Business Digest


January 10, 2007

`Informatics' set for discussion

The Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a breakfast discussion of "Informatics" - gathering, analysis, processing and management of information in natural and artificial systems - and its potential impact on the regional economy.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at the University of Maryland, University College, Dorsey Station, 6865 Deerpath Road, Elkridge.

Presenters are to include Steve Walker, chair of the Informatics Coalition, an initiative of the Technology Leadership Consortium; David Bliden, executive director of the Maryland Association of Counties; and Brad Spittel of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council.

The breakfast is intended to provide a forum for business executives, state and federal government officials and industry leaders to explore the industry's potential and the infrastructure needed to encourage its growth.

The cost is $25 in advance for members; $40 at the door for members and nonmembers.

Information: 301-724-4000. Directions: 410-796-3178.

Scholarship applicants sought

Howard County Economic Development Authority's Committee for Business and Economic Diversity is accepting applications for the Howard County General Hospital Rising Business Star Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is to be awarded to a graduating Howard County public high school senior who is a member of a minority, a woman or disabled, to pursue post-secondary studies at an accredited educational institution.

The scholarship recognizes entrepreneurial spirit that has been demonstrated by starting a small business, assisting with an existing business in a significant way or developing a business-related invention.

Applications are available at, by calling 410-313-6550 or from school guidance counselors. Applications must be returned by March 9.

The scholarship recipient will be announced at the committee's 13th annual breakfast, to be held at 7:30 a.m. April 24 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Business Women's Network to meet

The Business Women's Network of Howard County Inc. will hold a luncheon meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Hilton Columbia Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia.

Wendy Baird, president of Insight 180, will discuss "Influencing Your Way to Success."

The cost is $30 in advance for members (payment must be received by 5 p.m. Friday); $40 for members and guests at the door.

Information: 410-740-0126, or


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. Paula Kreuzburg or Joe Gabriel, 800-874-1313.

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