Business Digest

November 28, 2007

Mikulski, Cardin to speak at breakfast

The BWI Business Partnership will hold its Signature Breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the new Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel, 1100 Old Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin will speak.

Registration is required by Monday. Partnership members can attend free or pay $25, depending on their membership level.

Admission is $40 for nonmembers, if space is available.

Members can register at, and click on "Events and Activities," then "Register" and "Pay for Events," or call 410-859-1000; nonmembers can call 410-859-1000.

Child care center gets startup loan

j-ref, a private, nonprofit funding source for Howard County startup and emerging companies, has made a $175,000 loan to One Love Childcare Learning Center LLC in Columbia.

The new day care center on Deepage Drive is an expansion of a home-based child care enterprise founded by Paulette Gunter, president and executive director.

She is joined by her brother Sylbert Delroy Blackwell and her husband, Winston Gunter, as co-owners.

One Love will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The center's grand opening is set for Monday.

With headquarters in the Center for Business & Technology Development in Columbia, j-ref offers business loans of up to $250,000 and, working with partners, offers assistance such as business advice, planning and education.


Conference to focus on solar energy use

The Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, a regional chapter of the National Solar Energy Industries Association, will hold its first one-day conference in Annapolis from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Doubletree Hotel, 210 Holiday Court.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Del. Sue Hecht and state Sen. Robert J. Garagiola will speak.

The meeting will include an overview of federal and state programs that provide incentives to use solar energy. National and local industry leaders will lead a panel discussion on the solar industry's expectations for the region. A seminar, "Solar 101: Introduction to Photovoltaic and Solar Heating Technology," will be offered.

Admission is $150 for nonmembers; MDV-SEIA members, students, government employees and nonprofit groups pay $95.

Information: Norman Lutkefedder, 410-703-0730.

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