Don't Miss These 2019 Events

2019 is shaping up to be another exciting – and busy – year for OED and the Frederick County business community! Throughout the year OED hosts a variety of events - whether you’re looking for networking, education, recognition or celebration, there is sure to be an event for you! Check out our schedule below, mark your calendars, and the OED team looks forward to connecting with your business in 2019!

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


April 11 – FRED Awards - The Frederick Real Estate Dealmakers (FRED) Awards honor the most successful commercial real estate transactions and projects each year– and the people who made them happen. (Attendance by invitation only). For more information visit


June 12 – NCI Tech Showcase – In its third 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 and educational sessions on technology transfer and starting a business. Who should attend? Prospective investors, established companies, educators, those looking to commercialize technologies and all interested stakeholders. For more information, visit


July 31 – Best Places to Work – The 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 2019. For more information, go to


August 2019 – Municipalities Economic Development Projects Recognition Dinner – Recognition of our municipalities and their economic development successes for over the past year.  (Attendance by invitation only)


September 13-21 – 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 enjoy some of the best Frederick County craft beverages.


September 26 - CAMI Cyber Meet-Up Frederick - The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland (CAMI), in partnership with OED, will host its monthly Cyber Meetup in Frederick from 5-7pm. Join cybersecurity professionals from the region for a great evening of networking. For more information, visit


October 7-11 – 19th Annual Business Appreciation Week – Participate in our 19th 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 or 301-600-1058.


October 19-20 – Homegrown Hay Days – Learn more about agriculture in Frederick County by participating in our annual weekend highlighting farms around the county.  Participating farms offer a variety of special activities and events for all ages – from family fun at the pumpkin patch, visiting an alpaca farm, or enjoying an afternoon at a local winery, brewery or distillery.  Look for detailed information and a list of all participating farms and agri-businesses in the coming months.  For more information, visit


December 11 – Annual Business Reception – This is the premier business networking event of the year. This celebration of 2019’s business successes brings together more than 200 business leaders, 2019 Business Appreciation Week participants and economic development partners for this exclusive invitation-only evening of networking and celebration.


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.  For more information visit


REALShare Frederick (monthly) – Held monthly at different broker’s locations/available commercial spaces, 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,


Frederick County Manufacturers Roundtable – OED hosts Manufacturers Roundtable events throughout the year. Topics range from Lunch, Learn and Tour events - where participants network with one another, tour manufacturing facilities and learn from leaders relevant manufacturing related topics – to educational events on topics of specific interest to the manufacturing industry. The events are open to Frederick County manufacturers only.  Contact Jodie Bollinger,, for more information.