Friday, September 28, 2012

Nice Bus but Cash Bar

When I read that a statewide economic development bus tour was going to make its last stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion today it piqued my curiosity. This was the first I’d heard of it. Unbeknownst to me until today, a bus equipped with a recording studio, has been traveling around the state for the past three weeks inviting entrepreneurs and would be entrepreneurs to hop on the bus and record a pitch for their idea. The objective is then to take these budding businesses and try and connect them with resources.

According to this story in The Washington Post, “participants meet and receive feedback from top business leaders and have the opportunity to record a four- to six-minute business pitch inside the bus studio.”

“A panel of business professionals will judge the entries and choose several to advance to the next round. The winners will fine-tune their pitches for showcase at the Entrepreneur Expo, an event on Nov. 13 sponsored by the Maryland Technology Development Corp., or TEDCO.”

One of the major sponsors of the tour was our own Economic Development Authority, so naturally the county exec was on hand this afternoon to celebrate it’s conclusion in front of a group of approximately 100 people. The reception was held in the orchestra pit in front of the main stage and included a cash bar. Laura Nueman, the CEO of the HCEDA, introduced Ken as “our next governor.”
“Next year I’d like to see a thousand people here,” he told the assembled business people. I couldn't but think that free drinks might help that, particularly free drinks from Maryland brewers and vintners.

It seems like that would be a nice way to showcase some of Maryland's successful entrepreneurs too.
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