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Edc’s ‘Thirsty For Business Thursday’ Attracts Elected Officials And Community Leaders To Network With Bladensburg Business Community

(l. to r. William Lawrence; CEO, Computer Services & Innovation Enterprises, LLC; Chris Lawson, President, Insuraty, Inc.; Carlyncia Peck, Co-Chair, B5 Initiative, Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC, Mayor Walter Lee James, Jr., Town of Bladensburg; Delegate Diana Fennell, Legislative District 47Bladensburg, MD, July 22, 2016 – Last night, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) kicked off its ‘Bladensburg Blitz’ by hosting its July edition of ‘Thirsty (for Business) Thursday” (T4BT) at the La Chiquita Restaurant, one of the hottest new spots in Bladensburg.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, partnering with the Better Bladensburg Block by Block and Business by Business Initiative (B5), welcomed State Senator Victor Ramirez, State Delegates Jimmy Tarleau and Diana Fennell, Former State Delegate Jolene Ivey, County Council Member Andrea Harrison, and Bladensburg Council Member Walter Ficklin.  Bladensburg Mayor Walter Lee James served as the guest speaker and talked about the opportunities for growth, development and partnership in Bladensburg.

“Bladensburg is on the rise and I’m delighted to bring our ‘Thirsty (for Business) Thursday’ here to share with our greater business community what this wonderful town is doing,” said Coleman. “The EDC is excited to be partnering with the leadership of Bladensburg, its B5 community initiative and its business community to build awareness about economic renaissance that is taking place in Bladensburg.  When the movers and shakers in this District come out in support, you know that you must be doing something right.”

The ‘Bladensburg Blitz’ will position the EDC to work with the Bladensburg business community to introduce them the millions of dollars is valuable resources to grow their local businesses, attract new development to the Town and prepare its residents for high wage jobs.

Guests were treated to two guest speakers, Mayor Walter Lee James, Jr. and Carlyncia Peck, Co-Chair of the B5 Initiative. The B5 Initiative is a grassroots community collaboration of stakeholders promoting a sustainable and exceptional aesthetic in the Town of Bladensburg. Both speakers shared their vision of all that is good and possible for Bladensburg. 

“We are excited about Mr. Coleman and the EDC family coming out to La Chiquita to highlight Bladensburg,” said James.  “Bladensburg is a town of opportunities. La Chiquita Restaurant speaks to our vision of having more quality, family style restaurants.  It shows that we are on the right path, and we can really build from this to not only grow our existing businesses, but to bring new, diverse businesses to the town we want to be a destination for the region.”

“We are ecstatic about the EDC coming here to kick off our Bladensburg Blitz,” said Peck. “Our partnership with the EDC is sure to stimulate positive economic development in Bladensburg.  We are encouraging any and all to join in for the betterment of Bladensburg by going to our website www.betterbladensburg.org .”

Last night’s event, sponsored by Computer Services and Innovation Enterprises, LLC, and Insuraty, Inc., also celebrated the 1st anniversary of La Chiquita Restaurant in its new Bladensburg location.  La Chiquita, one of the hottest new spots in Bladensburg, serves Salvadoran classic cuisine with a contemporary flair.

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. 

“I really enjoy coming out to the EDC’s Thirsty (for Business) Thursday’ events.  The information and the people that I meet each month are always interesting,” said Lillie West, Owner of L&R Business Solutions. “I am connected with them on Facebook and I keep all of their events on my calendar.  These are wonderful networking opportunities.”

The next opportunity to network with Jim Coleman and his ‘posse’ will be on July 29th when the EDC hosts the Embassy of Canada Mutual Briefing at its headquarters in Largo. Top officials from the Embassy of Canada will be coming to EDC to talk about trade and investment opportunities with our neighbors to the North. This event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20774. 

To reserve your seat for this exciting and informative event, visit www.pgcedc.com/events.