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Design consulting is offered

Monica Revelle of Laurel has launched One-Day Re-Design, an interior design consulting service focused on redecorating a room in one day, using furniture, curtains and other items in the owner's possession.

"It's a creative re-arranging of your furniture so you don't have the expense of going out and buying all new furniture," she said. "It doesn't really matter what you have; it's what you do with it that counts, and that's where I come in."

Revelle, who was a public affairs specialist for the Food and Drug Administration, completed a five-day course to become certified by Interior Redesign Industry Specialists.

Revelle charges $100 an hour; the total cost of the redesign depends on the size of the room. She also offers home-staging for those looking to sell a home, and home-decor shopping for people interested in purchasing new furniture who need advice about what to buy or where to buy it.

Information: 410-908-2171. Or visit

Syntonics makes a vest antenna

Syntonics LLC, a Columbia company, has developed a vest antenna designed to help safeguard military radio operators from being targeted by enemy snipers.

The radio operators normally use a vest-pocket radio with a protruding rubber or metal antenna that makes it easy to identify them from a distance.

Syntonics developed the vest antenna in response to an e-mailed request from a U.S. Army sergeant working as a radio operator in Baghdad. Syntonics built two prototype antennas designed to be threaded through the loops on soldiers' upper body armor and sent them to Iraq at no charge. Since March 2007, the company has sold more than 300 of the vest antennas for use in Iraq, Afghanistan, South America and the United States.

A graduate of the Howard County Center for Business and Technology Development's NeoTech Incubator, Syntonics develops communication systems for military radios and innovative antennas for military applications.


Summit Solutions gets $30 million pact

Summit Solutions LLC of Hanover was awarded a $30 million four-year contract by the National Security Agency to support the agency's Business Management Integration Program.

Summit is to provide strategic planning, business process improvement, capabilities development and expertise in enterprise architecture.

The woman-owned business serves the intelligence community and the Department of Defense.

Information: Moira Mattingly, 443-742-9925.

Entrepreneurs, take note

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center will offer "Smart Start to Business Success," a class for first-time entrepreneurs seeking information on legal, accounting, financing and business insurance options.

Professionals in these fields will provide information and address specific concerns.

The class will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 11 at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia. The cost is $45. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-6550.

Software tutoring offered at library

The Howard County Library is offering one-on-one tutoring in job- or business-related software.

Tutoring in Open Office, a free, fully functioning software package that includes spreadsheets, presentations and pictures, is offered for teens and adults at all library branches. Appointments are required.

A tour of job-related databases Web sites and periodicals and the library's business and career sections is available at the central library.

Information: 410-313-7850.

"Research 24/7," a program on finding full-text articles and other resources, is offered at all library branches. Call your branch for an appointment.


Seeking vendors: The Columbia Association is seeking vendors for its 14th Columbia International Day, to be held from noon to 11 p.m. July 26 at the Columbia Lakefront Plaza in Town Center. Also needed are artisans interested in displaying or selling items with an international theme. "Columbia International Day: A Multi-Cultural Experience" celebrates the cultural and ethnic diversity of Columbia. 410-715-3161 or 410-715-3175.

Communication seminar : The Carey School of Business at the Johns Hopkins University will sponsor a free seminar, "Conquering Mars & Venus in the Workplace: Strategies to Bridge the Communication Gap," from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 7 at the downtown Baltimore campus of the business school, 10 N. Charles St. The seminar, to be presented by GenderStrategy principals Trent Kittleman and Joan Athen, will raise awareness of gender-based differences in communication styles in the workplace and strategies for closing the gap. GenderStrategy, a Howard County company, provides training in gender-based communication to increase job satisfaction and productivity. Admission to the seminar is free. www.Gender

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. Participants must meet income requirements. Cheryl Ladota, 410-366-1980, Ext. 272.

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