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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Rare Employment Opportunity

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office has a rare employment opportunity for a part-time incubator manager at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center. This position is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the business incubator located within the Dorchester Regional Technology Park. In addition, responsibilities include developing, implementing and managing the “innovation network” for Dorchester County. The incubator manager will be responsible for providing community leadership regarding entrepreneurship and economic development innovations in our region. Minimum education requirements are graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate and BA/BS degree in business or other related field.  A concentration in business is preferred. Note: Experience at an executive/management level within a business or government entity may be substituted for the required college degree. Minimum experience requirements are at least three years of full-time business incubation and related program experience. Commercial real estate or property management experience, experience with meeting tenants and customers, or project management is a plus. Certification in project management is preferred. Credit hours with a major in business from an accredited college may be substituted at the rate of 20 credits for one year of experience for up to two years of the …

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Dorchester Tech Park Lots Available

The Dorchester Regional Technology Park is a 113-acre, full-utility park that includes water, sewer, and fiber connections for tenants.  Strategically located across from the Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport, the park boasts beautiful scenery with a paved pathway for walking. The Dorchester Regional Technology Park has been marketed to businesses in various industry sectors. Industry sectors include, but are not limited to, aviation, pharmaceutical, call centers, and government contractors.  The Eastern Shore Innovation Center technology incubator is the Dorchester Regional Technology Park’s first tenant. Four- to five-acre lots are for sale starting at $65,000 per acre.  For more information or to schedule a site visit, contact Dorchester County Economic Development at 410.228.0155 or email sbanks@ChooseDorchester.org.

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Groundbreaking Event at Technology Park

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office recently hosted the groundbreaking ceremony for the Eastern Shore Innovation Center, the Eastern Shore’s first purpose-built incubator.  The purpose of the Eastern Shore Innovation Center is to spur sustainable economic vitality in the region through high-growth entrepreneurship and innovative practices in the business community.  Start-up businesses entering the incubator will have the opportunity to grow and take advantage of business resources until they graduate out after two years.  Elected officials, business owners, and community members joined together to celebrate the event. The ceremony began with Dorchester County Economic Development Director Keasha Haythe welcoming attendees.  “I want to thank each of you for the commitment to come together to create a stronger and more prosperous community,” said Haythe.  The morning was a much-anticipated gathering for financial partners who have worked together for years to make the day a reality. The invocation was provided by Pastor Pam Bockart of Antioch, Beckwith, and Spedden United Methodist Churches in Cambridge, Maryland.  Dorchester County Council President Ricky Travers welcomed guests and shared his excitement by noting that we will grow our own businesses in the incubator.  Senator Addie Eckardt recognized the elected officials and stated she had been a …

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DCED Presents Annual Report

Dorchester County Economic Development (DCED) completed its Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report and presented it to the Dorchester County Council, and the public, on October 21, 2014.  The presentation highlighted achievements and initiatives throughout the fiscal year. Keasha Haythe, director of DCED, presented the annual report and shared a new marketing video.  Accessible on YouTube, the video features Dorchester County businesses speaking about their successes and the business resources the county offers. Highlights from the annual report included the Economic Development Office working with businesses to secure $235,000 from the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center Revolving Loan Fund.  Twenty-three business visits and tours of the county were conducted.  Eighty-five jobs were created through expansions, and more than 800 jobs remained through retention efforts.  Over 200 companies were contacted for attraction and expansion. Goals and priorities for DCED include business development, expansion, and retention initiatives.  DCED plans to diversify the county by attracting industry sectors that are not currently in Dorchester County.  Another priority includes partnering with educators to develop programs that prepare students to be viable contributors to the workforce and enhance programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Dorchester Regional Technology Park remains a business development priority. The …

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Business Partners with Career and Technology Center

Dorchester County welcomes Quevera, a new software company, to the offices at the Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport. Headquartered in Columbia, MD, Quevera has expanded to Cambridge and will move into the Eastern Shore Innovation Center upon completion. Quevera’s combined technical experience is vast and permits them to penetrate several industries including health care, government services, education, and commercial sectors. Providing custom software engineering services and solutions for their clients, Quevera builds lasting partnerships based on set extraordinary values. 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 coming technology incubator. We are letting ‘water move us’ to opportunities throughout the Eastern Shore.” Simms and his team worked closely with Kermit Hines, Principal at South 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. The five interns that were chosen to participate in Quevera’s program represent both Cambridge South-Dorchester and North Dorchester High Schools are Luke Schulze, Laticia Ennals, …

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Cambridge Rotoscope – Economic Breakthrough

Dorchester County Economic Development Director Keasha Haythe was a guest speaker at the Cambridge Rotary Club’s January 16’s luncheon.  Haythe spoke about the departments efforts to facilitate economic breakthroughs for Dorchester County.  The new marketing brand “water moves us” initiative, the Eastern Shore Innovations Center being the first full-service business incubator, and the Dorchester Regional Technology Park plans were discussed. Read the full Rotoscope article here:  Rotoscope 01-2014 PDF

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Dorchester Seeks Innovation Crossroads Incubator Manager

The Dorchester County Economic Development Department is hiring a part-time consultant to serve as Incubator & Innovation Network Manager. Dorchester is developing Innovation Crossroads, the first technology incubator on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. This position will build the virtual incubator component of the program; fulfill the strategic development plans for the incubator; provide community leadership on entrepreneurship and innovation; and serve as the liaison for the design and construction. He/she will also identify entrepreneurial prospects and build a pipeline of potential clients and tenants. Innovation Crossroads is located in the Dorchester Regional Technology Park on Bucktown Road off of U.S. Route 50 in Cambridge. Interested parties should submit a proposal with a resume detailing qualifications and experience working with incubators and small start-up technology businesses.  The contract is expected to be awarded effective March 1, 2013  and continue through June 30, 2013. Send sealed proposals to Dorchester  County  Council’s  Office,  501  Court  Lane, Room 108, Cambridge, Maryland 21613, by 2:00 pm February 1, 2013; marked  “Proposal – Incubator Manager”.  Selection will be made by February 15, 2013. A complete list of qualifications and responsibilities is available on the Dorchester County Economic Development Facebook page – http://on.fb.me/UqEyCq

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