Business Digest


October 11, 2006

Pair to open franchise of Super Suppers

Brenda Bloom of Ellicott City and Cheryl Post of Clarksville will open a franchise of Super Suppers, a meal-assembly chain offering prepared raw ingredients and a fully stocked kitchen where customers can put together a month's worth of family-size entrees during a two-hour session.

"We're both corporate businesswomen; we are the customer. We've been working moms, raising our kids," Post said, emphasizing that all the store's recipes will be free of trans-fats.

Bloom and Post will hold a grand opening in their store from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 3920 N. Ridge Road. Entertainment, sessions with nutritionists, cooking demonstrations and a cookbook-signing by the company's founder, Judie Byrd, are planned. Those who attend will be able to assemble meals or purchase pre-assembled dishes, which will be regularly available to customers.

A second franchise, located in southern Howard County, is planned for next year.

Information: 410-461-7300.

Howard Bank to host networking event

Howard Bank, a locally owned and managed community bank, will host the Howard County Chamber of Commerce Business After Business networking event, to be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the bank's new Maple Lawn/Laurel Branch, 10985 Johns Hopkins Road, North Laurel.

The event is open to the business community. Admission is $10 for chamber members; $30 for prospective members and guests.

Information or to register: 410-730-4111, ext. 101.

College to highlight its business program

The College of Notre Dame of Maryland will hold an information session about its Accelerated College's business program at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Laurel College Center.

The Accelerated College enables students to earn a bachelor's degree in business in as little as 2 1/2 years. The program is designed for working professionals, who form a cohort of about 20 students and move through the program together.

Several courses, taken one at a time, are completed during a semester. Classes are five or seven weeks long and meet at the same time and on the same day each week.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-532-5500 or visit


Procurement fair -- 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. Exhibitors and sponsors are being sought. 301-725-4000.

Drivers needed -- Drivers are needed to provide bus transportation for students in the Howard County schools. The school system provides classroom and practical instruction to help drivers acquire the required license and endorsements. Wages 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. 410-313-6733.


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, 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 offered by 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.

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