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Risky Business: Assessing Risk Management for Start Ups and Small Business

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When: September 15, 2014 4:30-6:00pm You’ve a got a strong business plan and you’re ready to seize the day, but failure to plan and prepare for loss, liability or unexpected occurrences can derail the best of business intentions. Explore a coordinated and economical application of resources to minimize, monitor and control the probability and impact of unfortunate events.   This interactive info session and Q & A will be hosted by Tony Palumbo, President and CEO of Palumbo Insurance Associates in Bel Air. With more than 35 years of experience in the insurance industry, Tony Palumbo’s track record in growing sales, revenue, net profit and revenue per person demonstrates an unyielding commitment to excellence.  Currently, Tony is building a network of Alternative Risk Transfer solutions for the Healthcare profession and is also focused on assisting Federal Government Contractors with Risk Management and insurance solutions in support of their work with the Federal Government....

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Tenax Technologies at the GroundFloor

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The GroundFloor is pleased to welcome Tamera Rush and Tenax Technologies to the GroundFloor! PRESS RELEASE: TENAX Technologies Brings New Opportunities to Harford County POC: Tamera Rush, CEO   (May 7, 2014—Harford County, Md.)– TENAX Technologies, a woman-owned small business, announced today the launch of a new local startup.  The company will focus on providing superior, professional technical support to government customers. Initially, the concentration will be on affording the best qualified staff in the areas of information technology, systems engineering, chemical and biological defense, environmental consulting and communications. As the budgets of federal government organizations continue to be tightened, more efficient technological processes must be developed. Only the most highly-skilled professionals can create these tools to ensure that efficiency is not forfeited. – “Better, faster, cheaper can be accomplished without sacrificing quality when you have the right people,” stated TENAX CEO, Tamera Rush. “There are many technology companies supporting the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) market, but most of their headquarters aren’t physically located in Harford County,” added Rush. The TENAX office will initially be located at The GroundFloor at Harford. TENAX has chosen this location because it is invested in Harford County and the County offers a plethora of available resources to leverage.  Rush said, “We’ve already participated in seminars on small business startups, funding, and leveraged several agencies available such as Small Business Technology Development Center, Harford County Office of Economic Development, the GroundFloor, Harford Business Innovation Center, Harford Community College, NMTC, and others.  We’re very fortunate to be starting up in an area that is so supportive and receptive to new businesses.” “We are pleased to have TENAX Technologies land their headquarters at the GroundFloor in Harford County.   Tamera Rush is a known business leader in our community who continues to be a major influence in the defense  arena and the community at large,” said Harford County Executive David R. Craig. “We feel there is an opportunity in the government marketplace. We see an economically challenging climate and increased requirements for small businesses,” states Rush when reflecting on the vision she has for TENAX in Harford County. Companies offering solutions in various areas of technology are found throughout the country, but particularly in areas such as APG where government contracts are regularly available for bids. TENAX, however, intends to offer an approach to technology with primary consideration being given to the employee and his or her needs. TENAX has developed a more progressive style with a unique company culture in an effort to attract and retain quality employees. Rush adds, “Our strategy will focus on keeping overhead costs in check while providing à la carte benefits to employees with a goal of employee ownership.” TENAX Technologies’ CEO, Tamera Rush, has lived in Harford County since 1997 and is well-versed in the dynamics of Federal government contracting at APG. She has served several prestigious companies as a manager and is quite familiar with the market. Rush has garnered numerous accolades from local, state, and federal agencies including Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2012; the Athena Award in 2011; and the Hammer Award from VP Al Gore in...

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Email Marketing Best Practices

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Our next event will be held May 8th, from 4:30-6:30pm.  Register at Eventbrite. When it comes to successful Email Marketing, the devil is in the details. If you are currently sending out email campaigns and not getting the desired results you were hoping for, this is the session for you. Come and learn the five Ws and one H of email marketing and discuss how incorporating these techniques into your email campaigns can help bring great results to your email marketing strategy. Topics to be covered include: WHO are you sending your email campaign to? define your audience and selectively choose your recipients. WHAT content are you sending your subscribers? determine if it is relevant to your subscribers.  (Shotgun Approach vs. Rifle Method) WHERE are you sending the emails to? determine your subscribers’ devices and send campaigns in correct format. WHEN are you sending out your campaigns? discuss the best and worst times to send out email campaigns. WHY are you sending your subscribers this message? determine, define and focus on your overall goal for the campaign HOW are you sending your emails out? pros and cons of a dedicated ESP vs. DIY sending. Presented by Matt Pramschufer. Contact Eva Hanley at 410-273-5708 for more...

