Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
November 2021
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Recently I had coffee at the brightly decorated Gravel and Grind artisanal coffee and bike shop on East 6th Street in Downtown Frederick. What an amazing adaptive reuse of an old auto showroom with large plate glass windows and major cool factor. One property at a time, Frederick’s north end is buzzing with energy generated by new businesses, from crossfit to coffee, haircuts to hospital equipment, and bikes to beer.  But downtown isn’t alone in that regard, as my wife and I recently had a date night on the Golden Mile at the new Thai Meric Eatery and Bar followed by a showing of the movie Belfast in reclining seats at Warehouse Cinema – what a great experience. I am told that Warehouse Cinema is one of the top performing 10 screen theaters in the country.  I am simply in awe of Frederick’s entrepreneurs and small businesses which help make our city one the most livable in the country according to  Please consider supporting your local businesses through holiday purchases and gift cards – it makes a difference.

I also want to highlight a huge step forward by the City through newly adopted Purchasing Policies which will launch Minority & Women Owned Business Enterprise & Small Business Reserve Programs. Getting a foot in the door with local government contracts for products and services is one way that small minority and women owned businesses can scale sustainable operations and stabilize revenue.  This issue of Business eNews is chock full of stories about those new programs along with workforce Biotech Bootcamp, North Market Street Revitalization, State of the Golden Mile, Airport Taxiway completion, and more.  

Best wishes for the season – Shop Local!

Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
On Thursday, November 18th, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved of a Resolution to adopt changes to the Purchasing Policies of The City of Frederick. Included in these changes is the establishment of a goals-based Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) program and a Small Business Reserve program.
This new, free 4-week training program is designed to teach participants the basic skills needed for entry-level positions in the biotech industry. The boot camp is a great opportunity for displaced workers and those interested in a new career in biotech. Learn more and apply here.
There has been a recent surge in business activity above 5th Street on North Market Street. In fact, since the start of the pandemic, five new businesses have started within this two block area —- with even more on the way! Here we look at these exciting developments on the north end of downtown.
Earlier this fall, Phase I of the Taxiway A project at Frederick Municipal Airport was completed. Get the rundown on the recent work that is helping strengthen this key piece of City infrastructure.
The Frederick Arts Council has been selected to receive a $500,000 American Rescue Plan Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
“We look forward to distributing these grants which will be a much-needed source of funding for our dynamic and worthy arts organizations and artists,” said Louise Kennelly, executive director of the Frederick Arts Council.
On October 26, 2021, the Golden Mile Alliance held its second “Status of the Mile” meeting with speakers from the Golden Mile Alliance (GMA) and the City of Frederick. Read a recap of the report here.
With the holidays approaching, the City's Free Holiday Parking will begin on Thanksgiving. No payment is needed at garages or meters on Thanksgiving, Frosty Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving), Christmas, and New Years Day. Additionally, the garages and meters will be free every weekend through the end of the year Saturdays beginning at 8AM through Mondays at 6AM.
Frederick Arts Council recently awarded Community Arts Development grants to 17 arts organizations and programs. The CAD grant program allows high-quality arts programming to be available to as many community members as possible. Find out who the lucky recipients were to receive funding.

Shared Spaces recently launched a web platform that monetizes idle warehouse and office space. Learn more about the platform and connect with Shared Spaces to find out if the service can work for you!

Women to Women Mentoring has announced Ashley Waters as their new Executive Director. Woman to Woman Mentoring aims to cultivate mentoring relationships that provide women with guidance, support and community connections. Congratulations, Ashley!

In a collaborative campaign with Frederick Community College and local partners, Biotech Boot Camp has been launched. The free 4-week training program is designed to teach participants the basic skills needed for entry-level positions in the biotech industry.

Frederick Community College has announced 17 College Initiatives receiving funding from the FCC President's Innovation Fund. The creation of this fund is meant to empower faculty and staff to be creative and lead.

Tenth Ward Distilling has announced a new service of shipping direct to consumer for residents located in MD and DC. Find out more about the service and Tenth Ward.

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!
December 1, 2021
Frederick County Chamber: Coffee & Contacts
December 3, 2021
Frederick County Chamber GenConnect: Holiday Toy Drive
December 14, 2021
Frederick County Workforce Services: Leading Through Change and Disruption
December 16, 2021
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