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PGCEDC INNOVATION STATION ACCELERATOR PUTS BUSINESSES WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF CUSTOMERS

LARGO, MD – This morning, local business owners met at the PGCEDC's Innovation Station Accelerator to learn about millions of dollars in procurement opportunities at the University of Maryland. Yvette Williams, Coordinator for the Business Diversity Office at the University of Maryland shared the many opportunities available for businesses to take advantage of within the University System. EDC President and Chief ‘Excitement’ Officer Jim Coleman was thrilled to host another seminar providing lucrative opportunities and resources for the County’s small business community.

“We are here to connect our businesses to customers,” said Coleman. “The University of Maryland is one of the largest employers and customers in the State and region. It is our duty to connect our business community to powerful customers and that’s exactly what we’re doing at Innovation Station. All our tenants have to do is walk down the hall to take advantage of a world of opportunity!”

Ms. Williams opened the seminar by hearing what type of industry sectors were in attendance from the business owners. She then shared the wealth of opportunities available for small businesses at the University of Maryland. Attendees were also able to hear a first-hand account of how, exactly, they can be successful at securing a contract to do business with the University of Maryland.

“The business owners and I engaged in really good dialogue and they asked very poignant questions,” said Williams. “Many wanted to know specifically who to talk to regarding opportunities and what exact opportunities are available. The University purchases everything from t-shirts and sports equipment to various toiletries used in restrooms. We buy everything that you can imagine. If you’re registered with the eMaryland marketplace and have a good marketing plan, you are in a good position to do business with the University of Maryland!”

This morning’s seminar was a part of the regular series of programming that the PGCEDC’s Innovation Station Accelerator provides to connect its members, as well as the greater small business community in Prince George’s County with savvy resources to grow their businesses.

Learn about more business development seminars taking place at the PGCEDC’s Innovation Station by visiting www.pgcedc.com/events or follow the EDC on social media @PGCEDC.