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EDC 'Activates Prosperity' At Calvert Brewing Company With Signature Networking Event

(l. to r.: Nichelle Holmes, Development Manager, PGCEDC; Mike Scarborough, Managing Partner, Calvert Brewing Company; Claudia Sweeney, Owner, 14Karat Cake and Bakery; Dr. Raphael Denbow, Owner, Portera Rehabilitation; Priscilla Gaillard, Owner, Gaillard Insurance Agency; Council Member Todd Turner, Prince George's County Council; Lisa Smith, Executive Director, Bowie BIC; Jim Coleman, President and CEO, PGCEDC; Stewart Stevens, Principal, Dawn of the Cameo Promise; Eric Henderson, Board Member, PGCEDC; Britta Vander Linden, Chief of Staff, PGCEDC)Upper Marlboro, MD, June 16, 2016 - Tonight, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman and his T4BT 'posse' traveled to the Calvert Brewing Company in Upper Marlboro for the June edition of 'Thirsty (for Business) Thursday" (T4BT) to sample hops from the largest microbrewery in the country and to network with other local businesses. County Council Member Todd Turner served as the guest speaker and piqued the 'posse's' interest by highlighting the types of economic development opportunities available throughout the County that are in need of the services local companies provide.

"The EDC is getting it done," said Coleman. "Each month, I bring my posse out to highlight new and 'up and coming' businesses in the County to let folks know where the best hot spots are. We are bringing the County's movers and shakers to the folks who need to be moved and shaken. Everyone can be a multimillionaire in Prince George's County if they learn how to Activate their Prosperity through the EDC. This is no time for cooling off!"

Calvert Brewing Company, along with Council Member Todd Turner, Bowie BIC, Gaillard Insurance Agency, Dawn of Cameo, LLC, Portera Rehabilitation, and the Prince George's County Parks and Recreation Foundation graciously sponsored this evening's event. The Prince George's County Parks and Recreation Foundation and 14Karat Cake and Catering also participated as raffle sponsors.

"Jim Coleman is a great spokesman for development in this County, for the business community in this County, and for helping businesses to expand," said Mike Scarborough, Managing Partner of the Calvert Brewing Company. "As the only microbrewery in Prince George's County, we want to be in every bar and restaurant in the County. Nothing replaces events like this where you can be exposed to a part of the market that you would never see. So if Jim Coleman suggests having 'Thirsty Thursday' at your business, you should definitely say 'yes'."

As the guest speaker for tonight's County Council Member Todd Turner, (Dist. 4) praised the partnership of the EDC with government officials and local businesses to draw attention to the vast expansion and development opportunities within Prince George's County.

"I appreciate the opportunity to co-host, along with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation this 'Thirsty Thursday' in the 4th Council District," said Turner. "It is a great opportunity to highlight a new business here in Prince George's County and a great opportunity to network to do more business in the County."

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.

"These events are very important for small businesses in the County to allow them to further their reach in the community," said George Howell, Senior Product Advisor at Heartland Payment Systems. "This is my second 'Thirsty Thursday' event with the Prince George's Economic Development Corporation. At my first event, I connected with someone that has helped me a lot. Not only have I been able to network, I have also been able to collaborate. This has been very good."

The next opportunity to network with Jim Coleman and his 'posse' will be on July 21st when "Thirsty for Business Thursday" heads to La Chiquita Restaurant, 4821 Annapolis Road in Bladensburg, 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.