Business Notes


Fair highlights opportunities at BWI Airport

The seventh annual BWI Business Networking Fair will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at the BWI Marriott Hotel, on West Nursery Road in Linthicum.

The event is an opportunity for small and minority-owned businesses to meet with contractors working at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Its aim is to help increase participation in the tremendous opportunities associated with the rapid growth of the airport.

Each year, the networking fair offers a number of workshops and sponsorship and exhibit opportunities.

The theme for this year's fair, "Changing Environment, New Opportunities," reflects the different world of aviation since the Sept. 11 attacks and the continuing growth of BWI Airport.

Information: 410-859-7949.

Annapolis firm honored for its poverty campaign

Crosby Marketing Communications of Annapolis was awarded the Silver Anvil Award by the Public Relations Society of America for its series of ads on poverty in the United States.

The agency, the largest advertising and public relations firm in Annapolis, also won a Bronze Anvil for its radio ads in the campaign.

Launched last year, "Poverty USA" was created for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in Washington, D.C., one of the largest private funding sources of self-help programs for the poor in America.

The Silver Anvil is among 20 other awards given to the agency, including three gold awards from the national Healthcare Advertising Awards and the Award of Distinction from the Communicator Awards for work developed for the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Severn Savings Bank awarded a perfect score

The Savings Bank Financial Quarterly, issued by IDC Financial Publishing Inc., has given Severn Savings Bank a perfect score of 300 in its latest rating. Severn Savings Bank was one of only 73 savings institutions in the nation that received a perfect score in IDC's report for the first quarter of this year.

IDC assigns scores to 1,537 banks and savings and loan institutions. Since 1985, IDC has compiled financial data on all banks, bank holding companies, thrifts and credit unions reporting to the federal government.

Severn Savings has branches at 1917 West St. in Annapolis and 413 Crain Highway in Glen Burnie.


Power breakfast: A power breakfast, sponsored by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Herrington on the Bay, Route 261 in Annapolis. Business networking is conducted through literature tables, featured speakers and two-minute presentations. Cost is $22 for members and $27 for nonmembers. Information: 410- 741-5101.

Business coaching: Bennett, Hutt and Company will hold a series of seminars designed to increase the bottom line of small and minority-owned businesses. Called "Mega Success Seminars," the sessions will be held throughout Maryland and will teach methods, techniques and strategies for increasing financial returns, enhancing business growth and fulfilling business goals. Seminars will be held in Anne Arundel County, Western Maryland, the Eastern Shore, Baltimore and Prince George's County. Sessions are scheduled in Annapolis from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Stanton Community Center, first-floor conference room, 92 W. Washington St. Instruction will be provided by certified public accountants and other professionals with extensive coaching experience. Registration is required. The events are sponsored by Community Development Ventures Inc., a federally certified community development financial institution. Information: 410-576-7245.

Business Expo: The Business Expo, sponsored by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, will be Oct. 11 at the Radisson Annapolis Hotel. A power breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and the expo will be from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A mixer, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will end the day's events. Inquiries should be sent to the chamber, P.O. Box 346, Annapolis 21404.

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