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Date: November 7, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Montgomery College’s Macklin Center for Entrepreneurship Launches Business Forum Series

The Macklin Center for Entrepreneurship of Montgomery College will present a series of three business forums for students and the community at each of the College’s campuses on November 14, 28 and December 3.

The forums, which focus on business trends and opportunities, will feature leaders in the biotechnology, homeland security, and digital graphics industries. Speakers will discuss new developments in their industry sectors and employment opportunities for students looking to enter these fields in the future.

“These forums are designed to give students and the outside community a view of industry sectors vital to our economy and insight into where they might find employment as they proceed with their education and training,” said Dr. Robert Snyder, director of the Macklin Center for Entrepreneurship.

The schedule of the forums is:

  • November 14 at 3:30 p.m.
    “Business Trends and Opportunities in Biotechnology”
    Montgomery College-Germantown
    Science and Applied Studies (SA) Building, Room 162
    20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Md.
    Speakers will include Dr. Kenneth Carter, president and CEO of Avalon Pharmaceuticals; Dr. Ahn Chang, chairman and CEO of Rexahn Pharmaceuticals; and Joe Hernandez, president and CEO, Innovative Biosensors, Inc.

  • November 28 at 2:30 p.m.
    “Business Trends and Opportunities in Homeland Security”
    Montgomery College-Rockville
    Music Building, Music Recital Hall
    51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.
    Speakers will include Carlaine Blizzard, vice president of Secure Enterprise Solutions, Lockheed Martin; Cyril Draffin, director of Mission Systems Sector, Northrop Grumman; and David Minges, program manager of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation.

  • December 3 at 11 a.m.
    “Business Trends and Opportunities in Digital Graphics”
    Montgomery College-Takoma Park/Silver Spring
    The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Lecture Room
    930 King Street, Silver Spring, Md.
    Speakers will include Tony Julien, department chair of graphic design, Arts Institute of Washington; and Kristi King, senior designer, ASTD.

The Macklin Center for Entrepreneurship is a division of Montgomery College’s Macklin Business Institute, founded by Gordon and Marilyn Macklin to support the education of the next generation of entrepreneurs and support small businesses. The Business Forum series is made possible through a grant from the Make It Happen Innovation Grant program, which is funded by the Montgomery College Foundation.

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