Washington County Department of Business Development Helps Guide Antietam Broadband’s Innovation Fund

Washington County Department of Business Development Helps Guide Antietam Broadband’s Innovation Fund
HAGERSTOWN, MD (March 29, 2023) – The Washington County Board of County Commissioners announces Jonathan Horowitz, Director of the Department of Enterprise Enhancement, has joined the Innovation Fund as an Investment decision Committee Member. Other company leaders from the County signing up for Horowitz as Committee Members contain:
  • Frankie Corsi – Investor in Area Businesses, President of Beachley Furnishings Company
  • Basheer Azizi – Founder & President of OPSMART
  • Herb Melrath – Business enterprise Guide with the Maryland SBDC
  • Austin Colby – Hearty Pet of Ship Merely Co-Founder
  • Chuck Ernst – TEDCO Western MD RBII Business enterprise Mentor
  • Faisal Nisar – Founder & Controlling Director of ZRF Companions


3 Schurz/Antietam staff will spherical out the Committee, they consist of:

  • Chris Dautel, VP of Strategic Arranging & Company Progress, Schurz Communications  
  • Tony Heaton, Director of Media Expert services, Antietam Broadband
  • Randy Berlin, Director of Small business Services, Antietam Broadband


The Innovation Fund is designed to support nearby business owners and inject money into the small business enhancement ecosystem to aid start out-ups get to the up coming degree. The full of the Fund is $1 million in excess of 4 many years. The results of the Fund will mean new career options in the County and further create Washington County as a technology hub. Information on the Innovation Fund can be uncovered at: https://www.antietambroadband.com/antietam-innovation-fund.  


The Committee will propose investments in Washington County centered organizations with a aim on:

  • Viability, likely, progress and return traits that would produce positions in Washington County for the digital universe.
  • Thought will be specified to women, individuals of shade, men and women with disabilities, group contributors, and users of other minority teams who have achieved standard expenditure criteria, and organizations that guidance individuals groups. 
  • The Expense Committee will make public, at least every year, a report on all corporations that obtain Innovation Fund investments and the neighborhood neighborhood impression.  


“We are pleased that Jonathan will stand for the County on this committee and advance the County’s Enterprise Growth roadmap. The Innovation Fund is an instance of the unbelievable function currently being completed throughout the county to increase and broaden firms in the digital age. Antietam Broadband’s Innovation Fund and the willingness of enterprise leaders to participate in the Investment decision Committee are the styles of partnerships that produce a pipeline of expertise and prospect,” said Washington County Commissioner President John Barr.


“The County supports the Innovation Fund for the reason that of the potential company and task development we can see creating from these varieties of investments.  Areas of technologies are the task drivers of the future, and the county will help in any way we can the progress of our electronic universe,” stated Jonathan Horowitz, Director of the Washington County Section of Organization Improvement.


“We are genuinely delighted that Jonathan is joining the Financial investment Committee. He understands the worries and options forward for Washington County and will be an a must have voice in guiding expenditure assets the place they will have the most impression for aspiring entrepreneurs,” reported Brian A. Lynch, Antietam Broadband President.  


An applicant’s enterprise ought to be targeted on engineering, innovation, or firms with a technology angle that can get gain of broadband technological know-how.  The fund has the latitude to glimpse at all kinds of organizations that meet up with the financial commitment conditions.  Examples of these companies could be digital media, artificial intelligence, cyber safety, IOT, cloud, gaming and many others. to build/preserve nicely-paying out jobs in the ecosystem in Washington County.