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Technology Grant for Projects Dealing with Nutrient Reductions

The Rural Maryland Council is holding a workshop at Chesapeake College on soil science and health. The workshop will also include a presentation on the guidelines and application process for a $100,000 Innovation Technology Grant. The grant is for projects dealing with the integration of nutrient reductions with climate change adaptation. The workshop will be held on April 21, 2017 Chesapeake College – Health Professions Center Room Wye Mills, MD at 8:30AM-12 PM. Click here to find out more mda.maryland.gov/Documents/Healthy-Soils-Workshops.pdf.  

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Egide Acquires Santier

Following its strategy to concentrate on high-potential markets, Egide announces that it has acquired, as planned, the assets of TMS LLC (or Thermal Management Solutions, dba Santier), with the conditions laid down previously with them.  All these elements will be incorporated into a new US company, created for this purpose and named Santier Inc.Then, the Egide Group structure will be: Egide SA (France), owning 100% of Egide USA LLC, the later owning 100% of Egide USA Inc and Santier Inc.Egide SA, Egide USA Inc. and Santier Inc. are operating business respectively in Trappes and Bollene (France), Cambridge, MD (USA) and San Diego, CA (USA). Egide intends to integrate Santier, Inc. with its current executive leadership team: Kevin Cotner, current CEO of TMS, will continue as CEO of Santier Inc., and Mansoor Mosallaie, current Vice-President of TMS, will continue as the General Manager of Santier Inc. Santier is a world-class manufacturer of engineered thermal management materials, as well as hermetic and non-hermetic assemblies.  They also provide plating services and metal machining capabilities in the San Diego facility.  Santier has achieved in 2016 a total turnover of $ 10 million.   This operation will have an immediate positive effect on Egide’s operating margin …

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Double Trouble Farms

Governor Larry Hogan visited Double Trouble Farms in Rhodesdale, MD to take part in the official ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating innovative technology that converts poultry waste to energy. Biomass Heating Solutions Limited (BHSL), an Irish company, utilizes Fluidized Bed Combustion Technology to reliably convert poultry manure into heat and electricity for use on the poultry farm. The pilot program is a public-private partnership between The Maryland Department of Agriculture and BHSL. To learn more about BHSL please visit http://www.bhsl.com

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TEDCO’s 6th Annual Entrepreneur Expo

Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to accelerate your business growth. The Eastern Shore Innovation Center, in partnership with hotDesks, is providing bus transportation to the TEDCO 2016 Entrepreneur Expo.  Don’t miss this opportunity to turbo charge your business. Please visit  hotdesks.org/Entrepreneur-Expo to register for the bus transportation and get a discount ticket to the Expo. TEDCO’s 6th Annual Entrepreneur Expo will bring together all of Maryland’s entrepreneurial resources from across the state into one place, at one time.  Give your business a boost as you: Network with other entrepreneurs Connect with small and large business executives Engage angel and venture capital investors Learn about federal and state economic development programs Look for technology partnerships with university leaders In addition to all these resources to accelerate your businesses growth, you will have access to: Interactive sessions with industry experts Fireside chats with inspiring entrepreneurs Pitch opportunities to regions well known Angel groups Roundtable discussions Don’t wait, register now to reserve your seat. Bus pickup schedule is: 6:00 AM Salisbury University 6:45 AM Eastern Shore Innovation Center, Cambridge 7:15 AM Easton 8:00 AM Stevensville

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Startup Roadshow Visits Dorchester

The Startup Maryland Roadshow stopped in Dorchester County on its statewide tour.  Striving to connect innovation communities to the innovation economy, the tour focuses on four main initiatives; connection, celebration, coaching, and capital. The annual tour provides startup’s with access to the coaching, capital and connection that they may not be privy to otherwise. The tour stop in Dorchester began at Hooper’s Island Oyster Aquaculture in Hooper’s Island. Then the next morning the bus stopped at Factory F on Dorchester Ave in Cambridge. Several stakeholders including the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and Preservation Maryland gathered for the morning visit in support of the vision of Factory F. Later in the afternoon the bus stopped at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center.  Several businesses and resource partners including the Maryland Department of Commerce, TEDCO and the Dorchester Chamber attended. Two businesses pitched their idea on the bus. Immediately after the ESIC visit an impromptu pop-up party at Factory F began. The community was invited and  welcomed to take a look at the possibilities for the building. The day ended at RAR with large group gathered to support the tour and celebrate entrepreneurship and a “Where are they now” for Hoppers Island Oyster Aquaculture and …

