Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

February 07, 2005

County group to send rehydration solution to tsunami victims

Child Health Foundation, a Columbia nonprofit group, has arranged for 8 tons of CeraLyte ORS, a rice-based rehydration therapy, to be sent to tsunami victims in South Asia affected by dehydrating diarrheal illnesses.

More than $1 million worth of the product in ready-to-drink and powdered form produced by Columbia-based Cera Products Inc. has been offered to the Child Health Foundation at cost. Donations totaling $500,000 are being sought to pay for the shipments.

Tax-deductible donations can be made online by going to www. childhealthfoundation.org. Donations should be earmarked for SE Asia Disaster Relief CeraLyte ORS.

Cera Products Inc. was founded by its president and CEO, Charlene Riikonen, and Johns Hopkins University physicians Dr. David Sack and Dr. W.B. Greenough III.

Information: 301-596-4514.

Chamber of Commerce slates networking breakfast

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce will hold a power networking breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Feb. 17 at Champps restaurant in the Mall in Columbia. The cost is $15 for members and $30 for future members.

A joint mixer with the Baltimore-Washington Chamber of Commerce is planned from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Hilton Columbia, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia. Members pay $10 and future members pay $30.

Information or registration: 410-730-4111.

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