Minority Business Expo

To Include Workshops

The Prince George's County Office of Central Services, the Economic Development Corp. and the Prince George's Financial Services Corp. will host "Opening the Gates of Opportunity," the second annual minority business expo, Tuesday at the Prince George's Community College Student Center.

The day-long program will feature an update on the recently approved National Harbor project, an overview of contracts and procurement opportunities, and several financial and professional coaching workshops, including marketing strategies and proposal writing. The college is at 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. Call 301-883-6480.

Laurel Board of Trade

To Host Police Chief

The Laurel Board of Trade invites members of the business community to attend its meeting next Thursday with Laurel Police Chief David Moore. It will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Laurel Pool meeting room at Ninth and Main streets. Call Kay Harrison, administrative coordinator, Laurel Board of Trade, at 301-483-0838.

Upper Marlboro Company

Gets $1 Million in Funding

U.S. Rep Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) recently joined John Meyers, president and founder of Native American Industrial Distributors (NAID), for a tour of the information technology, security, management and training firm in Upper Marlboro. NAID recently received $1 million in Defense Department funding to support its Scanjack mine clearing system, a vehicle that can clear an area the size of two football fields each day.

The 21-year-old company employs 51 Maryland residents and generates nearly $5 million in revenue annually. Among its other clients are the Executive Office of the President; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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