Business Notes

BUSINESS NOTES

April 17, 2005

Many restaurants to offer deals this week

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau will sponsor the Annapolis Area Restaurant Week today through Friday.

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer said the event is an effort to get residents and tourists to try a new restaurant or patronize local favorites.

For $23.95 for dinner and $9.95 for lunch, participating restaurants will offer a three-course, prix fixe menu.

Moyer said more than 800 restaurants in Annapolis and the surrounding community generate more than $800 million annually to the economy.

Bureau President Connie Del Signore said new restaurants have opened in the past year, while some existing ones have taken on a new look or introduced expanded menus.

A drawing will be held for one diner to win a year's worth of fine eating.

Information: 410-267-9390.

Business trade show planned at Laurel track

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will hold "Business 2005 -- A Day at the Races," a business-to-business trade show co-sponsored by two networking organizations, from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Laurel Race Track on Route 198.

Admission is free with a business card.

The event features members from the BWCCC, Howard County Chamber of Commerce and Network Referral Group in an opportunity for businesses to market their expertise and products.

The day will begin with a power-networking breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Turf Room. Cost for breakfast is $20 in advance and $30 at the door.

Information: 301-725-4000 or 410-792-9714.

Chamber of Commerce announces monthly events

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce has announced its schedule of monthly events.

Seminar series: From 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Small Business Resource Center, 2660 Riva Road, Suite 200. The topic will be "Time Management: How to Get Winning Results Without Killing Yourself." The cost is $25 in advance.

Power Breakfast: From 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. April 27 at Carrol's Creek, 410 Severn Ave. The cost is $17 in advance and $22 at the door for members, $35 for others.

Information: 410-266-3960.

Course to teach about `living shoreline' projects

The University of Maryland, Wye Research and Education Center in Queenstown will hold an introductory course for marine contractors and related design professionals on the principles and practices involved in installing a successful "living shoreline" project from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 30.

"Living shorelines" are shoreline management practices that provide erosion-control benefits while maintaining coastal processes and protecting, restoring or enhancing natural shoreline habitat.

Topics will include site selection criteria, project and design elements, and permitting considerations.

Information: 410-260-8741

Maryland Hall releases catalog of summer classes

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts will offer more than 150 classes for adults and children this summer, starting in early June.

Participants can learn to act, sculpt, draw, watercolor paint or create jewelry.

The center has just released its summer catalog, available online at www.marylandhall.org. Printed catalogs are available at all county libraries and at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis.

Information: 410-263-5544.

West County chamber introduces changes

The West County Chamber of Commerce has launched a re-branding effort by developing a new logo, dues structure, Web site, e-newsletter, membership directory, and a new signature summer event.

The dues structure offers a first-year introductory membership rate of $99 for home-based businesses and franchisees of national companies.

The expo and showcase on June 21 at Maryland Sunrise Farm will feature developers presenting an update of their West County projects. Restaurants, caterers and other businesses will have displays.

The new Web site offers online registration and information on memberships and events. Starting with the April edition, the newsletter will be electronic.

Information: 410-672-3422.

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