Business Digest


August 21, 2008

Orchestra, firm form partnership

Baltimore Washington Financial Advisors, a Columbia-based fee-only service, has entered a partnership with the Columbia Orchestra to help extend the orchestra's contacts and support in the local business community.

"Fee-only" compensation means advisers do not accept commissions or other compensation related to products they recommend.

Bob Cassel, principal of BWFA, will sit on the Columbia Orchestra's eight-person board. Cassel holds a doctorate of music arts from Catholic University of America in Washington.

The partnership is intended to help increase the orchestra's visibility in the community, providing opportunities for networking and financial support.

Anti-violence center gets grant

The Verizon Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant to the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County.

The foundation has provided $70,000 over three years to help support three of the center's seven core services: residential; education and outreach; and clinical.

The Verizon Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications.

Vendors sought for CareerFest

The Howard County Office of Workforce Development is seeking vendors for its CareerFest 2008, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, North Laurel.

The event, which attracted more than 700 job seekers last year, offers an opportunity to recruit and interview professionals and experienced retirees from private and government sectors.

Already registered for CareerFest are Defense Information System Agency, AT&T, FedEx Ground, Eaton Aerospace, Unisys, the Environmental Protection Agency, Internal Revenue Service and Howard County public schools.

The Office of Workforce Development is a partner in the Columbia Workforce Center.

Information: 410-290-2600, or bfair.htm.

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