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Start-up businesses take flight at Member Anne Arundel Community College

Monday, June 06, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
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Christian Hendricks has fewer than two months to go before he flies the coop.

The Severn resident's start-up company, Sagitta Marketing, has been "sprouting" in Anne Arundel Community College's business incubator for the last two years. As of July 31, Hendricks will be out on his own, probably in an office in Annapolis.

"It's exciting and a little scary at the same time," Hendricks said.

Instructors at AACC's Entrepreneurial Studies Institute say without funding and the right kind of support, fledgling businesses are likely to fail within a few years. That's where the business incubator comes in.

A launching pad for small, student-run businesses, it gives entrepreneurs like Hendricks free office space for two years on AACC's campus. During those years, business owners also have access to various resources, including the accountants, lawyers and business owners who teach at the school, said Carlene Cassidy, associate professor of business and entrepreneurship and former director of the Entrepreneurial Studies Institute.

"If we're really serious about helping our students become future business owners, we have to do something to set them up for success," Cassidy said.

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