County Unemployment Dips

Howard County's unemployment rate fell to 2.8 percent in September, from 3 percent in August, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation reported this month. That was down from 3 percent in September 2001.

The overall state unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in September, from 4.2 percent in August. The national jobless rate was 5.4 percent in September, down from 5.7 percent in August.

Tourism Council Fundraiser

The Howard County Tourism Council will hold "An American Holiday" from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville.

The event includes live entertainment, a silent auction and food from area restaurants. Proceeds will benefit the development of the council's Web site and educational programs.

The cost is $45 in advance and $55 at the door. For tickets and information, call 410-313-1900 or visit

Expo for Entrepreneurial Moms

Bizymoms of Columbia, a support group for mothers who operate or seek to start home-based businesses, will sponsor a Moms Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Thursday at Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia.

The expo will feature products and services offered by mothers with home-based businesses, along with children's entertainment. Door prizes, free samples, light refreshments and discounts will be offered. For more information, call 301-854-2369.

Business Seminars Offered

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center and Marketing Partners Inc. will sponsor a seminar, "Marketing Basics: Promote Your Company for Business Growth," from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Registration is $45.

The resource center and AJE Consulting will sponsor a seminar, "Navigating the Certification Maze," from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $50.

Both events will be at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Rd., Columbia.

For more information or to register for either event, call 410-313-6550.

TSI TelSys Stock Sale

TSI TelSys Corp., a Columbia maker of satellite equipment, has planned a private sale of up to 5 million common shares at nearly 13 cents each to help fund product development.

The sale is expected to close by Dec. 20. TSI TelSys stock is listed on Canada's TSX Venture Exchange.

Silicon Valley Breakfast

The BWI Business Partnership Inc. will hold a breakfast meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Sheraton International Hotel/BWI Airport, 7032 Elm Rd., Baltimore.

The meeting will feature Carl Guardino, president and chief executive of Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group. The cost is $25 for nonmembers. For reservations, call 410-859-1000.

Grayson Homes Honored

Grayson Homes, an Ellicott City builder, received the 2003 Mention Award for Commitment to Quality from the National Association of Home Builders Research Center.

The award judges conducted a site evaluation of Grayson and interviewed its employees, the company said.

Women's Network Lunch

The Business Women's Network will hold a Holiday Garment Gala luncheon with Nordstrom from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Columbia Hilton, 5485 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia.

The cost is $25. For more information, call 410-740-0126 or visit

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