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Hidden Gems – Small Business Resources

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The Hidden Gems program was a great success! Thanks to everyone who came out and all of our great presenters who did such a great job. If you weren’t able to join us, you can download the presentation at the link below. Hidden Gems

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Hidden Gems – Business Resources in the Region

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We’re kicking off our 2014 programming with this Harford’s Business Edge event on March 11 from 4pm-6pm. This is a fast-paced seminar designed to provide an overview of the many business support resources available for start-ups and entrepreneurs.  There will be time for questions and answers and one-on-one conversations with the partner organizations. This event is free to Harford’s Business Edge and GroundFloor members and $10 for non-members. Register at...

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‘Stories from the Trenches : Breaking Into Government Contracting’

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GF member Ben Vaughn shares his experiences in the startup process of business set-up, capabilities development, diversification, and growing your business base. Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 4-5pm at the GroundFloor. View Ben’s presentation.    

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Intellectual Property: License to Profit

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On September 25, 2013, from 4:15pm-5:30pm The GroundFloor presents Joy Goswami as he hosts a discussion on intellectual property. Free for all GroundFloor members, $15 fee for non-members. Contact Eva at 410-273-5708 for more information.   Joy Goswami Assistant Director – Technology Transfer Center, University of Delaware Joy Goswami is the Assistant Director of the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships at University of Delaware, where he oversees and manages a large portfolio of technology transfer activities. Among other functionalities, he is actively involved in managing the University’s intellectual property, assisting in establishing start-up and spin-off companies and bringing forth university-industry collaborations and partnerships.   Joy has more than eighteen years of experience in the field of business development and a career that has produced highly-regarded commercialization strategies and outreach practices of novel technologies in biotechnology, chemical engineering, bio-medical and the agriculture sector.  He specializes in intellectual property management, licensing, technology transfer and US patent drafting and prosecution.   Joy has Master’s degrees in Business Administration from St. Cloud State University and in Molecular Biology from the University of Delhi. He is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional; USPTO Registered Patent Agent and a recipient of the prestigious Howard Bremer Scholar conferred by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)....

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GroundFloor at Harford to attract high tech business

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Sandwiched between the lump crab cakes, the coffee shop and a place to tone up the abs, you’ll find the GroundFloor at Harford just off Pulaski Highway in Havre de Grace…. Read more:...

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Harford County launches co-working space for tech, cyber security entrepreneurs

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Article originally run on The Baltimore Business Journal.  Visit original article http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2013/05/09/harford-county-groundfloor-co-working.html Harford County is opening a new co-working space designed for technology and cyber security entrepreneurs. The GroundFloor will work like a fitness club. Entrepreneurs can get part-time or monthly memberships. The 2,800-square-foot office at Swan Creek Village in Havre de Grace officially opens May 15 with a grand opening event at 11 a.m. and a networking happy hour from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. The county set out to create a co-working space after visiting similar facilities in California, Texas and New York City, said James Richardson, director of the Harford County Office of Economic Development. Richardson hopes to attract local entrepreneurs and technology contractors who want to work close to home, rather than venturing to Baltimore for a seat at a city incubator. A handful of entrepreneurs have already signed up, Richardson said. The county hopes to attract at least 25 people, he said. Office space at The GroundFloor is $40 for five days per month or $100 for 24/7 access for a month. Membership includes support services from the the Harford County econimic development office, Harford County Community College, the Harford Business Innovation Center and local libraries. The incubator will look to help members get funding by better connecting them to grant opportunities and venture capital investors. Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor will manage the incubator. Baltimore incubator Betamore, University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s research park, bwtech@UMBC, and Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore are partners in the project. Richardson said the county picked the space in Swan Creek Village because of its proximity to other amenities, such as a fitness center, a bar and restaurant and a cafe. The county is leasing its space from Swan Creek Village...

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