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April 26, 2004|By Jacqueline Seaberg | Jacqueline Seaberg,Baltimoresun.com Staff

Ambassadors from 10 Southeast Asian countries are visiting the University of Maryland, Baltimore on Wednesday to promote business and trade with companies around the state.

The event is sponsored by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

"The Southeast Asian Business Outlook forum is an excellent opportunity to make business contacts and meet one-on-one with the region's top government officials -- all without leaving the state," said Maryland Secretary of Business and Economic Development Aris Melissaratos. "We hope to see Maryland firms, large and small, take advantage of these resources while they are here with us."

The event will begin with a business forum from 9 a.m. to noon, during which participants will learn about growth industries abroad from ambassadors and senior diplomatic staff. Ehrlich will be the speaker at a luncheon. Networking sessions also are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m.

Mike Schneider, DBED's director of international operations, said local companies are seeking a cross-section of opportunities, from importing and exporting agricultural products to building roads and bridges to outsourcing services.

Singapore is the most developed country in the region, Schneider said, and it has the largest market for aerospace and defense work.

The Philippines is looking to follow Singapore's lead. "They've really studied their model," he said, adding that the country is less stable because of civil strife.

Because of rising labor costs in India, American companies now are looking for even less-expensive labor. "We see [the Philippines] as an emerging IT country," Schneider said.

The participating Southeast Asian countries also include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

For more information, call 410-767-3592 or click here.

In other events this week:

Monday: Johns Hopkins professor Avi Rubin will discuss "Security Issues in Electronic Voting" at 1 p.m. at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Center for Information Security and Assurance. For more information, send an e-mail to sherman@umbc.edu.

The Greater Baltimore Committee is sponsoring "GBC Business After Hours: An Evening at the Hippodrome" at 5:30 p.m. at the M&T Bank Pavilion in the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. For more information, call 410-727-2820 or click here.

Tuesday: Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. will sign two Minority Business Enterprise Reform bills into law at 10 a.m. at the State House in Annapolis. The legislation, passed this session by the Maryland General Assembly, seeks to overhaul the state's minority business practices. For more information, call 410-974-2804.

The University of Baltimore will hold the 5th Annual Entrepreneurial Conference at 9 a.m. at the Merrick School of Business. The Robert G. Merrick School of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur Award will be presented to Irwin Sternberg, founder and president of Stonehenge Ltd. in New York, at a noon luncheon at the Lyric Opera House. For more information, call 410-837-6152 or click here.

The Tech Council of Maryland is holding a workshop on "Back Office Systems: Achieving Compliance and Efficiency" at 7:30 a.m. at Bechtel Corp.'s Conference Center in Frederick. For more information, visit www.mdhitech.org.

MICCA: An Association for Educators Using Technology is sponsoring its annual conference for educators at the Baltimore Convention Center. For more information, call 301-445-8450 or visit www.miccaonline.org.

In Washington, the National Women's Business Center will sponsor a daylong conference on "Increasing Federal Sales for Small Firms" starting at 9 a.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. For more information, visit www.womensbusinesscenter.org or call 202-785-4922.

Wednesday: Baltimore City Council member Catherine Pugh and Center Stage Managing Director Michael Ross will be among those discussing how to keep excitement in your career at the 2004 Vicki Rosen Professional Development Seminar.

Sponsored by the Baltimore Public Relations Council, the session will feature Irving Pressley McPhail, chancellor of the Community College of Baltimore, and Lynne Brick, founder of the Brick Bodies health club chain.

The event will be held at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 410-532-7221 or visit www.bprc.net for more information.

The Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects will present New York-based architect Rafael ViM-foly, who will speak at 6 p.m. at the Hall at Brown Center at the Maryland Institute College of Art, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. Born in Uruguay, ViM-foly co-founded one of the largest architectural firms in Latin America and now heads his own firm. For more information, call 410-625-2585 or click here.

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