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Washington County Entrepreneur Workshops

Building Your Company—The Path to Success


Thursday, February 23, 2017


8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


Hagerstown Community College
20140 Scholar Drive #321, Hagerstown, Maryland


To RSVP, please click here.


For questions, please contact Michelle Ferguson at 610.251.5059 or

What does it really take to build a successful technology based company? This fast paced and interactive discussion will highlight potential missteps as well as actions that increase the likelihood of success. Topics under consideration will include: how to begin, creating an organizational structure, creating a plan, selecting a name, financing, allocating resources as efficiently as possible, building a team, protecting intangible assets, strategic alliances, obtaining revenue and transitioning from startup to growth. The primary goal of this presentation is to help you identify value-creating practices as well as wasteful practices, while providing the general nuts and bolts required to move forward.

Hagerstown Community College’s Technical Innovation Center (TIC) supports local entrepreneurs as they grow sustainable businesses. The mission of the TIC is to help tech startup companies grow into sustainable businesses based in Washington County. By fostering the growth of new businesses, the TIC enables job creation, building businesses and developing the local economy through the provision of access to advanced technologies, business development resources, and collaborative opportunities.

Since its launch in 1994, the TIC has seen over 70 companies come through its doors as startups and graduate into the business world. Emerging technology companies receive many benefits at the TIC, from basic business services, access to equipment and technology, coaching and mentoring, fundraising support, and marketing and public relations leverage.

Saul Ewing provides emerging companies with the support and practical direction they need to move their businesses forward. Through the firm’s RAMP™ initiative, clients are able to take advantage of key resources, access to capital and mentoring as they navigate the path from idea to reality.

This Workshop is made possible in part due to a generous grant from TEDCO.

Sell or Die Workshop Series

This three-part series workshop will help you understand why selling is important and why people buy and don't buy. Additionally, we will work to find the best way to communicate the value of doing business with your company. The sales process will be outlined and discussed with an emphasis on what it takes to close business. Together we will explore ways of getting started and outline actionable items to move you towards success.


Total: $49

Wednesdays Feb. 22, March 1 & March 8

8:30 to 10:30 AM

Technical Innovation Center, Suite 323, 20140 Scholar Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742

Click or call 240-500-2236 to register.


For more information, contact TIC Management at 240-500-2399.

Entrepreneur Boot Camp

Ready for an intensive focus on getting your business off the ground?

Be part of an eight-week boot camp on launching your own company. Local business experts will step you through organizational structure, writing a business plan, developing your go-to-market strategy and officially launching your business by the end of the course. After eight weeks, you'll hit the ground running.

01/26/17 - 03/16/17 Thursdays 5:30 to 8:30 PM in TIC room 323.

Register here.


Contact TIC Management for details via 240.500.2399 or


Western MD Bus Trip to TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo

Connect and engage with other entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and experts. Pitch. Network. Learn. Be Inspired.

Ride with us to the TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo! We are excited to announce we have a MAERDAF grant-funded bus going from Western MD to Baltimore in support of rural Maryland entrepreneurship.

The bus starts in Garrett County at 2:30 pm on 11/13/16 and stops at HCC TIC at 4:30 pm to pick up the Hagerstown group. Discussions and training will be shared on the bus ride to Baltimore. The tour arrives in Baltimore Sunday around 6:30 pm. Attend exclusive, invitation-only reception Sunday and the all-day Expo on Monday, 11/14/16. Lunch will be included on Monday with the ticket price.

Register for bus at

Please purchase your hotel stay and expo ticket separately. Contact TIC Management with questions at 240-500-2399.

Hub City Business Competition 2016

Do you have a brilliant idea that will change the world? Is your startup the next big thing? Is your business the best thing since sliced bread?

Show us what you got!

We are excited to announce the very first annual Hub City Business Pitch Competition. Local economic development entities have partnered to host the preliminary event.

Apply today to participate in the first annual Hub City Business Pitch Competition.

Pitch your business, product or service to our expert panel for a chance to win a prize package that will launch your company into orbit.

Gain exposure for your business and get a chance to network with potential customers and other entrepreneurs.

Click here to apply

Deadline to apply: 10/28/16 5 pm Eastern Time

TIC Presents: Access to Capital

Free Workshop for Local Startups & Businesses

October 25, 2016: 5:00 to 6:30 pm

HCC Student Center Conference Room. 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD

Whether you want to launch a new company, buy an existing one or scale your business, you need funding. Join us for a great session with financial experts from across the state. Meet financial experts from all categories ready to help you grow your business. 

Meet experts from the following organizations:

  • Business Finance Group
  • MD Department of Commerce
  • MD Department of Housing & Community Development
  • Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit
  • Natural Capital Investment Fund
  • Strategic Capital Partners
  • Womble Carlyle Sandridge Rice.

 Email to register.

Ft. Detrick Alliance TIC Technology Showcase

Join Fort Detrick Alliance on October 19 at Hagerstown Community College Technical Innovation Center for the Technology Showcase

4:00 pm: Enjoy a networking reception with light appetizers and a cash bar

4:45 pm: Welcome and remarks by Congressman John Delaney; Dr. Guy Altieri, President HCC; and the keynote speaker from Fort Detrick.

Afterwards, tour of the TIC and meet the current TIC clients, learn about the latest projects happening at the TIC, network with the Fort Detrick Alliance, business leaders and community leaders.

Tickets are limited. Click here to get yours today.


Silver Sponsor: Antietam Brewery

Bronze Sponsor: Strategic Operations Solutions, LLC


BioBeers at Hagerstown

We're hosting the BioBeer Networking event this month! We'll be at Hagerstown Community College Technical Innovation Center Manufacturing Floor. Tours of the TIC including the wet labs will be conducted throughout the event.

Food sponsored by HCC Internships Office and Technical Innovation Center.
Drinks sponsored by TIC Clients: SOCSoter, Beacon Grace, Lupine Creative Consulting, Think Efficient Consulting, Black Sapphire Designs and Free State 3D.

After coming onto campus, take first right onto Scholar Drive. TIC is on your left. Park in Lot F. TIC is the 3-story red brick building.


The Basics of Startup from an Attorney's Perspective

Our Thought Leaders for this upcoming Roundtable is Jay Reilly, Special Counsel, Saul Ewing LLP.

Are you forming a company and need help with taking the first steps? What is stock? Who should get it? Do you want to negotiate your own contracts, but need help understanding the basics? Have you ever wondered how find and hire an accountant, lawyer or consultant? If you have questions like these, come to our presentation on Legal Housekeeping to learn about all of this and more.

The Discussion will take place at the Technical Innovation Center, 20140 Scholar Drive, Suite 323, Hagerstown, MD from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., with networking to follow until 10 a.m. A light breakfast will be served.A light breakfast will be served.

The Emerging Company Roundtables are designed to facilitate discussions between like-minded individuals covering a range of issues essential to early stage companies. Speakers will introduce valuable topics and generate conversations surrounding strategies to overcome business challenges and enhance the likelihood of success.

We look forward to seeing you!

Click here to register

Coffee Social: Hiring an HCC Intern

Thinking of hiring a summer intern this year? Stop by the TIC on Wednesday, April 20th for a cup of coffee and details on how to optimize your intern's presence at your office.

Bonnie Saunders, Internships & Job Service Coordinator at HCC, will be at the TIC to share tips and tricks on the HCC process of placing interns and utilizing them at your company.

We'll be in the Technical Innovation Center Suite 323. Park in Lot F!

See you there.