Thursday, December 22, 2011

MD has the highest concentration of employed doctorial scientists and engineers


Maryland has the highest concentration of employed doctoral scientists and engineers. The state ranks first in employed PhD scientists and engineers per 100,000 employed workers. Maryland also ranks first in mathematical sciences (71), first in biological sciences (398), first in health (63), and third in physical sciences (197) per 100,000 employed workers.

Maryland ranks second in the percentage of professional and technical workers (26.1%) in the workforce.

Maryland ranks second in the percentage of the population age 25 and above with a graduate or professional degree (16.4%), and third in the percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher (36.1%).

Maryland ranks fourth in the concentration of technology jobs, which employ 87 of every 1,000 private sector workers. Further, the state ranks fourth by employment in space and defense systems manufacturing, sixth in computer systems design, and eighth in engineering services.

Maryland ranks fifth in federal government employment, with 131,855 non-military federal jobs in 2009. On a per capita basis, the state ranks third with 231 jobs per 10,000 residents. Non-military federal jobs generate $11.4 billion in total wages in Maryland, ranking fourth among the states. Further, these jobs pay better in Maryland than in any other state, with an average annual wage of $87,767, which is 28% higher than the national average.

Riverside Tech Park attracts AT&T, Tox Path

AT&T's Government Solutions Division and Tox Path Specialists signed leases representing nearly 20,000 square feet of R&D and office space at St. John Properties' Riverside Technology Park in Frederick. AT&T, led by Senior VP Thomas Harvey (left), will relocate 50 employees from Virginia in part to be closer to a key government contractor. To accommodate its rapid expansion from a start-up to an industry-leading biotech, Tox Path will move 20 employees from the Technology Innovation Center in Hagerstown because of Riverside's proximity to the National Cancer Institute's new state-of-the-art R&D facility.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Frederick County Diabetes Coalition Announces Restaurant Challenge Winner

The Frederick County Diabetes Coalition is pleased to announce that La Paz Mexican Restaurant is the winner of this year’s Frederick Restaurant Challenge. The Challenge was coordinated by the Frederick County Diabetes Coalition and held in November to coincide with American Diabetes Month. The Challenge featured ten restaurants who agreed to offer a healthy meal option for people with diabetes (or for anyone wishing to eat healthier). During the month of November, nearly 250 diners chose and rated the healthy meal offered by these restaurants. An average rating was calculated for each restaurant who received at least 15 votes. La Paz edged out the competition and received a plaque, donated by Trophies Unlimited, to recognize their achievement.

New this year, a prize was also awarded to the participating restaurant who sold the greatest number of healthy meals. The winner for this category is Acacia; they had 84 diners order and submit a vote for their healthy meal. Acacia received a gift certificate for a massage donated by the YMCA of Frederick County.

Angela Blair, Chairperson for the coalition states, “On behalf of the coalition, I wish to commend all ten restaurants for participating and for demonstrating that healthy meals taste delicious! We also want to recognize the restaurant patrons who tried the healthy meals and voted. Their positive feedback and interest creates the demand for restaurants to offer healthy meal options as part of their standard menu. This is the ultimate goal of the Challenge.”

Ten restaurants elected to participate in this year’s event: Acacia, Asian Bistro, Brewer’s Alley, Firestone’s Culinary Tavern, La Paz, Mariachi Restaurant, Mexicali Cantina, Subway (69 S. Market St.), Subway (913 W. 7th St.), and Wegmans.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

USDA Funding Assistance Available for Businesses Affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee

Senator Benjamin Cardin announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved 2011 disaster designations for several counties in Maryland, including Frederick County. Any business who suffered a loss during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee may be eligible for USDA disaster funding assistance.

Please visit for more information.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

2011 Business Appreciation Week Report Now Available

As part of OED's annual Business Appreciation Week, a key annual business retention event, a total of 108 business were visited by 69 ambassadors. The top positive comments heard from businesses related to location, quality of life, growth and education system. For the complete report, please click here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Congratulations to the 2011 Best Places to Work in Frederick

Yesterday evening, four local companies were honored as the Best Places to Work in Frederick County at an awards ceremony held at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick. The campaign, now in its 9th year, is a partnership between the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, the City of Frederick Department of Economic Development, the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, and Frederick County Workforce Services.

Each business in Frederick County was invited to take the survey to identify what makes them the best place to work. Winners were identified based on the following criteria:

1. an enhanced workplace culture
2. a strong professional development program
3. benefits and amenities to provide a work and life balance
4. the encouragement of community and social responsibilities
5. and tools for healthy living

The winner of this year's campaign are:

EmpiriStat (Small Business Category with 1-10 Employees)
Default Resource (Medium Business Category with 11-50 Employees
DynPort Vaccine Company, LLC (Large Business Category with 51-200 Employees)
Hood College (Major Employer with 201+ Employees)

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development is proud to add these four companies to an elite group of past award winners that make up the Best Places to Work in Frederick!

A huge thank you to our sponsors who are also past year's winners. Without their support, this event would not have been possible: AOPA, DMS, Inc, Frederick Memorial Healthcare Systems, and Mount Saint Mary's University.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Certifed Tourism Ambassador Training in Frederick

Certified Tourism Ambassador ClassTuesday, October 25, 2011
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Residence Inn 5230 Westview Drive Frederick, MD 21703
$49 registration fee includes pre class reading materials.
Register at
The Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Program is a groundbreaking, nationwide certification program that serves to increase tourism by training and inspiring front-line hospitality employees and volunteers to work together to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience. Come learn more about the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area!The Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) CTA Program goes well beyond basic customer service training; it:
Enhances your skills in serving customers
Increases your awareness of information resources
Allows you to discover the power of tourism
Provides freebies & discounts to attractions, restaurants and tours. Connects and networks you with more than 600 current Journey CTAs

Monday, October 3, 2011

VIP List Under 40: Scott McCaskill

Each year, The Daily Record publishes a VIP List of very important professionals age 40 and under. This year's winners were featured on September 30th and include Frederick County's own Scott McCaskill of Voso Financial Advisors.

The VIPs are selected by the Daily Record's editorial board based on their professional accomplishments, a commitment to inspiring change in their community, and their tremendous accomplishments achieved before or by age 40.

For more information on Voso Financial Advisors, visit You can also view the entire VIP List for 2011 here

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Business Appreciation Week Kick Off Breakfast

Yesterday kicked off Frederick County's Business Apprecation Week! A breakfast sponsored by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney was held at Ceresville Mansion with guest speakers Brian Keane and Matt De La O from Seabrook Partners who gave a presentation titled, "What's Your Business Worth?". Ambassadors and businesses participating in Business Appreciation Week this year were invited. This year, Cindy Palmer from Sandy Spring Bank and a member of Frederick County's Revolving Loan Fund Committee, was honored as the Ambassador of the Year for her efforts in volunteering her time to represent Frederick County. The event was well attended and it set the tone for a the beginning of a wonderful week appreciating businesses!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Important Information for Small Business Owners

By Richard Sorian, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

If you’re a small business owner, there are a few deadlines approaching that you won’t want to miss in order to help provide health coverage for your employees.

As you might know, if you have up to 25 employees, pay average annual wages below $50,000, and provide health insurance, you may qualify for a small business tax credit of up to 35% (up to 25% for non-profits) to offset the cost of your insurance. This will bring down the cost of providing insurance.

In order to take advantage of these tax credits, you must file by a certain date. Here are two important tax filing deadlines in coming weeks that you should be aware of:

• September 15. Corporations that file on a calendar year basis and requested an extension to file to September 15 can calculate the small employer health care credit on Form 8941 and claim it as part of the general business credit on Form 3800, which they would include with their corporate income tax return.

