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Program to launch farmers' markets

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Agricultural Marketing Program will launch farmers' markets at three locations in the county: the east Columbia branch library, Oakland Mills Village Center and the Glenwood branch library in Cooksville.

The markets, which are to run from next month through the fall, will feature locally grown produce, including seasonal fruit; baked goods; flowers; transplants; organically-grown produce; and specialty items.

The east Columbia library market opens from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, starting May 1; the Glenwood branch library market opens from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, starting May 3; and the Oakland Mills market opens from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays, starting May 4.

The Glenwood and Oakland Mills markets are to close during the last weekend in October; the east Columbia market runs through the middle of November.

Information: 410-313-6500.

Seminar's focus is new entrepreneurs

The Maryland Small Business Development Center and Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center will sponsor Smart Start To Business Success, an introductory seminar for first-time entrepreneurs, from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 14 at the Center for Business & Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia.

Topics include selecting the appropriate legal business entity, financial records, getting start-up money, insurance options and resources for small businesses in Howard County.

The cost is $45. Registration is required. To register: 410-313-6550 or visit

Learn about eBay, inventing at library

The Howard County Library will present "All About eBay," a program on the basics of doing business on eBay, at 7 p.m. today at the east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

The program will cover navigating and buying, setting up buyer and seller accounts, and establishing safe business practices on the Web site.

Registration is required. Information: 410-313-7700.

"The Business of Technology Transfer," a program on taking an invention from the laboratory to the marketplace, will be offered at 7 p.m. April 30 at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

The presentation includes a discussion of marketing and protection of intellectual property.

Registration is required. Information: 410-313-1950.

Community service of restaurants noted

The Columbia-based Restaurant Association of Maryland will celebrate "Stars of the Industry" at its 54th Gala Celebration and Awards Presentation at 6 p.m. Monday at Martin's West.

The association will present the McCormick & Co. Inc.'s Cornerstone Award, recognizing foodservice businesses for community service. Potomac Pizza in Chevy Chase will be honored for its Charity Week (the 2007 event raised more than $16,000 for local charities), and Frank Illiano, a franchiser with New York J & P Pizza, is being honored for his efforts on behalf of schools, a local fire department and the American Diabetes Association.

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