Harford County Office of Economic Development | January 2018
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Harford County's Tourism Funding Program Accepting Applications for FY 2019, 
Workshops Planned February 8 and March 6

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Ladew Topiary Gardens in Harford County received funding through the tourism
funding program. Above is the Ladew Manor House on the grounds.

Applications are now available for eligible nonprofits seeking funding from Harford County for tourism-related activities in fiscal year 2019. This program is funded by the hotel/lodging fee initiated under the administration of County Executive Barry Glassman and supports local organizations promoting cultural and historical activities, museums, eco-tourism, and sports-tourism. Since 2015, more than 30 organizations have received awards totaling more than $4.5 million for tourism-related activities. The Harford County Office of Economic Development will hold workshops for FY19 funding applicants on February 8 and March 6. The application deadline is Friday, April 13, 2018. 
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New Loan Programs Available for Harford County Businesses

The Office of Economic Development has launched new loan programs for Harford County businesses. The Revitalization Area Improvement Loan is available for companies facing U.S. Route 40 to make façade improvements; the Entrepreneurial Growth Loan is available for businesses that have passed the start-up phase and need assistance to be eligible for other loans; the Tech Attraction Fund is available for growing and stable technology companies looking to relocate to Harford County; and the Economic Development Opportunity Fund is available for businesses looking to fund new equipment and operations in order to grow. 


Manufacturing Companies Eligible for Technical Training Reimbursement

The Maryland Department of Commerce announced that manufacturing companies with 150 or fewer employees can be reimbursed for up to 50% of employee training costs through the Partnership for Workforce Quality. Eligible training activities must be used to improve employee productivity and to upgrade employee skills for new technological or production processes. Companies in Harford County can contact Bill Sorenson at 410-767-6804 for further eligibility requirements and more information.


State Announces New Apprentice Ambassador Program 

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation Secretary Kelly M. Schulz recently introduced the Maryland Apprentice Ambassador Program, an initiative that encourages job seekers and businesses to engage in apprenticeship opportunities. The announcement was made at an event hosted by the Regional Manufacturing Institute, the first organization named as an apprenticeship ambassador. Ambassador organizations will help job seekers in apprenticeships make connections and gain work experience, creating a pipeline of qualified talent for Maryland jobs.


Maryland Tech Council Launches Student Internship Website

In partnership with Maryland’s Commerce and Labor departments and local tech agencies, the Maryland Tech Council launched its Internship Network of Maryland (inMD) to streamline Maryland's internship process. Companies can post on an interactive job board which students then can search for internships that match their education and goals. Through inMD, recent graduates can connect to real-world work opportunities, and businesses can attract new, qualified talent for their workforce. Now in beta testing, inMD will go fully live early this year. Features will include virtual interviews and career fairs, internship resources for companies, skills training for students, and searchable student and company profiles. As an incentive for businesses with fewer than 50 employees to offer paid internships, the state will match up to $3,000 per intern. 


Aberdeen High School Seeking Science, Math, and Engineering Mentors 

Aberdeen High School is seeking mentors for its Science and Mathematics Academy (SMA) for the 2018-2019 academic year. SMA is a magnet program that integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics beyond the traditional advanced program for academically talented students. SMA students shadow their mentors to gain skills and knowledge in their related field, and work with their mentors on a year-end capstone project. For more information or to become a mentor, contact Sarah Ashley at sarah.ashley@hcps.org.  


Riverside Business Leaders Get Connected to Harford County Resources

On January 23, the Office of Economic Development hosted a Leadership Breakfast for members of the Riverside business community at the Holiday Inn in Belcamp. County Executive Barry Glassman spoke to attendees about the resources and services Harford County offers to help their business grow. Representatives from the Maryland Department of Commerce, BGE, Maryland Commercial PACE, Susquehanna Workforce Network and Harford Community College also discussed programs that benefit local businesses. 

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Harford County Hosts Small Business Banking Workshop 

The Office of Economic Development hosted “Banking on Your Future", a small business financial seminar, on January 24. Attendees asked experts from M&T Bank and the Small Business Development Center about navigating the lending process, creating a budget for their businesses, understanding different financing options, and more. The workshop was the first of the county’s 2018 monthly financial series offered to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Harford County Office of Economic Development’s hosting of this event is not an endorsement of any opinions, products, or services of the presenters.  Professionals interested in presenting at future workshops or events may contact Bonnie Barresi at 410-638-3059 or email at bebarresi@harfordcountymd.gov

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New Trainings Offered by the Susquehanna Workforce Network

See Your Business Toolbox below for details. For more information, contact Clara Henry at 410-272-5400. READ MORE HERE.
  • Entry Level Manufacturing Training – Classes starting Monday, February 5, 2018
  • IT/Cyber Training – Classes starting Monday, February 5, 2018
  • Warehouse Technician Training – Classes starting Monday February 12, 2018

Harford County Tourism Funding Application Workshops

Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (snow date is February 15)
Harford County Council Chambers | 212 S. Bond Street, Bel Air, MD 21014
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Harford County Office of Economic Development | 2021 Pulaski Highway, Suite D, Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Organizations planning to apply for Harford County’s tourism funding program are encouraged to attend one of the two workshops above for guidance through the application process. READ MORE HERE.

Edgewood Small Area Study Implementation Meeting

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Harford County Sheriff's Office - Southern Precinct | 1305 Pulaski Highway, Edgewood, MD 21040

YOUR input is needed to help make the vision a reality in Edgewood! READ MORE HERE.

Small Business Financial Series - Human Resources Essentials

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Harford County Office of Economic Development | 2021 Pulaski Highway, Suite D, Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Getting ready to hire? Already have team members? Good people are the foundation of a good business. Learn from Human Resource experts how best practices can save you time and money. READ MORE HERE.

Small Business Financial Series - Cybersecurity, IT, and Your Business

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Harford County Office of Economic Development | 2021 Pulaski Highway, Suite D, Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Learn technology best practices for your business. READ MORE HERE.

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Expert Advice for Businesses:
Sitting Down with Procurement Specialist Kathy Wajer

The Maryland PTAC provides small business counseling to Maryland-based small businesses looking for government contracting opportunities. Make an appointment with Kathy Wajer for one-on-one guidance about getting connected in government contracting!

Kathy Wajer 

Procurement Specialist
410-638-4460 ext. 2522 (Office) | 410-382-6980 (Cell)

Office Hours

Monday through Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (by appointment only)
2021 Pulaski Highway, Suite D | Havre de Grace, MD 21078 

Find out a bit more about Kathy and what she can do for you!
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Susquehanna Workforce Network New Training Opportunities

Susquehanna Workforce Network (SWN) has new training opportunities for the following:
  • Entry Level Manufacturing Training
    Classes starting Monday, February 5, 2018
    Technicians perform preventative maintenance on equipment, diagnose and solve equipment problems.
    16% growth industry | Graduates can earn average of $22.82 per hour
  • IT/CYBER Training
    Classes starting Monday, February 5, 2018
    Information Technology certifications are the fastest growing in-demand certifications in Cecil and Harford Counties.
    800 new jobs; 9.8% Industry Growth | Average wage range per hour: $23.90 - $44.65
  • Warehouse Distribution Technician Training
    Classes starting Monday, February 12, 2018
    Learn all aspects of the warehouse distribution industry. Training gives you an employment advantage.
    1300 new jobs; 8.7% Industry Growth | Average weekly salary: $686.00
For information regarding these training opportunities, please contact: Clara Henry: Susquehanna Workforce Center – UC, 410-272-5400. READ MORE HERE.

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