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F³ Tech Business Accelerator Program

hotDesks, a network of coworking spaces on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, has announced the F³ Tech Business Accelerator Program.  This program gives entrepreneurs and startup companies working in the fields of agriculture, seafood, and environmental technology the opportunity to benefit from five months of mentoring, training, and support.  HotDesks propel them from idea to commercialization of a product or service. This is the program’s first year and will prepare participating startups for investment.  F³ Tech is the only business accelerator program in Maryland dedicated to advancing innovations and technologies in resource-based industries such as agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, bioenergy, and the environment. The Accelerator program will be held from September 2016 through January 2017. Five startup companies will be accepted into the F³ Tech program. Applications must be completed online (F3Tech.org) by September 6, 2016. For more information about F³ Tech, or to apply to be one of the startup companies in the program, visit F3Tech.org. To learn more about HotDesks please. https://hotdesks.org.

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UPDATE: Eastern Shore Innovation Center

UPDATE: The Eastern Shore Innovation Center (ESIC) opened four months ago and is now at 80 percent capacity. The following businesses have signed license agreements and are part of the growing innovative community at the Dorchester Regional Technology Park: Cambridge Federal, Mapping Technologies, Dalcom Engineering, Garvey Environmental, Quevera, F.L Holdings, Purdy Group, and Patrick’s Northeast Kitchens. There are current negotiations with another new business. The Co-working space is now open with the first new member, SunXAnalytical, and a reciprocity agreement with other co-working spaces on the Eastern and Western shore. A Business Advisory Program was launched and held three workshops/seminars with more to come. For more information on the Eastern Shore Innovation Center please call 410-228-0155.

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Businesses Built on the Back of Innovation

Special by STEVE DOLBOW: Have you ever heard the term, “Necessity is the mother of invention”? Well, that isn’t always the case. Consider the Slinky, a marvelous toy which has stood the test of time and sold more than 300 million toys in the past 60 years.  The Slinky was born as a result of an accident in the engineering shop. Richard James, a naval engineer, was developing sensitive springs to keep fragile equipment steady on ships. Accidentally, he knocked one down from a shelf and to his amazement, watched it walk down the shelves rather than just hitting the ground. The slinky coils 80-feet of wire into a 2-inch stack — an amazing feat of engineering in 1943 and a joy to children around the world. To learn more about the Eastern Shore Innovation Center please call Steve Dolbow at 410-228-0155 x 1275

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Eastern Shore Innovation Center

Years of planning have come to fruition and tech entrepreneurs have found a new home at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center (ESIC), the Eastern Shore’s first full-service business incubator. February 29, 2016 was the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the ESIC. The ceremony began with opening remarks from the Director of the Dorchester County Economic Development Office (DCED) Keasha Haythe. “I want to thank each and every one of you for your commitment to come together to create a stronger and more prosperous community.” Pastor Anthony Short from the Tri Life Christian Center followed with the invocation.  The Honorable Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Mayor of the city of Cambridge said, “This is a wow situation. I’m very proud to be the mayor and be in partnership with the county as well as with so many in the community who made the vision come to reality.” Addie Eckardt followed with the presentation of a citation and said, “Good things come to those who wait.” Eastern Shore Innovation Center Manager Steve Dolbow spoke next and said, “This is not only a physical facility with top-notch, first-class business facilities for our tenants, but it is a place where additional partners can come together, …

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New Technology Face Added to Campaign

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office welcomes Quevera as the new technology face in the water moves us branding campaign. Quevera, a software engineering company headquartered in Columbia, MD expanded to Cambridge and will move into the Eastern Shore Innovation Center this month. CEO Lee Simms added, “We are very excited to be part of the Dorchester County community and look forward to growing a partnership with Dorchester County schools and the Economic Development office. Quevera is vested in this community and excited about residing in the technology incubator.  We are letting ‘water move us’ to opportunities throughout the Eastern Shore.” Maryland is a national leader in Technology. In 2014 the US Department of Commerce ranked Maryland first for technology based Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  It was also marked first in the nation for concentration of businesses and jobs in Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering (STEM) and fourth in the nation for tech employment density. Quevera provides local students internships in the technology field. Simms and his team worked closely with Kermit Hines, Principal at the Dorchester Career and Technology Center, to create an internship designed to be educational and further student’s professional goals. Their internships are paid and provide students with school credit. To …

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