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FLC Presents: A Small Business Forum at HCC’s Technical Innovation Center


On April 12, the Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College (HCC) in Maryland will host an FLC-presented small business forum to better inform businesses that federal labs in their area are open for business.

This free one-day forum is designed to introduce Mid-Atlantic regional small businesses to the FLC and show how they can partner with federal labs to conduct research and development (R&D), utilize cutting-edge resources, and grow their business with available federal technologies. Aiming to promote, educate and facilitate technology transfer (T2) for its member labs, the FLC’s mission is to connect federal labs with industry to accelerate T2 for economic impact. To best assist its members, the FLC provides various resources, tools, and services that open the door for businesses looking to work with the government.

HCC’s Technical Innovation Center serves as the optimal venue for the FLC to get the word out about member laboratories’ capabilities and readiness to work with emerging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related businesses in the region. Serving as a technology-based business incubator, the Technical Innovation Center provides various business development services for startups and companies in the Western Maryland area.

The forum agenda includes a panel with representatives from federal agencies such as the NSA and NASA, along with speakers Paul Zielinski, FLC Chair and NIST representative; Robert Griesbach, FLC Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator and USDA representative; and Sabarni Chatterjee, FLC Mid-Atlantic Deputy Regional Coordinator and NIH representative. This panel will discuss the various technologies, research capabilities, and partnership opportunities that are available for small businesses when working with federal labs.

A major highlight of the forum will be a visit from Congressman John Delaney of Maryland’s 6th District, who will speak on the economic benefits the region derive by working with government agencies. Supporting entrepreneurship through federal innovation and funding has been a key goal within Delaney’s district.

The forum will also feature an economic development panel that will delve into the resources accessible through the many Mid-Atlantic economic development organizations. Among the organizations attending are:

  • Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Washington County Department of Business Development
  • Franklin County Department of Economic Development.

This small business forum presents a prime opportunity for STEM-based businesses and entrepreneurs to learn how they can strengthen their network and R&D with the help of our nation’s most innovative resource—federal laboratories.

There is no cost to register for the forum, but you must register to attend. To learn more about the small business forum and to register, please visit http://www.hcctic.com/content/flc-presents-small-business-forum.

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