News Briefs – May 28

Technical Innovation Center at HCC

The Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College will host the Spring Entrepreneur Extravaganza 2017 on Thursday, June 8, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, on the HCC campus.

Attendees will hear from Herbert Jordan, deputy secretary of the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs; Robert Moreno of the Baltimore Business Center, an expert on U.S. trade and export; and Rick Rando, a national public speaker and owner of one of the largest open-space martial arts studios in the country.

The program will include tips for growing and expanding a business and a discussion on the sales pipeline, from lead generation to the closing deal. Participants will have the opportunity to chat with Rando, pitch their business ideas for audience feedback and network with other attendees.

The early registration course fee is $60 (increases to $75 on May 27), which includes lunch. To register or learn more, contact Janice Riley, TIC manager, at or 240-500-2479.

Columbia Gas of Maryland

CANONSBURG, Pa. — NiSource Inc., the parent company of Columbia Gas of Maryland, was named by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best Large Employers for the second consecutive year. NiSource is the highest-rated utility company on this year’s list, and ranked No. 61 out of 500 companies listed.

The America’s Best Large Employers list ranks the top 500 employers across 25 different industries. NiSource was ranked No. 146 overall and second-highest among utilities in the 2016 survey.