Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

August 23, 2006

Software firm gets Rouse Fund boost

JREF, the Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund, has lent $90,000 to Enterprise and Portal Software Systems LLC. The five-year loan will be used for operating expenses and working capital.

The company is a subcontractor in the computer software development field for companies working for the National Security Agency and other governmental and commercial agencies. It is owned by Reginald E. Person, a former military intelligence analyst and employee of General Dynamics.

The company (www.epsoftsys.com) is in the Howard County incubator, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia.

Career fair to be held Sept. 19 at APL

The Columbia Workforce Center, a division of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, will co-sponsor a career fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, North Laurel.

The event, co-sponsored by Howard County Employment and Training, will bring together job applicants and Howard County businesses eager to fill vacant positions.

Applicants are advised to dress appropriately, bring copies of their resumes and be ready to meet with prospective employers.

Employers interested in participating may call Lloyd Day, 410-312-5778, or Julie Givens, 410-312-5762.

For a list of participating employers: http:--www.dllr. state.md.us/county/howard/howjobfair.htm.

Calendar

Smart starts -- 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. 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 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. 410-313-6550, or www.hceda.org.

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/United Health company. 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. 800-874-1313.

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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