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bwtechTodd Dolbin, Business Development Representative, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development 

With hackers in the headlines everyday, a growing force of cybersecurity entrepreneurs is developing technologies to stay ahead of the threats.  

But like all new businesses, these cyber startups need office space, business connections, funding, and access to research.

The Cync Program at UMBC is a unique partnership between Northrop Grumman and the Cyber Incubator@bwtech, with an eye toward commercializing technologies that protect the nation from a growing range of cyber threats. The program builds on bwtech@UMBC’s successful business incubator framework by offering a scholarship program for companies with the most promising cybersecurity ideas.

The competitive Cync Program is currently accepting applications from high-potential, early-stage companies from across the country looking to further develop and commercialize their technologies. If you’re an innovative, technology-driven startup company involved with Cyber, Data Sciences, Big Data, Secure Mobility, or Physical Systems, then this program is right for you.   

Selected participants will be able to draw on UMBC’s extensive research resources and have onsite access to senior representatives from Northrop Grumman who will provide technical and business advisory support. In addition, Cync companies will be provided with the same furnished, class-A office space and business support services that other Cyber Incubator companies enjoy – a value of more than $20,000 a year – all at no cost.

Check out the Cync Program Information Page and the Cync FAQ Sheet for more information about the program and how to apply. Good Luck!

bwtech@UMBC is the only Maryland enterprise to combine business incubators with a research and technology park serving companies by offering a full spectrum of company support: early-stage, emerging, and mature.  With over 118 tenants and almost 1,200 employees, bwtech@UMBC generates over $168 million in spending in the Baltimore region.  

For more information on locating in Baltimore County, contact the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development at or 410-887-8000, or visit our website

Adult Foster CareKelly Hale, LCSW-C, Supervisor & Erica L. Fowlkes LCSW-C, Housing Coordinator, Project Home/Adult Foster Care, Baltimore County Department of Social Services

Wilma Robinson has been a Project Home/Adult Foster Care home-care provider for almost 20 years. Helping others appeals to her, but she admits the job isn’t for everyone.

“You really have to want to do it, and you really have to like people. You have to put your heart and mind into it,” the Halethorpe resident said.

Project Home and Adult Foster Care are two programs for Baltimore County adults who need some help with daily living but not the full services of a nursing home or other facility. The programs serve adults 18 and over who are on limited incomes and without family members who can help them. Most program participants are between the ages of 35 and 72. 

Both programs, which have different funding streams, offer these adults a safe, supportive setting in the community. Care providers such as Wilma Robinson may provide care for up to four adults. They, like Robinson, are Certified Adult Residential Environment (CARE) providers. As such, they undergo criminal background checks and receive training in CPR, First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens. Additionally, their homes must pass health and fire inspections.

Currently, Robinson has three adult women living in her home. She said she wears “many hats” in her job. As a home-care provider, she’s responsible for providing things such as three nutritious meals a day, snacks, personal care and help with shopping and budgeting. She also helps arrange transportation to clients’ medical appointments. Most importantly, she serves as the liaison between each client’s care team of doctors, psychiatrists and/or social workers. 

She said her decision to offer home care for Project Home and Adult Foster Care clients has been a satisfying one. “I really do like my people,” Robinson said. “Everybody needs somebody, and I’ve loved every minute of it.” 

To learn more about Project Home/Adult Foster Care, please contact Kelly Hale at 410-853-3511, Erica Fowlkes at 410-853-3518, or visit our website.

photo of woman getting flu shotBarbara McLean, M.D.
Chief, Bureau of Prevention, Protection, and Preparedness
 Baltimore County Department of Health

Still haven’t gotten a flu shot? Think it’s too late in the season?

With all the news stories about the “mutated” strain and the effectiveness of this year’s vaccine, you may feel like it’s not necessary to get flu shot. The truth is—you should still get vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 36,000 people die, while 200,000 are hospitalized from the flu every year.

While this year’s vaccine is not a perfect match for this year’s virus, vaccination can still provide protection and might reduce severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death. Other documented benefits from flu vaccination include reductions in the length of illnesses, related doctors' visits and missed work or school.

Now I’m sure you’re doing your best to stay healthy by covering your coughs and sneezes, and keeping your hands squeaky clean, but taking a shot in the arm is still the best defense this flu season.

So are you ready to pull up your sleeve and take a shot? If so, the Baltimore County Department of Health is holding a “last call” flu vaccination clinic just for you on Saturday, January 17, from 9 a.m. until noon. The clinic will be held on the first floor of the Drumcastle Government Center at 6401 York Road, 21212.  No appointment is necessary, the flu shot is free and only injectable vaccine will be offered while supplies last.

Come on, this could be your last shot to get a free flu shot. If you have not received the flu vaccine this season, remember, it’s not too late to vaccinate!

For more information, call 410-887-BCHD (2243)

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