Business Digest

School, Starbucks join to promote careers in business

Starbucks and Reservoir High School have formed a partnership to promote community and expose students to entrepreneurial business.


The local Starbucks will assist with after-school tutoring; the corporate Starbucks will fund school-wide tolerance and diversity projects.

In recognition of the company's contributions, Reservoir High will provide occasional musical performances for Starbucks' customers and employees, and recognize the company's volunteers with letters and in the PTA and school newsletters.


Regional economy, trends topics of CEO forum

The Economic Development Committee of the Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will present a chief executive forum, "Uncovering Hidden Opportunities for 2004," from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Best Western Maryland Inn in Laurel.

The forum, sponsored by the city of Bowie, Legg Mason and Sandy Spring Bank, will provide a regional economic report card and forecast for the year.

Richard E. Cripps, director of equity strategy and marketing and chief market strategist for Legg Mason, will discuss the region's economy and trends. Robert E. Prince, president and CEO of Duratek Inc., and Thomas W. Gantt, president and CEO of Spherix Inc., will talk about the regional marketplace.

The cost is $50 for members; $65 for nonmembers, including breakfast and information on top Baltimore-Washington corridor companies.

Information: 301-725-4000, 410-792-9714 or register online at, and click on "Events."

Nest gift shop to hold grand opening Sunday

Nest, a new gift shop on Route 108 in Clarksville, will hold a grand opening celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Wine and cheese will be served, and free raffles are planned.


The store, from Roots Market owners Jody Cutler and Jeff Kaufman, will feature organic, environmentally friendly, handmade or free-trade items, as well as those that support a healthy lifestyle. Nest stands for Natural Elements Selected Thoughtfully.

The store will feature yoga and meditation products; natural and organic baby clothes; gifts and bath products; pottery, wood, glass and metal items; books, journals, compact discs and greeting cards; and candles and jewelry.

Gift items formerly available at Roots are being be moved to Nest, making room for a meat department and a salad bar at the natural foods market.