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Entrepreneurs offered assistance by USDA’s Technology Transfer Office

Rural Maryland-based agricultural business owners and others in Maryland are being offered a strategic opportunity to collaborate and enhance their ventures through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to a press release. The Energetics Technology Center (ETC) is conducting an innovative workshop for all categories of businesses with USDA’s Technology Transfer Office. As a member of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Partnerships Network, which enlists the help of partners to spark economic development, entrepreneurship and community development, ETC is hosting the workshop through a grant from the Rural Maryland Council on Wednesday, May 23. The workshop will be held at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata campus.

The event, “Drive Your Business Forward with USDA Technology Transfer,” will focus on working with the USDA Agricultural Research Service office as well as specific technology research areas offered through the Office of Technology Transfer. These areas include: bioenergy and environment; small business innovation research and licensing; crop production and protection; and food processing and products. The workshop will also introduce participants to resources available in the community which help entrepreneurs develop and move these technologies toward commercialization and product sales, the press release states.

The program is free and open to innovators, startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners. For additional information or to register, go to

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