Business Digest


October 14, 2005

Renewable energy, natural building

The Green Building Institute in partnership with Colorado-based Solar Energy International, will offer a five-day Natural Building & Renewable Energy Workshop next month at the EnviroCenter, an office complex scheduled to open shortly in Jessup.

EnviroCenter is owned by the Environmental Design & Resource Center, a for-profit developer of green office space, said GBI's executive director, Jack Arnold, who is employed on both projects.

The workshop, planned for the week of Nov. 14, will present an overview of solar, wind and water power, and an introduction to natural building materials (straw bale, adobe, pressed block, cob, plasters and others), as well as techniques for using the materials and design considerations.

Five tenants, including the nonprofit GBI, will lease 5,000 square feet of space in the first phase of the EnviroCenter. An additional 7,000 square feet of space is scheduled to open in November 2006.

The facility, at 7761 Waterloo Road, will offer shared conference rooms and administrative services, networking events, access to environmentally sound office supplies, shared marketing opportunities, an on-site biodiesel fuel source and other amenities.

Information: 410-768-4041 or 970-963-8855, or visit solar

HCC to present job fair Nov. 4

Howard Community College, in cooperation with the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, will present its annual Job/Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Burrill Galleria.

Representatives of employers will be available to discuss job opportunities, accept applications and schedule interviews. Participants can have their resumes reviewed by the college's career counselors and consult the HCC Job On-Line database for additional local job postings.

Admission is free and open to the public. The college is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information or to request a list of participating employers: 410-772-4840 or

Business seminars set for next month

Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center will present a series of seminars next month at its Center for Business & Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia.

"Smart Start to Business Success," a workshop on factors to consider when selecting a business entity - taxes, liability and financing - will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 9. The cost is $39.

"Export Howard County: Focus on Small Business," a workshop on starting a business into the global marketplace, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15. The cost is $99.

"Marketing Basic for Business Growth" will be offered from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15. The cost is $59.

Registration is required. Information or to register: 410-313-6550.


Classes -- The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will hold a Power Networking Breakfast from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sam's Club Laurel, 3535 Russett Green East. The cost is $20 in advance for members and $30 for nonmembers and those paying at the door. A free Membership 101 class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at chamber offices, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, in Laurel. The session covers networking techniques, local resources, finding clients and choosing events to attend. 301-725-4000 or balt, click on "Events."

Procurement fair -- The chamber's annual Baltimore/Washington-area Government and Prime Contractor Procurement Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 25 at the Greenbelt Marriott, 6400 Ivy Lane in Greenbelt. Procurement and purchasing officials from all levels of government will be on hand, as will contractors seeking subcontractors. The cost until today is $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers. After today, the cost is $75 at the door.

Avoiding liability -- The Columbia-based Business Technology Law Group will offer a seminar, "Employer-Employee Lawsuits: Best Practices to Avoid Employer Liability," from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel. Registration and breakfast starts at 8 a.m. Reservations are required by Oct. 21. 410-290-0707.

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