UMUC Opens Entrepreneur Development Center

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By Kerry O'Neill ( |   October 16, 2008

ADELPHI, Md. (April 28, 2008) – UMUC announced today that it will open its new Entrepreneur Development Center (EDC) this fall at UMUC’s Dorsey Station campus in Elkridge, Maryland. To kickoff the new center, an orientation breakfast will be held Friday, May 16, 2008, where attendees will hear from Richard W. Story, CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority.

"UMUC is thrilled to provide a program that will enhance the existing business skills of entrepreneurs who are actively involved in the ownership and operation of established businesses,” said Dr. Susan C. Aldridge, president of UMUC. “We are dedicated to providing programs for members of the community to continue their career growth, in the interest of supporting economic development in the Baltimore–Washington corridor.”

The EDC will offer a special nine-month program, composed of six three-hour seminars and three networking events. The seminar program is designed to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners continue their career growth and enhance their existing business management capabilities. Sessions will focus on planning and growth strategies, leadership development, creation and protection of value, and exit planning.

UMUC picked its new Dorsey Station location for the EDC program because of its location in the fastest-growing business and technology area in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. The 22,000-square-foot facility offers state-of-the-art display and communications equipment, including a fully-equipped computer lab, wireless internet access, computer projection systems, and a business resource center.

Richard W. Story is a leading figure in economic development throughout the Greater Baltimore–Washington area. In 29 years in business leadership, he has served as executive director of the economic development programs in Carroll and Baltimore counties and chaired the BWI Airport Development Council. He holds the Certified Economic Developer designation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and has been named a Fellow Member by the IEDC for his long-term service to the profession.

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