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Program helps businesses win government contracts at Fort Detrick

March 09, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Christine Demas, director of the Fort Detrick Business Development Office, speaks Wednesday during a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

A free program is available to help business owners win government contracts at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md.

Christine Demas, director of the Fort Detrick Business Development Office, said Wednesday during a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast that part of her job is to help business owners complete the complex paperwork needed to compete for federal contracts.  

"I help everybody — large businesses and small businesses," Demas told an audience of about 55 people.

The Fort Detrick Business Development Office's three employees meet with 10 to 25 companies per week to discuss business opportunities at the military installation, Demas said. Some of those jobs include construction and fencing installation.

She said the federal government awarded contractors almost $3 billion in 2009 for various projects at Fort Detrick.

Of that money, $600 million was given to companies that are headquartered in Maryland, Demas said. Companies in Frederick, Montgomery and Washington counties received $55 million.

Demas said her office at 201 Thomas Johnson Drive in Frederick also provides a wide array of training classes and alerts companies that are registered in the database about business opportunities.

Wednesday's Chamber of Commerce breakfast was sponsored by Biaera Technologies, a Hagerstown-based company that provides its customers with the equipment, training and resources to conduct state-of-the-art infectious disease research.

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To learn more about the Fort Detrick Business Development Office, call 301-620-7071, or visit www.fdbdo.com.

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