Business Digest


July 09, 2008

Open house slated July 26 at college

Howard Community College will hold a free open house for those interested in a career in hospitality and culinary management from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 26 in Room 401 of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services building on the college campus.

The presentation for prospective students will describe the college's new hospitality and culinary management degree and certificate programs. Those who attend will have a chance to meet program faculty and students. The session will include culinary demonstrations, audience participation and information from local industry professionals.

A free light lunch will be served.

Information or to reserve a space: 410-772-4785. Howard Community College is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Medisolv acquires software company

Medisolv, a graduate of the Howard County Center for Business and Technology Development's NeoTech Incubator, has acquired Clinsaver Software Inc and its subsidiary McCartney Consultants in Toronto, Ontario.

The transaction will add staff experienced in the workings of the Canadian and other single-payer health care systems to Medisolv and brings health care customers in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia to Medisolv's client base.

Under the agreement, principals from McCartney Consultants and Clinsaver Software will join the Medisolv team. Elizabeth Fleming, president of Clinsaver, will become vice president of Canadian Operations for Medisolv.


First plan : The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center will offer a seminar, "Developing Your First Business Plan," from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 16 at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia. The seminar, presented by the Greater Baltimore SCORE, Chapter 3, is designed to provide the first-time small-business entrepreneurs with information needed to maximize success. Topics will include the business concept, market opportunity, legal structure, pricing and competition, the balance sheet, income/expense projections, and types and sources of funding. The cost, which includes a sample business plan, is $60. Registration is required. 410-313-6550, or

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

Software tutoring : Howard County Public 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 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, also is offered. Call a branch for an appointment.

Hospitality expo : Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage and Lodging Expo, a two-day show to be held Sept. 17 and 18 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will feature an invitation-only talk to industry professionals by Dawn Sweeney, president and chief executive officer of the National Restaurant Association. The show is produced in coordination with the Restaurant Association of Maryland, a Columbia-based local affiliate of the NRA. The expo provides access to more than 300 exhibiting companies. 800-874-1313, or

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