Business Digest


May 02, 2007

Students to showcase their ideas, inovations

Investors, business leaders, research scientists and others are invited to Howard County's Entrepreneurial Celebration when students showcase original business ideas and other innovations.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held May 9 on the fourth floor of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Networking is scheduled at 4:30 p.m., and student presentations begin at 6 p.m.

Individual entrepreneurial students from the college will pitch their new business ideas to a juried panel, and student teams from the college's course, "Technology Transfer from Innovation to the Marketplace," will report on the economic potential of several new inventions from government-supported research laboratories, such as the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and the National Aeronautics and Space Sdministration's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are recommended.

Information: 410-772-4785 or e-mail,

Grand opening for fitness studio

Peak Performance Fitness in Marriottsville will hold a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at its new facility at 2470 Longstone Lane.

The new fitness studio offers sports conditioning, strength training, one-on-one boxing, fitness training for mature adults, and Pilates Reformer training, all with certified fitness coaches who hold degrees in exercise science.

Training and membership specials will be offered. Refreshments will be served.

Owner Robert McConnell of Ellicott City has 12 years of experience in the military, including conducting combat fitness training.

Information: 410-442-3623.


Vendors sought -- 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 50+ Expo offers a marketing opportunity for vendors interested in reaching senior citizens in the county. Fees for vendors vary. 410-531-5472.

Smart start -- Maryland Small Business Development Center and Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center will sponsor a seminar for entrepreneurs, "Smart Start to Business Success," from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 16 at the Center for Business & Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia. The cost is $39. Registration is required. 410-313-6550.

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