Business Digest


November 22, 2006

Bank pledges $25,000 to county YMCA

Citizens National Bank has pledged $25,000 to the Howard County Family YMCA. The money is to be divided between the Y's $11.2-million renovation and expansion campaign and its annual giving campaign to provide scholarships for its programs.

The bank is a longtime supporter of the YMCA. Cindy Ensey, a senior vice president of the bank, serves on the Y's board.

The bank, which will pay the pledge over five years, will be recognized with a banner on the Y's playground and as a "Silver Sponsor for Annual Giving."

Financing for the renovation and expansion includes $2 million from the sale of 8 acres to the county for a new school site and $1.5 million from the state. The YMCA hopes to raise $2.5 million from a community campaign and to borrow $2.5 million.

Seminar planned for entrepreneurs

The Maryland Small Business Development Center and Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center will sponsor a seminar for entrepreneurs, "Smart Start to Business Success."

Topics are to include selecting an appropriate legal business entity, financial records, getting start-up money, insurance options and Howard County's resources for businesses.

The seminar is planned from 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 13 at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia.

Information or registration: 410-313-6550, or

Applications sought for scholarship

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Committee for Business and Economic Diversity is accepting applications for the $1,000 Earl H. Saunders Entrepreneurial Scholarship.

The scholarship recognizes a graduating senior who is a member of a minority group, a woman, and/or disabled and who has demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit by starting a small business, assisting an existing business or developing an invention targeted toward business.

Applications must be received by March 9.

Information: 410-313-6550.


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 about $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.

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