Notre Dame program for HCC students

BUSINESS DIGEST

May 10, 2006

The College of Notre Dame of Maryland will offer its Accelerated College business program to Howard Community College students, beginning this fall. The Accelerated College program allows students to earn a bachelor's degree in as little as 2 1/2 years; students form a cohort of about 20 or 25 and move through the program together.

The Accelerated College business program was designed for working professionals. The program of study includes general education courses; foundation courses in management, finance, marketing, economics and accounting; skills-based courses such as teamwork, negotiation, communications, leadership and research; and advanced business courses to encourage strategic thinking and problem-solving.

Information: 410-532-5500.

Howard to take part in expo June 6

Howard County will participate in a regional procurement expo sponsored by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and its Baltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee.

The expo is to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 6 at LaFontaine Bleu, 7514 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie.

Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for small, minority- and women-owned businesses to network with regional procurement officials from local governments, public school systems, libraries, community colleges and economic development agencies.

Purchasing officials from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties, and the cities of Annapolis and Baltimore, are expected to participate.

The expo will include a brief workshop on how to respond to government requests for proposals and opportunities to network with about 25 purchasing officials representing about 21 public purchasing offices.

Information: 410-313-6370.

Entrepreneurial fund to hold benefit May 18

The Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund will hold its third fundraiser, "Take Hold. It's Time to Ride!" from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 18 at Harley-Davidson of Maryland, 7010 Troy Hill Drive, Elkridge.

The cost is $35.

JREF, in the Center for Business and Technology Development in Columbia, is a private, not-for-profit funding source for Howard County start-up companies.

Information: www.jref.org.

Businesswomen's group sets luncheon

The Business Women's Network of Howard County Inc., a networking organization, will hold its next luncheon meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 17 at the Hilton Columbia Hotel.

The cost for lunch is $25 for members; $35 at the door. Nonmembers and guests pay $45.

Information: www.bwn- hoco.org.

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

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