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The annual Charles County Economic Development Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Jaycees center at 3090 Crain Highway in Waldorf.

The annual event will provide an update to the local business community on topics related to the economy, business growth in the county and economic development activities.

The day’s program includes presentations from regional experts, updates from the county’s new Director of Economic Development Kwasi Holman, and roundtable panel discussions. U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin will speak during lunch.

The morning session will include:

ŸAn economic report from Anirban Basu, CEO of Sage Policy Group.

Basu will address the November election, possible consequences of the automatic federal budget cuts sequestration scheduled for 2013, and other factors that will affect the economy in the coming year.

Ÿ“Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer” with Shirley Collier, CEO of Optemax LLC & techGrowth Inc.

She will provide an entrepreneur’s insights on starting and growing a business in Maryland based on her own successes creating technology-oriented companies. Then she will focus in on “Tech Transfer,” how entrepreneurs can create commercial opportunities by tapping into government research and patents.

Collier will also host a roundtable discussion after lunch for those who want to explore the topic in depth.

Ÿ“Infrastructure Investment: Charles County’s Light Rail Strategy.” A regional panel of experts will discuss the future of light rail in Charles County. Topics will include an update of the county’s current plans, a look at the economic impact of light rail, and the economic development benefits of planning for transit-oriented growth.

ŸHolman will provide a closer look at the county with a review of data from the most recent U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and other sources. He also will update the department activities and direction.

After lunch and an address from Cardin, summit guests will be able to attend one of four concurrent breakout sessions and participate in roundtable discussions on topics targeted to the specific needs of entrepreneurs.

Ÿ“Access to Capital.” Bill Hitte, counselor at the Small Business Development and Technology Center at the College of Southern Maryland, will lead a panel discussion on sources of capital available to local entrepreneurs.

Ÿ“Effective B2B Selling Strategies,” Kelly Robertson-Slagle, regional director of the Small Business & Technology Development Center, will lead a discussion on making connections and business to business networking.

Ÿ“Getting in the Door: Government and Department of Defense Contracting.” Experts in federal procurement will present tips for finding and winning opportunities with defense and nondefense customers in federal government.

Ÿ“Technology Transfer in Depth” with Collier.

Tickets are $50 per person through today, Oct. 12, $60 after Oct. 12. Fee includes breakfast and lunch. For program details and registration information, go to to register online or by mail.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

For more information, call 301-885-1340.