Business Digest


December 23, 2005

Entrepreneurial training for farmers

The Howard County Economic Development Authority will offer the NxLevel, five-week entrepreneurial training course for farmers, "Tilling the Soil of Opportunity."

The course is geared to agricultural entrepreneurs who have started or are considering an agriculture-based venture not tied to large-scale, commodity-style production and are searching for innovative ideas and marketing opportunities.

The program, which includes 10 topics, includes lectures, discussions, speakers, networking opportunities and instructor consultations. Participants will prepare business plans for a banker's review.

Classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Jan. 27 through Feb. 24, at Carroll Community College in Westminster. Lunch will be provided.

The cost is $175; $125 for each additional person from the same operation. Registration is due by Jan. 23.

Information: Ginger S. Myers, 410-313-6500, or gmyers@hce

GOP group to hold networking repast

The Howard County Professional Republican Association will hold a business networking breakfast at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at Greystone Grill, 8850 Columbia 100 Parkway, Columbia.

John Kane, chairman of the Maryland Republican Party and chief executive officer of the Kane Co., will discuss the coming Maryland General Assembly session and the 2006 elections.

Reservations are requested.

Information: Lynne DeMinco, 410-489-9567.

Chamber sets session on energy cooperative

The Baltimore/Washington Chamber of Commerce will offer an information session on its energy cooperative for business owners and managers, finance managers, nonprofit organizations, private schools, churches, synagogues and other religious institutions or any entity that has a commercial electric or natural-gas account.

The meeting will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at chamber offices, Suite 104, 312 Marshall Ave., Laurel.

Admission is free. Registration is requested.

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

Petroleum firm moves to Columbia

Space Petroleum & Chemical Co. Inc., a $100 million wholesaler of petroleum products based in Maryland since 1970, has moved its corporate headquarters from Ellicott City to Columbia. The company buys directly from refiners and supplies heating oil, gasoline and diesel fuels to end-users, other oil companies and gas stations.

The new 7,500-square-foot facility, which also houses Husky Heating Oil LLC, a retailer founded in 1993, is at 9121 Red Branch Road.

John Germenko of Ellicott City is majority owner of both privately held companies.

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