Jeweler to design gift for Paula Deen

The Junior League of Hampton Roads has commissioned Annapolis jewelry designer Laura Moore to create a custom necklace for Paula Deen, cookbook author and host of Paula's Home Cooking on the Food Network.


The necklace will be given to Deen in appreciation for her work with the Food Bank of the Virginia Peninsula.

Moore was awarded the assignment by one of her clients in Hampton Roads and through her association with the Junior League.


Porcari to address Signature Breakfast

The BWI Business Partnership will hold its next Signature Breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn BWI Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Road.

Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari will talk about the future of Maryland's transportation systems.

The breakfast meeting is free for members and $40 for others. Reservations are required by Monday.

Information: 410-859-1000.

Tech Council plans work force session

The Anne Arundel Tech Council will hold a Technology Workforce Roundtable from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., 2660 Riva Road, Suite 200 in Annapolis.

The roundtable will focus on K-12 education, recruitment and retention.



Information: 410-222-7410, Ext. 124.

Dance sponsored by health network

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will join over 50 hospital and health networks in the national Day of Dance for Cardiovascular Health sponsored by the Spirit of Women Health Network.

The dance will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Anne Arundel Community College, Student Union Dining Hall, 101 College Parkway, Arnold.

The event is free.


Information: 410-787-4367.

Chamber to host Power Breakfast

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Power Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at Buddy's Crabs & Ribs, 100 Main St., Annapolis.

The cost is $17 in advance and $22 at the door for members, $35 for others.

Information: 410-266-3960; 410-626-1100 for directions only.

Freeman joins financial company


William B. Freeman Jr. has joined the Mid-Atlantic Business Finance Co. as vice president of operations.

Freeman will be primarily responsible for underwriting loans for presentation to the company's board of directors and the Small Business Administration.

Freeman previously held positions at the Harbor Bank of Maryland Community Development Corp. and First Union National Bank of Maryland (now Wachovia).

He has a bachelor's degree from Penn State University.

Interior designers joining forces

Karen Renee Interior Design Inc. announced its association with Carol S. Wilson.


The Severna Park firm specializes in the decorative arts, painting, period design and color. Wilson has worked on projects throughout the United States and Bermuda.

Information: 410-647-0435.

Taylor joins firm as manager

Melissa Taylor of Pasadena joined the Bello Machre team as its human resource manager.

Taylor will be responsible for expanding Bello Machre's recruiting program, developing employment strategies focusing on employee relations, communications and development, and improving community outreach.

Information: 410-255-3805


Tri-State Marine awarded certificate

Tri-State Marine in Deale has received a Marine Industry Dealer Certification.

The industry standards program is part of an industry-wide effort to develop programs focused on delivering an excellent boating experience.