HCC Technical Innovation Center client wins award


(June 21, 2010) - Hagerstown Community College recently announced that B & D Consulting, Inc., one of many technology firms developing in the Technical Innovation Center (TIC), has won the award for Best Technology Services Company in Maryland at the Tenth Annual Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards.

Founded in 2004 by Jeff Bearden, B & D Consulting, Inc. is a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) certified 8(a) disadvantaged business that provides network engineering, business intelligence, cyber security/risk management, and information assurance services to government agencies and Fortune 500 firms. B & D Consulting, Inc. first joined HCC’s Technical Innovation Center in 2008.

“I expected B & D to win the award because of Jeff’s laser-like focus on B & D’s core mission and his willingness to develop the skill sets of the firm’s employees,” says Chris Marschner, TIC director. “The TIC has had several other firms selected as finalists but B & D Consulting, Inc. is the first client to take top prize.”

The Incubator Company of the Year Awards are held annually as part of a joint effort led by Saul Ewing, RSM McGladery, Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development and the Maryland Technology Development Corp (TEDCO), and serve to recognize the best of Maryland’s emerging technology firms. The selection committee is comprised of senior executives at state research, banking, venture capital, university, and government institutions. B & D Consulting, Inc. placed first among hundreds of nominations submitted by incubators from across the state.

“Maryland’s incubators are home to some of the most technically advanced, early-stage firms in the nation. Only the elite reach the finalist stage,” says Marschner. “To win, the firm must demonstrate that it alone is best in its class.”

The Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College is the region’s largest and most comprehensive business incubator.  It is a self-sustaining economic development effort that fosters the growth of new and expanding businesses by providing access to advanced technologies, business development resources, and collaborative opportunities.