CSM hosts en­tre­pre­neur sum­mit in Septem­ber

Maryland Independent - - Business -

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land and the Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter will host the 2016 En­trepreneur­ship & In­no­va­tion Sum­mit on the col­lege’s La Plata Cam­pus.

The day­long sum­mit is Thurs­day, Sept. 8, and will ex­plore ideas needed to ac­cel­er­ate in­no­va­tive think­ing in the re­gion’s en­tre­pre­neur­ial ecosys­tem and ex­am­ine what drives in­no­va­tion, busi­ness growth and tech­nol­ogy com­mer­cial­iza­tion, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

The sum­mit is 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Cen­ter for Busi­ness and In­dus­try (BI Build­ing), La Plata Cam­pus, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata.

Speak­ers will in­clude Don Macke, co-founder and di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Ru­ral En­trepreneur­ship, and Carol Kraus Lauf­fer, a rec­og­nized expert, con­sul­tant and trainer in busi­ness in­cu­ba­tion and ac­cel­er­a­tion.

Macke, who has nearly 40 years of com­mu­nity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and pol­icy ex­pe­ri­ence, will dis­cuss “Defin­ing an En­tre­pre­neur­ial Ecosys­tem.” Lauf­fer, as a part­ner at Busi­ness Clus­ter De­vel­op­ment (BCD) for nearly 15 years, will dis­cuss “Tech Com­mer­cial­iza­tion and In­cu­ba­tors.”

There will be sev­eral break­out ses­sions through­out the day in­clud­ing: solv­ing the re­gion’s so­cial and eco­nomic chal­lenges with fa­cil­i­ta­tor An­gela Sin­gle­ton; com­mu­nity readi­ness with Kim Mozingo; op­por­tu­ni­ties for bring­ing re­search and in­ven­tions to mar­ket with Gary Evans; ex­plor­ing the busi­ness de­vel­op­ment model that would work best for the re­gion with Lynn Reed Selby; sus­tain­abil­ity with An­gela Thorn­ton; and lever­ag­ing the role of the ed­u­ca­tion and re­search com­mu­nity with Thomas Lug­in­bill.

The fo­cus of the SBDC is to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and guid­ance for en­trepreneurs through var­i­ous work­shops, train­ing ses­sions and one-onone expert coun­sel­ing. The CSM SBDC as­sists more than 400 clients each year. Of those, ap­prox­i­mately 250 are ex­ist­ing busi­nesses.

For sum­mit reg­is­tra­tion, go to https://www.eventbrite. com/e/2016-en­trepreeur­ship-in­no­va­tion-sum­mit-tick­ets-26956022188 or call 301934-7583.

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