Helping high-tech companies, small business Center for entrepreneurs christened in Catonsville

October 31, 1990|By Leslie Cauley

The Baltimore office of the Michael D. Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, a University of Maryland foundation for entrepreneurs and technology-based companies, was officially christened yesterday by local business leaders as High Technology Week got under way.

The new center is at the University of Maryland Baltimore County's Technology Enterprise Center in Catonsville.

The center -- a sister to the older Dingman Center at UM's College Park campus -- provides a range of services and activities aimed

at fostering entrepreneurship in Maryland. The Dingman Center, part of UM's College of Business and Management, offers mentoring services, seminars on various entrepreneurial topics, a venture capital network, round-table discussions, short courses for entrepreneurs, and internships and placement services for business students.

The Baltimore office actually has been open for business for several months, but the Greater Baltimore Committee, which is sponsoring High Technology Week, took the opportunity yesterday to officially welcome the center to the city as part of a weeklong series of lunches, dinners and tete-a-tetes designed to bring together entrepreneurs, academics and venture capitalists to talk about technology in Baltimore.

"The Dingman Center's presence in Baltimore represents an important new element in the GBC's strategy for building a more entrepreneurial culture here," Hans Mueller, president and chief executive officer of Nova Pharmaceutical Corp. and chairman of the GBC High Technology Forum at a luncheon yesterday to welcome the center to Baltimore.

GBC's High Technology Forum is a coalition of business leaders, entrepreneurs and academics who are interested in fostering an entrepreneurial culture in Baltimore.

High Technology Week continues through Friday.

As part of the week's events, Venture Fair '90, a daylong series of presentations by emerging high-tech companies, will continue today at the Stouffer Hotel at the Inner Harbor.

Separately, the Baltimore Economic Development Corp. announced yesterday that Pailen-Johnson Assoc. Inc., a minority-owned software company, plans to move from Vienna, Va., to offices in Baltimore and Rockville.

According to BEDCO, Pailen-Johnson plans to move into the new South Harbor Business Incubator, at 1414 Key Highway, in January.

William Pailen, president of Pailen-Johnson, said that moving the company's offices to Baltimore will result in "significant cost reductions."

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