Business Digest

December 30, 2005

Dentist to sponsor young campers

Smile Savers Dentistry of Columbia will sponsor 10 Howard County children affected by cancer to attend Camp Friendship, a summer recreational program of the Carol Jean Cancer Foundation Inc.

Donations collected from patients, local businesses and members of the community will be matched by the dental practice.

Information: 410-730-6460.

Cancer center gets Ethan Allen chair

Ethan Allen Home Interiors has donated one of its "Chairs that Care" - chairs signed by breast cancer survivors - to the Center for Breast Care at Howard County General Hospital.

More than 100 survivors wrote messages intended to convey hope and support on three white upholstered chairs during a Baltimore "Race for the Cure" in October.

The chair donated to Howard County General Hospital is one of 15 that the company has donated to Baltimore metropolitan area hospitals.

HCC to offer course on auctioneering

Howard Community College has announced a new spring semester Business Management credit course, "eBay - Tools for the Trade," a hands-on introduction to online auctioneering.

The course will meet from 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. Wednesdays. There are no prerequisites and experience with eBay is not needed.

Students will become registered users of eBay for actual buying and selling exercises to develop online auction strategies for marketing, inventory management and finance.

The college's spring credit semester begins Jan. 30 for weekday classes. Late registration is available Feb. 1-4. Information: 410-772-4441 or howardcc.edu/business.

Calendar

Tilling the soil -- Registration is due by Jan. 23 for the Howard County Economic Development Authority's 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. 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. Ginger S. Myers, 410-313-6500, or gmyers@hceda.org.

Energy co-op -- 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. A meeting is also planned for 3 p.m. Feb. 9. 301-725-4000 or 410-792-9714.

Networking breakfast -- The Howard County Professional Republican Association will hold a business networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 26 at Greystone Grill, 8850 Columbia 100 Parkway, Columbia. John Kane, chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, will discuss the coming Maryland General Assembly session and the 2006 elections. Reservations are requested. Lynne DeMinco, 410-489-9567.

Applications sought -- The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Committee for Business and Economic Diversity is accepting applications for the Howard County General Hospital Rising Business Star scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating Howard County public high school senior intending to pursue post-secondary studies at an accredited institution. The scholarship is intended for a member of an ethnic minority, a woman or an individual with a disability who has shown initiative in business. Applications, which must be received by March 11, are available at hceda.org/thecenter/cbed.html, by calling 410-313-6177, or from school guidance counselors. The recipient will be announced at the 12th annual CBED Awards Breakfast on April 25.

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