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Annapolis consultant named to roundtable of black caucus

Alexander and Cleaver government relations consultant Ivan Lanier was appointed to the Corporate Roundtable of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. The round table is made up of business people from around the country and was organized to provide policy advice on business issues to the caucus.

The caucus was founded in 1977 and consists of more than 600 legislators from 46 states representing more than 20 million voters. The caucus provides a clearinghouse of information and works with legislators on a number of policy issues.

The law offices of Alexander and Cleaver in Annapolis assists clients with federal, state and local minority business certification. Information: 410-974-9000.

Hospice seeks volunteers for annual fund-raiser

Hospice of the Chesapeake seeks volunteers to help plan its annual walk, run and cycling fund-raiser, Stride 'n Ride, to be held May 1.

The event will take place in the morning at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro.

Volunteers can assist in obtaining sponsors, door prizes or work the day of the event. Stride 'n Ride is a pledge-based fund-raiser to support Hospice of the Chesapeake's programs and services in Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties. Information: 1-800-745-6132, Ext. 168.

WNAV renews contract to broadcast Orioles games

WNAV Sajak Broadcasting Corp. in Annapolis has renewed its contract with the Baltimore Orioles radio network and will carry this year's Orioles broadcasts.

The Orioles games broadcasts will begin in March with a series of pre-season games. WNAV will carry every regular season game unless they conflict with Navy football or Redskins broadcasts in September.

Bank ranked as one of most profitable in U.S.

Severn Savings Bank FSB has been named the fourth-most profitable public thrift institution in the nation by SNL Financial, a financial information and research firm. The ranking is based on the bank's 24.03 percent return on average equity for the 12 months that ended in June. The bank also had a 2.25 percent return on average assets for the same period.

Severn's ranking appears in SNL Financial's Bank and Thrift Industry Vital Statistics. Parent company Severn Bancorp recently announced a 27 percent increase in profit for 2003. Profits for the year reached $11.3 million, up from $8.9 million in 2002.

Founded in 1946, Severn Savings Bank has assets exceeding $535 million and specializes in residential and commercial mortgage lending. The bank has branches at 1917 West St., Annapolis and 413 Crain Highway, S.E., Glen Burnie.

Heartland manager completes training course

Kathleen Graves, an Anne Arundel County resident and relationship manager with Heartland Payment Systems, recently completed a Bank Channel training course, a program for upper-level managers that provides tools to help community banks acquire and retain business accounts.

Graves has been with the credit card and payroll processing company since 1998.



Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp., a nonprofit organization, offers help to job seekers and employers throughout Anne Arundel County through its One Stop Career Center in Severna Park and through satellite offices throughout the county,

The organization helps job seekers with job acquisition, career change and employment re-entry, and employers with their work force needs in hiring and downsizing. The organization is funded by the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and Anne Arundel County.

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