ESIC Celebrates First Year | Dorchester County EDA

2016 has been a banner year for the Eastern Shore Innovation Center (ESIC). In the first year the ESIC, launched 11 new businesses with exciting growth potential. They have added 27 new jobs since opening and forecast 100 new technology-based jobs by 2019. ESIC companies are:

-Cambridge Federal, a Dell reseller, LiveScan provider and consultant in Security, Base Operations and Energy Efficiency
-Dalcom Engineering, a consultancy delivering engineering, safety, IT and management services
-F.L. Holding, an agricultural branding business celebrating the joy of the agriculture lifestyle
-Mapping Technologies, providing aerial mapping and underground methane tracking
-Quevera, a software engineering firm delivering custom technology solutions
-Purdy Group, a federal contractor developing a knowledge management center for consultants
-Hooper’s Island Oyster Hatchery and Oysters Inc., an aquaculture business delivering oysters to consumers
-iValueLED, providing high value LED lighting for commercial and municipal energy savings
-Garvey Environmental, a provider of innovative mold remediation services
-SunXAnalytical, a laboratory service providing water testing and agriceutical product development
-Annapolis Defense and Security, a security service provider

The capacity to compete

ESIC provides start-up businesses the capacity to compete on an even footing with established businesses on the Western Shore.

This includes:

An outstanding physical environment with well-equipped office tools
High-speed Wi-Fi
A fiber communication backbone for high capacity communications
State-of-the-art conference rooms
A co-working space for budding entrepreneurs
ESIC has improved its offering by:

Installing video and secure badge entry so clients can qualify for classified contracts
Adding webcasting and conferencing capability to provide access to training traditionally only offered on the Western Shore
Securing a grant from Rural Maryland Council to help build a wet lab in the unfinished space to be occupied by SunXAnalytical
Arranging for business office access for clients when business takes them to Salisbury, Easton, and at two incubators on the Western Shore
Securing certification for holding Google webcast seminars
Installing a 3D printer to support innovation

The expertise to rapidly grow a business

Leveraging relationships with SCORE, hotDesks, ESEC, SBDC, SBA, and TEDCO; ESIC can provide mentoring for each client, skill building and networking opportunities such as:

Skill Building

Innovation workshop
Business Accelerator workshop
Get your Business Online workshop
SBA Resources workshop
IRS Update workshop
Startup Maryland Event
TEDCO Bus Tour to 2016 Entrepreneur Expo with onboard presentation on new sources of business financing
Maryland Incubator Association quarterly meeting participation
Women Owned Business coordination with Business Mentors

Business Mentoring that addresses common challenges faced by entrepreneurs

Mentors with experiences in similar businesses
Business management processes to maximize effectiveness
Technology commercialization support
Access to federal and state contracts
Accessing funds to support growth

If  you have idea for a business with the potential for rapid growth email Steve Dolbow at or call 410-228-0155.