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SCORE holds business plan-writing workshop

SCORE Chapter 390 will be conducting a one-day workshop, "Let's Prepare a Business Plan," from 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday at the Big Vanilla Athletic Club, Community Meeting Room, 1209 Ritchie Highway, Arnold.

The workshop includes help with preparing a business plan and confidential counseling.

The cost is $60 and includes lunch. Registration is required.

Information: 410-266-9553.

Tourism leaders recognize county visitors bureau

Tourism industry leaders recognized the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau at the 28th Annual Maryland Governor's Tourism Industry Conference.

The Maryland Office of Tourism Development presented Susan Steckman, AAACCVB's vice president of communications, with its Marketing Partner of the Year award for planning and executing the 5th Annual Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance Media Marketplace at the Westin Annapolis Hotel.

AAACCVB's Sales Director Joyce Stinnett Baki received a Cooperative Promotion award for coordinating the North American Towne Crier Championship.

Event planned to honor veterans, current soldiers

Metropolitan Management Company will be honoring and acknowledging veterans of past wars, Wounded Warriors at Fort Meade, men and women currently serving overseas, and the Anne Arundel County Fire and Police Departments in commemoration of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, at 11:45 a.m. today at Mountain Marketplace Shopping Center, 350 Mountain Road, Pasadena.

An American flag will be raised, followed by a recognition ceremony at Bella Napoli Restaurant in the shopping center.

VFW District 6, local and state dignitaries, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and members of the community will also be on hand to honor veterans.

Tech Council discusses Web 2.0's role in election

Chesapeake Regional Tech Council will hold a Tech Focus Seminar, "The Impact of Web 2.0 on Government IT - now and in the future," from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Westin Annapolis Hotel, 1000 Westgate Circle, Annapolis.

Moderator Renee Courtland and panelists Chris Foster, John Chiochetti, Peter Corbett and Dan Doney will observe how recent campaigns leveraged the Internet in the elections and how these innovations will affect future campaigns.

The panel will discuss 2.0 technologies such as Twitter, Facebook and wikis in terms of information security, organizing and archiving.

The cost is $25 for members in advance, $35 for members at the door and $45 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-222-7410, ext. 124.

OSHA meeting to address crane safety regulations

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board will meet to discuss regular business and amendments to Maryland's crane safety regulations at 10 a.m., Monday at Laurel College Center, 312 Marshall Ave., 6th Floor, Laurel.

Information: 410-767-2225.

New TownePlace hotel opens, takes reservations

TownePlace Suites Arundel Mills BWI Airport, a new hotel owned and operated by Skye Hospitality, is now accepting reservations.

The suites are designed to meet the needs of guests who want a place to live while away from home. The hotel features full kitchens, adjustable work spaces and flat-panel TVs.

TownePlace Suites is at 7021 Arundel Mills Circle.

Cheesecake Factory opens in Annapolis

The Cheesecake Factory opened its fourth Baltimore-area restaurant at Westfield Annapolis, 1872 Annapolis Mall.

The 8,350-square-foot restaurant is located between J.C. Penney and Nordstrom and employs 225 staff members.

Fire Department warns of fraudulent charities

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department warns consumers to be cautious when considering giving financial support to telemarketers purporting to be seeking funds for firefighters.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department is prohibited by law from soliciting anything from county residents or businesses.

Consumers with concerns who receive a telephone solicitation should contact Michael Schlein, Office of the Secretary of State, at 410-974-5534 ext. 3879.

Meals on Wheels promotes 'Lunch-Bunch'

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is asking leaders of businesses and corporations to encourage their employees to become involved in a new, volunteer recruitment program.

The program, the "Lunch-Bunch" program, is premised on the notion that businesses and corporations want to engage and benefit the people who live in the communities in which they have a physical presence, and that their employees, who work together and frequently have lunch together, will volunteer their services as a group within that community.

Businesses and corporations are encouraged to permit their employees to take flexible "Lunch-Bunch" leaves to deliver meals on a rotating basis to Meals on Wheels clients who live in their surrounding community.

Information: 1-866-558-0827.

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