Untangling the red tape

This week in business

Minority Business Conference offers tips on procuring government contracts

Biotech lingo topic of two-day course for non-science professionals

This week in business

March 22, 2004|By Tawanda W. Johnson | Tawanda W. Johnson,Special to Baltimoresun.com

Does doing business with government agencies conjure up images of bureaucratic red tape for you?

Organizers of the eighth annual Minority Business Conference hope to make the process easier by providing helpful information during its Friday session, "Doing Business with Governments."

The free event is sponsored by the Maryland Transportation Department, Office of Minority Business Enterprise, Korean MBE Association and the Asian American Business Community.

Participants may meet MBE and procurement officers from state, county and city government agencies, as well as their prime contractors, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MDOT's headquarters, 7201 Corporate Center Drive in Hanover.

"This is important because they'll have the chance to talk to a procurement person ... something they may not have had the chance to do in the past," said Ifey Nwankwo, outreach manager for the transportation department's MBE office.

For more information, call 410-865-1269 or visit www.marylandtransportation.com.

Other business events scheduled this week include:

Monday

Learn how to communicate with biotechnology professionals at "BioBasics Course: Biotech for Non-Science Professionals," a two-day briefing. The sessions are co-sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and BioTech Primer Inc. It will be held at UMBI-CARB, 9600 Grudelsky Drive in Rockville.

Organizers will help attendees understand biotechnology vocabulary to enhance conversations with professionals. For more information, call 410-377-4429.

Tuesday

The Chesapeake Promotional Products Association sponsors its Spring Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St.

The event, which features an educational program from 9 to 10:30 a.m., is geared toward professionals in the specialty advertising industry. For more information, call 410-562-0609 or visit www.cppa.biz.

The Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce hosts Membership 101, a basic guide to managing your membership. The free event will be held at 312 Marshall Ave., Laurel. For details, call 301-725-4000.

Wednesday

The Baltimore County Human Relations Commission sponsors free, two-hour seminars to explain the compliance requirements of the county's Anti-Discrimination Human Rights Law, Title 19.

Participants may attend either the 10 a.m.-to-noon meeting or the session that runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will be held at Catonsville Community College. Employers should reserve space by March 22, but reservations will be accepted on the day of the event if space is available. Call the commission at 410-887-5917.

Thursday

Weekly unemployment insurance claims are released by the U.S. Labor Department.

The U.S. Commerce Department also releases the final, fourth-quarter estimates for the gross domestic product.

Friday

U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis releases the personal income and outlays report for February. For more information, visit www.bea.gov.

Saturday The Maryland Historical Society Museum sponsors the "Stephen Heaver Lecture: The Great Baltimore Fire" at the Fire Museum of Maryland at 10 a.m. The museum's address is 1301 York Road in Lutherville. Call 410-321-7500 for more information.

Next week

On March 30, the Baltimore chapter of the American Marketing Association will sponsor "Marketing Success, Under Armour," at its monthly dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m.

The event takes place at the Mt. Washington Conference Center, 5801 Smith Ave. in Baltimore. Reserve space before March 25 by visiting www.amabaltimore.org or by calling 410-276-0027.

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