Technology Award

The University of Maryland announced that it will start an annual Major F. Riddick Jr. Student Technology Entrepreneur Award competition next year.

All Maryland college and university students who have started their own technology businesses will be eligible for the $2,500 award, which will be managed by the University of Maryland's Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The winners will be announced each year during the annual Maryland Technology Showcase.

The award is named in honor of Gov. Parris N. Glendening's chief of staff and the chair of the Maryland Information Technology Board and the Maryland Technology Showcase.

"He has been instrumental in promoting the growth of high-tech business in our state," said C.D. Mote Jr., president of the University of Maryland.

School Advisory Panel

The Prince George's County public school system announced its 40-member Business Advisory Roundtable last week at the Prince George's County Economic Development Corp. in Lanham. The round table--made up of representatives from local businesses, nonprofits and quasi-public organizations--will advise and support Superintendent Iris T. Metts. The co-chairmen of the business advisory committee will be Joseph T. Puhalla, president of Workforce Services Corp., and Joseph J. James, president of the Economic Development Corp.

Technology Training

Learning Through Change Inc., a for-profit technology training center in Greenbelt, started classes last week. The 3,100-square-foot training center, which employs 12, will offer classes on technical training, professional development training and project management. Call 301-982-6200.

Dentistry Health Fair

Global Implant Dentistry Inc., a minority firm in Camp Springs, held its first annual health fair Dec. 4 and raised canned goods and clothes for the African American Network Community Association in Bowie. The fair offered free screenings and examinations for diabetes, oral cancer and high blood pressure, and dental implants to several hundred people who attended.

Send business-related events and news items to The Washington Post, Prince George's County Bureau, 14402 Old Mill Rd., Suite 201, Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772, or fax them to 301-952-1397.