Business Digest


March 24, 2006

Guide to marketing and selling offered

Ginger S. Myers of the Howard County Development Authority is offering a marketing and selling guide, Baler Twine & Duct Tape Marketing: A Primer to Increasing Sales for the Budget-Minded Entrepreneur. The guide offers clearly structured descriptions of productive techniques, as well as stumbling blocks, to effective and economical marketing for small to midsized businesses.

Stories, titled "How They Did It," conclude each chapter, providing a model for dealing with problems by adapting a product, changing a product mix or transforming the problematical enterprise into a new business.

Myers, a former dairy farmer, agribusiness owner and now agricultural economic development specialist, is also author of Starting a Specialty Food Processing Business in Maryland. Copies of her most recent book are available for $14.95 each, including shipping and handling. Checks should be made payable to the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) and sent to Myers, Howard County Economic Development Authority, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 500, Columbia 21046.

Session to address getting a federal job

The Columbia Workforce Center, a division of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and the Howard County One-Stop Employment Center will offer a free workshop, "Navigating the Federal Job Search Process," from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

Ten steps will be offered to obtaining a federal job, including instruction on writing the knowledge, skills and abilities portion of the job application.

Mock interviews will be conducted from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 31 at the center. Participants will have an opportunity to observe a local employer in the interviewing process. One person will be chosen to be interviewed and critiqued by the employer and observers. Admission is free.

The work force center is at 7060 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Information and reservations: 410-312-5778.

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