Business Digest


July 19, 2006

County recognized for purchasing work

The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing has named Howard County a winner of its Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award.

The award recognizes agencies that have established standards for a reliable, solid procurement operation.

The application, designed as a self-evaluation, requires documentation and demonstration of the adoption of best practices set by the national institute. Guidelines for automation, accountability, policies and procedures must be met.

The institute is an international, not-for-profit educational and technical association of public purchasing agencies; 2,600 governmental agencies in the United States and Canada are represented.

Only 93 local governments have received the award, according to Howard County Executive James N. Robey.


Chamber to host show, ballgame

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will be one of five chambers to participate in the Bowie Baysox business mixer and picnic, trade show and baseball game. The event will be held July 27 at Prince George's Stadium, 4101 N.E. Crain Highway, in Bowie.

The trade show will begin at 5 p.m.; the picnic will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and the game will begin at 7:05 p.m. Fireworks are planned after the game.

Tickets are $20 for members, guests and children, ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Sponsorships and show tables are available.

Information: Arlinda Andrews, 301-725-4000, or arlin

Seminars to give tips on building `green'

The Green Building Institute, 7761 Waterloo Road, Jessup, will offer "How to be Green," a daylong series of 1 1/2 -hour seminars on rainwater collection for irrigation, solar-heated water, efficient and healthy buildings, and solar electric for the home.

The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The cost is $25 for institute members; $50 for nonmembers. Admission and membership cost $65. Student members pay $10; admission plus student membership is $35.

Information: 443-733-1234.

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