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By MICHAEL J. HIMOWITZ | October 4, 1993
Years ago, one of my television heroes was Jim Rockford, the private eye played to world-weary perfection by James Garner.Rockford had a couple of things I admired. One was the best answering-machine message I've ever heard: "This is Jim Rockford. Leave your name and number, and I'll get back to you."In an answering-machine world of music, poetry, singing kids and phony marshmallow folksiness, Rockford's message was beautifully direct and to the point.That has nothing to do with computers, but I had to mention it. The other thing Rockford had was an amazing ability to switch identities, a feat he accomplished with a little printing press he kept in his car.If he wanted to be president of the Acme Widget Corp.
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By Elizabeth Littlefield | July 31, 2014
When President Barack Obama convenes nearly 50 African leaders in Washington next week for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the grand scale of the event could fill television screens for days. The real action, however, will be the behind-the-scenes, headlong rush by both Africans and Americans to capitalize on a new economic reality: Africa is on the move. And America's businesses and investors have just as many reasons to bring their business cards to the summit as Africans do. Casual political observers often focus on Africa's natural resources, mineral wealth and conflicts as a strategic concern, but Africa is a massive and rapidly growing consumer market that is more fully appreciated by strategic investors with each passing day. Africa's collective GDP surpassed that of Brazil and Russia six years ago, and it is estimated to be $2.6 trillion by 2020.
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March 19, 2006
DisneyWar By James B. Stewart Simon & Schuster / 608 pages / $16 Stewart, a dogged reporter, presents a deep and unflattering look inside Mickey Mouse's kingdom. Last year, Jay Hancock wrote, "DisneyWar shatters any remaining suspicions that corporate chieftains know what the heck they're doing or care about anything but the person identified on their business cards."
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By Linda DeMers Hummel | September 11, 2013
My personal brand is anemic. This according to the messages that have overrun my inbox lately, as my hunt for a new job slides into its third month. Self-proclaimed experts, mentors and coaches have arrived in droves, all bearing the same conclusion. Not that they actually use the word anemic, of course, which would be much too direct for folks who make their money swimming in pools of positive ambiguity. But here is what they do tell me: I need to kick it into high gear, punch it up a notch, and pass the 30-second resume test, which — at the moment — I am failing miserably.
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October 18, 2011
The Laurel chapter of Business Network International, a word-of-mouth referral organization, will hosts a Visitor's Day Thursday, Oct. 27 from 7:30-9 a.m., at Famous Dave's Restaurant, 14140 Baltimore Ave. Visitors are encouraged to bring at least 50 business cards to pass out. For more information on BNI or to reserve a place for Visitor's Day, contact Bob Mignon at 301-937-1904.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | January 20, 2007
John W. McGrain Jr., 75, former secretary of the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission -- who was named official county historian in 1998 -- recently retired. "I retired a month or two short of 30 years when I was 74 3/4 years old. I thought I better do it while I was at the top of my game," said McGrain, who has a reputation as a walking database of county history. "When I began my career in 1976 with the preservation commission that's housed in Department of Planning, I was the sole worker.
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June 23, 2011
Business Women's Network of Howard County — Third Wednesday, luncheon meetings. Promotes and supports a network of professional women in their careers as executives, business owners and leaders. Homewood Suites, 8320 Benson Drive, Columbia. $45 per guest. 410-740-0126, http://www.bwn-hoco.org or admin@bwn-hoco.org . LeTip of Howard County-Business Networking and Tips — Wednesdays, 7:15 a.m. Bring business cards. Hilton Garden Inn, 8241 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia.
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December 17, 2001
Kensington offers easy-to-use keyboard for handheld Visors The Kensington PocketType for Handspring Visor models is an easy-to-use keyboard that's easy to set up, too. After loading the software from CD to either a Macintosh or Windows PC, just HotSync your Visor and you're ready to go. Of the different Palm software programs I used with this $49 keyboard, all six performed as expected. Moving between fields was easy using the scroll wheel. The layout is similar to the standard keyboard configuration, so there is no learning curve.
