We had the first of our First Friday Lunch and Learns at Cowork Frederick last Friday and, with this inaugual event, we are off to a great start! These events happen on (you guessed it), the first Friday of each month and are (you guessed again!) held at noon over lunch that we provide. First Friday Lunch and Learns at Cowork Frederick are open to the public. To see upcoming topics, visit our Community Events calendar.
Beth Woodring of the Western Maryland Small Business and Technology Development Center, Helen Riddle of the Frederick County Division of Business Development and Retention, and Heather Gramm of the City of Frederick Department of Economic Development gave a talk on Support Systems to Help Your Business Grow. Taking turns, they each laid out the resources available to those starting new business and those looking for ways to expand. The meeting was very interactive, with the group that gathered over pizza, salad, and soft drinks asking questions, providing feedback, and discussing ideas.
One highlight was Paul Wilson of 4Thought Technologies discussing his efforts to raise awareness of and facilitate communication within the Frederick Startup Community, something near and dear to Cowork Frederick. It was just a few months ago that Paul and I were chatting at a Frederick Web Tech Group meetup about how such things. The gist of our conversation is captured nicely in what Paul posted on LinkedIn, "We know Frederick is a great place to live and work, but it’s not known as a technology hot spot." We considered the reasons why and decided it simply should not be and that something should be done about it.
Next thing I know, Paul had done tons of research on and assessed the "user-friendliness" of existing websites, blogs, and other resources and created a LinkedIn group to begin connecting with others. Again, from Paul, "Together we can change this by nurturing and building a creative and collaborative community interested in growing the technology base." Here, here!