Business Notes


January 22, 2006

McDonald's manager wins Kroc award

McDonald's USA has honored Michelle Sangalan, a manager at the 7053 Arundel Mills Blvd. location in Hanover, with the Ray Kroc Award.

The award, created in honor of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, recognizes the top 1 percent of the chain's U.S. restaurant managers.

Sangalan, who has been with the franchise for six years, will receive $2,500, a Ray Kroc trophy and recognition at an awards banquet in March in Chicago.

Development group approves two loans

The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. has approved a $250,000 loan for the Perara Group Inc. and a $300,000 loan for Obrycki's Restaurant through its Arundel Business Loan Fund.

The loan will provide the Perara Group, which hires professional and skilled personnel to fulfill federal agency contract requirements, seed money for federal contract financing.

Obrycki's, in Baltimore, will use the funds to open a streamlined version of the restaurant in the Southwest Airlines terminal at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The full-service restaurant is expected to open in May.

Chamber to hold scholarship event

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce Foundation will hold "Razzle Dazzle for Scholarships!" from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 25 at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum.

The event will benefit the scholarship fund of the BWCC Foundation, which supported 10 students from area high schools and colleges through scholarships worth $10,500 last year.

The evening, with a "Roaring Twenties" theme, will include a champagne awards ceremony, high-end cuisine, casino entertainment, dancing and a silent auction.

Tickets are $100 or $950 for a table of 10. Sponsorships ranging from $300 to $3,500, with numerous recognition opportunities, are available. Donations of silent auction items are being accepted.

Information: Arlinda Andrews, 301-725-4000 or 410-792- 9714.

Fundraisers set by Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market at Annapolis Harbour Center will hold three fundraisers in February for local nonprofit organizations.

The first event will be a pre-Super Bowl Blowout to benefit Arundel Habitat for Humanity from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4.

Outside, the "giving grill" will be lighted and feature a variety of the market's all-natural sausages and burgers. A variety of salads, desserts and beverages will be available. Additionally, a full-size make-your-own nacho bar will be available.

Children and adults can compete in a paper football contest to be held from noon to 1 p.m. Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to the store.

Inside the store, each department will feature free samples, recipes and advice for preparing game-day foods.

Information: leslie@arundel or Diana.Love@

Chamber to offer sales seminar

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will offer TIPS: Techniques and Ideas for Professional Salespeople from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel.

The topic will be "How to Build a Goal Story Board to Achieve Greater Success."

The seminar is ideal for business owners and sales professionals who seek to learn new sales techniques, share ideas and get motivated for success.

The cost is $20 for nonmembers and free for members.

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

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