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Kick-off Event for Mountain Maryland Tech Network

Join us as we launch the Mountain Maryland Tech Network (MMTN), a regional ecosystem created to support tech professionals all across Western Maryland.

Meet like-minded individuals over appetizers & drinks (cash bar) at Mezzo's in Downtown Cumberland

Learn more about MMTN and our schedule of events for the year

Network with members of the tech community & business support entities like Tri County Council, Chamber of Commerce, TEDCO, NASA Goddard, and others who can provide you with the resources you need

If you'd like, come prepared to pitch your tech concept and win CASH!

Hosted by the Allegany College of Maryland's Western Maryland IT Center of Excellence, Hagerstown Community College's Technical Innovation Center, Frostburg State University and Garrett College's Information Enterprise Center, this FREE event is open to innovative people who work in the tech space or are interested in growing tech startups, developing their own inventions, conducting their own research and developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Western Maryland. This event is sponsored by TEDCO & Mezzo's.

Click here to register.

Minority Business Development Agency visit to TIC

Robert Moreno, Project Director of Baltimore Business Center, will be sharing on how Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) helps small businesses expand and grow through a variety of support services.
Baltimore MBDA specializes in imports/exports, global/teaming/joint venture opportunities, procurement and more.
Seating is limited. Email to reserve your seat today.

Introduction to Federal Government Procurement

Is your business looking at the government sector as a new potential market? There is plenty of opportunity but where do you begin? This workshop is designed for those who are just beginning their foray into doing business in the government sector.

Attendees will learn about:
• The organization of the Federal Government
• Registering to become a Government Contractor
• Government Contracts (types and set-asides)
• Selling to the government
o Developing a Marketing Plan
o Implementing your plan
• How PTAC can help you to achieve success

Please join us for this workshop presented by: Jackie Wolfe
Jackie has over 14 years of Federal Government contracting experience, previously serving as a Contracting Officer, Deputy for Small Business and Senior Procurement Analyst with various Government agencies. She is considered a subject matter expert in the field of federal acquisition possessing in depth knowledge of acquisition regulations and contracting principles. Jackie earned her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in 2003 from Loyola College in MD and has achieved Level III DAWIA certification in Government Contracting from Defense Acquisition University (DAU). In 2011, Jackie was awarded one of the highest honors in Army contracting, the Secretary of the Army Award for Excellence in Contracting in the Category of Outstanding Procurement Analyst. Jackie offers a vast amount of experience and resources to help small businesses navigate their way through Government contracting.

March 27, 2017

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

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

Park in LOT G.

Seating is limited. Please register for this free event here

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