Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
September 2021
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There is much to celebrate in Frederick with business grand openings and expansions over the past month. Additionally, the Chamber of Commerce wrapped up its award-winning S.H.E. Week and many City businesses and individuals were honored including: Odin Crossfit which won the people's coveted S.H.E. Pitch award and Mary Ford-Naill (City DED), Brooke DeSantis (Lochlin Foundation), Maria Herrara (Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland) & the Lady Ravens (Frederick's 1st all-girls competitive flag football team) who were honored as SHERO winners. Frederick’s growing tech community is poised to hold its Annual TechGames on October 8th and The City of Frederick DED is a proud founding sponsor. Frederick’s Veteran Services Center is inching closer to completion thanks to the efforts of Platoon 22 and Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley. Check out all these stories and more in this issue of Business eNews.  

I would be remiss if I did not mention that Maryland is continuing to emerge from the grips of the COVID Pandemic as more residents and workers are vaccinated.  Frederick remains in a strong position to fully recover economically as public health improves and more vaccinated workers return to the workplace but we are not there yet. According to the Frederick County Health Department (as of 9/28/2021), the three zip codes representing The City of Frederick range from 68.9 % vaccinated in 21701, to 64.5% in 21702, and 68.8% in 21703. Small businesses in Frederick can take advantage of a federal tax credit to compensate for providing paid time off to employees for vaccination. Data from numerous organizations shows that as vaccination rates increase, the stability and economic health of an area increases as well. The US Chamber of Commerce states that “Employers of all sizes play an important role in making it easy for employees and those in their communities to get vaccinated. Helping employers get more people vaccinated, especially through worksite clinics, is a path forward for our country’s public health and economic strength.” Frederick’s incredible business community is stepping up to help achieve this critical goal.

Be well and stay safe.

Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
In recent decades, we have seen a new economic trend emerge on Frederick’s southeast side. Arts & Entertainment destinations have begun to cluster in the area and bring life back to the area's historic structures. Together, these complimentary uses are serving as key catalysts for the revitalization of the entire corridor.

Learn more about the southside renaissance here.
Frederick is quickly becoming a hub for innovation in production and logistics. A new FCC program will help prepare students for related careers in supply chain, biotechnology, and manufacturing industries.

Classes are open for enrollment now for Fall 2021, with additional courses debuting in Spring 2022. Explore the new program here.
The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce recently wrapped up S.H.E. Week 2021 — a week-long program focused on empowering & developing women through education, networking, mentoring and partnerships.

This year, the programming included a pitch competition designed for women-owned businesses in both the idea & growth stages. Hear from some of the competition’s finalists as they reflect on the rewarding experience.
Local, state, and federal representatives recently toured the site of Frederick’s future Veterans Services Center.

The Center is a collaboration between veterans nonprofit Platoon 22 and Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley, Inc.. The new facility will offer essential services to help veterans successfully transition to civilian life. Learn more here.
The annual National Cancer Institute and Frederick National Laboratory Technology Showcase spotlights technologies and capabilities being developed at the respective research facilities to encourage licensing and collaboration.

Started in 2017, the event consistently attracts 200+ attendees from around the world and has presented over 100 new technologies.
Check out a recap of this year's event here.
A huge congratulations to Frederick's own Rick Weldon who has been named the 2021 Maryland Chamber Executive of the Year!

The award, sponsored by the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, was presented in recognition of his outstanding leadership as President and C.E.O. of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.
techfrederick’s annual 'tech Games' are just around the corner! The October 8th event will once again bring Frederick’s technology community together for an action-packed day of networking and friendly competition at Baker Park.

techfrederick is currently looking for day-of volunteers to help facilitate the fun! Learn more and sign up here.
The Rich Ropp Group of Real Estate Teams recently relocated to new offices at 1020 Mill Pond Dr, Suite M. Congratulations to them!

Frederick Coffee Company is busy celebrating 30 years in business in Frederick. Stop by and take advantage of discounts and monthly raffles. Don't forget to congratulate them!

The YMCA inducted six local sports figures into the Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame. Read on to find out who was honored.

Local fav eatery, Jerk n Jive has opened a 2nd location at 490 Prospect Blvd. Jerk n Jive Bar and Kitchen features an expanded menu and elevated dining experience. Go check them out!

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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!
September 28, 2021
Maryland Women's Business Center: Coffee & Connections
September 30, 2021
October 4-5, 2021
Start Up Grind Frederick: Learning, Discussing, Celebrating
October 6, 2021
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