Business Digest


May 24, 2004

Chamber to hold free briefing on energy deregulation

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will offer a free briefing on the deregulation of the energy industry in Maryland and its consequences for businesses. An industry expert will discuss purchasing energy and the options available to business owners, including cooperative buying.

The briefing will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in the large conference room at chamber offices, 312 Marshall Ave., Laurel.

Information and registration: 301-725-4000 or 410-792-9714; or visit

12 businesses make pledges for lights at school fields

Twelve businesses have pledged major gifts to the fund-raising campaign to "Turn on the Lights" at Howard County high schools.

The fund-raising campaign by county business people and parents aims to raise $850,000 in donations for the construction of stadium lighting at 11 county high schools.

Toyota Scion is a new $50,000 donor, joining Citizens National Bank, Geico Insurance, Pat Hiban Real Estate Group, the Northrop Team/Long & Foster, Miller Brothers automotive dealerships and Selfridge Builders.

Donations of $25,000 each have been given by Koons Ford, Merritt Properties, Point 2 Point and Hostetler Church & Associates LLC.

Ascend One Corp. and CEO Bernie Dancel pledged $100,000.

Donations, made payable to the Howard County public school system, can be mailed to Don Disney, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City, 21042.

Information: Doug Hostetler, 410-740-3303.

Columbia MedCom to hold open house for writers

Columbia MedCom Group will hold an open house for medical writers from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 2.

The company, which specializes in continuing medical education programs, is seeking full-time and freelance medical writers with five or more years of experience. Interested writers should take a resume and writing samples, and be prepared to be interviewed.

The Columbia MedCom Group is made up of wholly owned subsidiaries INNOVIA Education Institute and Medicalliance Inc.

The open house will be held in Suite 200, 5565 Sterrett Place, Columbia.

Information: Kathie Nickerson, 888-243-4454, Ext. 257.

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