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Business recertified as female-owned

Patty's Gifts and Baskets LLC, a corporate gift consulting firm in Forest Hill, has been recertified as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women Presidents' Educational Organization of Washington.

The Washington group is a regional certifying partner of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.

The recertification includes a review of the business and site inspection designed to confirm that the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

Patty's Gifts and Baskets ships domestic and international products to more than 40 countries. The five-year-old business offers gift baskets, flowers, fruit baskets, gourmet foods and promotional gifts.

Let's Dish! to help Anna's House

Let's Dish! is looking to the community this summer to help the women's and children's shelter Anna's House.

Through Aug. 31, Let's Dish! customers can "dish" meals for the residents of Anna's House and drop off donations of household items and children's snacks to the Bel Air location, Amyclae Business Center, 1204-A Agora Drive.

Customers can prepare some of the company's most popular dishes for $10 per meal. Dishes including Lemon Chicken with Asparagus, Asian BBQ Pork Wraps, Chicken Enchiladas, and Chile Lime Grilled Chicken with Black Bean Salsa from the June menu will be given to Anna's House residents.

Let's Dish! encourages anyone interested in donating $10 for a meal to stop in or call 410-420-3022. Donations of household items, cleaning products, toiletries, and children's snacks and drinks are also being requested.

Let's Dish! Bel Air staff members have pledged to volunteer at the shelter this summer.

Anna's House is a transitional housing program for women and their children that offers case management, counseling, career skills training and employment assistance to help the residents resume stable, independent lives.

Remodeling firm gets recognition

American Design And Build Ltd. was recently selected by Remodeling magazine as a winner of the 2007 Big 50 Award.

Each year, the magazine recognizes 50 companies that have set the standard for professionalism and integrity through marketing, exemplary business practices, and impact in their community and the industry at large.

American Design And Build was selected from the Movers & Shakers category. Other categories included business savvy, fine design, industry impact, niches, and sales and marketing.

Before the Big 50 award, American Design And Build was listed in this year's Harford Magazine "Best of" issue as Best Remodeling Company. The company will also receive the Chrysallis Award for Best Whole House Remodel at the Southern Building Show in Atlanta this month.

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