Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

April 12, 2004

Business trade show slated for April 20 at Laurel racetrack

Four chambers of commerce in the Baltimore-Washington area, including the Baltimore-Washington Chamber of Commerce and Howard County Chamber of Commerce, will sponsor a business-to-business trade show, "Business 2004 - A Day at the Races," from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20 at the Laurel Race Course.

Admission is free with a business card.

A networking breakfast, open to nonmembers as well as chamber members, will be held in the Jockey Room at the race course from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Attendees will have an opportunity to make contacts and cultivate leads before the trade show opens.

The cost for the breakfast is $20 in advance for members; $30 at the door for members and nonmembers.

Information: 301-725-4000 or www.ChamberShow.biz.

Local businesses donate to stadium lights campaign

Ascend One Corp. and Chief Executive Bernie Dancel, Citizens National Bank, Pat Hiban Real Estate Group, Creig Northrop & The Northrup Team and Miller Bros. automotive dealerships have contributed to the "Turn on the Lights" campaign for Howard County's high schools.

Dancel and his corporation pledged $100,000, and the others each pledged $50,000.

The fund-raising campaign goal is to raise $850,000 in private donations for stadium lighting at 11 county high schools, including one under construction.

N. Douglas Hostetler is chairman of a fund-raising committee charged with finding sponsorships to support the project. Hostetler, who heads Columbia investment management firm Hostetler, Church & Associates LLC, is the father of a student athlete at River Hill High School.

Donors of more than $10,000 will be recognized with signage at the stadiums and acknowledgement in high school homecoming programs.

A "Turn on the Lights" fund-raiser and donor-recognition event is planned from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 7 at Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City.

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