• October 17. Sole proprietors who file Form 1040 and partners and S-corporation shareholders who report their income on Form 1040 have until October 17 to complete their returns. They would also use Form 8941 to calculate the small employer health care credit and claim it as a general business credit on Form 3800, reflected on line 53 of Form 1040.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the IRS, wants to make sure that businesses who qualify take advantage of the credit. In order to get the word out, there is a big outreach effort that will include IRS YouTube videos in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. Targeted e-mails and tweets will be sent to the small business community and tax preparers. The goal is to remind employers about the upcoming extension deadlines and also provide details on other important information about the credit, including:

• Businesses who have already filed can still claim the credit: For small businesses that have already filed and later determine they are eligible for the credit, they can always file an amended 2010 tax return. Corporations use Form 1120X and individual sole proprietors use Form 1040X

• Businesses without tax liability this year can still benefit: The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 provided that for Tax Year 2010, eligible small businesses may carry back unused general business credits (including the small employer health care tax credit) five years. Previously these credits could only be carried back one year. Small businesses that did not have tax liability to offset in 2010 should still evaluate eligibility for the small business health care tax credit in light of this expanded carry back opportunity.

• Business that couldn’t use the credit in 2010 can claim it in future years: Some businesses that already locked into health insurance plan structures and contributions for 2010 may not have had the opportunity to make any needed adjustments to qualify for the credit for 2010. So these businesses may be eligible to claim the credit on 2011 returns or in years beyond. Small employers can claim the credit for 2010 through 2013 and for two additional years beginning in 2014.

The Administration will also continue to work with and encourage private-sector outreach. For example, a number of Blue Cross Blue Shield plans implemented a wide variety of innovative outreach initiatives to promote the program and encourage small employers to offer insurance coverage to their workers. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City is a leading innovator with a promotion campaign built around the H&R Block tax calculator and the small business tax credit on its site Since April 2010, they have enrolled over 9,000 new members covered in over 400 new employers. Thirty-eight percent of these employers previously did not offer insurance.

Additional information about eligibility requirements and calculating the credit can be found on the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit for Small Employers page of

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Focus on Green Business Practices

Dear Frederick County Business:
The Frederick County Department of Solid Waste Management is putting local businesses in the spotlight this fall with two programs that focus on local commercial recycling and waste reduction activities.
· For businesses interested in starting or expanding a recycling program, a free seminar will be held October 5, 2011.
· For businesses already leading the way in reducing, reusing and/or recycling their waste, an awards program is now accepting nominations.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Call for Sessions is Now Open - BIO 2012

Call for Sessions is Open – Submit Your Proposal Today
Submission Deadline:Friday, September 30, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EST
Two ways to be in the Spotlight:
Organize a Breakout Session
Submit a Company Presentation
Join a blend of international and domestic executives and management professionals from research, business, academic, and investment communities by submitting your own compelling session topic. Learn more at
There's real value in participating in the 2012 BIO International Convention as a session organizer and speaker including:

Superior Networking: Unparalleled business-to- business and deal-making which puts you in a position to gain credibility and further establish yourself as an industry thought leader.
Publicity and Recognition
Registration Discounts

Questions about submitting a session? Email

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Applications Available $200,000 Biotechnology Awards

The Maryland Biotechnology Center’s (MBC) Biotechnology Development Awards provide funding to advance biotechnology research and development in Maryland along the path to commercialization.
MBC has two Biotechnology Development Awards programs available: the Biotechnology Commercialization Award and the Translational Research Award. The primary difference in the types of projects funded by these two programs is the stage of commercialization of the technology associated with the proposed project.
Both programs provide a maximum of $200,000 funding and are for projects of one year or less. Projects typically require more than $200,000 for completion. Funds are released in phases tied to successful completion of identified milestones (50% initially, 40% with the midterm report, and 10% with the final report). Companies must apply costs financed by the award to expenses for tasks associated with the milestones. Funding can be used for equipment, salaries and other business expenses, such as rent, IP expenses, or professional services. A balance between personnel and operational expenses will be reviewed as a criterion. Personnel costs supported by the award should be no more than 50%. Payment for university overhead is not included.
MBC’s awards complement Maryland’s nationally-recognized programs that provide early stage technology commercialization funding to companies such as DBED's Maryland Venture Fund's Challenge and Enterprise programs,DBED’s Biotechnology Incentive Investment Tax Credits, TEDCO’s Maryland Technology Transfer and Commercialization Fund (MTTCF), and the University of Maryland’s Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program.
You can contact our office to determine which program best fits your needs and to understand the qualifying criteria for each program. Our staff also will be happy to help you access other resources available at the Center and throughout the state.
Important Dates
Application Deadline Sept. 30, 2011
Finalist Notification Oct. 21, 2011
Finalist Presentations Oct. 31 - Nov 10, 2011
Award Notifications Dec. 1, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Registration Now Open for Embassy Night 2011

The World Trade Center Institute invites you to Embassy Night 2011 - a VIP dinner showcasing global markets and business success. Seating is limited, sign up today.

Reserve Your Ticket - In just one evening, Embassy Night attendees will have the chance to connect with the region's key decision makers, high level executives, Ambassadors and Senior Embassy Representatives. The program will honor top global connections that countries and companies have made in 2011 while offering unparalleled networking opportunities.

Reserve Your Table - Embassy Night sponsorships offer the unique opportunity to gain premium company exposure AND host a diplomat from one of your top growing markets.

Visit the event website to view company/country connections to date, sponsorship levels and benefits, registration information and more!

Date: September 20, 2011
Location: Ronald Reagan International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004 Time:

$150 members
$200 non-members


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Maryland had 43,207 clean jobs in 2010

A new study, "Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment" helps to more clearly define and measure the clean economy. Maryland had 43,207 clean jobs in 2010, or 1.7% of all Maryland jobs, according to the report released by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings. Between 2003 and 2010 Maryland added 8,370 clean jobs to see the sector grow by 3.1% annually. On average, each clean economy job in Maryland produces $9,143 in exports, and pays a median annual wage of $44,790

Rita's Italian Ice Honored By BOCC

The Rita's Ice in Frederick was among the top 10 fundraisers among 550 stores in the company for Alex's Lemonade Stand. In a worksession this morning, the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recognized their efforts.

The Frederick location raised more than $10,700 in June, when guests were asked to purchase a paper lemon for $1.

Alex's Lemonade Stand raises funds for childhood cancer research. More than $545,00 was donated to the charity by 550 Rita's Ice locations.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Get Out and Enjoy What Frederick County Has to Offer

Gambrill State ParkPhone: 301-271-75748602 Gambrill Park Rd.Frederick, MD 21701 of hiking, biking, and horse trails, camping, scenic views

OJT: Earn While You Learn!

If you are unemployed and interested in earning a paycheck while you learn new skills at work, then you won't want to miss this SPECIAL EVENT:

On-the-Job Training (OJT) Information Session
To be offered on the following dates and times:
(Please choose ONE session only.)

Monday, August 8 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Monday, August 8 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 11 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 11 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

* These information sessions will provide an overview of the On-the-Job Training program. There is NO guarantee of employment.

Business and Employment Center
5340 Spectrum Drive, Suite A, Frederick, MD 21703

How to Prepare for the Session
Please plan to bring the following documentation with you, so that we may determine your eligibility to participate in the OJT program:

§ Social Security Card
§ Proof of Address (acceptable documents include: driver's license, mortgage statement, utility bill)
§ Proof of United States Citizenship or proof that you are eligible to legally work in the United States (acceptable documents include birth certificate, voter registration card, passport, I-94 card, permanent residency card)
§ Documentation of your employment status (acceptable documents include a lay off letter from a Frederick County company)
§ For Veterans ONLY: Provide a copy of your DD 214

* Please note: ALL eligible OJT participants MUST be enrolled in the Maryland Workforce Exchange (

Please reserve your spot in advance, as space is limited.

To RSVP, please email Max Douge no later than Friday, August 5 at

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Get Out & Enjoy What Frederick County Has to Offer

Cunningham Falls State ParkPhone:
Catoctin Hollow Rd.Thurmont, MD 21788
Largest cascading waterfall in Maryland, Catoctin Iron Furnace, hiking

Thursday, July 28, 2011

MD Ranked More Innovative than any Country

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation released a 2011 report measuring each of the 50 states against 44 foreign countries and regions and found that nine states, including Maryland, would be ranked number one in innovation-based competitiveness if they were countries. The report noted that Maryland benefited from national laboratory funding and state programs to help transfer technology from labs into the marketplace. The study considered 16 key indicators, such as scientists and engineers, corporate and government R&D, and venture capital.

