Friday, August 29, 2014

Changes and a Job Opening for a Small Business Development Counselor

Our office recently said "See you soon!" to our Small Business Development Center Senior Counselor Beth Woodring as she has accepted a position as a Fund Manager for the Volt Fund for the State of Maryland. We look forward to working with her in other capactities as she helps distribute Maryland's Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Business Loan Fund to potential Frederick County companies.

This means that our department, in partnership with the Maryland Western Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC), located at Frostburg State University, is seeking applications for a Small Business Consultant.

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Frederick, MD and includes University System of Maryland benefits package.

Minimum Qualifications: MBA and at least five years of relevant business experience. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (particularly Word and Excel). Interpersonal skills to interact with a variety of clients; excellent oral and written communications skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Five years of business ownership experience. Knowledge of the economic development community in Frederick County and an understanding of licensing and regulatory requirements, especially in technology.

For more info and to apply visit to apply.  Application deadline is September 15, 2014.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Frederick Welcomes Nanotherapeutics to Frederick and Dr. Robert House to Back to Frederick

Nanotherapeutics, an integrated biopharmaceutical company, just announced the opening of a new location in Frederick off of Progress Drive headed by Dr. Robert V. House, formerly of Frederick's Dynport Vaccine Company, LLC a CSC Company.

With existing locations in FL and NC, the company opened this location to better serve it's U.S. government contracts. Read more of the story here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

City of Frederick Economic Development News Blog: Entrepreneurs, Get Ready to Make Your Pitch!

City of Frederick Economic Development News Blog: Entrepreneurs, Get Ready to Make Your Pitch!: Got a great business idea? Ready to pitch your startup? You're in luck, because the the  Maryland Startup Bus  is coming to Downtown F...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Frederick's Vaccinogen Makes National Business News

Big news for Vaccinogen, a Frederick-based cancer immunotherapy development company leading the way in cancer research. They have just announced the completion of an initial $80 million in financing and have appointed Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, noted pediatric neurosurgeon to Chairman of the Board.

Check out today's article in the Wall Street Journal here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Frederick County Cybersecurity Company Luminal Receives $451K from Maryland Venture Fund

“This investment led by NEA will allow us to grow our team and expand our beta customer base in advance of general availability of our product,” said Josh Stella, founder and CEO of Luminal.

To learn more about how Maryland is investing in Frederick County companies and to read the article, please click here.

Friday, August 15, 2014

July Monthly Business Economic Indicators Now Available

The July monthly edition of the Business Economic Indicators is now available on our website to download. The good news is the unemployment rate of 5.5% is significantly lower than the state and US average, commercial rental rates are low and lower than the 5-year average, and July saw the best month of commercial and industrial construction over the last 5 years!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Now Recruiting Fantastic Businesses for Business Appreciation Week

Frederick County Business Development and Retention is hosting the 2014 Business Appreciation Week (BAW) during the week of October 27-31 and looking for businesses to visit.  We want to hear about all the wonderful things our county businesses are doing!

A small groups of local ambassadors will be making short visits to businesses throughout the county and listening to ways we can improve the business climate in Frederick County and how we can assist businesses with any potential issues. Most importantly, these visits give our teams a chance to hear about the new products, services, research and things our companies are doing right here in Frederick County.

Other benefits to companies who participate are:
  • Free press release service via prweb ($250 value)
  • Invitation to the County's Annual Business Reception in December, the biggest Frederick County business networking event of the year
  • Potential to win company awards at the Annual Business Reception
  • Inclusion in a free BAW advertisement in the Frederick News Post
  • Promotion on social media outlets during and after BAW
Sign-up today and you will be contacted in September with the exact date and time of your visit. Slots fill fast so please sign-up by September 5th. We are looking for companies we have not visited in the past 3 years. You may register now via the link or call 301-600-1058.

To view a photo gallery of last year's Business Appreciation Week, please click here.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Best Places to Work in Frederick County Honored

In front of a standing room only crowd, 10 companies were honored last night at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center as the 2014 Best Places to Work in Frederick County.  The Campaign, now in it's 12th year, is part of a countywide partnership between the Frederick County Business Development and Retention Department, City of Frederick Department of Economic Development, Frederick County Workforce Services and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.

All Frederick County businesses were invited to take the survey and winners were chosen based on their family friendly practices including: benefits, voluntary turnover rate, median salary and diversity practices. This year, two new awards were given for the People's Choice and Most Creative Workplace.

Helen Propheter, Frederick County Business Development and Retention Manager said, "This year's winners make it easy to showcase what a great place Frederick County is to do business in. This year's Best Places to Work help make Frederick County shine as the Best Place to Work in Maryland."

The winners are:
Small Employer (1-10): Honorable Mention-Jean Peterson Design; Winner-Swift Systems
Medium Employer (11-49): Honorable Mention-Canap├ęs Catering; Winner-Orases
Large Employer (50-200): Honorable Mention-Regent Education; Winner-Battelle National Defense Bio Institute
Major Employer (200+): Tie-Experient and Fort Detrick, U.S. Army Garrison
People's Choice: St. John Regional Catholic School
Most Creative Workplace: iHire

Thank you to all of our sponsors who are also past winners and who helped make this event possible:
  • Country Meadows Retirement Communities
  • Canam Steel
  • ClinicalRM
  • En-Net Services
  • Morgan-Keller Construction
  • Hood College
  • ImQuest BioSciences
  • Dr. Harvey Levy & Associates
  • The Law Offices of Scott Alan Morrison
  • Plamondon Hospitality Partners
Be sure to check out Frederick County Best Places to Work on Facebook for more photographs and for information on next year's Campaign!