Business Notes

BUSINESS NOTES

January 11, 2009

Firm brokers sale of Old Annapolis Road property

NAI KLNB has brokered the sale of 9200 Old Annapolis Road, a 16,500-square-foot project in Howard County that combines commercial office and retail space. The building, near the intersection of Bendix Road and Route 108, just off Route 29, sold for $2.975 million.

Gil Neuman and Chris Kubler of NAI KLNB represented the seller, TIVIA LLC, and Robert Smith of NAI KLNB represented the buyer, TSC/Old Annapolis Road LLC.

The building was constructed in 1972 and is anchored by a branch of the Bank of America on the first level. Office space on the second level is fully leased.

FIRN award nominations

FIRN is inviting nominations for its annual American Success Award. Three award recipients will be honored at a banquet May 6 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

The awards are presented by FIRN, in partnership with Howard County government, the Howard County Economic Development Authority and the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.

Eligible nominees must be foreign-born, live or work in Howard County, and have made a significant contribution to the ethnic or general community through volunteer services in Howard County. They must own a successful Howard County business or have achieved a high level of success in their professions.

Information or to purchase tickets to the banquet: 410-992-1923 or go to www.firnonline.org.

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Celebrate diversity : The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Committee for Business and Economic Diversity will celebrate business diversity at its 15th Annual CBED Awards Program, to be held at 7:30 a.m. April 21 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. The program recognizes the achievements of outstanding Howard County business leaders in the area of equal business opportunity and awards two scholarships. Nominations are invited for awards in the categories of "Business Achievement," "Individual Achievement," "Business Diversity Achievement," and for the Howard County General Hospital Rising Business Star Scholarship and the Earl H. Saunders Entrepreneurial Scholarship. Nomination forms and scholarship applications are available at www.hceda.org/CBTD/cbed.aspx. Or call 410-313-6550. The deadline for nominations is March 6.

Business women : The Business Women's Network of Howard County will meet at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21 at That's Amore, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, for lunch and a presentation by Doralee Billings of Small Office Solutions on the benefits of hiring a bookkeeper. The cost is $30 in advance; guests and members pay $40 at the door. www.bwn-hoco.org.

Farm business plans : The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Agricultural Marketing Program will sponsor a seminar, "Writing Your Own Farm Business Plan," from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Howard County Extension Office, 3525-L Ellicott Mills Drive, Ellicott City. SCORE counselors Peter Surana and Joseph Babinski will present. Registration is $80 and includes materials and a box lunch. Space is limited. 410-313-6550.

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.

Chamber Web site : Howard County Chamber of Commerce has launched a Web site that offers easier access to the member directory, calendar of events and committee pages, where visitors can gain access to see chamber policies. The members-only section offers secure account access and event registration. New sections for the Young Professionals Network, a chamber initiative, and the Awards for Chamber Excellence Hall of Fame are included. New members now appear on the home page, and a link offers access to the "Chamber Weekly" e-mail newsletter and banner ads for small-business owners. The site, www.howardchamber.com, is expected to increase the number of visits to the member directory, which was searched more than 1.7 million times last year, according to a chamber news release.

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, 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 articles and other resources, is also offered. Call a branch for an appointment.

Business Digest items may be sent to howard .events@baltsun.com or faxed to 410-992-5339.

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