Business Digest


January 17, 2007

`BRAC to the Future' symposium slated

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a daylong symposium for people from all business sectors, "BRAC to the Future in Howard County," at 8 a.m. Feb. 6 at Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center in Ellicott City. Registration and a Continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m.

Participants can also register by calling 410-730-4111, or online at www.HowardChamber .com.

Speakers are to include R. Gary Dinsick of BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure Commission); Col. Kenneth O. McCreedy, installation commander at Fort Meade; Mike Hayes, director of military and federal affairs for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development; a representative from the Defense Information Systems Agency; County Executive Ken Ulman, state Sen. James N. Robey and representatives from county, state and federal governments and the Small Business Administration.

The county is expected to benefit from the relocation of 5,000 federal jobs to Fort Meade, and the anticipated creation of 7,500 jobs ranging from high-level technology positions to jobs in the retail and food industries as a result of the expansion.

According to a recent chamber survey, many area businesses do not understand the ramifications of these changes for business and government, and have not begun to plan for them.

Sponsorship opportunities for the symposium are available. Information: Anne Darr, 410- 730-4111, Ext. 105.


Scholarship offered -- 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 www., by calling 410-313-6550 or from school guidance counselors. Applications must be returned by March 9.

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 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. 410-313-6550, or

BWN meeting -- Business Women's Network of Howard County Inc. will hold a luncheon meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at the Hilton Columbia Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia. Wendy Baird, president of Insight 180, will discuss "Influencing Your Way to Success." $40 for members and guests at the door. 410-740-0126, or

Chamber programs -- The Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will sponsor two talks: "The 5-Step Process to Becoming a Successful Government Contractor," a brief overview of how the government buys goods and services, and "Preparing Your Not-For-Profit for Government Contracting." The sessions will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Courtyard by Marriott/Fort Meade. The cost is $35 prepaid for members, $50 at the door and for nonmembers. 301-725-4000.`Informatics' -- 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 cost is $25 in advance for members; $40 at the door for members and nonmembers. 301-724-4000. Directions: 410-796-3178.

Business success -- Howard County Economic Development Authority's Center for Business and Technology Development will present a seminar, "Government Contracting Resources," for businesses considering competing in the federal market or those in the early phases of entry from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the center, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia. The cost is $149. Registration is required. 410-313-6550.

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