Defense systems director to speak

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Croom Jr., director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, will speak at the BWI Business Partnership's Signature Breakfast, to be held at 7:30 a.m. April 16 at the Marriott BWI Airport, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum.

He will discuss his agency's planned move to new headquarters at Fort Meade, and participate in a ground-breaking for the 1.2 million-square-foot facility after the presentation.


DISA is expected to bring more than 4,000 workers to Fort Meade by 2010. The move is part of the Base Realignment and Closure process.

Registration for the event is required by Monday. Partnership members can attend at no charge or for $25, depending on membership level. Nonmembers pay $40, if space is available.


Information: 410-859-1000 or visit and click on "Events & Activities, then on "Register and Pay for Events.

Microsoft truck in Ellicott City

XPERTECHS, a convergent technology company, will be host for the Microsoft Across America Truck at its XPERTECHS' 20th Anniversary Celebration and Customer Appreciation Day, to be held from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Linden Hall, 4765 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City.

The 42-foot truck is equipped with innovations from Microsoft, HP, Intel and others. Live demonstrations of Windows 2008 and Vista are also available.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Information: 410-884-0225.

Technology council hosts speaker

The Howard Technology Council will sponsor a talk by Maury Weinstein, president of System Source, at 10 a.m. April 17 at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia.

The topic is "Building a Monthly Assessment System: Assessments and Merit Increase Management."


Admission is free but registration is required. Information or to register: Tasha Taylor, 410-313-655- or visit

Sales team talk set for April 16

The Business Women's Network will sponsor a talk by Scott Turnbaugh of Eagles View Consulting LLC, "How to Manage a Sales Team When You Are the Sales Team," at its breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. April 16 at That's Amore Restaurant, 10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The cost is $21 for members (registered and paid by Friday); $30 after that date. Guests and walk-ins pay $30.

Information: 410-740-0126 or visit



Seeking nominees -- The Business Women's Network of Howard County is seeking nominations for its "Woman of Distinction" Award. Nominees should live or work in Howard County, have achieved exceptional success in their fields, and demonstrated professional leadership and commitment to the community. The nomination deadline is Friday. Nominations should include the nominee's name, contact information and a brief explanation of why each is a "Woman of Distinction." Nominations can be e-mailed to Forms can also be downloaded from www.bwn The award will be presented at the network's May meeting.

Job skills -- Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland is offering a program to help senior citizens learn job skills while working 20 hours a week with nonprofit groups. The organization's Senior Community Service Employment Program is part of the Older Americans Act; participants must meet income requirements. Family and Children's Services has offices in Wilde Lake Village Center in Columbia and Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center in North Laurel. Cheryl Ladota, 410-366-8351.

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