Bank to Aid Donation Effort

Columbia-based Columbia Bank, which has five branches in Prince George's, recently announced the donation of 300 piggy banks as part of Prince George's County Commerce Day, which will highlight the contributions of local businesses to the county. Commerce Day is scheduled for June 18.

The banks are being distributed to businesses that have volunteered to help raise money to support the Prince George's public schools' "Read to Lead Initiative," an effort to help students improve their reading skills.

Columbia Bank operates full-service branches in Beltsville, Bowie, Capitol Heights, Clinton and Greenbelt, where donations can be made to help the reading program.

For more information, call Larry Lichtenauer, Lawrence Howard & Associates Inc., at 410-719-3081.

Decorating From Home

Decor & You, an interior decorating company that is seeking potential franchisees, will hold two evening workshops at Prince George's Community College on how to start an interior decorating business in your home. The workshops, part of the school's continuing education program, will run from 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 21 and June 28 at the college, 301 Largo Rd., Largo.

Topics to be covered will include successfully launching a business, financial planning, dealer discounts, marketing and design training. The cost is $52. To register by phone, call 301-322-0998. The course name is BUS 342, and the course number is 6434.

For more information, call Bev Barker at 703-620-1354 or send an e-mail to

Two Join Melwood Board

Washington area businessmen Frank A. Nicolai and Gordon T. Wells II recently joined the board of directors of Melwood, a nonprofit organization in Upper Marlboro that provides job training, employment and other services to people with developmental disabilities.

Nicolai is a co-founder of American Management Systems Inc., where he served as director, chief financial officer, chief administrative officer and chief human resources officer. He retired in 2002 and lives in Fort Washington.

Wells, a native of College Park, retired after a career as owner and operator of G.T. Wells and Sons Heating Oil in College Park. He is a member of the regional board of directors of SunTrust Banks and lives in Edgewater.

Learn About the Chamber

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will hold an orientation program called "What Can the Chamber Do for Me?" from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the organization's office at 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel.

The program will cover the ways the chamber can help improve a business and provide opportunities for business professionals to meet one another, and will offer low-budget marketing ideas.

The seminar is free for members and nonmembers.

-- Compiled by WILLIE PUGH

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