Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

February 28, 2007

Chamber foundation to hold 50th gala

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce Foundation will hold its 50th Annual Gala, "Tuxes 'n' Tiaras," from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the BWI Airport Marriott in Linthicum.

A champagne awards ceremony, seated dinner, casino, dancing and silent auction are planned. Tickets, which include a commemorative "old-time" photo, are $100; $950 for a table of 10. The event, which honors traditions, will benefit the foundation's scholarship fund for area high school and college students and help support chamber programs.

Sponsorships range from $300 to $3,500 and include a variety of opportunities for recognition.

Information: Arlinda Andrews, 301-725-4000.

CalComp launches education unit

GTCO CalComp, with headquarters in Columbia, has announced the start of a new company, Interwrite Learning, which will manage the company's education products and develop additional interactive products for schools and educators.

The company's products range from an award-winning product, called "Interwrite Pad," that enables teachers to control their computer from anywhere in the classroom and use any surface as an interactive whiteboard to hand-held personal response systems students can use to click in answers.

Services include an Education Resource Center for teachers.

Resources

Health care plan -- Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce and 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 electrical 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.

Agriculture -- Agricultural Marketing Program of the Howard County Economic Development Authority is offering its Howard County Farms & Services Guide, a resource for consumers interested in buying directly from farmers or farmers' markets. Listings include icons for each farm that provide a quick view of the products offered, including produce, farm products, agritourism, educational experiences, horse stabling and others. Agricultural support agencies, farmers' markets, a harvest calendar and other features are included. The agricultural marketing program has distributed the guide to the Howard County tourism office, libraries, welcome centers, the county extension office, the county agricultural preservation office and participating farms. To request a copy: 410-313-6500, or write to Ginger S. Myers, agriculture economic development specialist, Howard County Economic Development Authority, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 500, Columbia 21046.

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

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