Business Digest


October 21, 2005

Agriculture forum for women Nov. 15

The Howard County Economic Development Authority and the Howard County office of the Maryland Cooperative Extension are organizing a "Women In Agriculture Forum," a daylong series of seminars to be held Nov. 15 at the Howard County Fairgrounds, in West Friendship.

Registration is to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and a welcome is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. The first session, Working with Labor," will be held from 9:10 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

"Liability: Myths and Misperceptions" is scheduled from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and "Selecting Your Business Structure," from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. "When Can I Quit My Day Job?" will be held from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

"How Can I Get This All Done?" is scheduled from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m., and a panel discussion, "Why We Just Had to Try This," will be from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. A short question period will conclude the program.

The forum is designed to offer educational and networking opportunities to women and to empower them to thrive in the agriculture industry. Co-sponsors of the program are Alternative Farming Systems Info Center, Edgewood Farm Inc. and Mid Atlantic Farm Credit.

The cost is $20.

Information: Ginger Myers, 410-313-6500, or Caragh Fitzgerald, 410-313-2707.

Contractor fair to be held Tuesday

The Baltimore/Washington- area Government and Prime Contractor Procurement Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday 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 discounted admission fee -- $45 for chamber members; $55 for nonmembers -- has been extended until Monday: The cost at the door is $75.

Information: 301-725-4000, or

Classes -- The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will offer a free "Membership 101" class from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday 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 and click on "Events."

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 today. 410-290-0707.

Job fair -- 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 college's 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 -- Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center will present a series of seminars 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 in the global marketplace, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15. The cost is $99.

"Marketing Basics for Business Growth" will be offered from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15. The cost is $59. Registration is required: 410-313-6550.

Sustainable living -- 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. The workshop, intended for home and business owners and planned for the week of Nov. 14, will present an overview of solar, wind and water power, as well as an introduction to natural building materials. The EnviroCenter, 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. 410-768-4041 or 970-963-8855, or solarenergy. org.

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