Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
February 2023
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February was a busy month as we celebrated the Frederick Day in Annapolis with our local leaders sharing the Frederick vibe and local needs with state officials. Here is a short video showing the highlights of the event. Frederick also recently hosted- SMARTPROC – GOVCON – a top regional government contracting forum in which several hundred businesses attended sessions on best practices for state and federal contracting. DED was a top-sponsor of the event at which both Mayor O’Connor and I were speakers.

Frederick celebrated February Black History month in a big way by recognizing the contributions and culture of Frederick’s amazing black community, and I wanted to share a couple of particularly top memories for me.  I was fortunate to serve on a Frederick CDBG project selection panel for several years with Mr. William O. “Bill” Lee who was a veteran, educator, mentor to many, and was one of Frederick’s first black Aldermen. Mr. Lee grew up in Frederick during a time of segregation but had a vision of unity and prosperity across the community and worked every day in that direction. When the City constructed Carroll Creek Park and the suspension bridge connecting neighborhoods north and south across the creek, we thought it was important to honor Mr. Lee and his vision by naming the Unity Bridge in his honor.  I am proud of that decision, and he often shared his interest in building an African-American museum in the area.  Today, the City is working closely with the local African-American history group – AARCH- by leasing ground floor retail space in the All Saints Parking Garage for a future museum and offices. David Key was another instrumental black leader who made an impact on me as he advocated for and raised awareness for that museum. I can hardly wait to see it open in the future.

Enjoy this issue of Business eNews. Be well and do well. We are all in this together.

Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development - Agents of Change
The path of the entrepreneur is known for taking twists and turns. But we’ve also found that it can start just about anywhere!

Here we tracked down the stories of four local business owners to learn about the unexpected career backgrounds that ultimately led them to ownership.
A business plan serves as a road map for decision-making and helps you remain focused on the core mission of the company. It’s a living, breathing document - something that should be reviewed often and modified as a business grows.

Residents and business-owners of The City of Frederick have a number of free resources available to them to assist them in this planning process. Learn more about these no-cost opportunities here.
Earlier this month our City team had the pleasure of helping host “Frederick Day in Annapolis.” The event served as an opportunity to share Frederick’s successes and next goals with our state legislators. Explore this year's priority projects here.

Thank you to our many local partner organizations who joined in the effort to showcase our community at the state-level!
The annual SMART PROC GovCon conference, held once again right here in Frederick, offered small businesses an opportunity to better understand, and execute on, the federal procurement process, mission requirements, and forecast opportunities.

Learn more about this unique local opportunity to connect with decision-makers in federal procurement here.
A huge congratulations to our very own Economic Development Manager, Mary Ford-Naill, who has been named to the Leadership Maryland - Class of 2023!

The 8-month professional development program brings together senior-level executives and community leaders from across Maryland for networking & learning focused on our state's top social, economic, and environmental issues.

Mary will join the class with two other local leaders: Jodie Bollinger of Frederick County Office of Economic Development & Ashley Waters of Woman-to-Woman Mentoring.
Earlier this month, the Maryland Economic Development Association announced the winners of the 2023 MEDA Awards. The Awards recognize the people, programs, and projects bringing economic prosperity to Maryland.

In the Economic Development Project category, Frederick’s Union Mills Knitting Project was named as the winner for its creative revitalization of a long-vacant building. Read more here.
Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) announced that Four Points Group based in Frederick, MD has been named to Forbes Magazine’s 2023 list of America’s Best-In-State Wealth Management Teams. Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Management Teams ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on numerous criteria. Learn more about Four Points Group and their amazing designation.

Morgan Keller Construction and Morgan Keller Mechanical has been recognized by The Cumberland Valley Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc for several awards. Check out their story and learn more about the awards and projects.

McClintock Distilling is an award-winning, craft distillery located in Frederick – the heart of some of Maryland’s finest production of spirits over the centuries. McClintock honors tradition and innovation with their of release of Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon. Find out more about their release of Husker–Maryland’s first-known, Bottled-in-Bond bourbon since Prohibition.

Three well-known local attorneys join McNees to add to its growing Maryland team. The additions deepen McNees’ experience in real estate, construction, corporate and tax law. Get to know them here.

Advanced Biofuels USA Executive Director and a board member have been listed among outstanding leaders of the bioeconomy's development and deployment by The Bioeconomy 500 for 2023. Find out who they are!

Downtown Frederick Partnership Provides Security Camera Grants to Downtown Businesses with 32 businesses participating in the program. Eligible businesses are being awarded up to $500 to cover the cost of the cameras.

Techfrederick welcomed a new board member in Jon-Mikel Bailey with Wellspring Digital. Find out what makes Jon tick as well as more about Wellspring and Techfrederick!

Does your business have news to share? Send us a press release and we'll help share that great news locally and regionally. Find out how!
Congratulations to the following anniversaries and grand openings

If you have a business that has opened, relocated, expanded or celebrated
a milestone anniversary in the last 3 months, please tell us!
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