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About the TIC

The mission of Technical Innovation Center is to help tech startup companies grow into sustainable businesses based in Washington County. By fostering the growth of new businesses, the TIC enables job creation, build businesses and develops the local economy through the provision of access to advanced technologies, business development resources, and collaborative opportunities. Being located at Hagerstown Community College, the TIC connects portfolio companies with quality interns and employees.

Launched in 1994, the TIC has seen over 70 companies come through its doors as a startup and graduated into the business world. Emerging technology companies receive many benefits at the TIC, from basic business services, access to equipment and technology, coaching and mentoring, fundraising support, marketing and public relations leverage.

Our business training workshops and networking events provide opportunities to learn new management techniques as well as brainstorm with other entrepreneurs and experts ways to solve problems you are currently experiencing.




Janice Riley

Janice Riley

240-500-2479 |

As manager of the Technical Innovation Center, Janice works with TIC clients to develop them into sustainable companies that launch into the surrounding community, improving quality of life and creating jobs for local people. After spending several years at Owen Software, a tech startup near Washington, DC, Janice became the director of the tech incubator at Hagerstown Community College in 2013. The Technical Innovation Center was awarded a Governor’s Citation in November 2016 for its performance and service to the local community.

Janice is a member of the Board of Directors of Maryland Economic Development Association and serves as Co-chair of the Program Committee. She is also on the board of the Fort Detrick Alliance in Frederick, MD. In her spare time, Janice visits impoverished areas with her husband, helping to educate, encourage and empower individuals in ways that create sustainable improvements to their lives. She currently serves as Stateside Liaison for Every Day Hope in Dominican Republic.

With a B.S. in Marketing from Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, in 2008 Janice launched her own firm, Janley Consulting, specializing in strategic consulting. She has co-authored four books about women empowerment.

Mary Saum

240-500-2399 |

Having been employed by the college throughout the 1990s as part of a variety of grant-funded projects and contracts, Mary Saum has served in several capacities at Hagerstown Community College. She joined the TIC Management Team in 2006 as the Administrative Office Associate of the Technical Innovation Center. Known as the Air Traffic Controller, Mary is an integral part of everything that happens in the TIC community.

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