Business Digest

October 03, 2007

Achievement awards go to 5 businesses, The Howard County Economic Development Authority honored five local businesses with Economic Development Achievement Awards at its 14th annual meeting and report to investors last month at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

The companies were recognized for their contributions to improving the economy and quality of life in Howard County and for their commitment to community development.

Honored were:

The Green Building Institute -- The Enviro Center in Jessup, for its promotion of sustainable businesses;

Merkle Inc., a database marketing agency that is moving its corporate headquarters to Columbia;

Dragon Development Corp., a woman-owned small business that provides software design and other professional services to the intelligence community;

Walnut Springs Nursery in Glenwood, a family-owned wholesale grower of annuals and perennials;

Columbia-based Chesapeake Research Review Inc., a research and ethics review organization and risk-management partner, providing research oversight, consulting, training and education.

UHY Advisors, PCA Group merging

UHY Advisors Inc., the 13th-largest national accounting firm, and the PCA Group have made final an agreement to merge the practices of their firms, said James Peacock, president of PCA Group.

The PCA Group will maintain its offices in Columbia; its founders -- Peacock, David Condron and Jeannine Anderson -- will remain with the combined firm.

The merged firm will operate as UHY Advisors Mid-Atlantic MD, Inc., a subsidiary of UHY Advisors Inc., providing tax and business consulting work. Audit and assurance services will be provided by UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors Inc.

UHY Advisors Inc. and its subsidiaries operate more than 30 offices and 1,500 professional employees around the United States.

Procurement fair guidance offered

The Baltimore Washington Chamber of Commerce will offer a Pre-Procurement Fair Workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel.

The workshop will offer guidance for maximizing opportunities for business development at this year's Baltimore/Washington Regional Government Procurement Fair, to be held from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 23 at the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel. The cost of the workshop is $25 in advance for members; $35 for nonmembers and at the door.

Tickets to the Oct. 23 fair are $55 for members; $70 for nonmembers purchasing tickets by Oct. 21. Tickets at the door are $95.

Information: 301-725-4000.

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