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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Cambridge Federal Intern Joins Air Force

Recently, Kairan Nichols, an information technology intern at Cambridge Federal left for the United States Air Force. Kairan is a Cambridge local who graduated from Cambridge South Dorchester High School and was a student at the Dorchester Career and Technology Center. To celebrate the end of an internship and the beginning of a new chapter, Cambridge Federal arranged a plane ride for Kairan with the Aeronautics LoB Vice President, Michael Catron. Mr. Catron is an ex US Navy F-18 Top Gun flight instructor who took Kairan for a ride in his experimental airplane.  The two flew together for an hour and Kairan really enjoyed his time in the sky. To learn more about Cambridge Federal please visit cambridgefederal.com.

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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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SCORE Mentoring Workshop

The Eastern Shore Innovation Center hosted a start-up mentoring workshop for its tenants through SCORE. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Bud Cass, SCORE Chapter Leader and Ed French, SCORE Mentor, gave a presentation on the value the mentorship program can add to start-ups and existing businesses. Supported by the Small Business Administration with a network of over 11,000 volunteers and 320 Chapters nationwide, SCORE can provide free, confidential business counseling, volunteer mentors, and business tools. Business templates and inexpensive business workshops are also available. To learn more about SCORE please visit www.score.org.

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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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We Moved

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office (DCED) recently announced its relocation to the Eastern Shore Innovation Center in the Dorchester Regional Technology Park.  The move was effective on February 5, 2016. Keasha Haythe, director of the DCED said, “We are excited to move into our new space that will provide the office and several other tenants the ability to network and collaborate in a business friendly environment.” The newly constructed Eastern Shore Innovation Center is  13,500 SF and is approximately a mile from DCED’s previous location at the Cambridge Dorchester Regional Airport. The new address is 104 Tech Park Drive, Cambridge MD, 21613. All contact information has remained the same. To reach the office please call 410-228-0155 or email info@choosedorchester.org.

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