See the complete article and more in July's Economic Pulse-An Overview of Maryland's Economic Indicators at

Monday, July 25, 2011

Technology and Investor Forum, Marymount University September 13

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development will team up with the Mid-Atlantic Federal Lab Consortium to bring together a forum to host a group of financial professionals as well as researchers from federal labs/agencies, academia, economic development organizations, and private sector firms in the Washington Metro region of Maryland, Washington D. C., and Virginia that will highlight effective business strategies in technology development, as well as technology transfer. In addition the forum will focus on lessons learned, challenges, and opportunities in this economically active region.
A financial seminar in the morning will be followed by panels which will address technology and financial challenges and opportunities in the fields of biomedical/life sciences; electronics/IT cyber security; advance material sciences; and energy.

Forum registration fee of $25 includes refreshments and lunch. Registration deadline is Monday August 29, 2011. Register @ . If you have questions, please contact Mr. John Emond,, 202-358-1686.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Laurie Boyer Talks about Being Business Friendly!

Check out our own Laurie Boyer on Comcast Newsmakers giving an update Frederick County business friendly initiatives, social media, Business Appreciation Week and Frederick County farmers markets.​/video/NMFR0707LaurieBoyer_01.​wmv

Thursday, July 14, 2011

2011 Best Places to Work Campaign Underway

Do you love where you work? Then let us know! All employers & employees in Frederick County are encouraged to participate in the 2011 Best Places to Work Survey. The Frederick County Office of Economic Development, City of Frederick Department of Economic Development, Frederick County Workforce Services and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce will be emailing a survey to nominate your business or company. The Best Places to Work campaign is part of a county-wide partnership between business, government, and the community dedicated to increasing quality of life opportunities for Frederick County employees.

For those businesses who may not receive the e-mail, the survey can be found online at and takes about 15 minutes to complete. The survey deadline is September 16, 2011.

Responses to the survey will be used to determine the 2011 Best Places to Work and will have four possible categories: Small Employer (1-10 employees), Medium Employer (11-50), Large Employer (51-200) and Major Employer (200+) and will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center. Winners will be featured in a local publication and qualified winners are automatically entered into the Chamber’s Summit Awards competition.

A qualifying business is any employer in Frederick County, including corporations, privately owned businesses, non-profit associations, and federal, state and local government agencies that meet the Family Friendly criteria, such as offering employees a cafeteria plan with flexible benefit spending, parental sick leave, or a flexible work schedule.

This year’s 9th Annual Best Places to Work campaign is sponsored by: Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED), City of Frederick Department of Economic Development (DED), Frederick County Workforce Services and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, please contact Frederick Economic Development at 301-600-1058 or 301-600-6360.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

$8 Million For Biotech Tax Credit in FY 2012 Draws More Than 180 Applications

July 07, 2011
Investors seeking a portion of the $8 million available in FY 2012 for the State’s popular Biotechnology Investment Incentive Tax Credit submitted more than 180 applications online within three minutes July 1, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) Secretary Christian S. Johansson announced today. The online system was launched last year to make the application process easier and more efficient and eliminate the need for investors and biotech firms to line up in person in advance as they had done in past years. The applications were taken on a first-come, first-served basis and investors will learn within 30 days if their prospective investment may be eligible for the credit. The tax credit program, which was first funded with $6 million in FY 2007, encourages investors to provide seed and early-stage funding to qualified, privately held Maryland biotechnology companies.
“Together, with the business community and industry stakeholders, we fought to maintain Maryland’s highly successful biotech tax credit at $8 million for FY 2012 and the program continues to see tremendous interest by investors,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “The credit has become a lifeline for the State’s biotech companies, helping them to expand and add jobs and bring to the market many innovative and life-saving discoveries.”
“Maryland’s biotechnology tax credit is the most generous tax credit of its kind in the nation, reducing an investor’s risk by 50 percent,” said Dr. Judith Britz, Executive Director of the Maryland Biotechnology Center. “Since the process is driven by the company’s ability to attract investment, the market is dictating the winners. As word spreads, the demand for this tax credit continues to grow.”
In 2010, 19 Maryland biotechnology companies received investments from the program, which is a key part of the BioMaryland 2020 plan, the 10-year, $1.3 billion strategy for moving the State’s life sciences industry forward and investing in programs and infrastructure to position Maryland as a global powerhouse. Since it was first funded, the program has issued $32 million in tax credits, assisting more than 50 Maryland biotechnology companies and leveraging $64 million in private investment. For more on the program, visit Companies receiving investments from the program in 2010 and so far in 2011 include 20/20 Gene Systems (Montgomery County); A&G Pharmaceutical (Howard County); Akonni Biosystems (Frederick County); BioAssay Works (Frederick County); BioMarker Strategies (Baltimore City); Blue Torch Medical Technologies (Montgomery County); Clarassance (Montgomery County); Creatv MicroTech (Montgomery County); Corridor Pharmaceuticals (Baltimore County); CosmosID Inc. (Prince George’s County); FASgen (Baltimore City); Fyodor (Baltimore City); Gliknik (Baltimore City); InfraTrac (Montgomery County); Intelligent Substrates (Baltimore City); Noble Life Sciences (Montgomery County); Noxilizer (Montgomery County); Otraces Inc. (Montgomery County); Plant Sensory Systems (Baltimore County); Telcare (Montgomery County); Xcision Medical Systems (Howard County); and Zymetis (Prince George’s County)
Dr. Sharon Flank, CEO of InfraTrac, said the tax credit program has helped her market her company’s unique technology to analyze counterfeit drugs.
“We could have based our company in any jurisdiction, but we chose Maryland because of the tremendous support for young biotech companies,” said Dr. Flank. “As part of the State’s biotech community, we receive mentoring, training, showcases at conferences and access to funding through other programs of the Maryland Biotechnology Center. InfraTrac is proud to support the growth of biotech in Maryland, one job at a time.”
John Dwyer, chairman of Telcare Inc., said his company was able to raise more than $1 million of early stage equity capital last year through the biotech tax credit.
“The tax credit played a crucial role in motivating a number of individual investors to make their investment in an efficient and expeditious manner,” Dwyer said. “Because of this critical investment, Telcare developed the first wirelessly enabled blood glucose meter, attracted a Fortune 100 corporate investor and created a dozen new jobs.”
To qualify, companies are required to: be less than 15 years old; have their headquarters in Maryland; employ fewer than 50 people, and have a valid certification from the Department of Business and Economic Development. Investors are required to submit applications prior to making an investment. DBED reviews the applications and issues initial credit certifications within 30 calendar days. ABOUT DBED The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development stimulates private investment and creates jobs by attracting new businesses, encouraging the expansion and retention of existing companies, and providing workforce training and financial assistance to Maryland companies. The Department promotes the State's many economic advantages and markets local products and services at home and abroad to spur economic development and international investment, trade and tourism. For more information, visit
ABOUT THE MARYLAND BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER The Maryland Biotechnology Center (MBC), part of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, is a newly created organization by Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board. The MBC is a portal to resources and coordinated programs of entrepreneur and biotechnology infrastructure development, workforce training, connection to federal facilities, and marketing Maryland’s bioscience community. For more information, visit
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We Want to Appreciate Our Frederick County Businesses!

Dear Frederick County Business:

Are you looking for a fantastic, free way to get the message out about your company's superior products or services? Sign up for Frederick County's Business Appreciation Week and spread the news!

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development is hosting its 11th Annual Business Appreciation Week. We want to hear about your business, thank you for being here, identify any concerns or potential issues you might have, and this year's event has a marketing twist--we also want to help market how fantastic your company is!

A small group of local ambassadors will make short visits lasting about 30-45 minutes to companies like yours all week long. Once Business Appreciation Week is over, the Office of Economic Development promotes your company using multiple media outlets and you're invited to attend our Annual Business Reception in November, the biggest Frederick County business networking event of the year.

Sign up today for three possible dates and times and we'll contact you in August with the exact date and time of your visit. Slots fill fast so please sign up by August 5th. We are looking forward to seeing you in September!

Register here:

Monday, June 20, 2011

Small Business Health Insurance Tax Breaks Available

The Frederick County Health Department and Frederick Board of County Commissioners will hold a press conference to make small business owners aware of new tax breaks. The conference will be held Wednesday, June 22, at 10:00 a.m. in the first floor hearing room of Winchester Hall, located at 12 East Church Street, Frederick, Md.

