The Trident Initiative at Frostburg State University and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Western Maryland SCORE Chapter 682, host their second annual conference, “The Odyssey … From Entrepreneurial Opportunity to Regional Economic Prosperity,” on Thursday, Sept. 6, and Friday, Sept. 7, in Frostburg State University’s Lane University Center.
The event focuses on possibilities for collaboration within the tri-state region of Western Maryland, southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia in order to foster regional economic development. This year’s conference will also feature an in-depth FastTrac® workshop called “Listening to Your Business,” offered by the Kauffman Foundation, and include case studies that depict the entrepreneurial “odyssey” of a new business and establish the linkage between entrepreneurial initiative and economic progress for the surrounding region.
This conference also recognizes and honors leading entrepreneurs of the region with a view to showcasing the region’s best practices in small business. Accordingly, two awards, Model Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year will be presented at the conference.
The conference will be of interest to aspiring as well as practicing entrepreneurs, the academic community of students, faculty and staff of regional educational institutions, economic development agencies, city governments, as well as the region’s citizenry at large. The program consists of hands-on, practical and educational forums, with the participation and presentation by regional business resource providers and representatives from governmental agencies and academic institutions.
Benefits of attending the conference are many, with opportunities to:
• Discover entrepreneurial opportunities and resources in the region.
• Investigate potential sources of funding and financial incentives.
• Network with other regional entrepreneurs and share your experiences and perspectives.
• Be inspired by the successes and examples of entrepreneurial ingenuity and talent across the region.
For any questions concerning the upcoming event, please call 301-687-4008 or e-mail trident@frostburg,edu.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.