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All set for a new season of value and connection

Posted By Kris Shock, EXIT10, Friday, August 16, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 16, 2013

Click Here to view the BBQ2013 VideoWhere did the summer go?

It seems like just last week we were together at the 9th Annual BBQ on the Bay Tech Expo. (Click the image at right to flash back with a brief video!)

It’s hard to believe we’re almost "Back to School”, but the good news is your Tech Council been busy all summer long – adding value and lining up top-notch opportunities to connect in the coming season.

To facilitate our strategic growth the CRTC had a Board Retreat in July and CRTC staff attended the Tech Councils of North America (TECNA) conference in Minneapolis in the first week of August. Each of these engagements sparked loads of new ideas and initiatives to add value for CRTC membership in the coming weeks and months.

On a very sad note – we were heartbroken to learn that CRTC founder Steven W. Oxman passed away very recently. Steve founded the CRTC as the Anne Arundel High Technology Council in 1992 and we remain profoundly grateful for the legacy he's left in the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council. His laser focus on our purpose and mission will not be forgotten. We were so very fortunate to celebrate his leadership during our 20th Anniversary year in 2012. The photo at right is of Steve accepting the Founders Award at the CRTC BBQ on the Bay 2012. The CRTC is working to develop a STEM scholarship to award in Steve's memory in conjunction with the Future Innovator Award at the TechAwards. Stay tuned for more on that.

If there's one thing Steve taught us about the CRTC, it's that "the events are great, but CRTC Membership is not just about the events." Membership with the organization is about driving opportunities for local technology companies every day – driving partnership, driving thought leadership, providing exposure and educating the greater community about the importance of the local technology industry.

Here are just a handful of the opportunities CRTC Membership offers outside of the program of events:

Corporate Profile
Have you loaded your corporate profile with keywords, capabilities and designations that will help us drive opportunities to your door?  Your logo should be uploaded along with all of the valuable info a potential client or partner would need to find you in the CRTC "machine." If you need help beefing up your online presence contact us today to schedule a brief phone call OR plan to roll up your sleeves and dive in at the next Member Workshop on 9/13.

Member Marketplace
Got Value? Take advantage of cost saving offers from other Members or make your own offer to the CRTC community in the Member Marketplace.

Career Center
Got Jobs? Need an Intern? CRTC Membership offers unlimited job postings in the Career Center. Post a job today or contact us for more information and a quick Career Center tutorial.

Member Workshop
Need a brush up? We're always adding new benefits to your CRTC investment to if you haven't attended a Member Workshop recently, you are probably missing out. Get "back to school" with the CRTC in September - register to attend the Member Workshop on 9/13

Forum Opportunities

Quite apart from the ongoing program of events, the CRTC offers several Forum Groups focused on specific areas of interest including B2G, Cyber, Emerging Tech, Workforce Development, Women in Tech, Social Media Marketing and Public Policy. Some groups meet every month while some meet quarterly and/or on the phone. All deliver valuable connections and education in targeted areas of technology development. Here are a couple of spotlights on recent developments with two of the Forums:

  • Commercial Cyber Forum – The Cyber Forum met throughout the summer to define their focus and mission. They've emerged with a laser focus on driving Commercial Cyber opportunities in the region. They will offer three types of programs each quarter - one open Forum meeting and two meeting exclusively for technology companies. Click here to join the Commercial Cyber Forum Group and click here to attend the Open Forum meeting scheduled for 9/4. Sponsorships are now available for all Cyber Forum meetings. Contact us for more information.
  • Public Policy Forum – CRTC’s Public Policy Forum (PPF) functions as an educational and advocacy arm of the CRTC, promoting pro-growth policies concerning state programs in support of its mission to advance Maryland’s position as a favorable state for the creation and growth of technology companies. The CRTC-PPF organizes event-driven and online forums for discussion to advance dialogue and advocacy of public policy issues that impact the membership of the organization. All CRTC Members in good standing are invited to participate in the Public Policy Forum. Click here to join the Public Policy Forum.

Need more info on engaging with any of the CRTC Forums? Contact us today.

Okay, so we're not just about events, but they are a major tool we use to get our geeks to talk to each other to drive those valuable opportunities. And have we got some awesome events lined up for you! Here are just the top three on the horizon:

The President’s Reception

The 2013 President's Reception will take place on Wednesday, September 18th from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Two  hundred top tech execs will help close out the CRTC's summer season aboard Watermark’s beautiful luxury yacht the Catherine Marie. This Signature event pairs top tech networking with the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay providing access to the CRTC's President and Board leadership in a relaxed (and very fun) atmosphere. Members-Only registration is open and limited. Don't miss the boat on this favorite CRTC Signature event. Register NOW.


Startup Maryland: Pitch Across Maryland 2.0 Tour
The CRTC is proud to support the Startup Maryland™ Pitch Across Maryland 2.0 Tour and Celebration of Entrepreneurship. Details are still coming together but SAVE THE DATE: September 20th in the morning and/or lunchtime to join the Bus Tour at the Annapolis and/or Anne Arundel County stops. If you have a company to pitch, contact us today to apply to pitch your business on the bus! More details coming soon!


Cupcakes and Computers/ Rails Girls Columbia

This is a free event designed to introduce middle and high school aged girls to web programming with Ruby on Rails. We are currently seeking Rails Coaches and Rails Girls participants. The festivities will kick-off with a Cupcakes & Computers party on Friday, September 20th at 5:30pm which will include an Installation Party for girls taking part in Saturday’s Rails Girls workshop. The workshop will be held on Saturday, September 21st from 9am - 3pm and will be a day filled with lessons on coding as well as presentations by local women about their careers in technology.  Friday’s and Saturday’s events will be held at /training/etc’s offices located in Columbia, Maryland. These events are free and no experience is necessary. Click here for full details. Event sponsors include /training/etc, IntelliGenesis and the CyberCenter at AACC.


Tech Tasting
We are delighted to announce the "Dream Team" for the 2nd Annual Tech Tasting Networking Event: Whiteford Taylor Preston will be the Host Sponsor of the event in their Baltimore office featuring stunning views of the harbor; Carrie Geyer of Tower Federal Credit Union has stepped up to Chair the event and Webmechanix has already started the party as the lead "Vineyard" Sponsor. Additional exhibit sponsorships are available for just $550. Mark Wednesday October 30th on your calendar and plan to join us for Wine and Beer tasting and top regional tech connections.


Of course Sponsorship opportunities are available for all CRTC programs and events so contact us today to get your name on these or other upcoming CRTC events!


Enjoy these last days of summer 2013. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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