Business Digest

Business Digest

August 28, 2008

Entrepreneurs seminar scheduled for Sept. 11

The Howard County Economic Development authority's Business Resource Center will offer "Smart Start To Business Success," a seminar for first-time entrepreneurs, from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 11 at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia.

The seminar covers legal, accounting, funding and business insurance options. Professionals in each field will give an overview and address specific concerns.

The cost is $45. Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-313-6550, or go to

Marketing in tight times

The Howard County Technology Council will offer a seminar on marketing strategies during periods of tightening conditions, "How to Recession Proof Your Marketing Plan," from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Center for Business and Technology Development. Robyn Sachs of RMR and Associates will run the seminar. Admission is free, but registration is required.

As part of the Howard Technology Council's Executive Breakfast Series, Ira Levy, Howard County director of technology and communications services, will discuss the county's plans and initiatives for the next quarter in the area of information technology from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 18.

The series is designed for principals of small to medium-size firms, and offers an opportunity to learn about county initiatives and procurement opportunities and to network with other firms to team up to pursue local, state and federal opportunities.

The event will be limited to 20 people. Admission is $25. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-6550.

Session on procurement

The Baltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee, in partnership with the Howard County Economic Development Authority, will hold a Regional Procurement Diversity Expo from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 16 at Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore.

The event will provide an opportunity for businesses to network and learn about procurement opportunities from local government, school, community college and library procurement officials in Howard, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties, the cities of Annapolis and Baltimore, and the Maryland Department of General Services.

Registration is required by Tuesday.

Information: S. Fox, 410-313-6381.


Vendors sought : 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 the Defense Information Systems 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

Hospitality expo : Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage and Lodging Expo, a two-day show to be held Sept. 17-18 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 association. The expo provides access to more than 300 exhibiting companies. 800-874-1313, or

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.

Software tutoring : The 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, 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.

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