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Pitch Your Business Idea to Investors and Attend Free Workshops

Department of Business Development and partners celebrate Washington County entrepreneurs 

Hagerstown, Md. (September 17, 2014) – With two local locations this year, you’ll want to Go for LAUNCH! as part of the Pitch Across Maryland tour September 22, 2014 in Washington County.

A day-long celebration of entrepreneurship, free development workshops covering financing and business planning will be available. For those thinking about starting a business, these workshops can help determine if you are on the right path to launching your own venture. 

Pitches and free workshops will take place at M&T Bank and University System of Maryland at Hagerstown from 12 – 3 p.m.  For a complete list of workshops, visit:

After a brief intermission, activities will resume at 4 p.m. at the Hagerstown Community College Technical Innovation Center. Interested entrepreneurs can stop by for an ice cream social and Open House tour to explo

The following organizations will be on-site to share information and resources:re available space and learn more about business services provided in Washington County. 

  • Washington County Department of Business Development
  • The City of Hagerstown
  • M&T Bank
  • Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
  • Maryland Small Business Development Center
  • Frostburg State University
  • Hagerstown Community College
  • Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Pre-registered participants with developed business plans will have three minutes in the STARTUP Maryland video studio to pitch their business idea. In addition to receiving a free, professionally recorded video, all pitches will

To learn more and pre-schedule pitch times, contact Leslie Hart at: 301-432-4782 or be posted online, where angel investors and viewers can vote for their favorites to advance to the state competition.


About the Washington County Department of Business Development
Washington County Department of Business Development (DBD) is a county agency providing assistance to new and expanding businesses throughout Washington County, Maryland. The DBD interacts with a vast network of public, private and nonprofit organizations to address the business needs of the community, as well as attract new companies to the county. Visit for more information.

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About STARTUP Maryland

Startup Maryland is a regional initiative launched out of the Startup America Partnership.  Driven from within the startup community, and led by/for entrepreneurs, Startup Maryland is peer-driven and focused on high-growth ventures.  Forged on the themes spawned by the national initiative, Startup Maryland strives to connect innovation communities and recognize the importance of founding-entrepreneurs, startup, ramp-up and speedup companies to the innovation economy.  Startup Maryland rallies entrepreneurs, supporters and other innovation stakeholders around four main initiatives:

  • Connection
  • Celebration
  • Coaching
  • Capital


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