Md. chamber sponsors dinner


Today, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce sponsors its Congressional Delegation Dinner and Reception.

The afternoon portion of the all-day event takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Martin's Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive in Greenbelt.

The session features R. Bruce Josten, an executive vice president of the chamber, who will discuss federal business issues, and Emil H. Frankel, an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation, who will speak on issues concerning federal transportation funding.

"When you look at the diversity of the committee assignments of our congressional delegation, they have key positions that affect transportation funding and homeland security issues," said William Burns, a spokesman for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, a reception and dinner program will be held at Martins Crosswinds from 4:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 410-269-0642 or send an e-mail to jkrueger@

Other events this week include:


Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan will discuss the future of transportation projects around the state. The session will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Camden Yards Transit Station (adjacent to Oriole Park at Camden Yards at the intersection of S. Howard and Conway streets). For more information, call 410-974-2316.

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Baltimore Regional Chapter holds a workshop on "An Insider's View: Navigating the Personal Finance Maze" at 5:30 p.m. at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn. For more information, call 410-876-0502 or send an e-mail to

The Baltimore Convention Center plays host to the American Society of Association Executives' meeting and technology conference. The event ends Wednesday. For details, call 202-626-2823.


Join the Howard County Economic Development Authority at a 2 p.m. seminar on "Proposal Development: How, What and Why?" at the Center for Business and Technology Development in Columbia. For more information, call 410-313-6550.

The Chesapeake Professional Women's Network Inc. will sponsor a lunch discussion at its "Networking and Good Food" event at Dead Freddies Bar & Grill in Bel Air. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Call 410-297-9722 or send an e-mail to for details.

The restored Hippodrome Performing Arts Center, part of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, reopens at 8 p.m. with the Baltimore premiere of the mega-Tony Award-winning musical, The Producers, by Mel Brooks.

The theater, first opened in 1914 and refurbished to the tune of $63 million, has 2,286 seats and will feature traveling Broadway shows and other events. Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley will serve as an honorary co-chairman of festivities surrounding the opening. For details, call 410-243-3790.


The Howard County Economic Development Authority sponsors a seminar on how to "Smart Start Your Business" at 8:30 a.m. at the Center for Business and Technology Development in Columbia. For more information, call 410-313-6550.

The Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce and the Anne Arundel County Public Schools hold the annual Elected Officials Reception from 5 to 7 p.m at the Anne Arundel County Public Schools' Green Street Center in Annapolis. For details, call 301-725-4000 or 410-792-9714.


Restoration work begins on Camden Station with a groundbreaking ceremony at 10:30 a.m. The 45,000-square-foot historic building will serve as the gateway to the Oriole Park at Camden Yards complex. Once restoration is complete, the station will house a museum featuring sports memorabilia from local teams. Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley will participate in the groundbreaking.

The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce holds its Legislative Committee Meeting from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the chamber's offices in Towson. For more information, call 410-825-3856.


Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the W. E. B. DuBois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley participate in a program marking the opening of the city's third Martin Luther King Jr. After-School Program. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the New All Saints Catholic Church.

Other speakers include Maryland Schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick; George Russell, chairman of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African-American Culture and History; and Baltimore Archbishop Cardinal William Henry Keeler. For more information, call 617-495-4104 or send an e-mail to

Looking ahead

Next week is African-American Business Week. Here are several events planned for the week:

The fifth annual African-American Business Forum will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Baltimore Hyatt, 300 Light St. For more information, click here or call 410-235-4427.

Design your future at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center Feb. 19-21. For more information, call 410-244-7101.

Learn about the "State of Black Business" at a town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. Speakers include Dennis Haysbert, chairman of the Forum Caterers/the EDGE Center; Paul Taylor, director of the Baltimore Small Business Resource Center; Ricky Smith of the Maryland Highway Administration and entrepreneurs Adrian Harpool of the Twenty-First Century Group and Sandra Long of Sandra Long Consulting. For more information, call 443-858-2684 or send an e-mail to

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