Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

February 07, 2007

M&T Bank to open branch at BWI

BAA Maryland, developer and manager of the AIRMALL at BWI Marshall Airport has announced that M&T Bank will open its first full-service branch at BWI this year, near the Southwest Airlines Terminal.

The new branch, which is to be in an area accessible to passengers before they pass through security screening, will offer the opportunity to open new accounts, service existing accounts, cash and deposit checks, apply for loans, buy insurance, make investments and obtain financial advice.

The bank hopes to attract new customers from the volume of traffic at the Southwest terminal. About 4,000 people work at the airport, said Philip Hosmer, spokesman for M&T Bank.

Nine M&T Bank automated teller machines, equipped with audio jacks for people with low vision and available in English and Spanish, are available at the airport. The bank plans to install 18 ATMs, including one at its new branch.

BAA Maryland is developer and manager of a new retail program at BWI. The initial phase of the two-year project includes about 140,000 square feet of concession space. The project began in May 2005 with the opening of the new Terminal A/B, which houses Southwest.

Business seminars set next month

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Center for Business and Technology Development will offer "Smart Start to Business Success," a seminar on selecting a legal business entity, taxes and liability, record-keeping, financing and insurance, from 8:30 a.m. to noon March 14 at the center, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia. The cost is $39.

"Access to Capital/Alternative Financing for Small Business Start-Up and Expansion" will be offered from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 15 at the center. The cost is $50.

"Selling Your Business? Get the Biggest Paycheck of Your Life" is planned from 8:30 a.m. to noon March 21 at the center. The cost is $99.

Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-313-6550, or ww.hceda.org/thecenter/events.html.

Business Digest items may be sent to howard.events@balt sun.com or faxed to 410-715-2816.

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