Hiring Survey

Manpower Inc. of Annapolis reports that 23 percent of the businesses surveyed in Prince George's County plan to hire more workers in the first quarter of 2000. During the same period, 20 percent of businesses in the county plan to reduce their work forces, and 37 percent will maintain a status quo, according to the quarterly employment survey.

In Montgomery County, only 7 percent of employers plan to hire. Statewide, 24 percent of businesses plan to hire more workers in the coming quarter.

Holiday Talk

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce will present a brown-bag round-table discussion, "Stress-Free Holidays for Home-Based Business People" at noon Dec. 8 at the chamber offices. The discussion will be led by Carmen McPherson of "My Body My Temple," and there is no charge to attend.

All attendees are asked to bring ideas, questions and suggestions to the meeting, along with lunch. The chamber offices are at 6770 Race Track Rd., Bowie, and pre-registration for the event is suggested. For more information, call 301-262-0920.

Contracts

Nutech Laundry and Textiles Inc. of Hyattsville won a $1.7 million contract from the National Institutes of Health for utilities and housekeeping services.

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