Board President Blaine Young said, “We promised the voters that our board would be pro-business and do everything possible to promote a business-friendly environment in Frederick County. The board’s strategic plan includes a goal of improved predictability for businesses. Informing the business community of opportunities such as health insurance tax credits will enable small business to better predict and respond to rising health insurance costs. These tax breaks are applicable to businesses with less than 25 employees whose average salaries are less than $50,000 per year.”

At the event, the Maryland Health Care For All! Coalition and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Maryland will announce a print ad running in the local newspaper to inform small businesses about these tax creditsFor additional information, visit

“Maryland small businesses are the engines for job growth in our state, but year after year they are being overburdened by the skyrocketing cost of health insurance,” said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. “These tax credits are just one of the many ways health care reform will help Maryland businesses access more affordable coverage for their employees, and we are fully committed to ensuring small businesses have the information they need to maximize every advantage that the Affordable Care Act provides.”

The press conference will be broadcast live on FCG TV, cable channel 19, and on the Frederick County Government webcasting page,

For additional information, contact Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative at 410-235-9000 or text HEALTH to 877877.

Friday, June 17, 2011

PenMar Equine Practice, LLC - New Business

"Dr. Moira Nusbaum was raised in Gapland, Maryland on a small horse farm. Her early love of horses drove her to pursue a career with horses and veterinary medicine. After veterinary school, Dr. Nusbaum completed an internship at the prestigious Piedmont Equine Practice in The Plains, Virginia, an area known for its dense population of valuable sport horses, fox-hunters and race horses. While at Piedmont, Dr. Nusbaum gained advanced training in lameness, dentistry, reproduction, surgery and anesthesia."I have always approached animals with a kind and caring approach and now I would like to offer my clients the same superior treatment; my desire for PenMar Equine is to provide clients and their horses the most advanced resources available while maintaining a compassionate yet cost-conscientious service. PenMar Equine offers digital radiography (great for pre-purchases!), ultrasonography, power dentistry and emergency services.
PenMar Equine Practice, LLCPO Box 48 Myersville MD 21773(301)639-5563Practice Limited to Horses. For more info:

The Midatlantic Small Business Coaching Day

Attention: Small & Mid-Sized Business Owners in Greater Frederick, MD:
Here is a value-packed learning opportunity coming up in late June, that’s been designed especially for area small and mid-sized business owners. Featuring Round-Table Sessions loaded with practical information, networking opportunities, insightful presentations and Q&A especially for small and mid-sized business owners.
EVENT: The Midatlantic Small Business Coaching Day
WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 8:00am – 5:00 pm (Lunch provided)
WHERE: Danielle’s Restaurant & Courtyard
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Bill Butts,, 301-639-4444
This event will provide small and mid-sized business owners with the opportunity to meet directly with and learn from a team of specialists in areas of high value to business owners: The presenting team includes:…. a business attorney,… a CPA,… a business insurance advisor,… an employee benefits counselor,… business marketing specialist (with particular expertise in social media),… a business coach,… and a business financial advisor. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with 10-15 quality exhibitors, all chosen for the quality of their business services and products.
This is a must-attend event for business owners interested in resources, tools, knowledge and expertise capable of helping you take your business to the next level.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Things are "brewing" up in Frederick County, MD

Frederick County, MD-June 13, 2011 - With a continued emphasis on business retention and outreach, Frederick County Commissioner Paul Smith joined representatives from the Office of Economic Development, the Business Development Advisory Council, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and other partner agencies to meet with representatives from Flying Dog Brewery.

Representatives from Flying Dog were Erin Biles, Public Relations Manager and Heather Benton, Sales Manager. Attendees were given a tour of the state-of-the-art facility and learned what it takes to manufacture their award-winning craft beers.

Flying Dog Ales originally started as a brewpub in Aspen, Colorado in 1990 and later opened a 50 barrel brewery in Denver, Colorado. In 2006, Flying Dog purchased a second brewery – located at 4607 Wedgewood Blvd, Frederick, MD. Now, all the production is being held at the Frederick facility. They currently produce 26 different craft beers including limited editions and seasonal brews. They are producing 700,000 barrels of beer a year and employ 60 people.

For more information on Flying Dog Brewery, visit their website at

Pictured Left to Right: Mike Kidder, BDAC; Drex Ryberg, BDAC; Frederick County Commissioner Paul Smith; Erin Biles, Flying Dog Brewery; Kathleen Shino, BDAC; John Fieseler, Tourism Council of Frederick County; Patrick Barnes, DBED and Gary Ventry, DBED

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Half of U.S. Businesses Operated from the Home

When we think of a business, we often conjure up an image of an office park or perhaps a storefront in a strip mall. But in reality, according to new data on firms that responded to the 2007 Survey of Business Owners (SBO), slightly more than half of U.S. businesses — 51.6 percent — were home-based. Only 6.9 percent of these home-based respondent businesses had $250,000 or more in sales and receipts, while 57.1 percent brought in less than $25,000.

The SBO provides a wealth of national-level data on the characteristics of businesses and their owners. It looks at topics like the age and educational levels of owners, types of customers and workers, and sources of financing for start-up and expansion. For instance, 58.2 percent of women-owned respondent firms were home-based. And the majority of the Hispanic-owned respondent businesses (56.1 percent) were able to conduct transactions in Spanish; the same was true of only 7.4 percent of all U.S. respondent firms.

Another interesting aspect of the SBO data is that capital commitments were modest. For budding entrepreneurs, the initial investment is often rather small, as roughly three in 10 (30.6 percent) respondent firms requiring start-up capital needed less than $5,000. Instances of massive amounts of start-up capital are relatively rare, as only 1.5 percent of these firms required $1 million or more. Believe it or not, one in 10 (10.4 percent) were actually started with a credit card — although they may have also used other sources of capital.

Here are a couple of more notable points. First, the “little guy” is important to most business owners. In 2007, 72.7 percent of the nation’s businesses reported that individual customers accounted for at least 10 percent of their total sales of goods and services. And secondly, the dreams of immigrating to the United States and then starting or acquiring a business have become a reality for many, as 13.6 percent of owners reported they were born outside the United States.

Please visit the Census Bureau Web site at for more information on the characteristics of businesses and their owners.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Last Chance to Register

"Business at a Crossroads: Grow or Go?" Event
We've had a great response for the June 14th Kevin Mulvaney speaking event; there are a few remaining seats so REGISTER TODAY! Join us for breakfast and formulate a plan for your business future, as we hear from Mr. Mulvaney, senior lecturer and faculty member of the Entrepreneurial Studies Division at Babson College. Hope to see you there!

On Tuesday, June 14th from 8am to 10am at Dutch's Daughter Restaurant in Frederick, The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development and the Frederick County Department of Economic Development welcome keynote speaker Kevin Mulvaney to this event. Based on the recent findings of Professor Mulvaney's surveys, businesses are indeed at a crossroads:--What will it take to grow to the next level?--What are the various exit options available?Enjoy breakfast while formulating a plan for your business future. There will be a Q&A session following Professor Mulvaney's remarks.This event is FREE but registration is required. For more information, please call 301-600-1058.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Business at a Crossroads: Grow or Go?" Event

On Tuesday, June 14th from 8am to 10am at Dutch's Daughter Restaurant in Frederick, The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development and the Frederick County Department of Economic Development welcome keynote speaker Kevin Mulvaney to this event. Based on the recent findings of Professor Mulvaney's surveys, businesses are indeed at a crossroads:
--What will it take to grow to the next level?
--What are the various exit options available?

Enjoy breakfast while formulating a plan for your business future. There will be a Q&A session following Professor Mulvaney's remarks.

This event is FREE but registration is required. For more information, please call 301-600-1058.

Friday, May 27, 2011

We've moved!

As part of the new Community Development Division reorganization, the Office of Economic Development has moved to the 2nd floor of Winchester Hall. Our new address is 12 E. Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701. Phone numbers and other contact information remains the same.

We look forward to working out of our new offices in downtown historic Frederick!

Brunswick Main Street Receives State Award

On May 19, Maryland Main Street recognized the Brunswick Main Street program, under the leadership of Patrick Kay, Director, and Richard Pearrell, Chairman of the Board, with its award for Organizational Excellence - one of five awards presented annually.

