Business Digest


December 12, 2007

Edible Arrangements opens in Ellicott City

Edible Arrangements International, a company launched in 1999 in East Haven, Conn., opened a franchise in Ellicott City on Monday.

The third retail store owned and operated by Peter and Margarete Toeneboehn, the new store at 3355 St. John's Lane offers floral gift and centerpiece designs made of fresh fruit. Boxes of chocolate-dipped fruit are also available.

The owners opened their first store in Laurel and their second at Snowden Center in Columbia, both in 2006.

The franchisor, now in Wallingford, Conn., is responsible for new product development and sets uniform standards for nearly 800 Edible Arrangements stores, said owner Peter Toeneboehn.

Dr. Greenwood has a new office

Howard County native Dr. Lindiwe Greenwood has opened a new office at 5500 Knoll Drive North in Columbia and will hold a ribbon-cutting and open house tomorrow.

The board-certified family practitioner, a graduate of Hammond High School, is affiliated with Howard County General Hospital. The new practice, Renaissance Primary Care & Wellness Group, is a member of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.

Veterinary centers are reaccredited

Pets First Veterinary Center in Woodstock, owned by Dr. Heather Hendler of Columbia, has again received accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association.

The evaluation includes a quality assessment of the hospital's facility, medical equipment, practice methods and health care management.

"It's a voluntary accreditation that we seek ... and it helps us keep our quality as high as we can get it," said Hendler, who purchased the business in March 2007.

Howard County Animal Hospital of Ellicott City was also reaccredited by the American Animal Hospital Association.

New review process speeds projects

Howard County's Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits has begun a Commercial Expedited Review (CER) process to enable smaller interior alterations and completions to be processed expeditiously.

The process is intended to help small businesses in the county. The projects must be less than 5,000 square feet and meet certain criteria to qualify for the expedited commercial building permit process.

Applications are accepted by appointment only. Those submitted by 10 a.m. will be processed by 4 p.m. the next day. If approved, the permits will be issued at the same time.

Information: 410-313-2436.


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.

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 groups. The organization's Senior Community Service Employment Program is part of the Older Americans Act; participants must meet 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.

Business classes -- The Howard County Center for Business and Technology Development's Business Resource Center will offer a series of seminars:

"Smart Start to Business Success," a program for first-time entrepreneurs, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 9 at the center, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia. The cost is $45.

"Developing Your Business Plan" is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the same location. The program, to be led by Vincent J. Mallozzi, president of International Marketing Systems, is designed for first-time small-business entrepreneurs. The cost is $149; a sample business plan, text book and other materials are included. 410-313-6550 or visit

Two scholarships -- 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 woman or a member of a minority group or a woman who 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. Completed applications must be received by March 7. Winners will be announced at the 14th CBED Awards program and breakfast gala April 22. 410-313-6550.

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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