar on patents from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Center for Business and Technology Development in North Columbia. For details, call 410-313-6550.

Several economic reports are due out this week:

Monday The National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index is released.

Tuesday The Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee begins a two-day meeting. The panel is expected to hold key interest rates steady.

Wednesday The Mortgage Applications Survey is released by the U.S. Commerce Department.

Thursday Figures for jobless claims are reported by the U.S. Labor Department.

Next week On March 24, the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a membership breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Restaurant at Cross Keys Inn, 5100 Falls Road. Guest speakers include Allan Stephenson and O.J. Phillips of the Baltimore district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, call 410-332-8894 or send an e-mail to mstafilatos@saul.com.

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