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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | September 1, 1996
Local businesses interested in establishing relationships with minority and small businesses can meet potential clients at a business expo this week.The third annual Howard County Equal Business Opportunity Expo will be held 7: 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Columbia Inn on Wincopin Circle. There is a $25 admission fee.The expo is sponsored by the county Economic Development Authority's Equal Business Opportunity Committee.County Executive Charles I. Ecker and the Economic Development Authority's chair, Donora Dingman, plan to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m.The expo is held "to link employers that, for whatever reason, want to offer procurement opportunities to the minority community," said Isabella Campolattaro, marketing and communications manager for the Howard County Economic Development Authority.
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May 19, 2003
Glenelg farm tour to focus on horse pasture management Howie Feaga, owner of Merry Acres Farm in Glenelg, will lead a tour of his horse boarding operation and discuss his animal grouping and pasture rotation scheme as part of a horse pasture management program from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Local agriculture personnel will lead a discussion of pasture management after a drought and ways to improve fencing and grazing management. The program is co-sponsored by the Howard County office of Maryland Cooperative Extension, Howard Soil Conservation Service and the National Resources Conservation Service and their counterparts in Carroll County.
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By From Staff Reports | February 16, 1995
The owner of an eclectic Columbia bookstore and the blind owner of a snack shop will be among the county's first recipients of the newly established Equal Business Opportunity Awards at a banquet next week.The eight award recipients were chosen from a pool of about 70 nominations, said Patrice Cheatham, a business development specialist for the Howard County Economic Development Authority, the sponsor of the Equal Business Opportunity Awards Program.The ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Columbia Inn in Columbia.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2003
Dawn Hyde knows the key to business success is diversity. So when her company, Berkshire Associates Inc., consults with another about achieving diversity in the workplace, Berkshire offers a plethora of tools - from consulting help to proprietary computer software programs. The methods must be working. From 1999 to 2002, Hyde said, the human resources firm has grown revenue by 53 percent, even as other areas of the economy were sagging. And the company has plans to grow another 40 percent this year and hire another five people as it expands into even more areas of service.
NEWS
May 14, 2001
Overstreet honored for work to save bay Susan Overstreet, an employee of the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning, has earned a governor's citation for her efforts to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The award is often called the "Stream Hero" award. Director of FIRN lauded for achievements Gary Hughes, executive director of the Foreign-born Information & Referral Network (FIRN), was honored April 24 by the Equal Business Opportunity Committee of the Howard County Economic Development Authority.
NEWS
April 9, 2001
Buescher elected to board of Union Memorial Dr. Philip C. Buescher, director of the Intensive Care Unit at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore and a resident of Ellicott City, has been elected to the hospital's board of directors. The hospital is a part of MedStar Health, a not-for-profit community-based organization. Berlin is nominated for equality award Lisa M. Berlin, president of Columbia-based Taking Care of Business Inc., has been nominated by the Business Women's Network for the Outstanding Individual Commitment Category of the Equal Business Opportunity Awards.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | October 25, 1995
Members of the Equal Business Opportunity Commission got a mixed reception from Howard County officials Monday after telling them that the county doesn't award enough contracts to businesses owned by blacks, women and people with disabilities.Howard County Council member Darrel E. Drown, a Republican from the Ellicott City-Elkridge area, warned members of the commission that their push for more minority contracting would lead to quotas.Clayborne E. Chavers, vice chairman of the 2-year-old commission, bristled at the suggestion.
NEWS
April 14, 2003
4 volunteers sought for equal business opportunity panel County Executive James N. Robey is seeking four Howard County volunteers to serve on the Equal Business Opportunity Commission. The commission helps the county purchase goods and services from enterprises owned by members of minorities, women and the disabled. It also monitors the activities of the Economic Development Authority to ensure equal business opportunities in its programs. Members of the commission serve five years. They are appointed by the county executive and approved by the County Council.
