Business Digest

BUSINESS DIGEST

June 18, 2008

Incubator client gets federal pact

Information Technology Corp., a client of the Center for Business and Technology Development's NeoTech Incubator, has signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract with the U.S. Department of Labor.

The company will help with Web site support and development, designing additions and modifications to the Labor Department Web site and supporting and improving its searchable databases.

The contract is expected to stimulate significant growth for the company, which was established in 1999. The company offers support in network engineering, e-mail systems, Internet and e-commerce, security, application development, data warehousing, help-desk support and training.

Among its clients are the Food and Drug Administration, Internal Revenue Service and the Navy.

Training firm opens tech center office

ThinkBIG.LearnSmart, a Howard County company specializing in providing training solutions to individuals, companies and government clients, has opened an office at the Center for Business and Technology Development.

An Adobe Authorized Training Center, the company will offer certification training in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator (print production), Flash, Dreamweaver (video production), AfterEffects and Preview (video production) to Howard County small businesses. The company is working to build strategic partnerships to deliver more training at the center and at the company's other location in Fulton.

The Center for Business and Technology Development, a part of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, focuses on entrepreneurship in the county.

Merkle building construction is on

Manekin LLC has completed the first phase of construction on the corporate headquarters building it developed for Merkle, a database marketing agency.

The construction at 7001 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, is the first part of a two-phase, $65 million project.

The new Merkle headquarters is a five-story, 120,000-square-foot Class A office building on 7.7 acres; the precast concrete-and-glass structure includes office space for 580 employees and a 10,000-square-foot data center.

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