Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

October 04, 2006

Employers workshop to be held tomorrow

The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues will sponsor an employer workshop, "The Right Fit," with Anne Hirsh of the Job Accommodation Network, a service of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy.

The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow in Room 6 on the first floor of the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

Information will be provided cost-effective accommodations for workers with disabilities and attracting and maintaining a successful work force.

Information or registration: 410-313-6402.

Title companies' merger announced

Frederick L. Shreves II, chief executive officer of RGS Title, has announced the company's merger with GFS Fountainhead Title.

The new entity, GFS Title LLC, an independently owned real estate settlement service firm, will maintain 58 offices in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

GFS Fountainhead Title's predecessor, Fountainhead Title Group, was founded in Columbia in 1975. GFS Title was founded in Oaken, Va., in 1988. The new company employs more than 425 people in its new homes, resale, lender and commercial divisions. The merger was effective Sunday.

Drivers are needed to transport students

Drivers are needed to provide transportation for students in the Howard County schools.

To be certified, drivers must possess a commercial license with a "P" and "S" endorsement. The school system provides classroom and practical instruction to help drivers acquire the license and the endorsements.

Drivers must also pass a physical and drug-screening examination; provide a driving record with two or fewer current points; submit to a criminal background check; and complete a nine-hour training program. (Attendance is paid.)

Wages, which vary, are approximately $13 an hour. Hours of work range from four to 10 hours a day. The school system's Office of Student Transportation will put interested drivers in touch with contractors.

Information: 410-313-6733.

Procurement fair set for Oct. 27

The Baltimore/Washington Chamber of Commerce, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel, will hold its 15th Baltimore/Washington Area Government Procurement Fair from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel.

Resources and one-on-one counseling sessions will be available for those interested in doing business with the government. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Information: 301-725-4000.

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. 301-725-4000.

Energy -- The Columbia-based Restaurant Association of Maryland is holding open enrollment for the Mid-Atlantic Aggregation Group Independent Consortium, 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 summer. months. 800-874-1313.

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

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