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Fifth Annual Trident Entrepreneurship Conference to Be Held at FSU

Appalachian AdVentures Partners With FSU Appalachian Festival

The Trident Initiative at Frostburg State University, the Small Business Development Center – Western Maryland Region and the Western Maryland SCORE Chapter in Cumberland announce the Fifth Annual Trident Entrepreneurship Conference to be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, and Friday, Sept. 17, at FSU’s main campus.

This year, the Trident Initiative will host its conference in concert with the Appalachian Festival. Titled “Appalachian AdVentures: Celebrating the Region’s Entrepreneurial Spirit,” the conference will focus on entrepreneurship with a distinctly regional sense-of-place flavor. The meeting highlights asset-based development that is intended to capture the true character of Mountain Maryland and the surrounding area, an approach that has been gaining momentum in the region. It will also include discussions on strategies to best tap into the growing demand for unique, place-based experiences. The contribution of arts and entertainment districts, eco-tourism and adventure sports initiatives will all be acknowledged in the discussion of place-specific economic development initiatives.

The conference will serve the needs of a wide and varied audience comprised of prospective and current entrepreneurs; the academic community, consisting of students, faculty and staff of regional institutions; economic development agencies; city governments; and the region’s interested citizens. Andrea Vernot, assistant secretary, Marketing and Communications, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, will address the conference.

A significant objective of this conference is to recognize and honor leading entrepreneurs of the region, with a view to showcasing the region’s best practices in small business. The Model Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards will be presented at an awards luncheon at the conference. Al Feldstein, Appalachian Regional Commission program manager, Maryland Department of Planning, will serve as the guest speaker and presenter at the awards ceremony.

The Trident Initiative is a comprehensive, entrepreneurship-based educational project funded by a multiyear grant from the Coleman Foundation in Chicago. This project attempts to enhance the current Entrepreneurship/Small Business undergraduate program at FSU by engaging and serving a core set of stakeholders that includes current students, through practice and networking; regional faculty, through discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary applied research on regional small business issues; and entrepreneurs (including program alumni) and economic development practitioners, through mentoring and fostering a climate of entrepreneurial ingenuity.

For more information, contact Sudhir Singh (FSU) at 301-687-4093, Stacy Wassell (FSU) at 301-687-4019 or Terri Hast (SCORE) at 301-722-4173.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers within the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or

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 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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