Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

August 09, 2006

Networking event set Aug. 16 in Linthicum

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with 10 local chambers and other business organizations, will hold a networking event from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, 692 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum.

After breakfast, those who attend can participate in four rounds of 90-second, speed presentations, meeting a wide variety of business professionals in less than two hours.

The cost is $20 in advance for members; $30 for nonmembers and members paying at the door. Reservations are required.

Information or registration: 301-725-4000 or 410-792-9714. Or www.baltwashchamber.org.

Accessible-home designs recognized

Homes for Life Coalition of Howard County, which is an advocate for accessible-home design for elderly and disabled buyers and visitors, recently presented certificates of achievement to two builders for incorporating a significant number of universal design features in senior communities.

The awards were presented to Dale Thompson for models in the Scot's Glen development in west Columbia and Beazer Homes for models in the Gatherings at Lyndwood, adjacent to Timbers of Troy Golf Club in Elkridge.

Coalition volunteers checked 25 models in eight communities for features such as no-step entrances, wider doorways and hallways, and adequate turning space for wheelchairs in bathrooms and kitchens. The winning models had the most features.

Resources

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. 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. Shirley Redd, 301-725-4000.

Energy -- The Columbia-based Restaurant Association of Maryland is holding open enrollment for the Mid-Atlantic Aggregation Group Independent Consortium (MAAGIC), an energy group of retailers and others, of which the association is a member. The consortium's goal is to offer power to commercial participants at a fixed rate that is lower than that of the local utility. The program offers long-term fixed pricing for up to five years, a price-reduction clause should energy rates decrease, the right to assign the contract should a business be sold, no historical-bandwidth usage requirement (the price is fixed), and elimination of additional charges in high-demand summer months. Paula Kreuzburg or Joe Gabriel, 800-874-1313.

Agriculture -- 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 farm that provide a quick view of the products offered, including produce, farm products, agri-tourism, educational experiences, horse stabling and others. 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.

Web resource -- The Howard County Economic Development Authority is offering a Web-based resource for assessing, developing and marketing new agricultural enterprises and specialty food-processing businesses: its Electronic Agriculture Resource Center. The site, at www.hceda.org, also offers information on local, state and federal regulations. Ginger Myers, 410-313-6500.

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

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