Business Digest


October 28, 2005

Ascend One named Business of Year

Columbia-based Ascend One Corp., a holding company for the Freedom Point, FreedomPoint Financial, 3C Inc. and Amerix Corp., recently received a 2005 Business of the Year Award from Howard County Executive James N. Robey and the Howard County Council.

The company offers a Fund for Financial Literacy, which supports educational programs for students; the EDGE Fund, a philanthropic fund that holds contributions from Ascend One team members and corporate donations; and participation by employees in the activities of community organizations, agencies and programs, including a campaign to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Ascend One companies offer a variety of services designed to help relieve or resolve consumer debt.

The award was part of Howard County's "Volunteer of the Year" program.

Arts center, Target in a partnership

The Columbia Center for the Theatrical Arts has announced a partnership with Target, in support of the Ben Carson Project in Howard County.

The project will allow CCTA to bring 300 students from an after-school program, BRIDGES Over Eastern Howard County, to a performance of Ben Carson, M.D. at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia.

The after-school program focuses on increasing academic achievement for students along the U.S. 1 corridor and in the Long Reach village area. The program is co-sponsored by the Howard County school system and the Local Children's Board.

A grant, part of Target's community service program, will cover the cost of the performance, transportation and a copy of Carson's autobiography for each student who attends.

Business counseling being offered free

The central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, will offer free one-on-one business counseling with representatives from the Small Business Administration between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 15.

The event is part of the Howard County Library's "Libraries Mean Business" program, focusing on ways the library serves Howard County businesses.

Registration is required to reserve a time slot.

Information or registration: 410-313-7860.

Job fair -- Howard Community College, in cooperation with the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, will present its 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 howardcc. edu/career/jobfair.htm.

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 bio- diesel fuel source and other amenities. 410-768-4041 or 970-963-8855, or

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