Startup Maryland Bus Tour Stops at GIEC to Meet Entrepreneurs

Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC) at Garrett College will participate in Pitch Across Maryland, a two-and- a-half-week event focused on starting and growing new businesses statewide. Sponsored by Startup Maryland, Pitch Across Maryland is designed as a bus tour from the Eastern Shore to Western Maryland that will visit business incubators, economic development agencies, and universities.

The “Pitch Bus” will carry members of the Startup Maryland team who will share information about entrepreneurial resources across the state and within each region. Start-up entrepreneurs from across the state will have an opportunity to “pitch” their business ideas to the Startup Maryland team. Additionally, they will be given access to coaching and support from business mentors and other leaders of Maryland’s innovation economy.

Mike Tumbarello, coordinator of the Garrett College GIEC, Garrett County’s business incubator, is organizing the local visit by the Startup Maryland representatives. “The Pitch bus for entrepreneurs will be at the GIEC on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 27th. We have several of our local business owners, and prospective business owners, registered to take part in this unique opportunity to gain feedback on their business ideas. It also provides exposure to funding sources for those that participate and feedback via video taped “pitches. This event complements our overall efforts of providing training and services across a wide spectrum of businesses from those in the early idea phase to those seeking to turbocharge their growth,” he said.

Julie Yoder, Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development commented on the Pitch Across Maryland initiative. “This program supports the College’s commitment to entrepreneurial education, and is a precursor to the launch of our new Entrepreneurship courses. The first course, FastTrac New Ventures, begins October 18 and will provide a practical stepping stone for all considering a new business. All of these programs fit within our overall effort to support the formation and growth of local businesses,” she said. Michael Binko, Startup Maryland co-chair, explained some of his anticipations about this initiative. “We expect to find the diamonds-in-the-rough across Maryland and shine a spotlight on their innovations and achievements. It’s all about celebration and awareness,” he said.

Startup Maryland is a regional organization inspired by the Startup America Partnership. Driven from within the community and led by entrepreneurs Startup works to connect innovation communities and recognize the importance of startups, ramp-ups and speedups to the state and regional economies. Startup Maryland rallies entrepreneurs, supporters and other innovation stakeholders around four main initiatives: access to capital, celebration/awareness, resource mapping, and revenue opportunities. To learn more about business startup opportunities in Garrett County, persons may contact GIEC coordinator Mike Tumbarello at 301-387-3167.

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