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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.



FLC presents: Small Business Forum

Are you in agriculture, science, biohealth, ag tech, manufacturing, engineering, cybersecurity, IT or another STEM field? Do you own or work for a STEM-based business that works with the federal government? Ever wondered how your business can partner with the US Labs? Did you know each lab has programs specifically in place to help small businesses like yours?

Come to the Small Business Forum at HCC on April 12th. Connect with the federal government, specifically representatives from NIST, NSA, NASA, USDA & NIH. Learn about the technologies, research capacities, and how to partner with these Federal laboratories in a one-day session geared toward startups and small businesses.

Seating is limited. Click here to register.

So you have a business, now what?

How do you go from launching your business to generating revenue? How do you generate leads, validate prospects, follow up, pitch your product and close the deal? What should you be tracking along the way?

Sales is one of most important parts of running a successful business. Join us for a lunchtime discussion on what you need to know about the sales cycle and how to set your sales goals realistically.

The session is FREE and you can bring a brown bag lunch or snack and enjoy the discussion and timely tips.

Click here to register.

Saul Ewing presents: Protecting Your Intangible Assets

Facilitators for this discussion will be the following thought leaders: 

• Gillian Fenton, Managing Director, Fenton IP Solutions LLC
• Jay Reilly, Attorney, Saul Ewing LLP

You’ve got a fantastic idea, a marketing plan, and (possibly) some cash in your pocket—you’re ready to get started! Protecting your domain name, corporate name, brand, patent, trademarks, copyrights, know-how and trade secrets are some of your highest priorities. What should you be focusing on? What do you attack first? How do you develop a unified IP strategy? Come learn from the experts as they share tips on what works and what doesn’t.

Networking will take place from 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. The Roundtable sessions will immediately follow starting at 8:30 a.m. and last until 10:00 a.m. 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.

Click here to register.

For more information, please contact Rachel Bandura at or 215.972.1090.