Business Digest

May 14, 2008

Healthy aging focus of new Web portal

Audacious Inquiry LLC, a management and technology business with headquarters in the Howard County Center for Business and Technology Development, has been the strategy and technology partner for the national launch of Our Freedom Years ( www.FreedomYears.com), a new Web portal on healthy aging sponsored by Retirement Living TV and Erickson Retirement Communities.

Audacious Inquiry has a long-term strategy of helping companies, particularly in the health care industry, use new technologies to foster customer loyalty.

Retirement Living TV offers original programming with celebrities and journalists on health, lifestyle, finance and politics. Erickson Retirement Communities, based in Baltimore since 1983, develops and manages campuses in Maryland, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The portal, intended for the growing number of senior citizens and their physicians, includes a search engine for researching health issues from Erickson Health, the National Institutes of Health and other recognized sources.

The site also includes discussions, user profiles and social networking, online journals and support groups.

Salon introduces organic products

Dawn Symonds, owner of DMS Salon in Ellicott City, is introducing a line of organic hair care products. The British line of hair dyes and curling and hair-care products does not contain ammonia, and doesn't burn, itch or damage the hair, Symonds said. Although they are not free of chemicals, the products are considerably milder than most of those currently in use, she said.

"The results are still the same, but with less risk to the hairdresser and to the client," Symonds said.

Symonds has owned the salon at 804A Oella Ave. for eight years. She will hold an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Tours and refreshments are planned.

Information: 410-461-5353.

Women's network to meet May 21

The Business Women's Network of Howard County will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 21 at Howard Community College's Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall to honor its 2008 Woman of Distinction, Mary Ann Scully, president and chief executive officer of Howard Bank.

Scully serves on the boards of United Way, the Horizon Foundation, the Columbia Foundation, the Women's Giving Circle and the Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Three continuing education students will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

The volunteer-run networking organization has more than 200 members.

Calendar

New entrepreneurs : The Maryland Small Business Development Center and Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center will sponsor Smart Start to Business Success, an introductory seminar for first-time entrepreneurs, from 8:30 a.m. to noon today at the Center for Business & Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia. Topics include selecting the appropriate legal business entity, financial records, getting startup money, insurance options and resources for small businesses in Howard County. The cost is $45. Registration is required. To register: 410-313-6550 or visit www.hceda.org/CBTD/busEvents.aspx.

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