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This week in business

Sports apparel firm outlines strategies for success

Youths invited to compete in business plan contest

Entrepreneur of the Year deadline nears

March 29, 2004|By Tawanda W. Johnson | Tawanda W. Johnson,Special to

An executive of Under Armour, a Baltimore-based sports apparel company that boasted sales of $125 million in 2003, will be the feature speaker of the Baltimore chapter's of the American Marketing Association's monthly dinner meeting Tuesday.

Steve Battista, director of marketing, will address the organization during its event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Conference Center, 5801 Smith Ave. in Baltimore.

"He's going to show where the company's been and how they'll take on the competition to exceed last year's achievements," said Ali McHale, vice-president of programming for the AMA.

Cost for the event: AMA members, $30; non-members, $40; student AMA members, $20; and student non-members, $25.

For more information, visit or call 410-276-0027.

Other business events scheduled this week include:

Monday: The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce holds its Legislative Committee Meeting at 8 a.m. in the chamber's board room, 24 Frederick St., Cumberland. For more information, visit or call 301-722-2820.

Tuesday: Mosh Pit! -- a contest in which students present business plans after finding "employees" and business advisers to help them -- kicks off today at Piper Rudnick LLP, 6225 Smith Ave., Baltimore. The Greater Baltimore Technology Council is sponsoring the free event, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Those who want to participate must RSVP by March 29 to Melanie DeSmedt at 410-327-9148 or send an e-mail to

Wednesday: "Bridging the Gap: Gaining Access to Capital" Workshop takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Maryland Room, 202 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. The event is sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee, Presidents' Roundtable, Mayor's Office of Minority Business Development and Downtown Partnership. Registration is $25. For more information, contact Laurie Schwartz at 410-727-2820.

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

Friday: Today is the deadline to nominate someone for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsored by Ernst & Young. Nominees must be an owner/manager of a public or private company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of a company and an active member of top management.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone associated with a successful entrepreneur, including spouses, employees, bankers and attorneys. For more information, call Jennifer Knepley at 410-986-0984 or send an e-mail to

Saturday: Project Stream Clean, an annual regional cleanup effort to remove trash from streams and nearby roads, takes place today. Volunteers are needed at sites in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford and Howard counties. For more information, call Kate Dowling, Project Stream Clean coordinator, at 410-377-6270 or send an e-mail to

Next week

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's third annual Minority & Women's Business Outreach Fair takes place Monday. The event runs from 8 a.m. to noon at Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant, 8201 Eastern Blvd., Baltimore. For more information, contact the Mayor's Office of Minority Business Development at 410-396-3818.

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