UPPER MARLBORO – Representatives from several Prince George’s County businesses came together at Calvert Brewing Company on June 16 for the Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC) monthly “Thirsty (for Business) Thursday” networking event. Calvert Brewing Company, which hosted the event at its headquarters located in Upper Marlboro, is the state’s first designated farm brewery and sells […]
UPPER MARLBORO – Representatives from several Prince George’s County businesses came together at Calvert Brewing Company on June 16 for the Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC) monthly “Thirsty (for Business) Thursday” networking event.
Calvert Brewing Company, which hosted the event at its headquarters located in Upper Marlboro, is the state’s first designated farm brewery and sells locally brewed craft beer.
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the EDC Jim Coleman said ever since opening its taproom and production facility to the public earlier this year, Calvert Brewing Company has embodied the quality of businesses starting to thrive in the county.
“Calvert Brewing is an up-and-coming company here in Prince George’s County that just opened this year. We want to help them expand all over the world. We want beers sold in every state,” Coleman said.
However, the night was not just about Calvert Brewing. More than 200 other businesses were represented, and cosponsors included Bowie BIC, Gaillard Insurance Agency, Dawn of Cameo, LLC, Portera Rehabilitation and the Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Foundation.
District 4 Councilman Todd Turner, who was the event’s guest speaker, referred to it as the county’s premiere networking event for businesses.
“This is the first opportunity to do (this) in the fourth council district since I’ve been on the county council,” he said. “Here was an opportunity for everyone to meet together at a nice location, a new business in the county and in my district.”
Throughout the hour and a half event, representatives from local businesses, nonprofits and the county government exchanged information, collaborated and learned about the types of economic development opportunities available throughout the county.
Jeff Platts has worked three weeks as a summer associate for Mayson-Dixon Strategic Consulting based in Bowie. When his boss approached him with an opportunity to network and socialize with like-minded business people, he could not pass it up.
“I love to speak to people and I love to meet new faces and exchange business cards so I said, ‘Why not? Let’s go out and enjoy some beer and enjoy some company,’” said Platts, who attends St. Mary’s College of Maryland. “I’ve taken away a lot of interpersonal skills and people skills and I think it’s going to be a lot of help to my business portfolio.”
For the better part of two years, the EDC has selected one business every month to highlight and host “Thirsty (for Business) Thursday.”
President and CEO of Calvert Brewing Company Michael Scarborough saw it as a golden opportunity to shine a light on his young and budding business that prides itself on being the only farm brewery in Prince George’s County.
“There are people in this room that would never walk in here if we had not had this event,” Scarborough said. “Does that mean they are going to come back? Absolutely not. But does that mean they know who we are? You bet.”
Next month’s event will take place in Bladensburg at La Chiquita Restaurant, which will be celebrating one year in business.
“We want to keep this going. We want this to be the fabric in the business community,” Coleman said. “If you’re in the business community, you want to hang out with this posse.”