Business Notes


November 25, 2007

Glen Burnie mall has holiday events

The Centre at Glen Burnie has announced holiday events and promotions:

Visit with Santa through Dec. 24. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Pet photos with Santa will be offered from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 13.

Toys for Tots: The Marines and WPOC radio will host the One New Toy drive from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Guests should bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to children.

Cookies and crafts with Santa: Children can make reindeer ornaments and enjoy cookies and juice with Santa at noon Dec. 8. Guests should make reservations and are asked to bring a nonperishable food item.

Kids' Club: Children will meet the Gingerbread Man and make gingerbread ornaments at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will read children's stories at 10 a.m. Dec. 19.

Information: 410-766-6529.

AACC expo offers market test-drive

Anne Arundel Community College's Entrepreneurial Studies Institute will host the Best of Business Expo, an opportunity to show off your business, network with entrepreneurs and test a new market for your products or services, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday on the second floor of the college's Careers Center, Arnold Campus, 101 College Parkway.

Information: 410-777-2066 or

Athletic club offers holiday open house

The Big Vanilla Athletic Club, 1209 Ritchie Highway, Arnold, will host a holiday open house from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Visitors can test the rock wall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., take fitness classes from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to noon, attend the kids' pool party from 11 a.m. to noon, participate in a kids' tennis clinic from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. or stop by the Kids Club.

Local vendors will be on site.

Information: 410-544-2525.

Firm gives $5,000 to homeless shelter

Compass Languages has given $5,000 to the Light House Shelter, a homeless prevention and support center in Annapolis.

The shelter helps homeless citizens in Anne Arundel County by providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, eviction prevention and financial support.

Compass Languages is a specialist translation company serving nearly 100 clients worldwide. The company is in Crofton.

Information: 410-451-4297.

Group announces December events

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce has announced its monthly activities.

A luncheon and networking event, "The Impact of NSA on the Region's Economy," will be held at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 5 at the National Security Agency, 9800 Savage Road, Fort Meade. The cost is $40 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Registration and payment deadlines are Wednesday.

A Membership 101 program for members who want to learn how to maximize their membership will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 13 at the BWCC office, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel. Free to members, but registration is required.

Joint Power Networking Breakfast with several other area chambers from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at BWI Ramada's Key West Restaurant, 7253 Parkway Drive, Hanover. Attendees should bring a new toy, toiletries, paper products, or nonperishable food items as a contribution to Sarah's House, a nonprofit organization that helps the homeless. The cost is $20 for members in advance and $40 for nonmembers and members at the door. For directions only, call 410-712-4300.

Information: 410-792-9714 or 301-725-4000, ext. 102.

Coldwell Banker `staging' seminar

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Brokerage will offer a free seminar about the art of "staging" a property at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate office, Festival Shopping Center, 572A Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.

Gina Garunkstis of GG Design Inspirations will conduct the seminar.

Information: 410-647-2222 or

New technology at SECU branch

SECU Credit Union opened its 16th branch in Pasadena Monday at 8055 Jumpers Hole Road.

The Pasadena location offers Remote Teller Stations, new technology that allows customers to make bank transactions with a remote teller.

SECU's Owings Mills branch, which opened in December, also has the technology.

SECU plans to open two more branches during the third and fourth quarters of 2008 in Parole and Timonium, respectively.

Compiled by Marcia Cephus

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