IGNITE Charles County

Friday, May 12, 2017 • 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Business and Industry (BI) Building, CSM, La Plata Campus


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IGNITE Charles County will bring together the region’s business resource partners under one roof so that local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can quickly and easily learn more about what is available and connect with the right resources.

Resource partners will be on site throughout the day. During two IGNITE Charles County sessions (at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.), six entrepreneurs will share how they were able to “ignite” success.


IGNITE Charles County Program


IGNITE Speakers

Angela Melton-Fray

Dat Jerk Caribbean Chargrill

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Guy Black

Blackout Investigations and Security Services

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Mike Thielke

Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center

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Scott Decker

Cardinal Scientific

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Pennie Drinkard

Advanced Vision Systems, Inc.

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Somnath Sengupta, Ph.D

Powerhouse Consulting Group, LLC

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IGNITE Charles County is co-hosted by Charles County Economic Development Department and College of Southern Maryland’s Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute.





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The Time for New Ideas

Published: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
All around Charles County, small businesses have had to shake up their regular business practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while times are tough, some businesses have risen to the ...

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Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

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Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

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Joshua Justice

Just Tech


“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

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Darlene M. Breck


Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn


The Welburn Organization