FITCI Events

Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation

Location: 321 Ballenger Center Drive, Frederick MD 21703

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 FITCI's new community innovation center, The [email protected] at 321 Ballenger Center Drive, will be a hub for Frederick's diverse field of emerging & established innovators, resource partners, community groups, educators, other nonprofits, and more to collaborate and create - all in addition to FITCI's office and laboratory space for startups, business support services, and proprietary entrepreneurial development programming.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities or membership, call 301-694-2999 or email [email protected] 

Startup U Business Model Class

Location: ROOT Building, 118 N. Market Street, Frederick, MD

Date: January 30, 202

Time: 06:30 pm to 9:30pm


In this in-person, participatory class, you will learn the principles of the Business Model Canvas which will help you to understand, design, and differentiate your business model—whether you run a startup or an established business. With examples and interactive exercises, you will come away with a better understanding of where your business model is today, and where you might want to take it tomorrow.

The class will cover:

An overview of the Business Model Canvas, and how it differs from the Lean Canvas

Customer segments, distribution channels, and value propositions

Key activities, resources, and partners

Revenue streams and costs

Business model adaptability in a changing world

How to spot assumptions in your model that need to be tested

For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities or membership, call 301-694-2999 or email [email protected] 

Frederick County Works

Frederick County Workforce Services

Location: In person

Date: February 2

Cost: Free

With the passage of Question 4* and as businesses continue on the path to economic recovery following the pandemic, 2023 will be an ideal time to update your Employee Handbook!

Join us as we hear from Jeremy S. Scholtes and Elisabeth Hall on the important legislation as well as the trends in policy that will enable you to create a safe, productive, and attractive environment for your employees. The class will equip your businesses with the knowledge you need to recruit and retain workers effectively following the hardships from the pandemic.

*Question 4 is a voter referendum to amend the Constitution of Maryland in order to legalize cannabis for adult use in Maryland. The referendum was approved by around 65% of voters on November 8, 2022, and will go into effect on July 1, 2023.

About the Trainers: Jeremy S. Scholtes, a FITCI ecosystem mentor, serves as outside general counsel to numerous companies, primarily in the construction, IT, and manufacturing industries, many of which are also government contractors.Elisabeth (Beth) Hall advises and represents businesses in all aspects of labor, employment and fair housing law.

These free educational workshops are geared toward business leaders, human resources professionals, and those small business employees who find themselves as the designated HR rep!

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SBDC Webinars

by SBDC Maryland

Location: Online

Date: Ongoing

Cost: Free


This program promotes economic growth in our community. It provides confidential one-on-one business consulting to assist with business start-ups, growth, loans, marketing, government contracting, technology and more with access to resources to help you start, grow or manage your business and, as a non-profit organization; most services here are free.

There is also offer low-cost training events and workshops to help you strengthen your business knowledge and apply it immediately to your business plans. Whether starting a new business or running an existing business, SBDC can help.

Opening Doors for Entrepreneurs

Contact Info

Corporate Office

4539 Metropolitan Court
Frederick, MD - 21704

ROOT (Downtown)

118 N. Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701

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Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm