Business Digest

October 24, 2007

Legislative breakfast to be held Nov. 8

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce will announce its annual white paper, "Issues for Legislative Action 2008," at a legislative breakfast Nov. 8 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City.

The paper presents the chamber's position on legislative issues affecting Howard County businesses: government policies on the environment, taxation and budget, work force housing, economic development, education, transportation and health care.

A panel of local and state officials will answer questions. Invited panel participants include Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer, Sen. Allan H. Kittleman, County Council Chairman Calvin Ball, County Councilman Greg Fox and County Councilwoman Courtney Watson. Jayne Miller of WBAL-TV will be the moderator.

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $40 in advance for members; $50 at the door. Nonmembers pay a $10 surcharge.

Information: 410-730-4111.

Stolar Construction gets startup help

j-ref, a small-business financier in Howard County, has lent $150,000 for working capital to Stolar Construction of Hanover.

The company, a new business started by Brenda Stolar, president, and her son, Brian Stolar, vice president, specializes in highway utilities, including lighting, signals, cameras, fiber optics and variable message signs. The company, which employs six people, has contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense, the State Highway Administration, and municupal and county governments.

Howard Bank referred the Stolars to j-ref, a private, not-for-profit source for Howard County startup and emerging companies.

`Smart Start' seminar to be held Nov. 14

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Center for Business and Technology Development will sponsor "Smart Start To Business Success," from 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 14 at 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia.

The cost is $45. Registration is required. Information: 410-313- 6550.

Business Digest items may be sent to howard.events@baltsun. com or faxed to 410-715-2816.

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