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EDC 'Activates Prosperity' Through Advocacy At Thirsty Thursday Networking Event

(l. to r.: Britta Vander Linden, Chief of Staff, PGCEDC; Bernadette Walker, Community Manager, Perfect Office Solutions; Obie Patterson, County Council Member, Dist. 8; C. Anthony Muse, State Senator, Dist. 26; Nicholas Majett, Chief Administrative Officer, Prince George's County; Chiko Abengowe, Founder and CEO, Perfect Office Solutions; Jim Coleman, President and CEO, PGCEDC; Nichelle Holmes, Development Manager, PGCEDC)Temple Hills, MD, April 22, 2016 - Last night, State Senator C. Anthony Muse (Dist. 26) was the guest speaker for the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's (EDC)"Thirsty (for Business) Thursday" (T4BT) networking event.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman brought his 'posse' of more than 150 business owners to the Infuse Restaurant in Temple Hills for the April T4BT. "Thirsty for Business Thursday" is well known for its ability to highlight fine dining and entertainment venues in the County and for its dynamic guest speakers who share priceless nuggets of information that give local companies an edge on the competition in this region. Senator Muse gave the capacity crowd a brief overview of what the Maryland General Assembly did to enhance business development and retention during the 2106 legislative session.
 
"This is how we roll in Prince George's County," said Coleman.  "We put our business owners face to face with our local elected officials so they can talk directly to them about the issues that matter to them most.  That's 'Activating Prosperity' through advocacy and one of the ways to truly make a difference in your business's bottom line."
 
Infuse Restaurant, along with Perfect Office Solutions, NAI Michael Companies and Berman Enterprises graciously sponsored this evening's event. 
 
Local business owners from all over the County continue to make it their business every month to come out to network with government, non-profits and other local businesses in a relaxed and collaborative atmosphere.  Yesterday's event provided an opportunity for local companies to find out what type of funding would be coming to Prince George's County from the State of Maryland and how they shouldn't sleep on the opportunity to get a piece of that funding for their businesses. 
 
"My job is to be a partner with the County to ensure that Prince George's County receives its fair share of funding from the State," said State Senator C. Anthony Muse.  "While Prince George's County will receive from the State $27.5 million in capital funding for the Prince George's Hospital Center, $15 million for the new Regional Medical Center, $1 billion for public schools, $6.3 million for business assistance, and $13.7 million for financing small businesses, there is still more to do to ensure that all of our businesses can prosper in this new economy.  When business does well, everyone does well.  My job is not complete until all are prosperous and major contracts in the County hire directly in our neighborhoods."
 
Council member Obie Patterson was also in attendance and welcomed the EDC and "Thirsty for Business Thursday" to Council District 8.
 
"We need more functions like this (T4BT) to allow our businesses to dialogue and network and form real partnerships.  That's how we get things done in Prince George's County," said Council member Patterson.  "Development projects like MGM have a greater significance in the County thanks to the work my colleagues on the Council and in the General Assembly continue to do to ensure that local impact money - money set aside from the MGM proceeds to assist minority and women-owned businesses within a five mile radius of the resort - gets to the companies that need it most."
 
The next opportunity to network with Jim Coleman and his 'posse' will be on May 19th when "Thirsty for Business Thursday" heads to Romano Vineyard and Winery, 15715 Bald Eagle School Road in Brandywine, MD.  This event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  RSVP to Nicole Edwards at 301-583-4650 or naedwards@co.pg.md.us.