Business Digest


April 19, 2006

Design trends focus of a fair May 9

The International Furnishings and Design Association of Baltimore will present Design Trends 2006, a fair for designers and the public, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9 at the Fretz Corp. showroom, 9204 Berger Road, Columbia.

Seminars on design and market trends will be offered, and vendors will show fabrics, lighting, carpets, ceramic and decorative tile and furniture refinishing. Consultants will be on hand to answer questions.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door for association members. There is a $5 surcharge for nonmembers. Checks can be mailed to IFDA, Baltimore, c/o Renee Derketsch, 4712 Belle Forte Road, Pikesville 21208. Tickets will be held at the door.

Foundation receives $4,000 jobs grant

The Columbia-based Foundation for Human Development Inc. has received a $4,000 grant from Wachovia Bank to support its work with clients of the Howard County Department of Social Services' Jobs First program.

The funds will be used to fund workshops to help clients better manage money.

The foundation works to develop and disseminate financial literacy programs. Its flagship program is an online interactive program called "making CHANGE."

Information: 410-730-8101.

Smokey Hollow BBQ takes 4th in contest

Smokey Hollow BBQ Co., a Laurel carryout and catering business, has received a fourth-place award for its mustard barbecue sauce in the 2006 National Barbecue Association Awards of Excellence.

The award, presented at the association's convention in Knoxville, Tenn., was in the category of "Mustard Mild."

The recipe was developed by Dave Vukmer, co-owner of Smokey Hollow. He and his wife, Pam, opened the shop in September.

Business Digest items may be sent to Fay Lande at fay.lande@ or faxed to her attention at 410 715-2816.

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