Workshop for small businesses

BUSINESS NOTES

January 13, 2008

Several Anne Arundel County legislators and Merge Business Development Systems Inc. will host a workshop Wednesday to discuss ways small businesses in Maryland can compete for government contracts during the military job expansion at Fort Meade.

Dels. Mary Ann Love and Donald H. Dwyer Jr. of Glen Burnie, Del. Nicholaus R. Kipke of Pasadena and Merge officials say they hope BRAC Symposium II will encourage government agencies to meet their small-business requirements for contracting dollars.

Small-business owners can meet contractors and federal, state and county procurement officers, and learn more about procurement and security clearances.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the joint legislative hearing room in the Legislative Services Building in Annapolis. Reservations are required.

Information: perry@mergebds.com.

Loans OK'd for 2 companies

The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. has approved a $200,000 loan for Edgewater Oceanic and a $150,000 loan for Anago of Baltimore through its Arundel Business Loan Fund.

The fund offers loans of up to $300,000 to companies doing business in the county.

The loan helped Edgewater Oceanic owners Sergio and Kimberly Santini buy the property and remodel and expand their service station.

Susan and Mark Cashman, owners of Anago of Baltimore in Glen Burnie, will use loan proceeds to expand their staff and their janitorial-service franchise.

During the past 10 years, the ABL Fund has provided $9.5 million in financing to 81 businesses with loans averaging $118,000.

Information: 410-222-7410 or www.aaedc.org.

Chiropratic practice reopens

Effective Chiropractic, formerly Brennan Chiropractic, celebrated its grand reopening in Millersville in December.

The new owners, Dr. Anthony Hardnett and his wife, Laura, hosted the event.

$10,000, dinners giv en to needy

The Annapolis office of Merrill Lynch and the Friends Foundation made holiday donations to some of Annapolis' homeless and low-income families.

Merrill Lynch delivered 35 Christmas dinners, and the Friends Foundation donated $10,000 to the Light House Shelter.

Information: 410-349-5056.

O'Malley appoints AACC trustee

Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed Victoria K. Fretwell to a six-year term on the Anne Arundel Community College board of trustees.

Fretwell, an Annapolis resident, is director of external affairs for Priority Partners/Johns Hopkins HealthCare in communications and marketing.

Compiled by Marcia Cephus

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