IGNITE Charles County Business Resource Fair to be Held May 12

Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Registration now open

The Economic Development Department, in partnership with College of Southern Maryland’s Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute, is hosting the IGNITE Charles County Business Resource Fair on Friday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus (8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata) in the Center for Business and Industry building. The event will bring together the region’s business resource partners so that local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can quickly and easily learn more about local, regional, state, and federal services and connect with the right resources. 

Throughout the day, participants can visit resource fair tables and speak one-on-one with resource partners to gather information and network. There will be an IGNITE Charles County session held at 10 a.m. and then again at 1 p.m. During these sessions, entrepreneurs will share how they were able to "ignite" success. Topics include industry, government, networking, innovation, tenacity, and entrepreneurship. 

Entrepreneur speakers include:
•Angela Meltan-Fray and Richard Fray, Dat Jerk Caribbean Chargrill 
•Kim Briscoe-Tonic, Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Homes
•Mike Thielke, hotDesks
•Guy Black, Blackout Investigations and Security Services 
•Scott Decker, Cardinal Scientific 
•Somnath Sengupta, Powerhouse Consulting Group. 

Registration for this free event is now open. Register and find additional information at www.MeetCharlesCounty.com/IGNITECharles, or contact Michelle DeSoto at DeSotoM@MeetCharlesCounty.com or 301-885-1340. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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