NEWS
February 8, 1999
Builders 1st Choice adds three partnersBuilders 1st Choice has added three partners: Mary Jane Miner, Ed Howard and David Harper.The Columbia-based company handles sales and marketing for new home builders. It had grown to more than $275 million in annual sales by the end of 1997. Its Land Division helps builders locate and acquire land for new communities.Miner, who has been with the company since 1991, became sales and marketing manager in 1993.Howard joined the company in 1992 and became regional vice president of sales and marketing in 1995.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer | April 14, 1994
County Executive Charles I. Ecker and the chairman of the county Economic Development Authority sought yesterday to allay the fears of minority business leaders about the county's commitment to minority enterprises."
NEWS
March 11, 2002
Equal Business Opportunity panel to present awards The Equal Business Opportunity Committee of the Howard County Economic Development Authority has announced a new category in its awards program, which recognizes outstanding achievement and leadership by members of the county's diverse business community. This year, awards will be presented in the categories of Business Achievement Star, Individual Achievement Star, Business Commitment Star, Individual Commitment Star and a new category that will recognize achievement by a high school student -- Rising Business Star.
NEWS
May 14, 2001
Overstreet honored for work to save bay Susan Overstreet, an employee of the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning, has earned a governor's citation for her efforts to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The award is often called the "Stream Hero" award. Director of FIRN lauded for achievements Gary Hughes, executive director of the Foreign-born Information & Referral Network (FIRN), was honored April 24 by the Equal Business Opportunity Committee of the Howard County Economic Development Authority.
NEWS
April 9, 2001
Buescher elected to board of Union Memorial Dr. Philip C. Buescher, director of the Intensive Care Unit at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore and a resident of Ellicott City, has been elected to the hospital's board of directors. The hospital is a part of MedStar Health, a not-for-profit community-based organization. Berlin is nominated for equality award Lisa M. Berlin, president of Columbia-based Taking Care of Business Inc., has been nominated by the Business Women's Network for the Outstanding Individual Commitment Category of the Equal Business Opportunity Awards.
NEWS
February 8, 1999
Builders 1st Choice adds three partnersBuilders 1st Choice has added three partners: Mary Jane Miner, Ed Howard and David Harper.The Columbia-based company handles sales and marketing for new home builders. It had grown to more than $275 million in annual sales by the end of 1997. Its Land Division helps builders locate and acquire land for new communities.Miner, who has been with the company since 1991, became sales and marketing manager in 1993.Howard joined the company in 1992 and became regional vice president of sales and marketing in 1995.
NEWS
By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | September 1, 1996
Local businesses interested in establishing relationships with minority and small businesses can meet potential clients at a business expo this week.The third annual Howard County Equal Business Opportunity Expo will be held 7: 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Columbia Inn on Wincopin Circle. There is a $25 admission fee.The expo is sponsored by the county Economic Development Authority's Equal Business Opportunity Committee.County Executive Charles I. Ecker and the Economic Development Authority's chair, Donora Dingman, plan to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m.The expo is held "to link employers that, for whatever reason, want to offer procurement opportunities to the minority community," said Isabella Campolattaro, marketing and communications manager for the Howard County Economic Development Authority.
NEWS
By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | October 25, 1995
Members of the Equal Business Opportunity Commission got a mixed reception from Howard County officials Monday after telling them that the county doesn't award enough contracts to businesses owned by blacks, women and people with disabilities.Howard County Council member Darrel E. Drown, a Republican from the Ellicott City-Elkridge area, warned members of the commission that their push for more minority contracting would lead to quotas.Clayborne E. Chavers, vice chairman of the 2-year-old commission, bristled at the suggestion.
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2003
Dawn Hyde knows the key to business success is diversity. So when her company, Berkshire Associates Inc., consults with another about achieving diversity in the workplace, Berkshire offers a plethora of tools - from consulting help to proprietary computer software programs. The methods must be working. From 1999 to 2002, Hyde said, the human resources firm has grown revenue by 53 percent, even as other areas of the economy were sagging. And the company has plans to grow another 40 percent this year and hire another five people as it expands into even more areas of service.
NEWS
July 7, 1995
A rush to judgment about Howard County's commitment to creating opportunities for firms owned by women, minorities and the disabled, like this week's resignation of Robert S. Ardinger from the Equal Business Opportunity Commission, would be a mistake. Unfortunately, Mr. Ardinger appears to have reacted more out of anger than reason when he quit the commission, calling its work a waste of time.What led to the resignation was Mr. Ardinger's frustration over being denied a county contract for his services.
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