Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

August 16, 2006

Roots Market plans food themes

Roots Market, one of a quartet of stores in Clarksville Square Shopping Center, has introduced a new marketing format.

Owned by Jeff and Holly Kaufman and Jody Cutler, the 9,000-square-foot natural food store will feature monthly themes to inspired customers to try new products.

Mediterranean foods will be featured this month, with a nutrition class by health coach Nancy Parlette and cooking demonstrations showcasing store products. The winner of a customer contest for the best Mediterranean recipe will receive a $50 gift card.

A back-to-school theme focusing on simple meals for busy families is planned for next month, and local harvest and the benefits of herbs will be featured in October.

The other stores in the center are Great Sage, a vegetarian restaurant; Nest, a gift shop; and Bark, a natural pet supply store.

The Kaufmans and Cutler are soon to open another Bark, and early next year, a new, larger Roots, of about 13,000 square feet, is to open in Olney.

A new Web site, www.roots mkt.com, was launched last week.

Advice for start-ups at session Sept. 13

The Howard County Economic Development Authority' Business Resource Center will offer "Smart Start to Business Success," an overview on starting a business, from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 at the Center for Business & Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia.

Presentations by an attorney, accountant, banker and insurance adviser are planned.

The cost is $39.

"Government Contracting Resource," a seminar for businesses considering competing in the federal market or those in the early phases of entry, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 27 a the same location.

The seminar will cover procurement, Minority and Small Disadvantaged Business certifications, government contract accounting and other topics. The cost is $149.

The Center for Business and Technology Development provides assistance in business management, including start-up, business planning and financing, marketing and networking.

Information: 410-313-6550, or www.hceda.org.

Calendar

Networking -- 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. today 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. 301-725- 4000 or 410-792-9714. Or www. baltwashchamber.org.

Job center -- Columbia Workforce Center, a division of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and the Howard County One-Stop Employment Center offer free workshops to assist job seekers. A "One-Stop Orientation," which provides an overview of the job-search services provided at the center, will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday. A workshop on the "Federal Job Search Process" is planned from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 30. The center also provides assistance to those seeking a new career path. Federal Express will recruit drivers and package handlers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today; The Jackson Organization will recruit part-time telephone interviewers (no sales involved) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Workshop reservations: 410-312-5760, Ext. 300.

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.

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

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