Business Digest


December 06, 2006

HCC to celebrate student achievers

Howard Community College has invited investors, business leaders, research scientists and the public to celebrate the entrepreneurial achievements of its students from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in the Kittleman room of the English, Languages and Business Building (ELB-100), 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The program includes a judged "Rocket Marketing" competition, in which students race the clock to pitch their startup ideas. Teams from a new technology-assessment class will report on the marketplace potential of several new inventions from government-supported research laboratories.

The showcase is co-sponsored by the Technology Assessment Program, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and in which the college is a lead partner, and by the college's Center for Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence (CEBE).

Teams of students who participated in "Technology Transfer from Invention to Marketplace," an HCC course developed through TAP, will present the results of their work.

Light refreshments will be served and there will be opportunities for networking. A tour of CEBE will be offered.

Information: Betty Noble, 410-772-4111 or Lev Volynskiy, 410-772-4431.

Web log highlights local real estate

The Odum Real Estate Group, a partnership between Re/MAX 100 Realtor Linda Odum and her daughters, Courtney Odum-Duncan and Teddey Jones, has launched a blog on the state of real estate in Howard County on its new Web site, www.

Recent posts include discussions of housing prices nationwide, predictions about interest rates and a list of Web sites that consolidate vacation home rentals.

Women's Network sets holiday lunch

The business Women's Network of Howard County Inc., a networking organization for women, will hold its holiday luncheon, "A Season of Giving," from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Columbia Hilton Hotel.

Donations will be accepted for the Domestic Violence Center and Success in Style, a nonprofit organization that offers business attire and coaching to disadvantaged women seeking work.

The cost is $30 for members in advance; $40 for guests and admission at the door. Information or to register: 410-740-0126 or visit


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.

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. 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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