Charles County Commissioners Proclaim June 28th as Indian Head Innovation and Discovery Day!

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Indian Head Innovation and Discovery Day will highlight business opportunities in the Town of Indian Head

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, Energetics Technology Center (ETC) and Charles County Economic Development, with support from the Rural Maryland Council, will host Indian Head Innovation and Discovery Day at the Indian Head Pavilion on the Village Green in Indian Head, Maryland.  Emphasizing technology-based economic development, the day-long event will spotlight innovation and business growth opportunities in the Town of Indian Head and in Charles County, Maryland. The event will feature leadership from Maryland Department of Commerce, the Town of Indian Head, Charles County, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD), Energetics Technology Center, TEDCO, Rural Maryland Council, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, and successful entrepreneurs.  Admission is open to the public.  Entrepreneurs, small businesses, startups, researchers, and innovators are encouraged to attend.  Indian Head businesses interested in exhibiting should contact John Millemaci at

Indian Head Innovation and Discovery Day hours will run from 8:45 am to 4:00 pm.  General event admission is $15, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch.  Federal, Charles County, and Indian Head government employees will be admitted free of charge. Following the activities, there will be a no-host reception and networking event at the Black Box Theater from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, across the street from the Indian Head Pavilion.

To register and for additional information, visit

Energetics Technology Center and the Rural Maryland Council are proud to offer an in-depth look into moving scientific discoveries and innovations developed at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service, from the laboratory to practical everyday use. If you are a business owner, entrepreneur, student of biology, horticulture or aquaculture, or a professional service organization that assists any of these groups, plan to attend this free program and learn more about how technology transfer brings innovation to commercialization! This event will be held in building at the La Plata Campus of the College of Southern Maryland.

There are still a few slots left! Hurry! The event is this Wed morning!
To register go to our Eventbrite page:

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) brings together citizens, community-based organizations, federal, state, county and municipal government officials as well as representatives of the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to collectively address the needs of Rural Maryland communities. RMC provides a venue for members of agriculture and natural resource-based industries, health care facilities, educational institutions, economic and community development organizations, for-profit and nonprofit corporations, and government agencies to cross traditional boundaries, share information, and address in a more holistic way the special needs and opportunities in Rural Maryland.
RMC’s goals are to:

  • Encourage healthy, connected communities throughout Rural Maryland through convening of stakeholders, education, public relations, and advocacy.
  • Support the development and growth of vibrant economies in Rural Maryland.
  • Foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural resources.
  • Maximize RMC outreach, resources and mission through financial and organizational development.

Supporting the Energetics Technology Center through the RMPIF

Energetics Technology Center and the Rural Maryland Council are proud to be a sponsor for the 2018 Crab Pot Pitch Contest. Perhaps you’ve heard of the TV show Shark Tank. Well, the Crab Pot is just as intense! Entrepreneurs from all around give their finest pitches for a chance to win the new Tech Commercialization Award and a free year of business incubation. The Speed Round will be held April 12, 2018 at 6PM at Patuxent River Naval Air Museum and the Finals will be held May 10, 2018 at 6PM at Calvert Marine Museum. The contest is hosted by Pax Space and S.M.I.T.

Visit the Crab Pot website for more.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Workshop — April 19th at the College of Southern MD, Laplata

Southern Maryland Entrepreneurs and Startups Offered Assistance with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant Proposal Writing

Contact John Millemaci
Telephone 301-645-6637 x709

Workshop Targets Entrepreneurs and Startups Seeking Technical Writing Assistance on SBIR Grant Proposals

Innovators, entrepreneurs and small business owners struggle to identify critical financial resources to start or launch their ventures. One solution involves a non-dilutive government funding source called the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. This funding is available at specific times of the year through 11 federal agencies ( and is based on a highly competitive proposal process, encouraging U.S. small businesses to engage in federal research and development that is primed for commercialization.

To assist individuals seeking this funding opportunity, the Energetics Technology Center (ETC), in partnership with the Rural Maryland Council (, has designed a workshop to assist and prepare grant writers with their SBIR proposals. The workshop will also introduce individuals to resources available in the community which help entrepreneurs develop and move these technologies toward commercialization and product sales.

The program is open to all potential grant proposal writers. Guest speakers from the Department of Navy SBIR offices, the Southern Region Small Business Development Center, and an ETC Entrepreneur-in-Residence will provide information regarding grant writing best practices. The SBIR Workshop is scheduled for April 19 from 8:30a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will be held at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata. The program is free of charge, but registration is required.

For additional information or to register for the SBIR Workshop, go to:

Energetics Technology Center (ETC) provides research, engineering services, and policy development capabilities to government, academia, and private industry clients, as well as technology-based incubation and commercialization services through its TechFire® program. ETC, incorporated in 2006, is 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, with a charter to promote the development of science and engineering activities, has incubator facilities located in Southern Maryland and Montgomery County, MD.

Click below to view a pdf version of our upcoming SBIR Workshop event flyer: