Business Digest


August 16, 2004

Technology group awards $20,000 to Towson business

The Columbia-based Maryland Technology Development Corporation has awarded $20,000 to Phytoextraction Associates LLC of Towson to enable the company to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service and access its facilities, expertise and information.

The grant will also allow Phytoextraction to evaluate and continue developing its technology.

The company's technology aids contaminated soil through the use of plants that extract metals from soil.

The grant is part of the association's Federal Laboratory Partnership Program, which works to ensure that technologies developed in federal laboratories will be recognized and brought to the marketplace.

Rita's Ice franchise opens in Ellicott City

Rita's Ices, Cones, Shakes and Other Cool Stuff, an Italian ice company, recently opened a store at 9095 Frederick Road in Ellicott City.

The store offers more than 25 flavors of Italian ice.

The franchise is owned by Erik Lipton of Annapolis.

Auction will benefit Habitat for Humanity

The Howard County offices of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage will sponsor their first Auction of Fine Art to benefit Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Stonehouse in the Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court, Columbia.

Lithographs, etchings, serigraphs, character cels, sculptures and sports memorabilia will be sold. A preview starts at 6:30 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres, wine and cheese will be served.

Admission is $10 a person or $15 a couple.

Information: 410-480-1314.

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