2018 #ForwardFrederick County – Don’t Miss These Events

There’s a busy schedule on the horizon for the Office of Economic Development (OED) in 2018 as we move forward with an exciting new year.  #ForwardFrederickCounty is the hashtag you’ll become very familiar with as we share news from our businesses, our partners and, of course, our office. 

Save the date now for events scheduled and check out our calendar for trainings offered by our partners throughout the year:

Minority Business Vision Networking Events(MBV) (monthly) – Whether you are looking to start or grow a business all minority, veteran or women-owned business leaders are invited to join us at our monthly MBV networking events on the third Thursday of every month, 5-7 pm, at Mount St. Mary’s University’s Frederick Campus (5350 Spectrum Drive). Events include experts on topics such as networking, banking and marketing.  Contact Sherman Coleman, scoleman@frederickcountymd.gov, to receive registration links for upcoming events.

REALShare FrederickHeld monthly at different broker’s locations/available space, this event is for the Commercial Real Estate Professionals in Frederick County to share commercial property opportunities.  If you are one of our local commercial realtors and would like to receive information on upcoming events, please contact Jodie Bollinger, jbollinger@frederickcountymd.gov

Quarterly Manufacturing Lunch, Learn and Tour events – OED partners with the Frederick County Manufacturers Roundtable to hold lunch, learn and tour events at Frederick County manufacturing facilities.  The event is open to manufacturers only.  Participants network with one another, tour manufacturing facilities and learn from leaders relevant manufacturing related topics.  Contact Jodie Bollinger, jbollinger@frederickcountymd.gov, for more information.

Spring - ROOT Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening – The culmination of the County Executive’s vision to bring partners from the public and private sectors under one roof to jumpstart new businesses and create jobs will be celebrated with daylong events at ROOT, located at 118 N. Market St.  More details will be released in the near future.

April 4 – FRED Awards - The Frederick Real Estate Dealmakers (FRED) Awards honors the most successful commercial real estate transactions and projects each year– and the people who made them happen. (Attendance by invitation only)

June 13 – NCI Tech Showcase – In its second year, and in partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR), this half-day event will showcase technologies being developed at NCI and FNLCR.  Who should attend?  Prospective investors, established companies, educators, those looking to commercialize technologies and all interested stakeholders.  For more information, contact Heather Gramm, hgramm@frederickcountymd.gov

July 26  – Best Places to WorkThe Frederick County Best Places to Work campaign recognizes the county’s most innovative, creative, and forward-thinking employers.  Winners of this coveted title provide outstanding benefits and programs for their employees.  Nominations will open Spring 2018.  For more information, go to www.frederickbestplacestowork.com

September TBD – Municipalities Economic Development Projects Recognition DinnerRecognition of our municipalities and their economic development successes for 2017.  (Attendance by invitation only)

September 11 -  Start-Up Maryland/CAMI event - The  STRT1UP Roadshow, hosted by StartUp Maryland, returns to Frederick on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Now in its 7th year, the tour highlights entrepreneurship across the state and is the primary recruitment effort for entrepreneurs to enter the Annual Pitch Across Maryland Competition. During the day the STRT1UP Bus will make several stops and entrepreneurs can make their pitch videos. That evening, the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland (CAMI) hosts is monthly Cyber Meetup in conjunction with the StartUp Tour. Join cybersecurity professionals from the region for a great evening of networking. For more information, contact Heather Gramm, hgramm@frederickcountymd.gov

September 14-22 – Homegrown Frederick Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries Showcase at the Great Frederick Fair - Stop by Building 13 during the Great Frederick Fair to learn how traditional agriculture is blending with this emerging industry of craft beverages. This building showcases educational displays and demonstrations, as well as the opportunity to taste some of the best Frederick County craft beverages.

October 13-14 – Homegrown Hay DaysLearn more about agriculture in Frederick County by participating in our annual weekend highlighting farms around the county.  Participating farms are stepping it up this year by offering a variety of special activities and events with our revitalized and rebranded Frederick Festival @ the Farm.  Look for detailed information and a list of all participating farms and agri-businesses in the coming months.  For more information, visit www.homegrownfrederick.com.

October 15-19 – 18th Annual Business Appreciation WeekParticipate in our 18th annual Business Appreciation Week, where a small group of ambassadors comprised of leaders in the community will visit your business and learn more about what you do, thank you for operating in Frederick County, and share resources available to you.  Participate this year and be invited to our Annual Business Reception!  For more information, contact our office at info@discoverfrederickmd.com or 301-600-1058.

November 28 – Annual Business Reception – The celebration of a year of business successes, brings together Frederick’s business leaders, 2018 Business Appreciation Week participants and our economic development partners for this exclusive invitation-only evening of networking and celebration.