Mountain Maryland Tech Network Hosting Small Business Assistance Forum on June 16

The Mountain Maryland Tech Network (MMTN), a new regional organization formed to support and engage technology professionals and entrepreneurs in Western Maryland, has announced plans to hold a small business funding event on June 16. Formally titled “Funding from Angels, The Feds and More: A Small Business Assistance Forum,” the event runs from 9 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. at the Bridge of Life Conference Center in Hagerstown, includes a networking breakfast and lunch, costs $25 per attendee and is perfect for any current or prospective entrepreneur seeking to fund and grow a successful technology business in Western Maryland.

With a rotating schedule of events throughout the Western Maryland area, MMTN hopes to engage and support those in the technology sector and further drive collaboration, business formation, community and enterprise success and job creation.  The June 16 event will provide attendees an up-close opportunity to learn more about how to support and fund small business ventures through presentations, panel discussions and networking.

Speakers and panelists include specialists from the Federal Lab Consortium, Federal, state and regional funding organizations, and angel Investors active in the tech industry. Event partners include: NIH, NIST, USDA, NASA, NSA, Mid Atlantic Angels, Mountain Maryland Angel Investment Group, Kapor Capital, Department of Commerce, DHCD, TEDCO, MIPS, NCIF, ARC and the SBA. Event sponsors include: Federal Lab Consortium, Miles & Stockbridge, Bridge of Life Conference Center, and Tri County Council for Western Maryland.

Sponsors for this event include: Federal Lab Consortium, Miles & Stockbridge, Bridge of Life Conference Center, and Tri County Council for Western Maryland. Janice Riley, Director of the Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College, the local host for the event, stated, “The program will provide attendees with a systematic palette of funding and growth options available to the region’s tech community.  The program will cover some perhaps little known, yet powerful, programs and practices available to organizations to build technical offer-sets and fund growth.”

“The MMTN is all about developing our regional tech ecosystem through collaboration, knowledge and action and the program we have will certainly advance our efforts and those of individuals seeking to learn more about funding opportunities and the numerous programs available to advance tech growth,” stated Mike Tumbarello, Director of the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Founded as a result of a collaborative effort between four institutions of higher learning in Western Maryland (Garrett College’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation/Garrett Information Enterprise Center - GIEC, Frostburg State University, Allegany College of Maryland’s Western Maryland IT Center of Excellence and Hagerstown Community College’s Technical Innovation Center) the MMTN provides practical, actionable connections and information to potential, new or existing technology business owners, managers and technologists. To register go to Event Brite or the MMTN Facebook page. For more information about the event, contact Janice Riley at the Technical Innovation Center. Janice can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 240-500-2479.
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