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