Business Notes


Public relations group launches new Web site

The Annapolis/Anne Arundel chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recently launched its new Web site,

The site lists programs and activities for members and interested parties, outlines criteria for membership along with the appropriate forms and explains the accreditation process. It also features a job bank that lists job opportunities in the public relations field and public relations professionals who are seeking positions. It also features links to members' Web sites, lists contact information for the chapter's leadership and contains links to other public relations and free-lance sites.

The group, chartered in 1990, is one of 117 chapters of the Public Relations Society of America. It offers monthly luncheon seminars and periodic professional development seminars.

Information: 410-626-0805.

Deadline is Sept. 16 for entries for bay award

The Chesapeake Bay Program and the Maryland Department of the Environment are seeking businesses that have voluntarily implemented pollution-prevention projects as nominees for this year's Business for the Bay Excellence Award. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 16.

Awards will be presented by Gov. Parris N. Glendening and acting Maryland Secretary of the Environment Merrylin Zaw-Mon at the Business for the Bay meeting Nov. 12-13 at the Embassy Suites, Baltimore-Washington International Airport. William McDonough will be the keynote speaker.

Information: 1-800-968-7229, Ext. 719, or

Spirit of Success meeting set Sept. 24 at BWI hotel

The Spirit of Success Executive Briefing and Breakfast meeting is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Sheraton International Hotel, BWI Airport. The speaker will be Paul J. Wiedefeld, executive director of the Maryland Aviation Administration. A construction site tour will follow Wiedefeld's address.

The Spirit of Success breakfast is sponsored by the BWI Business Partnership. Information: 410-859-1000.

Business group to present seminar on leasing issues

The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will present a breakfast seminar, "Look Before You Lease," from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Damon's Restaurant at the Village at Waugh Chapel in Gambrills.

This seminar is intended for small-business owners and entrepreneurs, particularly those who are interested in opening or relocating a business. Representatives from A.J. Properties will help business owners better understand leasing and property management issues.

The cost for chamber members is $15 in advance. The cost for nonmembers and members at the door is $25.

Information: 410-672-3422.

Disability committee seeks noteworthy employers

The Anne Arundel County Disability Commission seeks nominees for the Annual Business Awards, which recognize employers who accommodate individuals with disabilities. The categories are Employer of the Year, Disability Friendly Business in the Historic District of Annapolis and Employer Who Removes Barriers.

Businesses will be recognized on Disability Awareness Day, Sept. 28, at Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena.

The Disability Commission is appointed by County Executive Janet S. Owens and works to promote and enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities.

Information: 410-222-4383; TTY: 410-222-4355.

Bay foundation seeks nominations for awards

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is calling for nominations for its 2002 Conservationist and Environmental Educator of the Year Awards. Winners will receive a bronze osprey bust by sculptor David Turner. Nominations are due by Friday. Forms can be downloaded from the group's Web site at

An individual, organization, institution or business can be nominated for Conservationist of the Year. The beneficial impact of the nominee's actions on the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries and its watershed are evaluated. The long-term effect and innovation of the nominee's achievements also are considered. This award was established in 1980 to recognize superlative service and commitment to the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay.

Any person working in the environmental education field can be nominated for Environmental Educator of the Year. The impact of the nominee's actions on the advancement of environmental education, the potential for broad application and the degree to which his or her actions inspire others to save the bay will be evaluated.

The award was established in 1997. Last year's winner was Robert Nixon, founder of the Earth Conservation Corps.

Both awards give preference to nominees whose efforts support the mission and programs of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and whose efforts address crucial environmental issues. Nominations may be made by the individuals or groups involved in the activity, or by an outside person or group. Activities for which nominations are submitted need not have occurred this year. Awards will be presented in January.

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