As part of a series of posts on the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, TechFire recently caught up with two of our service providers from Community Bank of the Chesapeake: Patrick Pierce, Senior Vice President and Senior Lender, Charles County and Aaron Fenwick, Vice President, Commercial and Industrial Loan Officer. We wanted to learn more about what entrepreneurs and small businesses need to know about, and can expect from, working with local community banks.

Leadership in Technology and Ecosystem Building for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to be Recognized at Annual Award Ceremony

EVERYWHERE, MD – Startup Maryland ( today announced the that co-Founder | CEO, Michael Binko, was recently honored by The Daily Record as a 2016 Influential Marylander. Binko joins a group of 51 of the state’s top leaders selected by editors for their leadership and significant contributions to the fields of civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, general business, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology. Binko was recognized for leadership and efforts centered on technology, and ecosystem-building around innovation and entrepreneurship.”The 51 individuals being recognized this year as Influential Marylanders stand out above others in their industries. They are influencing the business community, the state and often beyond,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record, a Baltimore-based business and legal newspaper that launched the award in 2006. “What they say is important, and what they do makes a difference in the lives of many Marylanders. The Daily Record is pleased to honor them.” The winners will be recognized today (March 17) at a reception at The Grand Lodge in Cockeysville.

“Given the roster of past recipients, I am humbled to be a peer to this year’s stellar Influential Marylanders cohort,” stated Michael Binko, Founder|CEO of Startup Maryland. “I respectfully accept the recognition but on behalf of the more than 1000 startup founder-entrepreneurs we have been privileged to meet over the past four years since launching Startup Maryland. Our staff and ecosystem of Startup Maryland Champion mentors look forward to continuing the celebrating, coaching, curation and capitalization of our vibrant community of innovative entrepreneurs,” added Binko.


A full list of honorees by category appears below. Elected leaders are not eligible for inclusion because they are by nature influential.


Mike Binko, Startup Maryland
Karl Gumtow, CyberPoint LLC
Todd Howard, Bethesda Game Studios
Jen Meyer, Betamore


Civic Leadership
Diane Bell-McKoy, Associated Black Charities
Anwer Hasan, Louis Berger Group
Ronald R. Peterson and Ronald J. Daniels, Johns Hopkins Hospital/Johns Hopkins University
Patti Saylor, Disability Advocate


Trif Alatzas, The Baltimore Sun
Matt Doud and Ed Callahan, Planit
Alfred Liggins, Radio One Inc.
Pedro Palomino, Somos Baltimore & Mundo LATINO


Sheila Bair, Washington College
Douglas L. Becker, Laureate Education Inc.
Robert L. Caret, University System of Maryland
Dallas S. Dance, Ph.D., Baltimore County Public Schools
Wes Moore, BridgeEdu
Dr. David Wilson, Morgan State University


Anirban Basu, Sage Policy Group
Augie Chiasera, M&T Bank, Greater Baltimore/Chesapeake Region
David Millman, Baltimore-Maryland Market, Bank of America
Mary Ann Scully, Howard Bank


Vicki Brick, Brick Bodies
Jed Dietz, Maryland Film Festival
Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen
Chris Wilson, Barclay Investment Corp.


General Business
Michael Bettick, Randstad Professionals
R. Michael Gill, Maryland Department of Commerce
Keith Haller, Potomac Inc.
Michael MacDonald, Medifast Inc.
Alan D. Wilson, McCormick & Co.


Health Care
Carmela Coyle, Maryland Hospital Association
Dr. Robert C. Gallo, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Thomas Mullen, Mercy Health Services
Kenneth A. Samet, MedStar Health
Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Department


Robert A. Alderson, Skidmore, Alderson, P.A.
C. Justin Brown, Brown & Nieto
John Frisch, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Lisae C. Jordan, Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
William H. “Billy” Murphy, Jr., Murphy Falcon & Murphy
Sheela Murthy, Murthy Law Firm


Mark Furst, United Way of Central Maryland
Lisa Rusyniak, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake Inc.
Thomas Wilcox, Baltimore Community Foundation


Real Estate
Jody Clark, Beatty Development
Daniel P. Henson III, Henson Development Group
Donald Manekin, Seawall Development
Marc D. Weller, Sagamore Development Co.

From the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Technology Transfer Office

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) granted a license to a local small business Feb. 4 to mature and produce an anti-corrosion technology that is safer and more environmentally friendly than chemicals currently in use.

Rear Adm. Dean Peters, commander, NAWCAD, signed the non-exclusive patent license agreement with 3 Notch Chemicals founder Jeb Henderson, granting the company permission to use NAWCAD’s patented Active Aluminum Rich (Al-Rich) technology, a powerful anti-corrosion chemical composition created for use in coating systems.

TechFire today proudly announces their client, Motobriiz, LLC., has been selected out of 150 other Maryland entrepreneurs as one of the Great Eight (8) Finalists in Startup Maryland’s 2015 Pitch Across Maryland tour. The Great Eight earned the opportunity to present an extended pitch at the 2015 TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo. The winning Motobriiz video pitch is posted on the Startup Maryland YouTube channel.

“The entrepreneurial eco-system both in Southern Maryland and across the state is really strong and the Startup Maryland pitch bus competition is just another great example of the support and opportunities that help get small businesses off to a solid start. I’ve been attending SMIT, the Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology MeetUps, for quite some time and was fortunate to connect with TechFire at the August MeetUp. As a TechFire client, I found the pitch coaching and advice from my expert advisor to be invaluable. With this support, I feel well-prepared to share my innovation at the Entrepreneur Expo,” said Mike Steele, Founder of Motorbriiz, LLC.

Statewide, Maryland; October 23, 2015 — Startup Maryland™ today unveils the 138 video pitches from the participants in the 2015 Pitch Across Maryland competition.  After posting the video pitches from Maryland entrepreneurs that were captured during the three-week Pitch Across Maryland bus tour, Startup Maryland is proud to announce that the two Video Pitch Competitions are now underway.  You can find the various Playlists for each tour stop location where companies pitched on the Startup Maryland YouTube Channel.

“Once again, the startup ecosystem in Maryland shines bright…Now that the dust has settled from our whirlwind tour around the state, the diversity of industries/innovations and the passion embodied in our entrepreneurs show the spirit of free enterprise is beaming brightly in the Old Line State. We now begin the two separate competitions that define the next stage of the Pitch Across Maryland. The first competition is something fun we refer to as the Fan Favorite and the second competition will reveal our Great 8 Finalists” stated Mike Binko, Founder | President of Startup Maryland. 

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