The Organization Committee of Brunswick Main Street, chaired by Abbie Ricketts, was cited for results that included: a year that saw a 27% increase in membership money contributions, and a 200% increase in new members since 2009. As well, other fund raising efforts were cited for ensuring the continued operation and viability of the local Main Street program, and developing "consensus and cooperation among the various stakeholders."

The award was presented by Raymond Skinner, Secretary, Department of Housing and Community Development. Tim Murphy, Assistant State Main Street Coordinator, was the event's Master of Ceremonies, held at the Maryland Inn, Annapolis. City Councilman Angel White and Diane Ellis, Secretary of Brunswick Main Street, also were in attendance.

"Winning an award from the Maryland State Main Street program is such an honor for Brunswick Main Street," Abbie points out. "Our volunteers have put in many hours to build the capacity of the organization and their efforts have been outstanding. We thank them all. But most importantly, we thank all of our donors and sponsors. Without them we could not survive. Thank you for believing in our mission and having faith that we can reach our goals."

The Brunswick Main Street mission is to re-vitalize downtown Brunswick as an attractive and lively city center that improves the quality of life for everyone who lives, works or visits here.

"One of the main reasons we got this award is that we raised 87% of our budget ourselves with only 13% coming from the City of Brunswick," Director Kay emphasized. "In the State of Maryland the other 22 Main Streets keep an average donation from their City at about 40%. We haven't just maintained in such a bad economy; we have excelled. We have increased membership donations by more than 75% in the past 2 years. That's impressive in my book."

He added: "We are continuing to focus on growing the organization and bringing new businesses to Brunswick. To bring people downtown, we have a series of events planned under the title of 'Saturdays in Railroad Town.' The next event scheduled takes place Saturday, June 4 - 'Taste of Brunswick and the Downhill Mile Race,' the evening begins at 4 p.m."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

2011 Frederick County Progress Report Now Available

The Daily Record has published the 2011 Frederick County Progress Report, titled "Open for Business." To read the online version, visit

Thursday, May 19, 2011

City of Frederick Energy Forum May 24th

Tuesday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm; City Hall Board Room, 101 N. Court Street, Frederick. Street Parking available as well as Court Street Parking Deck and the Church Street Parking Deck.

The purpose of the City of Frederick’s FREE energy forum is to provide local residents with an opportunity to be educated on their electric choices. Many City residents and businesses are not aware that as a Maryland resident, they have a choice as to who provides their electricity. Gathering information on all of the electricity providers can be overwhelming and challenging for consumers; this educational event would address the lack of electric choice awareness. This event will also help provide an accurate way for our consumers to obtain information on each provider.
Vendors will include: Constellation Electric, CQI, Direct Energy Services and Potomac Edison - 1st Energy.
You'll also hear from Frederick County on their Green Homes Challenge.
This event is FREE however seating is limited.
To register please go to:

City of Frederick Energy Forum May 24

7:00pm - 9:00pm; City Hall Board Room, 101 N. Court Street, Frederick. Street Parking available as well as Court Street Parking Deck and the Church Street Parking Deck.

The purpose of the City of Frederick’s FREE energy forum is to provide local residents with an opportunity to be educated on their electric choices. Many City residents and businesses are not aware that as a Maryland resident, they have a choice as to who provides their electricity. Gathering information on all of the electricity providers can be overwhelming and challenging for consumers; this educational event would address the lack of electric choice awareness. This event will also help provide an accurate way for our consumers to obtain information on each provider.
Vendors will include: Constellation Electric, CQI, Direct Energy Services and Potomac Edison - 1st Energy.
You'll also hear from Frederick County on their Green Homes Challenge.
This event is FREE however seating is limited. Please regisiter at

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Frederick Procurement Fair 2011

Frederick County Office of Economic Development and the City of Frederick Department of Economic Development host our Second Annual Frederick Procurement Fair today. There were 14 of our largest employers exhibiting which included (Fort Detrick, Frederick Memorial Hospital, SAIC-Frederick, MedImmune, Lonza and more). With close to 200 attendees from lawn services, staffing companies, IT professionals to office suppliers, etc. We heard a comment from an attendee saying, "in 45 minutes I was able to set up six meetings for next week" and a comment from an exhibitor stating, I made contacts today that I will be able to work with now and other contacts that I'll need in the future, it was a great event."

If you are a Frederick County business and you would like to be added to the list of invitees for next year, please email Helen at

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Web Portal Helps Maryland's Small Businesses Choose Employee Health Care

VIRTUAL COMPARE simplifies shopping for health insurance plans

Baltimore, MD (May 3, 2011) - Today, the Maryland Health Care Commission launches a new web portal to help small business owners choose a group health plan for their employees. The web portal, known as VIRTUAL COMPARE, provides information about plans available to small employers in Maryland, allowing a side-by-side comparison of benefits, premiums, and out of pocket costs. The portal also includes guidance about choosing health insurance; information about federal tax credits and state subsidies for small, low wage companies; and assistance in finding an insurance broker to apply for coverage.

"VIRTUAL COMPARE is an important piece of our commitment to transparency, assuring that information about the quality and cost of health plans and providers is available to the public," said Marilyn Moon, Chair of the Health Care Commission.

VIRTUAL COMPARE includes both standard and high-deductible versions of HMO and PPO plans. For each plan category, the web portal provides information about the base plan, the two most frequently sold base plans with riders, and two additional benefit designs selected by the carrier.

The web portal arose from 2009 legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola. The legislation requires benefit and premium comparisons of health benefit plans issued in the small group market. Employers with up to 50 full time employees are eligible; self-employed individuals are not.

"Small businesses face real challenges choosing health insurance for their employees," said Senator Rob Garagiola. "I think they will appreciate a web portal that allows side by side comparisons of premiums, benefits, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs for plans in the small group market."

The web portal will allow the user to compare up to four health plans at a time. Since different plan features are important to different employers, the site includes a variety of sort functions, such as the lowest premium, ideal deductible, or the preferred delivery system. The employer can also choose to view only those products offered by one of the five largest carriers participating in Maryland's small group market.

VIRTUAL COMPARE provides estimated premiums and does not accept applications for coverage. Employers who want additional information or want to apply can contact the carriers directly, or can use the services of a health insurance broker. Employers who do not have an existing relationship with a broker will find information about brokers in their area by clicking on the "Find a Broker" button on VIRTUAL COMPARE. To be listed on VIRTUAL COMPARE, brokers must register using the "Broker Registration" link on the portal. To date, more than 600 brokers have pre-registered on VIRTUAL COMPARE.

VIRTUAL COMPARE also provides a wealth of additional information to help employers as they consider their purchase of a group health plan. Consumer Guides to Health Insurance for Small Employers provide advice to guide employers. A link to the IRS website will help small, lower wage employers determine their eligibility for a federal tax credit that recently became available through federal health reform. The site also includes information on the Health Insurance Partnership, Maryland's premium subsidy program for smaller, lower wage businesses who have not been offering health care benefits, and health plan quality and performance reports that compare the quality of services offered by each carrier.

The Commission awarded a competitive contract to Benefitfocus to design and develop VIRTUAL COMPARE.

To access the VIRTUAL COMPARE web portal go to:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Local Biotech Firm Receives International Grant of $40,000

Santiago, Chile- Frederick Innovative Technology Center-based biotech company, LavaAmp, has been selected as one of 110 companies worldwide to participate in the prestigious and world-recognized program, Start-Up Chile. After receiving 329 applications, LavaAmp was chosen to receive $40,000 USD, a 1-year work visa and access to local financial and social networks– the objective is to raise capital, hire talent, create networks, and to start their businesses from Chile while leveraging and interacting fully with the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

LavaAmp is a handheld device for performing DNA analysis that is faster, can be run on AA battery power and is an order of magnitude less expensive than existing technologies. It is ideal for diagnosing infectious diseases in remote areas with little access to health care.
LavaAmp can be used for far more than field diagnostics, including areas like veterinary diagnostics, food safety, education and research. The aim is to offer not just a device for molecular diagnostics but to provide a full platform for researchers, doctors and hobbyists to develop their own tests for their specific needs.

