May 30, 2007
Most of the recent conferences on the looming population influx from the nationwide military base realignment and closure (BRAC) have focused on the alarming costs of infrastructure, the critical need for more schools and millions needed for road improvements. A discussion at Harford Community College in Bel Air last week highlighted entirely different topics: home and office decor, cozy lodging, and starting a handyman business. Sherry Shiroky, a Bel Air interior decorator, said she could supply new homeowners and office tenants with furniture, flooring and drapery.
May 6, 2007
Business group honors residents Four Harford County residents are Maryland winners of the U.S. Small Business Administration's annual Small Business Week awards program. The awards recognize excellence in business throughout Maryland. Harford winners for 2007 are: Small Business Person of the Year: Hollis Thomases, Web Advantage Inc., Havre de Grace. Family-Owned Small Business of the Year: Chuck Boyle, Boyle Buick Pontiac Inc., Abingdon. Financial Services Champion of the Year: Kathy Wajer, Harford County Office of Economic Development, Bel Air. District Director's Unsung Hero Award: Al Henry, Havre de Grace, and Harford County Small Business Development Center, Bel Air. Maryland winners will be honored at the 2007 Maryland Small Business Week Awards Breakfast at 7 a.m. Friday at Martin's West.
April 21, 2006
Patricia Stefun lost her warehouse job when Giant Food downsized last year and wants to make sure that history doesn't repeat itself. Her solution? Become her own boss. "This is my way of never having this happen to me [again]", Stefun said yesterday as she began to peruse the various franchise opportunities on display at the Maryland Franchise Expo 2006. The expo, which included about a dozen franchises that are seeking to expand their base in Maryland, showcased some newer and lower-priced operations, as opposed to businesses like McDonald's or Subway.
May 16, 2004
EAI awarded contract for security training EAI Corp., with headquarters in Abingdon, was awarded a $132 million five-year contract to provide all training services at the Department of Homeland Security's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. The center, part of the Office for Domestic Preparedness, is the nation's premier center for emergency responder training. The award enables EAI to continue the training role that began when the center opened in 1998. EAI will support the Center for Domestic Preparedness in training first responders in incidents involving use of chemical warfare and other weapons of mass destruction.
September 21, 2003
The Small Business Development Center at Harford Community College will present the third Bush Declaration Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit at the Small Business Summit 2003 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oct. 30 at Harford Community College's Chesapeake Center. The award is presented annually to a business owner who is deemed to have exhibited the spirit of independence exemplified by Harford County's founders. The Bush Declaration, signed by Harford Countians in 1775, is the first known written American declaration of independence.
December 18, 2000
Entrepreneurial seminars offered at business center The Maryland Small Business Development Center and the Howard County Business Resource Center will sponsor a seminar for entrepreneurs, "The First Steps to Starting Your Own Business," from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at the Center for Business & Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia. The cost is $15 in advance; $20 at the door. The center will offer "Marketing Basics: How to Promote Your Company for Business Growth," from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 16. The cost is $45 in advance; $60 at the door.