Governor Larry Hogen Announces Maryland’s First Business Summit

Summit to feature top Maryland business, education leaders

BALTIMORE, MD (April 25, 2017) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Maryland will host its first Business Summit on Thursday, May 18 at the Hilton Baltimore, bringing together Maryland business, education, and community leaders to focus on key issues impacting Maryland’s economy, including innovation and entrepreneurship, the global economy, human capital, and attracting venture capital.

Hosted by the Maryland Department of the Commerce, the all-day event will feature remarks by Governor Hogan and other notable speakers, including Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh; BITHGROUP Founder and CEO Robert Wallace, Maryland Economic Development Commission Chair and CEO of Sage Policy Group Anirban Basu, and Innovation Village Baltimore chairman Richard May. Registration is now open at

“Our administration remains committed to growing our economy, putting more Marylanders back to work, and connecting small businesses and entrepreneurs to the resources they need to thrive,” said Governor Hogan. “We have made tremendous progress, including adding nearly 100,000 jobs since January 2015, attracting new businesses, and helping our existing businesses expand. This conference is a way to bring together the visionaries of our state, share ideas, and work together in continuing to change Maryland for the better.”

“I am truly honored to have been chosen as a speaker for this year’s first Maryland Business Summit,” said Harbaugh. “Governor Hogan and the Maryland Department of Commerce have assembled a unique and exciting blend of leaders and visionaries from across Maryland’s thriving corporate landscape, and I believe that together we can help to inform and inspire, while continuing to progress our great state’s ‘winning’ business tradition.”

Kicking off with remarks by Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill, the conference will feature of number of breakout sessions throughout the day that highlight topics like the future of manufacturing in Maryland, transforming higher education through partnerships and innovation, monetizing your business vision, redefining urban centers across the state, protecting your business against cyber threats.

“We have an outstanding lineup for Maryland’s first business summit and I am excited about working with our business and education leaders to continue the tremendous momentum driving Maryland’s economy,” said Secretary Gill.

For more information on registration, guest speakers, and the summit schedule, please visit Follow along on social media with #MarylandBizSummit.

Marketing Partners
Whiting-Turner, Maryland Economic Development Corporation, Bozzuto Group, Tradepoint Atlantic, Legg Mason, Ellin & Tucker, Transamerica, T.Rowe Price, Clark Construction, McCormick & Company, Kelly & Associates, Donohoe Companies, Peterson Companies, Harkins Builders, Howard Hughes Corporation, Miles & Stockbridge, M&T Bank, and Merritt Companies.

Summit Sponsors
North American Millwright, Baltimore Business Journal, Washington Business Journal, WBAL Radio, 98 Rock, DK Consulting

About Maryland Commerce
The Maryland Department of Commerce stimulates private investment and creates jobs by attracting new businesses, encouraging the expansion and retention of existing companies, and providing financial assistance to Maryland companies. The Department promotes the State’s many economic advantages and markets local products and services at home and abroad to spur economic development and international investment, trade and tourism. Because they are major economic generators, the Department also supports the Arts, film production, sports and other special events. For more information, visit

NOTE: Media can register for the conference with Karen Glenn Hood, Maryland Department of Commerce. 410-767-6318 or


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