Business Notes


September 11, 2005

Program with owner of coffee estate slated in Annapolis

Caffe Pronto Coffee Roastery in Annapolis will hold a program with Price Peterson, owner of Hacienda La Esmeralda coffee estate in Panama, on Wednesday. The Hacienda is home of the award-winning Esmeralda Special.

Peterson will be sampling the coffee from 8 a.m. to noon. A slide show, buffet lunch and sampling of other Hacienda coffees will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost of the lunch is $20 and reservations are required.

Caffe Pronto is at 90 Russell St., Suite 500.

Information: 410-626-0011.

Breakfast meeting slated on Spirit of Success

The BWI Business Partnership will hold a Spirit of Success breakfast meeting from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Four Points by Sheraton, 7032 Elm Road, Linthicum.

Kenneth W. DeFontes Jr., president and chief executive of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., will be the speaker.

The agenda will include a Baltimore-Washington International Airport report and the partnership's Vision Committee plans.

The breakfast meeting is free for members and $40 for nonmembers. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-859-1000.

Annual lights parade seeks boat participants

The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade in Annapolis is seeking participants for the event to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 10.

Only high winds will force a cancellation. Registration by Thursday will guarantee your name and boat listed in the official parade program.

The holiday event draws up to 30,000 spectators who line the Annapolis waterfront for the two-hour parade. Fifty or more boats (sail and power) of various sizes and shapes are expected to participate.

The parade consists of two fleets: one circling in front of Eastport, the Naval Academy seawall and City Dock; the other circling the length of Spa Creek, upstream from the bridge.

Parade organizers provide a safety briefing on the conduct of the parade and can also provide tips and ideas for boat decoration.

Information: 410-693-9706.

Chamber of Commerce announces Sept. events

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

Seminar Series from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Small Business Development Center, 2660 Riva Road, Suite 200. The topic will be sales training by Shaun Callahan of EntreQuest. The cost is $25 in advance.

Power Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at Yellowfin, 2840 Solomons Island Road. The cost is $17 in advance and $22 at the door for members, $35 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-266-3960.

Networking breakfast Sept. 20 at country club

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will hold a power networking breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at Patuxent Greens Country Club, 14415 Greenview Drive, Laurel.

For directions only, call 301-776-5533. The cost is $20 in advance, and $30 at the door.

A literature table, presentations and door prizes will be included.

Information: 410-792-9714, or 301-725-4000, ext. 102.

Tech council plans panel on spotting new trends

The Anne Arundel Tech Council will hold its Capstone Series, Trend Titans, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at Chartwell Golf & Country Club in Severna Park.

Trend Titans will bring together a panel of tech executives sharing insights and ideas on trends in technologies.

For reservations, go to www.

Information: 410-222-7410, ext. 124.

Bay cruise, walking tours, pirate event offered

Annapolis Tours & Watermark Cruises have announced 2005 onboard boat events.

Day on the Bay Cruise to St. Michael's from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 24. Travelers will have time for lunch, shopping and sightseeing. Tickets are $50 for adults, and $25 for children to age 11.

Walking tours held daily through Oct. 3 at the 26 West St. visitor center. "A Walk with the Colonials" is two hours and costs $11 for adults, and $6 for ages 3 to 11. Call for times and dates.

Pirates, Rum and Reggae Cruise from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 1. This cruise is led by the "pirate" Capt. Billy Bay and features live Caribbean music. Tickets are $35 and include one rum drink.

Information: 410-268-7601, ext. 110.

Coast Guard Auxiliary plans GPS course Sept. 24

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold a Global Positioning System course for boaters, hikers, hunters, cyclists and sailors from 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Edgewater Library, 25 Stepneys Lane.

The fee is $30. Registration is required by Sept. 22.

Information: 410-798-5952.

Marley Station Mall store to carry Ravens items

Purple Heaven, a new retail store catering to Baltimore Ravens fans, has opened in Marley Station Mall.

The store's owner is Jeremy Allen, who is on active duty with the U.S. Navy in Scotland.

The store will carry Ravens NFL-licensed apparel, collectibles and memorabilia.

Purple Heaven is open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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