Business Notes


May 07, 2006

Applebee's to open in Aberdeen

The Rose Group, a casual-dining franchise company, will celebrate the opening of its Aberdeen Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and invitation-only reception at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow.

The restaurant is at 991 Beards Hill Road and will open to the public at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The restaurant will dedicate a wall section to honor Cal Ripken Sr., Cal Ripken Jr. and Bill Ripken as "Hometown Heroes" for their professional achievements and strong focus on giving back to the community.

Bill Ripken and Aberdeen Mayor S. Fred Simmons will participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Additional reception invitees include local residents, and business and community leaders. All proceeds raised during the event will benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money for childhood cancer and education by encouraging people to hold a lemonade stand.

Procurement topic of business event

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council's Cooperative Purchasing Committee will hold a "Small and Minority Businesses Regional Procurement Expo 2006: Partnering for the Future" from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 6 at LaFontaine Bleu, 7514 S. Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.

The expo provides small, minority and women-owned businesses an opportunity to network with local procurement officials and learn about procurement opportunities.

Participants will include purchasing officials from the governments, public schools, community colleges and public libraries of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties as well as Annapolis and Baltimore.

Registration deadline is May 26.

Information: 410-638-3550.

Linda Read named to bank's board

Linda S. Read of Port Deposit has been named to the board of directors of First National Bank of North East.

She is corporate secretary/treasurer of Paul Risk Associates Inc., a 72-year old family-owned construction business based in Quarryville, Pa.

Read joined Paul Risk Associates in 1985 as a financial administrator. She was promoted to her present post in 1994.

Read also is immediate past-president of the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Cecil County Economic Development Commission, a director of the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation, and a sponsorship director at the Port Deposit Chamber of Commerce.

She is a 2004 graduate of Cecil Leadership Institute.

Cecil college to build at Bainbridge

The Bainbridge Development Corp. recently approved the location of a 15-acre college campus site in the northeast area of the Bainbridge Development Site in Port Deposit.

With the endorsement of its development partners and the Cecil County Board of Commissioners, it has committed the land, valued at $787,500, as a gift to the Cecil Community College Foundation Inc.

More than 1,200 acres of the former Bainbridge Naval Facility will be developed for commercial and residential purposes, and Cecil Community College will use its 15 acres to establish a presence at the western edge of the county.

Plans are under way for the development of a 20,000-square-foot science, math and engineering center for the college. The center, which CCC hopes to begin construction on in 2008, will be built in anticipation of the growth of health, science and technology-based industry, as well as to Base Realignment and Closure initiatives.

Plans call for two more buildings to be used by university partners and to accommodate growth at the Bainbridge campus.

Networking group names officers

The Bel Air Tuesday Morning Chapter of Business Network International has announced new officers.

Officers for the Bel Air chapter are: president, Lowell Sheets of Sheets & Associates; vice president, Steve Groom of Home Buyers LLC; and secretary/treasurer, Joy Waller of Mary Kay.

The group holds its weekly meetings at the Open Door Cafe in Bel Air in the shopping center behind Chili's Restaurant on U.S. 1.

BNI is an international word-of-mouth referral organization that provides professionals in a variety of occupations an opportunity to meet and pass qualified referrals.

Information: 410-692-5550.

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