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September 26, 2002

UMBC Hosts Seminar for Women Researchers and Entrepreneurs

Baltimore, Md. - Morgan Allyn, program manager for federal research funding at the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), will present during the SBIR/STTR Seminar for Women Researchers and Entrepreneurs, titled "Building Your Tech-Biz with Government R&D Grants, Contracts and Investment Capital," at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) on Friday, Sept. 27. The seminar,aimed at women-owned businesses that are R&D capable or are considering start-upof R&D for a government sector, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT), UMBC's Office of Technology Development and TEDCO are sponsoring the seminar, which hasexceeded its capacity with a group of 42 registrants, 35 of which are women.

Allyn will present the details of Small Business Innovation Research(SBIR) and will describe how it can help the small businesses owners in attendance.Additionally, she will discuss how TEDCO can benefit their businesses through its various programs, funds and grants.

Joining Allyn on the speaking docket will be Connie Jacobs, a SBIR programmanager and small business advocate at the Defense Advanced ResearchProjects Agency (DARPA) who will talk about DoD SBIR programs. EllenHemmerly, UMBC's Technology Center manager, will discuss how businessincubators work and the resources they can provide startups. CarolineWorrall of Reactive Nanotechnologies will speak about financing from anentrepreneur's perspective. John Williams from the Office of NavalResearchand Sharon R. Pinder and Donna Stevenson of Early Morning Software will bein attendance.

The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) was established bythe General Assembly as a tool for Maryland to use in maintaining and enhancing its reputation as a leader in technology. TEDCO's mission is to foster the development of a technology economy that will create and sustain businesses throughout all regions in the State of Maryland. Currently, TEDCO has programs that aid and promote state-funded incubators, federal and university laboratories to increase technology transfer and Maryland's eCommerce. For more information on TEDCO visit its updated website that includes better access to programs and resources at

About CWIT
The Center for Women and Information Technology, established at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in July, 1998, seeks to address and rectify the above-mentioned problems and to enhance our understanding of the relationship between gender and IT. The Center has a four-fold mission:
-to encourage more women and girls to study computer science and/or information systems and to pursue careers in IT
to enable all women and girls to use IT comfortably and knowledgeably
-to assure that the richness and breadth of women's lives and concerns are fully represented and readily available on the Internet
- to foster research concerning the relationship between gender and IT

The Center plans to accomplish its mission through varied initiatives. Three projects already under way are the Speakers Series, the CWIT Scholars Program, and the CWIT web site, which has called "the best resource on women and technology on the Web." (1) Other initiatives are being planned.

For more information, visit

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Posted by dwinds1 at September 26, 2002 12:00 AM