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Md. chamber honors Howard Bank

Howard Bank has been named Small Business of the Year by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Nominees were judged on performance, growth, innovation, creativity, competitiveness, community involvement and other criteria. The bank, which has branches in Hickory Ridge village, on Snowden River Parkway and on Johns Hopkins Road in Maple Lawn, was recognized in the six-to-50-employee category.

A fourth branch is planned at U.S. 40, Centennial Lane and Frederick Road in Ellicott City.

The annual Small Business of the Year Awards were made during the chamber's "Growing Business, Celebrating Success" event June 1 at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport hotel.

Columbia group to host conference

The Columbia chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs Inc. will be host for the organization's Mid-Atlantic Membership Conference on March 29.

The club has ended its regular meetings for the 2006-2007 and will resume meeting at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday in September in the Human Rights Conference Room, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

The organization works around the world to bring about positive change and provide needed services in its communities; the national women's organization and its local chapters address a range of issues affecting the African-American community, including education, health, employment and economic development.

Information: 410-381-1342.

Division of Manekin forms charities panel

Manekin LLC's Property Management Division has formed a committee to organize charitable events to benefit the communities in which the company does business.

As its recent debut event, the committee organized a spring food drive. The property management team in Manekin's Baltimore and Columbia offices filled 20 large boxes with nonperishable food items and delivered several truckloads of the food to Helping Grandparents Raise Grandchildren, an Elkridge-based nonprofit organization serving low-income grandparents.

The donations will help feed 15 to 25 families served by the nonprofit organization.

Manekin Property Management has announced that it will hold a back-to-school fundraiser to collect backpacks filled with school supplies for elementary school-age children.

Plans are being made to collect coats, gloves, sweaters, scarves, sock and blankets for the winter.

According to Manekin, the company as a whole provided in-kind contributions and donated $289,000 to charity in 2006.

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