Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Frederick County Downtowns Highlighted at the 20th Annual Business Expo

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development partnered with the City of Frederick Department of Economic Development yesterday for the 20th Annual Frederick County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo to promote Frederick County's downtowns. The joint booth expanded on the Chamber's "Pop-Up Frederick" theme and included information about Frederick County's five designated Main Street programs: Frederick, Middletown, Brunswick, Thurmont and Mount Airy.

The Business Expo provides OED invaluable networking opportunities with over 100 existing businesses and over 1,000 attendees. Also included this year was Main Street Thurmont's Manager Vickie Grinder and Main Street Brunswick's Manager Terri Householder, who passed out literature and invited attendees to participate in a Frederick County's Downtowns Trivia Contest to win a gift basket donated by their town's businesses. The joint booth was strategically across from Main Street Middletown's booth and the Downtown Frederick Partnership's booth to include facts about each area as well.

OED's Director Helen Propheter participated in a kick-off discussion panel on "Tax Credits" and was joined by the State of Maryland Department of Commerce's Heather Gramm and City of Frederick Department of Economic Development's Bobby Baumler.

"Pop-Up Frederick" is a play on the concept of a pop-up shop (a temporary store, restaurant, or gallery). The Expo, held at the Frederick Indoor Sports Center (FISC) this year, is a massive one-day portrait of Frederick, with local businesses, cuisine, seminars, demonstrations and opportunities from across the county all under one roof. Click here to view the story by WHAG-TV which aired yesterday evening and catch a glimpse of our booth at the end!