Business Digest


March 01, 2006

Chamber to hold its annual meeting

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16 at the Greenbelt Marriott, 6400 Ivy Lane, in Greenbelt.

Aris Melissaratos, secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, will discuss information and resources for small and large businesses.

Anirban Basu, chairman and chief executive officer of the Sage Policy Group Inc., will talk about "BRAC Attack -- and other things you should know about the Baltimore/Washington Corridor." BRAC refers to the directives of the federal Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, which will bring new jobs and draw new contractors to the region. Basu also is economic adviser to the chamber.

Peter Laport, project director and plant manager for Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, will give a virtual tour of the manufacturing facility, which has a capital investment of more than $230 million.

The cost for members is $45 in advance; $55 for nonmembers and members paying at the door.

Information or registration: 301-725-4000, or www.baltwash

Trade show slated April 18 at track

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce, the Howard County Chamber and the Network Referral Group will sponsor the 2006 Business to Business Trade Show from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 in the Carriage Ballroom of Laurel Park.

Exhibitors are being sought. The show will be marketed in regional newspapers, on radio and elsewhere.

Information: 301-725-4000, or

Builder's Advantage has a new owner

Susan Songy recently became sole owner of Builder's Advantage, a Columbia-based sales and marketing company serving builders of new homes in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Lynne Hagan, co-owner since 1997, pointed to family matters as the reason for selling her shares in the company.

Area clients include Thomas Builders of Columbia, The Magruder Companies, The Bell Group, Charleston Homes, Tucker Homes and others.

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