Start-Up Chile is a program created by the Chilean Government, initiated by the Ministry of Economy and is executed by Corfo/InnovaChile, which seeks to attract early-stage entrepreneurs to bootstrap their businesses in Chile. In line with the national goal of converting Chile into the innovation and entrepreneurship hub of Latin America, the program plans to bring 1,000 projects to Chile by 2014.

For more information on LavaAmp, visit their website at

Commissioners Monthly Business Visit to RR Donnelley

This morning, a group of Frederick County Commissioners, Business Development Advisory Council board members and economic development officials visited RR Donnelley in Thurmont, MD as part of Frederick County's monthly business retention program.

RR Donnelley's Thurmont facility, established in Frederick County in 1950, employs 380 people and is one of the largest international printing companies in the world. Attendees received a tour of the facility and heard about the top-notch printing operation that happens daily out of Thurmont.

To learn more about RR Donnelley, please visit

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Technology and Investor Forum, Marymount University May 19

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development will team up with the Mid-Atlantic Federal Lab Consortium to bring together in a forum a host of financial researchers from federal labs/agencies, academia, economic development organizations, and private sector firms in the Washington Metro area. The purpose of this forum is to highlight effective business strategies in technology development, as well as tech transfer lessons learned, along with challenges and opportunities in this economically active region. Panels will include technology and financial challenges and opportunities in the fields of biomedical/ life sciences: electronics/IT/cyber security; advance material sciences; and energy.
Another goal of this forum is to encourage potential collaboration/partnership opportunities among speakers and attendees.
Forum registration fee of $25.00 includes refreshments and lunch. Registration deadline in Monday May 10th. Register at

The time of the forum is 8:00-4:30.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Comptroller Visits STULZ-ATS on his Better With Less Tour

Franchot to Visit Businesses that are Examples of Efficiency for Govt.-

Frederick, MD (April 19, 2011) - In an effort to highlight businesses innovatively operating at lower costs and pass along their lessons of efficiencies to government, Comptroller Peter Franchot kicked off his Better with Less tour last week.

This morning, Mr. Franchot visited STULZ-ATS to present us this prestigious award. STULZ-ATS is one of only 24 Maryland businesses honored, and the only business in Frederick County on the recipient list. On hand to greet The Comptroller and accept on the company’s behalf were Joerg Desler, VP of Production and Engineering, Thorsten Weiss, Chief Financial Officer, and Anne Shubert, Marketing Manager.

Also attending, Jodie Bollinger from the Frederick County Office of Economic Development and Richard Griffin from the City of Frederick, Department of Economic Development.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Frederick's e-End Receives Award and Certification

Frederick, MD - The week of March 28th was very rewarding for e-End, a Certified Woman-Owned Small Business, located in Frederick, MD. In that week, the secure data destruction and electronics recycling company received an award from the Tech Council of Maryland as the "Service Provider of the Year." In addition to that prestigious award and following an extensive audit of e-End's company security along with their policy and procedures, they were awarded the National Association of Information Destruction (NAID) AAA Certification for data sanitization. "We are so proud to have our team recognized for their level of excellence. Our goal has always been to over-deliver when we work with clients," said e-End's CEO Arleen Chafitz. "e-End has always been dedicated to performing the highest level of secure data destruction and electronics recycling for our clients." Their clients include a broad range of government agencies, plus companies of all sizes and individuals. Serving the Mid-Atlantic region, e-End's Frederick facility has a broad range of highly specialized equipment to enable electronic data to be sanitized meeting NIST and NSA guidelines. In addition to plant-based equipment, they developed proprietary mobile equipment permitting secure data sanitization at client facilities. Equipment received at e-End is recycled meeting state and federal guidelines and the company adheres to a Zero-Landfill Policy for all equipment they process. For further info: 240-529-1010

Monday, April 11, 2011

2011 Frederick Procurement Fair

Join us for the

2011 Frederick Procurement Fair

Date: Wednesday, May 18
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center 40 South Carroll Street, Frederick

Parking is available at the City All Saints Street Parking Garage located next to the Delaplaine

The 2011 Frederick Procurement Fair is a unique opportunity to interface with the procurement and purchasing officers of the largest employers and government agencies in Frederick County. From office supplies and facility maintenance, to professional services and government contracts, there are tremendous opportunities for local companies to learn about how to do business with the exhibiting organizations.

Exhibitors include: Banner Life City of Frederick Fort Detrick Business Development Office Frederick Community College Frederick County Government Frederick County Public Schools Frederick County Workforce Services Frederick Memorial Hospital MedImmune Mount Saint Mary's University SAIC-Frederick ...and more!

There is no charge for this event however registration is required!

Please include your email, name, title,company name in your RSVP to You will receive a confirmation email within 24-48 hours;if you do not receive one, please call 301-600-6360.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

County Moving Forward on Improving Business Climate

With the goal of improving the "business friendly" environment, staff with direction from the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners have moved forward on reviewing and revising the rules and regs that affect the local business community. Check out the Business Friendly Action Item List and status here.

There were 181 action items on the initial list presented to the Board of County Commissioners in Feburary. Since that time an additional 47 action items of have been added to the list.

Completed = 26 Items (14% of initial / 11% of Total)
Underway = 56 Items (31% of initial / 25% of Total)
Total Items = 181 Initial + 47 Additional = 228 Total Action Items

Check back for the latest updates and progress.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Stay Competitive with the Competitive Edge Retailing Series

Presented by PNC Bank

Panel of Social Media Gurus

March 24, 2011 · 6:30 - 8PM

@ The Delaplaine Visual Arts Educational Center
40 S Carroll Street Frederick, MD 21701

Winning Strategies for Uncertain Times
w/ Margie Johnson
April 5, 2011 · 6:30 - 8PM

@ The Delaplaine Visual Arts Educational Center
40 S Carroll Street Frederick, MD 21701

Guerilla Marketing
May 18, 2011 · 6:30 - 8PM

@ The Delaplaine Visual Arts Educational Center
40 S Carroll Street Frederick, MD 21701

Amazing Race - Downtown Frederick
June 2011 · 7PM
Specific date and location TBD. Check back soon for updates.

This series was created by the Downtown Frederick Partnership's Economic Restructuring Committee to help to further strengthen our downtown businesses. We are able to put on this great series thanks to the support of sponsors. For more information, e-mail or call 301-698-8118.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Frederick County Ranked #3 Healthiest County in MD

County Health Rankings say Frederick County #3 for health in Maryland. New Rankings give communities a snapshot of how healthy their residents are so they can see where they are doing well, where they need to improve, and then act together to remove barriers to good health.

Frederick County Tech Council Award Winners

The Frederick County Tech Awards Celebration was held Tuesday evening at Holly Hills Country Club. 2011 technology award winners Sheila Buscemi, a Valley Elementary School first-grade teacher, was selected Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Educator of the Year. Small Business of the Year award recipient RURO Inc. develops state-of-the-art software that optimizes manageability and productivity for innovative academic, biotechnological, pharmaceutical, medical and government laboratories in the U.S. and throughout the world. E-End, a company that provides secure destruction of electronic data, received the Service Provider of the Year award. The Firm of the Year award went to Data Management Services Inc. -- an information and management sciences company dedicated to the biomedical research, public health and small-business sectors. Uplaksh Kumar, manufacturing leader of Life Technologies Corp., was chosen Executive of the Year. The CEO of the Year award went to Larry Arthur, CEO of SAIC-Frederick Inc. Congratulations to all of the award winners.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Folcomer Equipment Corporation Earns Top North American Dealer Award

Folcomer Equipment Corporation, a leading construction equipment dealership with offices in Maryland and Delaware, was presented with the Top North American Dealer award by Takeuchi at last week’s CONEXPO trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We are thrilled to receive this award. Since adding the Takeuchi product line, our customers have been impressed with the quality of the machines, as well as the relatively low amount of maintenance required,” said Dave Folcomer, president and owner of Folcomer Equipment.

The award was based on wholegood sales, market share and compliance with manufacturer standards. There are approximately 200 dealers throughout North America, according to Takeuchi’s corporate office in Pendergrass, Georgia.

“We really owe this award to our customers. Without them, we couldn’t achieve this success,” said Amanda Haddaway, director of human resources and marketing for Folcomer Equipment.

About Folcomer Equipment
Started in 1994, Folcomer Equipment has grown from one location in Aberdeen, Maryland to five locations throughout Maryland and Delaware. The company represents several construction equipment manufacturers including Takeuchi and assists customers with new and used equipment sales, equipment rentals, parts and service. Offices are currently located in Aberdeen, Baltimore, Frederick and Upper Marlboro, Maryland and Greenwood, Delaware. For more information on Folcomer Equipment, please visit

About Takeuchi
Takeuchi is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of an extensive line of compact track loaders, compact excavators and compact wheel loaders. Founded in 1963, Takeuchi was the first company to introduce the compact excavators to the North American market, setting the stage for one of the highest growth product segments ever introduced in the compact equipment market. The compact excavator market has become a main line product for both rental and construction/utility companies. Takeuchi continued to lead the compact construction industry with the introduction of the first compact track loader to North America. For more information on Takeuchi, please visit

Photo caption: Clay Eubanks, president of Takeuchi, presents Dave Folcomer, president and owner of Folcomer Equipment, with the Top North American Dealer award on the show floor at CONEXPO in Las Vegas. CONEXPO is the premier construction equipment industry trade show. Held every three years, the exposition showcases the latest equipment, products, services and technologies.

Media contact: Amanda Haddaway, Director of Human Resources and Marketing, Folcomer Equipment Corporation,, 301-682-4441 ###

Friday, March 25, 2011

County Works to Improve Business Climate

With the goal of improving the "business friendly" environment, staff with direction from the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners, have begun to review and revise the rules and regs that affect the local business community.

Check out the Business Friendly Action Item List and status here.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Congratulations to Frederick County's Top CEOs You Need to Know

The Gazette of Politics and Business announces 25 CEOs You Need to Know for 2011. Among them are six Frederick County CEOs including:

Daryl Boffman
Acela Technologies

Glen Calderon
Default Resource

M.L. Carroll
Canapes Catering

Pete & Jim Plamondon
Plamondon Companies

Col. Judith Robertson
Ft. Detrick

David Smith
Head of Cell Therapy
Lonza-Walkersville, Inc.

A meet and greet lunch and award presentation will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 11:30 am to 1:30pm at the The Ballroom in Bethesda, MD. To reserve a seat, please contact Kathleen Castellano at 240-864-1558 or email

Congraulations to our Frederick County CEOs!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

First Quarter Retention Visits

Each month, the Office of Economic Development, members of the BOCC and our Business Advisory Council visits a business to hear their future plans, gage how doing business in Frederick has benefited their business and hear how we can make doing business in Frederick easier. In January, Stulz Air Technology Systems, Inc. was visited. Stulz is an international company that manufactures air conditioning, humidifying and dehumidifying systems. One of our award winners at our 2010 Annual Business Reception, Stulz continues to expand and add additional jobs. Our February visit was to ALL-SHRED. ALL-SHRED is a certified woman-owned and small business certified company. In business for 10 years, they started in Middletown with 1 truck. The now have a fleet of 14 vehicles, with Corporate Headquarters in Frederick, and a branch in Easton, MD. In March, we visited Life Technologies Corporation. Life Tech. is a global biotechnology tools company dedicated to improving the human condition. For more information about these company, please visit their websites at, and

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

2010 Annual Report

OED released their 2010 Annual Report today. To track economic statistics over the past five years, get targeted industry highlights, view which companies expanded or located to Frederick County, to understand the commercial real estate market and much more, please click here

Friday, March 11, 2011

Stulz Air Technology Systems, Inc Awarded Prestigous International Leadership Award

Last evening, OED was in attendence when Stulz Air Technology Systems won the World Trade Center Institute's International Business Leadership Award.

The awards, now in their 15th year, are given to companies that define and celebrate vision, the spirit of global ambition and excellence in international leadership. Accepting for Stulz Air Technology Systems, Inc (SATS) at the event was Marc-Oliver Stulz, President. To learn more about SATS, please visit

Congratulations to SATS!

New County Mapping Tool Released

The Enterprise GIS team is proud to announce the release of the brand new web mapping application, Frederick County MD, At a Glance:

At a Glance allows users to obtain a wealth of current information about Frederick County properties, including real property information, plat, recycle data, crime statistics, zoning, water and sewer services, schools, libraries, police districts, and parks. Users will find an archive of historic imagery of the County ranging from 1952-2009, measuring tools, links to Google Street View and Bing imagery, local weather forecasts and much, much more. This mapping application displays large, easy to read icons and fast convenient search functions that are just a mouse click away.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

In Memoriam

Originally published March 10, 2011
The Frederick News-Post
By Ed Waters Jr. News-Post Staff

Chris Olson's professional and personal commitment to Frederick County will be missed, according to many of those who worked with him.

Olson, who died Sunday at age 45 after a struggle with cancer, was a consultant at the Frederick County Small Business Development Center.

"Chris Olson was an integral part of the team at the Office of Economic Development, even though he actually worked for the Small Business Development Center," said Laurie M. Boyer, executive director of the Frederick County Office of Economic Development.

"He worked in our office, and we interacted daily with him on shared clients, planning events targeted at small businesses and working on special projects. He was always willing to jump in and lend a hand to whoever might need it, with the best attitude and a wealth of knowledge," Boyer said.

One of Olson's greatest strengths was seeing the value in partnerships and bringing people together to work collaboratively for the betterment of the business community, Boyer said.
"He will be missed more than I can express," she said.

Olson's dedication was felt throughout the community, said Richard Griffin, director of the City of Frederick Department of Economic Development.

"Chris made an indelible mark on the Frederick business community and each of us through his intellect, dedication and sense of humor," Griffin said. "He cared deeply about his family, friends and clients. Frederick is a better community for his efforts. He will be sorely missed."

Olson helped many small businesses get off the ground and counseled those facing challenges in the tough economy.

"The chamber lost a thoughtful colleague and supportive friends and the community lost a strong advocate for local business," said Ric Adams, president and CEO of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. "We frequently partnered with Chris to present programs for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and he also served on chamber committees. We feel grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him."

Sandy Mehalko, a spokeswoman for the Small Business Development Centers in Western Maryland, said the Frederick Center at 5340 Spectrum Drive would continue operations as scheduled. Alice Growden of the Hagerstown SBDC is covering phone messages and meeting with Olson's clients, Mehalko said. Mark Malec, regional SBDC director, has been in touch with Boyer at the economic office to ensure that client work is taken care of, Mehalko said.

Olson had many achievements in his life. He was an integral part of the Gov. Thomas Johnson High School football team, undefeated for three years and state champions in 1982. He was elected class president in 1983, played in the school's jazz ensemble and appeared on the TV program "It's Academic."

A graduate of the Wharton School of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, he was elected president of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. After graduation he founded Olson Business Development, serving clients locally and internationally. At the same time, he served as art director for three local publications, was vice president of a venture capital firm, and was chief operating officer for a mail and data processing firm.

Besides helping businesses as a consultant at the Frederick SBDC, Olson was a past president of the Entrepreneur Council of Frederick County and coordinated the Frederick Entrepreneur Support Network. He received the City of Frederick Partners Award and by the national Small Business Development Centers for his outstanding service.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 35 E. Church St., Frederick, with a reception to follow.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hospitality and Expansion News

OED attended the groundbreaking for Plamondon Hospitality Partner's TownePlace Suites by Marriott today at 5050 Westview Drive in Frederick. This new hotel is the first TownePlace Suites built under Marriott's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

The new TownePlace Suites, slated to open in 2012, will feature 118 suites and 4 floors. Every room is designed as a suite with functional spaces for living and working and each hotel specializes in helping guests keep their routine and settle into the neighborhood.

