Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

June 04, 2008

Class planned June 11 for entrepreneurs

The Maryland Small Business Development Center and Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center will offer "Smart Start to Business Success," a class for first-time entrepreneurs seeking information on legal, accounting, financing and business insurance options.

Professionals in these fields will provide information and address specific concerns. The class will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 11 at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia. The cost is $45. Registration is required.

"An Introduction to Federal Government Contracting: Entering the Market" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 17. The class, which is designed for beginners, will provide an overview of government buying, registrations and certifications for sellers, purchase vehicles, the capability statement, marketing processes and other topics.

"Advanced Government Contracting: Winning the Contract," a class for those in the procurement arena, will be offered from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will include discussion of the federal purchase process, evaluating bid offers, analyzing opportunities for the best match, the proposal and response process, strategies for securing the contract and contract management.

The cost is $129 a session; $229 for both. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-6550.

Security clearance seminar June 18

The Howard Technology Council will offer a PISA Security Clearance Process seminar from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. June 18 at the Center for Business and Technology Development.

The seminar will cover the steps necessary to obtain the Provisional Industrial Security Approval (PISA) clearance for contracting with the National Security Agency, Acquisition Resource registration and other requirements.

The program is appropriate for companies that want to do business with the NSA but do not have "cleared" staff members.

Registration is required but admission is free.

Information or to register: Tasha Taylor, 410-313-6550.

Calendar

Seeking vendors: Columbia Association is seeking vendors for its 14th Columbia International Day, to be held from noon to 11 p.m. July 26 at the Columbia Lakefront Plaza in Town Center. Also needed are artisans interested in displaying or selling items with an international theme. "Columbia International Day: A Multi-Cultural Experience" celebrates the cultural and ethnic diversity of Columbia. 410-715-3161 or 410-715-3175.

Software tutoring : Howard County Library is offering one-on-one tutoring in job- or business-related software. Tutoring in Open Office, a free, fully functioning software package that includes spreadsheets, presentations and pictures, is offered for teens and adults at all library branches. Appointments are required. A tour of job-related databases, Web sites and periodicals and the library's business and career sections is available at the central library. 410-313-7850. "Research 24/7," a program on finding full-text articles and other resources, is offered at all library branches. Call your branch for an appointment.

Communication seminar : The Carey School of Business at the Johns Hopkins University will sponsor a free seminar, "Conquering Mars & Venus in the Workplace: Strategies to Bridge the Communication Gap," from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the downtown Baltimore campus of the business school, 10 N. Charles St. The seminar, to be presented by GenderStrategy principals Trent Kittleman and Joan Athen, will raise awareness of gender-based differences in communication styles in the workplace and strategies for closing the gap. GenderStrategy, a Howard County company, provides training in gender-based communication to increase job satisfaction and productivity. Admission to the seminar is free. www.Gender Strategy.com/register.

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. Participants must meet income requirements. Cheryl Ladota, 410-366-1980, Ext. 272.

Health plan: The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce and Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are offering a 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.

Sponsors: Kangaroo Kids, the 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 construct a facility. www.kangarookids.org.

Business Digest items may be sent to howard.events@baltsun.com or faxed to 410-715-2816.

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