HCC, chamber to hold jobs fair

BUSINESS NOTES

October 10, 2007

Howard Community College, in cooperation with the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, will hold a fall job/career fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2 in the college's Burrill Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Representatives from a wide range of large and small companies and organizations will be on hand to discuss opportunities, accept applications and schedule interviews. Visitors are invited to bring resumes for review by the college's career counselors and can access the college's online database for local job postings.

Admission is free and open to everyone.

Information: 410-772-4840 or www.howardcc.edu/career.

Two scholarships announced by panel

The Howard County Committee for Business and Economic Diversity has announced two scholarship opportunities for high school seniors enrolled in the county's public school system: the Howard County General Hospital Rising Business Star Scholarship and the Earl H. Saunders Entrepreneurial Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarships recognize a public high school senior who is a member of a minority group, a woman or is affected by a disability and has demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit by starting a small business, significantly assisting an existing business or developing a product.

Information or to download application forms: www.hceda. org/CBTD/scholarships.aspx.

Completed applications must be received by March 7. Winners will be announced at the 14th annual CBED Awards program and breakfast gala April 22.

Information: 410-313-6550.

Security firm moves to business center

Systems Security Services Inc., a company providing security consulting services to businesses, has moved its offices to the Howard County Center for Business and Technology Development.

The company integrates technical, physical, administrative and operational solutions to secure critical assets for businesses. A security training program is offered for businesses looking to provide on-site or off-site training for its employees.

Calendar

Sponsors sought -- Kangaroo Kids, Howard County's children's precision jump-rope team, is seeking sponsors to help it expand its practice space. The nonprofit organization is seeking donations of 5 to 7 acres and a building or funds to help build a facility. www.kanga rookids.org.

Job skills -- Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland will offer a program to help senior citizens learn job skills while working 20 hours a week with nonprofit organizations. The organization's Senior Community Service Employment Program is part of the Older Americans Act; participants must meet certain income requirements. Family and Children's Services has offices in Wilde Lake Village Center in Columbia and Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center in North Laurel, where it shares space with other agencies in the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center. Cheryl Ladota, 410-366-8351.

Workshop -- The Baltimore Washington Chamber of Commerce will offer a Pre-procurement Fair Workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at chamber offices, 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. 301-725- 4000 or www.baltwashchamber. org.

Job fairs -- Howard County General Hospital invites those seeking employment in nursing and allied health professions to attend one of two open-house job fairs, to be held in the hospital's main lobby, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. The events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Those who attend will be invited to tour the hospital units, meet management and staff, and learn about employee benefits, including help with college tuition for the children of employees, and participate in on-the-spot interviews. Light refreshments will be served. To see open positions and submit an application: www.hcgh.org. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Vendors sought -- Vendors are needed for 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. The 50+ Expo offers a marketing opportunity for vendors interested in reaching senior citizens in the county. Fees for vendors vary. To request a vendor packet or reserve a space: 410-531-5472.

Health 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.

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