Founded in 1996, Plamondon Hospitality Partners is led by a highly qualified team of owners and managers with more than 50 combined years of experience in the hospitality industry. Plamondon Hospitality Partners' current portfolio includes four select-service Marriott hotel properties in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland, where they are nationally recognized by Marriott for ranking in the top percentages for guest satisfaction and quality assurance scores. In 2010, Plamondon Hospitality Partners became the largest hospitality company in Western Maryland.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Connecting Maryland Women-Owned Small Businesses to Federal Contracting Opportunities
Date: April 11, 2011
Location: BWI Marriott
1743 West Nursery Road
Linthicum, MD 21090
Learn how new WOSB rules can connect you to federal contracting opportunities.
Cost: $55.00
Who Should Attend?
Women Business Owners seeking to expand their market to the federal sector
Women Business Owners that have federal contracting experience and want to expand their sales
Prime Contractors
Federal and Military Agencies
How will you benefit?
Learn about the new SBA Contracting Program for Women-Owned Small Business
Learn how to do business with federal agencies and what they buy
Meet with prime contractors looking for subcontractors
Meet with federal agencies that want to add more WOSB's to their contracting portfolio
Department of Business & Economic Development
Martin O'Malley, Governor • Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor

Helga Weschke, Director of Federal Business Relations
Office of Military & Federal Affairs
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development
World Trade Center Baltimore 401 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
O 410.767.0862 M 410.206.8870 E

Friday, March 4, 2011

Entrepreneur Council of Frederick County Now Accepting Nominations for the Entrepreneur Awards 2011

The Entrepreneur Council of Frederick County is now accepting nominations for its Entrepreneur Awards honors for 2011. The awards are given to Frederick County businesses owners whose ingenuity, hard work, and perseverance have created and sustained successful, viable business ventures that have contributed to the economic health of the community. The final selection will be announced at the Entrepreneur Council Awards Banquet held summer 2011. Nominations Deadline is April 15th 2011Submit Nominations toEd Robinson - President Entrepreneur Council

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

DPI, IT Guys and Printing & Promotional Unlimited Announce Partnership and Open House/Business Card Exchange

FREDERICK, MD – DPI, IT Guys and Printing & Promotional Unlimited announce their partnership and Open House/Business Card Exchange at 5716-G Industry Lane, Frederick on Friday, April 1st at 6:00pm. Together, their goal is to provide businesses with a wide variety of quality services in one convenient centralized location. During this Open House and networking event, each company will be offering attendees a chance to win products, services, discounts and more.

DPI is a graphic design firm specializing in print & web design with an emphasis on innovation. With a comprehensive background in advertising and direct marketing design, their expert team combines experience and creativity with discipline and focus. By becoming a fan of DPI on Facebook and attending the free open house, DPI is offering a chance to qualify to win a free website designed by their experienced team valued at over $550.

With professional experience exceeding 15 years, IT Guys can provide businesses and homes with well thought-out and affordable solutions when the unthinkable has happened or when clients simply have a question. Several tiers for each type of services are available with a free initial quote. Become a fan of IT Guys on Facebook and attend the Open House event to qualify to win a free Dell Inspirion 1018 Mini Netbook from IT Guys.

Printing & Promotional Unlimited, Inc. provides services to businesses, large and small, across the United States. They work with vendors and suppliers to provide quality products and services to convey their clients’ image to be a success. Become a fan of P&P on Facebook and attend the Open House event to qualify to win a free Burke’s Bay Lambskin Classic Jacket.

Customers are welcome to stop-in for a visit to find out more information on products and services. To become eligible for the grand prize drawings, please contact each company for more details.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

BridgePath Scientific Selected into the Maryland Green Registry

BridgePath Scientific has been selected into the Maryland Green Registry. The Maryland Green Registry recognizes organizations working towards a sustainable Maryland. The Maryland Green Registry is a voluntary program offering resources to help organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability. BridgePath Scientific is the first and only company in Maryland that refurbishes laboratory equipment to be added to the Registry.
“I applaud the State of Maryland for recognizing organizations that take sustainability seriously,” said Patrick Haley, President and CEO of BridgePath Scientific. “We are honored to be worthy of addition to the Registry. The list of Green Registry Members consists of some of the finest organizations in the State,” continued Haley.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Latest Figures Released from the Frederick County Equine Census

Frederick County Leads in Total Number of Equine Related Acres

The latest figures from the 2010 Maryland Equine Census show the significant value and size of the equine industry in state. “The results of the 2010 Maryland Equine Census help illustrate growing trends throughout industry, both at the County and State-level,” said Barbara Rater, State Director of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, Maryland Field Office in Annapolis. “It shows the economic scope and importance of the industry in Maryland.” Frederick County leads the state with 21,400 acres dedicated to equine related activities.

Although the number of equine places decreased 21% in the State from 2002 to 2010, Frederick County ranked number two in the number of equine places (1,600). Frederick also ranked number two in total equine inventory owned (6,000).

For more information about the Census and to view the presentation to the Maryland Horse Industry Board, please visit

New Census Population Data Shows Increases in Minority Populations and Municipal Growth

Frederick County is now home to 233,385 people, up from 195,277 in 2000, according to data released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Frederick remains the second-largest city in the state, with 65,239 people living in the city.

The Asian and Hispanic populations made up the majority of the growth in the county. The white population in the county grew by only 9.1 percent. By comparison, the Asian population grew by 173.7 percent, and the black population grew by 62.1 percent. The Hispanic population saw the most significant change over the past decade. That population grew by 267.4 percent and now makes up 7.3 percent of the county population, compared with 2.4 percent of the county population in 2000.

All of the muncipalities in Frederick County grew over the past decade except for Burkittsville, which decreased from 171 to 151 people.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Matan Development Delivers National Cancer Institute's World Class Research and Development Facility Ahead of Schedule

Press Release by Matan Companies

Matan Companies, developer of National Cancer Institute’s 332,000 SF Advanced Technology Research Facility at Riverside Research Park in Frederick, Maryland, delivered the shell building 29 days ahead of schedule to SAIC-Frederick to begin the tenant fit-out construction. “This project was anything but your typical office building construction. The facility was largely designed from the inside out to accommodate the unique specifications required to become a truly state-of-to-art research and development laboratory and manufacturing facility,” said Karl Morris, Director of Development for Matan Companies.

Morgan-Keller constructed the core and shell of the National Cancer Institute building. Site work and construction of the core and shell took approximately 15 months to complete. The project is comprised of four individual tilt-up concrete structures, connected via a three story atrium. The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company was awarded general contractor for the $113M interior tenant improvements, which commenced on December 14, 2010 and is anticipated to be complete by summer 2012.*

This state-of-the-art facility is a government-owned, contractor-operated National Laboratory, with SAIC-Frederick, Inc. as its prime contractor. It is dedicated to rapidly translating basic research into new technologies for diagnosing, treating, and preventing cancer and AIDS. It will maintain a full suite of advanced technologies in areas such as nanotechnology, genomics and imaging; the federal government’s only drug and vaccine manufacturing facilities; and high-performance Advanced Biomedical Computing Center. “The NCI has identified an urgent need to convert basic research findings into effective cancer treatments that can be delivered to patients right away,” said Larry O. Arthur, Ph.D., president of SAIC-Frederick. “The consolidation of our operations into modern facilities will enable us to do just that, with the specific goal of shortening timelines, reducing costs, and increasing productivity—all of which will benefit cancer patients and people at risk for cancer.”

Headquartered in Frederick for over 30 years, Matan Companies is one of Maryland’s premier commercial real estate development firms. Matan continues to develop, manage and lease top tier office, flex, lab and warehouse space. Committed to attracting and retaining tenants, Matan’s portfolio of 37 buildings in excess of 3 million square feet, boasts an overall vacancy rate of less than 5%. In addition, Matan has in excess of 3 million square feet of commercial projects in various stages of development in the Washington, D.C. area. More information about Matan can be found at

About Riverside Research Park
The 177 acre park has all necessary infrastructure and utilities in place and is ready to build. Riverside Research Park can accommodate up to 1.8 million square feet of lab, R&D, and office space and is located within the city limits of Frederick and less than four miles from the main gates of Fort Detrick and NCI-Frederick. For more information visit

About National Cancer Institute-Frederick
NCI-Frederick partners with university, private sector, and government scientists to speed the translation of laboratory research into new treatments for cancer and AIDS. With about 3,000 government and contract employees and a unique array of advanced technologies, NCI-Frederick is bridging the gap between discovery and healthcare delivery. NCI-Frederick investigators assess research for its value to patients, accelerate its development, and make it available to the business sector for commercialization. More information about NCI’s Advanced Technology Partnerships Initiative (ATPI) can be found at

Photo Credit: Courtesy of SAIC-Frederick