Business Notes

BUSINESS NOTES

November 20, 2005

Kids may create fairies for contest

Mark Roberts, creator of collectible fairies, Santas and elves, will hold his second Fairy Creation Contest in conjunction with his signing tour. He will be at Interior Concepts, 2560 Riva Road in Annapolis, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today.

During the signing, children are invited to enter the contest by coloring, embellishing, naming and creating the story behind a fairy of their imagination.

The winning fairy will be created and sold in 2006 as the Healing Heart Fairy, furthering the Mark Roberts Healing Heart Charity Fairy Program. Proceeds will go to children's hospitals throughout the country.

Entries must be received by Dec. 25.

Information: 410-263-2213.

First Citizens Bank to open Parole office

First Citizens Bank will open its first Maryland office in Annapolis tomorrow at 1967 West St. in Parole.

Matthew Pipkin, the bank's Maryland area executive and a 15-year banking veteran, will oversee the bank's entry and business development efforts in Annapolis.

The full-service bank will offer a walk-up ATM and services such as loans, leasing, deposit accounts, factoring, business and retail banking. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

The bank's parent company, First Citizens BancShares, has more than $14 billion in assets.

Young professionals group to meet

Young Anne Arundel Professionals, a social club for single professionals that provides a place to make friends, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hunan's at Jumpers Crossing, 8185 Ritchie Highway, and at 6 p.m. Friday at O'Loughlin's Bay Hills Shopping Center.

Information: 410-757-4922.

Fundraiser planned for scholarships

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce and its foundation will hold their annual major fundraiser for high school scholarships and other educational programs.

The event, featuring food and networking, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Great Room at Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage.

The menu will include a carving station, gourmet soup station, hors d'oeuvres and desserts.

Tickets are $40 per person for members and guests. Reservations are required.

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

Kids' model home contest scheduled

Arundel Habitat for Humanity will hold a Craft Model Home Contest for ages 5 through 25. The contest will run through Dec. 31.

Participants should build a model home out of materials such as toothpicks, pipe cleaners and clay and should include an essay of 1,000 words or less about the importance of having a place to call home.

Entries should be no larger than 8-by-14-inches and no taller than 1 foot.

Proceeds from the contest will help support Arundel Habitat's Youth United Build.

For entry forms: 410-384-9212, ext. 22

Networking lunch for business owners

SmallCompanies.com and Tish Jaehnig will hold a networking lunch at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Hampton Inn, 829 Elkridge Landing Road.

The monthly event welcomes all business owners in Linthicum and the surrounding area.

To attend, register at hampton@smallcompanies.com.

Phones, cartridges sought for recycling

Renovation Station, 8101 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena, is accepting cell phones, printer ink cartridges and aluminum cans for recycling.

Items can be brought to the store from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Profits from sales at Renovation Station will go toward building homes in partnership with families living in substandard housing in Anne Arundel County by Arundel Habitat for Humanity.

Information: 410-437-7755 or arundelhabitat.org.

Chamber to hold breakfast meeting

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual membership breakfast meeting from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at Chartwell Country Club in Severna Park.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door.

Information: 410-266-3960.

Call center hires 30 service employees

The new Comcast Call Center at 253 Najoles Road in Millersville recently opened to service Comcast Chesapeake Bay Group system's nearly 160,000 customers.

Comcast has hired 30 employees to work at the new center, providing service to customers in Anne Arundel, Calvert and Charles counties. The center will share space with the Chesapeake Bay Group system's administrative and technical offices.

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