Business Digest


March 29, 2004

County entrepreneur named small-business person of the year

Allan A. Stephenson, district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Baltimore District Office, has announced Maryland winners of the agency's annual Small Business Week Awards Program.

Brian England of British American Auto Care Inc., Columbia, is Small-Business Person of the Year.

Howard County winners also included Michael G. Horn of Palisades Marketing LLC, Elkridge, who was named Entrepreneurial Success of the Year; Richard Vance and Robert Sharps of VSA Construction Services LLC, Jessup, who received the Veteran Advocate of the Year Award; and Becky Mangus of The Business Monthly, Columbia, who was named Small-Business Journalist of the Year.

Winners will be honored at the 20th annual Maryland Small Business Week Awards Breakfast May 14 at Martin's West in Woodlawn.

Homeland security in Md. is focus of chamber forum

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual economic development forum, titled "Impact of Homeland Security in Maryland," from 7:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Maritime Institute, 629 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum.

Speakers include Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden, director of the National Security Agency; Anirban Basu of Optimal Solutions Group, a Baltimore economic and policy analysis consulting firm; and other experts. Representatives from regional economic development agencies will be on hand to talk with attendees.

Tickets are $45 for Corridor Chamber members; $65 for nonmembers. Registration is requested. Information: 301-725- 4000, 410-792-9714 or visit

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