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JREF Elects 2005-2006 Officers, Five New Board Members

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JREF Announces 2008 Board of Directors

Columbia, MD— July 17, 2007—  Michael A. Mobley, executive director of j-ref, a small business financier in Howard County, announces the changes to the board of directors for the 2008 fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2007.  The board has grown from 19 to its full allotment of 21 members.

            Christopher Young of the Business & Technology Law Group in Columbia, Maryland, is the new chair of the board.  The new at-large board members are Michael Mercurio, Deborah Stroman and Tina M. Corner.  Their terms will run for three years.

            Mercurio is an associate at Offit Kurman, P.A. in Maple Lawn, Maryland, practicing corporate law.  He holds a Juris Doctor from The American University, The Washington School of Law, in D.C.   He resides in Elkridge, Maryland.

            Stroman is a former borrower of j-ref and a sports marketing consultant.  She is the co-founder of Soulful Golf, Inc., in Ellicott City, Maryland, and the owner of Stroman Athletic and Asset Management, in Columbia, Maryland.   Stroman holds a Ph.D. in organization and management from Capella University in Minneapolis.  She resides in Columbia.

            Corner is the president/owner of The Alternative Board franchise in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor.   She is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.  Corner resides in Annapolis.    

            Headquartered in the Center for Business & Technology Development in Columbia, Maryland, j-ref is a private, not-for-profit funding source for Howard County start-up and emerging companies. Support for the j-ref program ( is available through partnerships with Howard County government, Howard County Economic Development Authority, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce, local financial institutions, and the local business community.  In addition to offering business loans up to $250,000, j-ref works through its strategic partners to offer assistance to small and emerging companies in the areas of business advice, planning, and education.

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