Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

June 15, 2008

HCC to host tech showcase

Harford Community College will host a "Showcase of APG Technology and Research & Development Contract Opportunities" Wednesday and Thursday at the Bel Air campus.

Keynote speakers will be: Gary Martin on "APG 2012: the Transition and the Positive Impacts for Our Industry and University Partners" and Jay Gowens on "Network Science and Technology Research Center."

Topics will include medical chemical defense research, communications and electronics life cycle management command, RDECOM communications and electronics R&D, Center for Health Promotion & Preventative Medicine, intelligence and electronic warfare, opportunities for small businesses, RDECOM systems analysis, and testing.

Deadline to register is tomorrow.

Information: 443-360-9200.

Autism night at Bel Air restaurant

The Main Street Tower Restaurant, in conjunction with Pathfinders for Autism, will hold an Autism Awareness night from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 24 for families dealing with the disorder.

The Bel Air restaurant will provide families with a member who has autism with a gluten- and casein-free menu, reduced background music, a quiet area in case of need and a staff trained in autism sensitivity.

Families wishing to attend Autism Night are asked to call the restaurant for reservations and mention Pathfinders.

Information: 410-838-8007.

Adoption agency earns accreditation

Global Adoption Services Inc., an international adoption agency based in Harford County, has achieved full Hague Accreditation as primary providers through the Council on Accreditation, authorized by the U.S. Department of State.

Hague Accreditation attests that Global Adoption Services Inc. is in substantial compliance with the Hague Convention Accreditation Standards. The accreditation is good through Oct. 31, 2012.

The Hague Convention is an international treaty created to ensure that intercountry adoptions are in the best interests of children and to prevent abduction, exploitation, sale or trafficking of children.

Global Adoption Services Inc. has also achieved re-accreditation to operate as a nongovernmental organization and adoption agency in the Russian Federation, effective February 2008. Effective Aug. 1, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow will provide supporting letters for adoption cases only to clients of adoption agencies accredited by the Russian Ministry of Education or with applications for accreditation pending before the Ministry of Education.

Joyce Sterkel is president and Judy Williams is Russian Program Director for Global Adoption Services, which also operates the Ranch For Kids Project, a registered nonprofit corporation in Maryland, Wyoming and Montana, for Russian and other adoptees who may be experiencing difficulties in their new American families.

Information: 410-569-9384.

$10,000 given to McDonald charities

The Residences at Bulle Rock recently presented its second check for $10,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore.

Bulle Rock residents raised the money by purchasing passes to the LPGA Championship, passes to the new dining chalet during the golf tournament and tickets to Taste of Harford at the LPGA. The passes and tickets were then sold to the public.

The community also gave $10,000 last year to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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