Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

January 03, 2007

Printers association gives holiday gift

The Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic, based in Columbia, donated about $20,000 to Santa Claus Anonymous and Toys for Tots through the association's annual benefit auction, held Dec. 7 at Chartwell Country Golf & Club in Severna Park.

The event marked the 43rd year that printers in the region have supported Santa Claus Anonymous through the auction. Toys for Tots was added as a beneficiary this year. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to purchase toys and clothing for needy children.

Realtors group has a new office

The Howard County Association of Realtors has announced the acquisition of a new office at the Twin Knolls Professional Center at 5501 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia.

The purchase reflects the association's recent growth in membership. The new space will enable the organization to enhance member services and accessibility.

The Howard County association serves almost 2,000 members.

Ascend One Corp. helps kids campaign

Ascend One Corp. has contributed $1,000 to the WBAL Radio Kids Campaign. The contribution will be used to provide clothes, food and toys to children in need.

The contribution came from the Employee Donations & Grants Empowerment Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Columbia Foundation that hold contributions from Ascend One team members and matching corporate donations.

Ascend One and its family of businesses provide services to help consumers save money and get out of debt.

Resources

Drivers needed -- Drivers are needed to provide bus transportation for students in 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.

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