Business Notes

BUSINESS NOTES

May 25, 2008

Panel to discuss online marketing

Chesapeake Regional Tech Council will hold a Tech Focus - Online Marketing panel from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Hampton Inn & Suites/Hilton Hotels, 124 Womack Drive in Annapolis.

Moderator Chris Ourand will direct a discussion of marketing practices, customer acquisition and customer service.

The cost is $25 for members, and $35 for nonmembers and at the door.

The Tech Council will also hold a Green Markets Roundtable from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. June 4 at Mavenspire, Inc., 7526 Connelly Drive, Suite A in Hanover.

The Roundtable will cover market conditions and collaborative opportunities for regional companies; market enablers or barriers; incentives and disincentives for opportunities in Anne Arundel County and elsewhere in Maryland; and areas for growth in green markets.

The Green Markets Roundtable is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Information: 410-222-7410, ext. 124.

Severn Bancorp wins high ranking

Severn Bancorp Inc., parent company of Severn Savings Bank FSB, has been named the number two thrift in the United States based on 2007 information, by SNL Financial LC, a research firm that ranks the nation's 100 largest thrifts.

SNL Financial's rankings are based on weight scores on core return on average assets, core return on average equity, three-year core cash EPS growth, the efficiency ratio, the ratio of non-performing assets including loans 90 days past due to total assets, and net charge-offs as a percent of total loans.

This is the sixth straight year Severn has been named either the number one or number two thrift.

Crosby marketing fills technology post

Joe Fino has joined Crosby Marketing Communications in Annapolis as its director of marketing technology. Fino will lead the development of web-related projects, interactive programs and new media technologies.

Fino had been director of interactive services for Planit, an advertising agency in Baltimore.

Forum to address 'green' supply chain

The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland, the EPA Green Suppliers Network and the Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership will co-host a public-private forum, Greening the Supply Chain, from 7:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3 at the BWI Marriott, 1734 W. Nursery Road in Linthicum.

The forum will showcase initiatives that Baxter International, General Motors, Steelcase and Johnson Controls have made to make their supply chains environmentally responsible.

U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin will present opening remarks. The cost is $75.

Information: 410-771-8111 or www.marylandmanufacturing.info.

Compiled by Marcia Cephus

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