Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

May 16, 2007

Office of Purchasing to hold open house

Howard County's Office of Purchasing will hold an open house for minority-owned, women-owned and disabled-owned businesses from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 31 at the Office of Purchasing, Suite 501, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

Business owners or the representatives will have an opportunity to meet the staff of the Office of Purchasing and learn about doing business with the county.

Admission and parking are free. Registration is requested. To register or request special accommodations, call Carrie Stottlemire by May 24 at 410-313-6372.

Information about the Office of Purchasing: www.howardcounty md.gov/purchasing.

Housing fair set June 2 in Columbia

Howard County's Department of Housing and Community Development will hold its first Come Home to Howard County Housing Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia.

The fair will target individuals and families seeking information on home ownership or rentals, mortgage financing and programs and services available to county residents. Educational workshops and hands-on seminars for homebuyers will be offered, and giveaways are planned. Admission to the event is free.

A lottery drawing will permit a prequalified individual or family present at the fair to purchase the house at 9518 Pamplona Road in Oakland Mills village for the reduced price of $200,000. The house is appraised at $475,000 and can be viewed before and during the fair.

To request an applications to qualify: 410-313-6318, or www. comehometohowardcounty.org.

Vendor and exhibit spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and sponsorship opportunities may be available. Information: Chris Julien, 410-313-6343.

The event kicks off National Homeownership Month in Howard County.

New logo to promote farms in the county

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's agriculture committee is adopting a new logo to promote local farms.

The logo, with its accompanying tag line -- "Howard County Agriculture: Local Farms -- Healthy Communities" -- is intended to present the county's farms, greenhouses, horse stables and agritourism industry as providers of safe, locally grown agricultural products and supporters of local communities and sound environmental stewardship of working lands.

The logo shows a barn and silos surrounded by residential housing. The previous logo, the "Howard County Grown" symbol devised about 10 years ago, showed a farmer wearing bib overalls and carrying a basket of products with the sun rising behind him.

Information: Ginger S. Myers, 410-313-6500.

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