Business Digest

April 02, 2008

The Columbia Business Exchange will hold a networking event from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at That's Amore restaurant, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Those who attend are asked to bring a door prize, such as a shirt, wine, gift certificates, baskets or other items. Donated services must receive prior approval.

The cost is $15 for members; $25 for guests. Memberships cost $60. A corporate membership that covers all of the company's employees costs $195. Sponsorships are also available.

Income from membership dues and mixer fees is donated to local charitable organizations.

Information: columbiabus inessexchange.com.

Library to sponsor workshop Tuesday

The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, will sponsor a program led by faculty members from Howard Community College's Business/Computer Division, "Starting a Home-based Business," at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The interactive workshop will cover marketing basics, tracking income and expenses, and overcoming typical start-up challenges.

Registration is required. Information: 410-313-7860.

HCC faculty members will also present "All About eBay," a program on navigating and buying on the Web site, setting up buyer and sellers accounts, and establishing safe business practices, at 7 p.m. April 23 at the east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Registration is required. Information: 410-313-7700.

Hospital recognized for technology

Medisolv, a graduate company of the Howard County Center for Business and Technology Development's NeoTech Incubator, has supplied business intelligence and decision support software to St. Agnes Hospital, which was recently recognized as one of nine hospitals nationwide to reach Stage 6 of the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, an organization focused on the uses of computerized systems for hospital operations.

St. Agnes uses Medisolv's IndiGo and RAPID applications to mine and interpret data from its MEDITECH systems.

"[The Medisolv software] really allows them to mine these massive amounts of data that they now have, so that they can make better informed decisions about the management of the hospital and the care of their patients," said Ray Dudley, vice president, Marketing & Sales at Medisolv.

MEDITECH is a top-selling hospital information system used to capture patient information, write clinical orders and manage hospital finances, Dudley said.

Calendar

Job fair -- Capitol College in Laurel will hold its 23rd Engineering, Computer Sciences, Information Technology and Business Career Fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the William G. McGowan Academic Center on the college campus. The fair is open to Capitol College students from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; the fair is open to the public after 11 a.m. Capitol College is at 11301 Springfield Road in Laurel. 800-950-1992, ext. 3015.

Women entrepreneurs -- MaryAnn Scully, founder and president of Howard Bank, will be among the speakers at an event at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Columbia Hilton Hotel to encourage women to consider entrepreneurship. Britt Schroeder, a consultant from FranChoice, a franchise consulting company that matches aspiring entrepreneurs with franchise opportunities, will discuss finding the right franchise business. A panel discussion will feature local women entrepreneurs. Fruit smoothies, specialty wraps and gourmet sandwiches will be available. Admission is free; donations to the House of Ruth are welcome. 410-878-2199.

Job skills -- Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland is offering a program to help senior citizens learn job skills while working 20 hours a week with nonprofit groups. Cheryl Ladota, 410-366-8351.

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