Angel Investors to Meet "Pitchers" at GIEC in January

Mike Tumbarello, program coordinator at the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC) on the Garrett College campus, said he is looking forward to the start of the New Year. “One of the first things on the 2013 calendar at the GIEC is a meeting of the Mountain Maryland Angels Investor Group (MMAIG). to hear pitches from local entrepreneurs We expect about 20 angel investors to be here,” he said. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19.

A roster is being assembled of men and women who are seeking funding to support the initiation of their business plans. These entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to describe their goals and the implementation of the plans that would create new businesses in the community with the potential of contributing to local economic growth. The first such meeting between the MMAIG and entrepreneurs was coordinated by Tumbarello and held at the GIEC in the fall.

“At the January meeting we will hear updated pitches from two first-meeting presenters and up to five new presenters. I work closely with each of the presenters to find, screen, coach, and help them hone their pitches. There is a need in the community for funding capabilities to boost business growth and through MMAIG this need can be met. Our goal at GIEC is to enable entrepreneurship by helping to identify viable business plans and to pave the way for their success,” Tumbarello said.

Ideas on the agenda to be pitched during the January MMAIG meeting range from wireless connectivity, to wind power, to cancer screening, Tumbarello explained. Each presenter will give a 10-minute talk about his or her business plan and will then take part in a question and answer session with the investors.

Since coming on board last summer as GEIC coordinator under the Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development division, Tumbarello has instituted new programming and course offerings focused on stimulating business growth. “In December we completed our first-ever Kauffman FastTrac course and numerous others will be offered in the Spring through the college’s Garrett Center for Entrepreneurship which will work with the Department of Economic Development to build entrepreneurship levels and success,” Tumbarello said.

For more information on the Garrett Information Enterprise Center at Garrett College, persons may contact Tumbarello at 301-387-3167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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