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August 4, 2011
Business Women's Network of Howard County - Third Wednesdays, luncheon meetings. Promotes and supports a network of professional women in their careers as executives, business owners and leaders. Homewood Suites, 8320 Benson Drive, Columbia. $45 per guest. 410-740-0126, http://www.bwn-hoco.org or admin@bwn-hoco.org . Job Club - First Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Open to all adults. $10 donation. Pinnacle Empowerment Center. Cindy, 410-799-1097 to register and learn about upcoming workshops/programs offered.
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July 31, 2013
A multi-chamber networking breakfast will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, 692 Maritime Blvd., in Linthicum Heights. The Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber joins nine other organizations in this largest networking event of the year. Attendees can share 90-second commercials with 75-150 people in under two hours, and are encouraged to bring business cards. Door prizes will be awarded. Cost for members is $25 prepaid; non-members and walk-ins pay $45. The event has sold out in the past with 200 to 250 attendees, so register early.
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July 9, 2013
Fourth of July parades are a little bit of everything that defines an American community - bands, veterans, fire engines, dancers and, yes, politicians. The parades held on the nation's most patriotic holiday instill pride and provide a link to the past. We leave them glowing. Yet, we are also leaving them lately with a handful of coupons, handbills and business cards that were given out along the parade route by businesses with units in the parade. Some of these parade units are little more than rolling billboards for commercial enterprises making little, if any, effort at embracing the theme of the day. To some, it's more about brand enhancement than patriotism.
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By Steven Eliopoulos | April 16, 2013
Alexis brings salads to Vicki and Briana for lunch and is the first housewife to visit Briana's son, Troy. Alexis gives a gift to the baby and casually mentions Brooks. Briana and Alexis are confused about what exactly is going on with Vicki and her relationship with Brooks (as is she). At least Vicki can admit she is confused as well. Bri makes it extremely clear that as long as she is in the house and is paying rent that she doesn't want Brooks coming to the house. Heather visits Terry at his office.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2013
When Maryland merchants talk about the recent legalization of same-sex marriage, they sometimes talk of broad, lofty themes: Equality. Justice. Civil rights. But there's another practical concept at work: Dollar signs. The financial motivation was on display Sunday at the second annual Gay and Lesbian Wedding Expo at the Tremont Suites Hotel & Grand Historic Venue in downtown Baltimore, where dozens of vendors competed for the attention of dozens of couples whose weddings now carry the official blessing of the state of Maryland.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2012
Sherri Ingram-Hudgins steps into the homeless resource center on U.S. 1 in Jessup on the cold, rainy afternoon after Christmas, just about two years to the day since she began her effort to help people living on the margins. The place has been open more than an hour and is already crowded with people stopping in to do laundry or use a computer, get a meal, maybe pick up donated clothing or canned goods. She walks into the meeting room she's been using for gatherings of a nonprofit organization she founded in the spring as a kind of experiment — giving small, direct cash grants to help people get a job, or a place to live, or perhaps to aid them in achieving better health or emotional well-being.
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By L'Oreal Thompson, Baltimore Sun Media Group | December 14, 2012
Her story: Liz Ehrlich, 31, grew up in Glen Rock, N.J. She is a care manager for CIGNA. Her mother, Jackie Ehrlich, is an executive assistant at a law firm in downtown Baltimore. Her stepfather, Alan Davis, is the owner of Princeton Sports in Columbia. Her father is deceased. His story: Matt Wyman, 31, grew up in Towson. He is a lawyer. His father, Steve Wyman, is a District Court judge in Baltimore County. His mother, Jacqui Dawson, is a Circuit Court master in Baltimore County.
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November 26, 2012
The Laurel chapter of Business Network International will hold a Visitor's Day on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Famous Dave's Restaurant, 14140 Baltimore Ave. BNI is a word-of-mouth referral organization with 95 chapters in Maryland and thousands of chapters worldwide. At weekly meetings, BNI chapters offer members a structured, supportive environment for developing business relationships and referrals. Visitors are encouraged to bring at least 50 business cards to Visitor's Day. For more information on BNI or to reserve a place for Visitor's Day, contact Don Thomas at 301-604-8700.
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September 14, 2012
Flea market and sales Christ Episcopal Church's annual flea market, bake and book sale will be held, rain or shine, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at 6800 Oakland Mills Road. Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, sodas, water and coffee will be available for purchase. Proceeds will be used to support the church's outreach, youth services and other goals. Information: 410-381-9365. AAUW networking The American Association of University Women hosts a networking and socializing event at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept.
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