Business Digest


July 26, 2006

Chambers offering health care plan

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are offering a limited health care plan to members.

A free information session is planned from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at Winner's Circle Lounge, Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

The plan, which does not require employer contributions or minimum employee participation, includes access to health care providers in Alliance PPO, a Mamsi/UnitedHealth company. Literature about the plan is available in Spanish.

Information or to reserve a place: Shirley Redd, 301-725-4000.

Lisbon Center expansion complete

St. John Properties Inc. of Baltimore, formerly MIE Properties Inc., has completed expansion of Lisbon Center, a retail shopping center at Interstate 70 and Route 94. More than 8,000 square feet has been added to the project, bringing the retail center to more than 54,000 square feet.

New tenants are Woodbine Wine & Spirits, Subway and Dunkin' Donuts. The center is anchored by Food Lion and includes Pizza Hut, McDonald's, AT&T Wireless, and Sandy Spring National Bank of Maryland.

Farms-services guide available

The Agricultural Marketing Program of the Howard County Economic Development Authority has released its 2006 edition of the Howard County Farms & Services Guide, a resource for consumers interested in buying directly from farmers or farmers' markets.

Listings include icons for each arm that provide a quick view of the products they offer, including produce, farm products, agri-tourism, educational experiences, horse stabling and others. Agricultural support agencies, farmers' markets, a harvest calendar and other features are included.

The agricultural marketing program has distributed the guide to the Howard County tourism office, libraries, welcome center, the county extension office, the county agricultural preservation office and participating farms.

To request a copy: 410-313-6500 or write to Ginger S. Myers, agriculture economic development specialist, Howard County Economic Development Authority, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 500, Columbia 21046.

Bus trip planned to Ag Progress Days

The Maryland Cooperative Extension -- Howard County Office and Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit will sponsor a bus trip to Ag Progress Days at Pennsylvania State University on Aug. 16. More than 300 exhibitors, agricultural experts, demonstrations of farming equipment and displays are planned.

The bus will leave from the Howard County Fairgrounds at 6 a.m. and return by 8:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Youth to age 18 are encouraged to attend but must do so with an adult.

The cost is $20, including snacks and a buffet dinner. Lunch is on your own at the fair. Registration is required by Aug. 11.

Information or registration: 410-313-2707.

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