Business Digest


April 25, 2007

Vendors sought for 50+ Expo

Vendors are needed for ninth Howard County's 50+ Expo, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

More than 6,000 people attended last year's event for those ages 50 and older, their families, caregivers and friends. The expo featured more than 140 commercial and nonprofit vendors of services, products and programs.

The expo includes a traditional health fair, health screenings, an alternative-care fair and an "Ask the Experts" feature, as well workshops, demonstrations, an auction, live entertainment and food.

The 50+ Expo offers a marketing opportunity for vendors interested in reaching senior citizens in the county.

Fees for vendors vary and are based on exhibitor category and exhibit location. Information, to request a vendor packet, or reserve a space: 410-531-5472.

Transportation summit tomorrow

Corridor Transportation Corp., in partnership with the Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce, BWI business Partnership Inc. and the Fort Meade Alliance, will sponsor "Moving Mid-Maryland: A Baltimore-Washington Corridor Transportation Summit" from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum.

The summit will focus on transportation challenges created by commuting and growth in the region and the economic impact of efficient transportation.

Registration is to begin at 7:30 a.m.; the program is to start at 8 a.m. The cost is $85. Information or registration: 301-725-4000, or, and go to "events".

New visitors guide for county planned

Howard County Tourism Inc., in partnership with Maryland Life magazine, will create a new visitors guide for Howard County.

The partnership with Great State Publishing LLC of Frederick which publishes Maryland Life magazine, is intended to result in a publication that will promote the county's quality of life to visitors, residents and businesses.

Howard Life is expected to have the look of a lifestyle magazine, with feature articles on people, places and products.

The publication will debut Oct. 1. It will be published twice a year, in June and October, and will serve as the official visitors guide for Howard County.

Howard County Tourism Inc. is a nonprofit, membership-based organization, funded by grants from the state and the county. Its mission is to promote tourism in the county.

Information: 410-313-1900.


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 -- Restaurant Association of Maryland, based in Columbia, 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.

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