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Digital Transformation Critical For Business Development

The Internet was born in 1990 in the United States and Silicon Valley embraced it almost immediately. But since then, it’s traveled across the world faster than your free-spirited nomad friend on Instagram. The internet was invented in America, but the world was very quick to adopt it and in the last decade new tech hubs all over the world have popped up. There’s Silicon Alley in New York; Asia, Israel and India have all become hubs for tech, and that’s just a few examples.

Eastern Europe has rapidly become a center for innovation too, thanks to an increasing pool of entrepreneurial tech talent. The region has scored a host of successes in recent years, from Estonia’s Skype and Transferwise to Ukrainian facial recognition start-up Looksery which was acquired by Snapchat for a reported $150 million, the largest technology deal in Ukraine’s history.

Digital innovations are creating opportunities quicker and quicker every day. And businesses in every industry need to utilize technological advances to not only stay competitive, but to survive. Let’s take a closer look at successful strategies businesses are using to say ahead of the curve.

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#DTC18 Speaker Highlight

On Wednesday, June 13, join BITHGROUP Technologies and CLEARBLADE at the University of Baltimore as we bring together business leaders and industry experts to explore what it takes to get your business to the next level through digital transformation. Click to learn more about two of our wonderful speakers. 

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Robert Wallace Speaks at Pandora Music in NYC

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Ramsey Jay, Jr. (left) and Dr. Robert Wallace (right) at Pandora Music 

On Wednesday, May 9, Robert Wallace spoke at Pandora Music's Headquarters in New York City about Disrupting Business and Entrepreneurship in an event sponsored by his alma mater, Dartmouth College. Dr. Wallace spoke about creating BITHGROUP Technologies and Bithenergy, two successful companies which have proven business in each of their respective fields. Dr. Wallace also highlighted his rise from the Baltimore projects and the important of developing successful businesses in inner-cities. 

 

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BITHGROUP Supports Baltimore YouthWorks Program

YouthWorks is Baltimore City's summer jobs program, offering thousands of youth ages 14-21, five-week job experiences with non-profit, government, and private sector employers. Since the program's inception BITHGROUP Technologies has supported the mission, sponsored several students and hosted them in our Mount Vernon offices for the duration of their internships. This year we were thrilled to meet perspective students at the YouthWorks Job Fair hosted by Baltimore's Mayor's Office of Employment Development. To learn more about YouthWorks and how you can get involved:

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Entrepreneur Travels Around the World to Research New Book

Local entrepreneur Robert L. Wallace is on a voyage that will take him by boat to about 35 countries and 100 ports to complete research for his new book, “Global Entrepreneurship.”

Wallace says this approach allows him to visit locations around the world and to “feel, touch, see, smell, and experience” the entrepreneurial reality and energy of the global community through the eyes of a world traveler. 

“A few years ago, I began conducting research on how American entrepreneurs could start doing business globally. I was particularly interested in learning how small businesses and grassrootsentrepreneurs could be successful at expanding their entrepreneurial opportunities internationally,” Wallace said. “I was not interested in looking at large, multinational corporations because they have been successful at building this international network.”

Not content to conduct this research from a purely academic and research perspective, Wallace said he decided to take a novel approach.

With the assistance of his wife and staff, he decided to take a sabbatical from his role as founder of BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc. and CEO of Bithenergy, Inc.

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Shenice Harris Joins BITHGROUP

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BITHGROUP Technologies is thrilled to announce the addition of Shenice Harris as Regional Identity Services Manager.  Ms. Harris’s strong leadership and management skills will continue to support BITHGROUP’s strategic development by assisting to meet project commitments.

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BITHGROUP Technologies Participates in BWI/Synergy Conference

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BITHGROUP Technologies' Vice President of Operations, Harry Holt, participated in the BWI/Synergy Conference on April 30th, 2018. Presenters also included, Chief of Planning & Engineering, Paul L. Shank, P.E., C.M., and President of MD Washington Minority Companies Association, Wayne Frazier, Sr. The information session covered practices and tactics for companies to become partners and sub-contractors.

Panelist discussed the best practices for leveraging public data and government sites for teaming partners, competitive intel and contact information. In the end, attendees walked away from the conference with actionable items to implement in their business plan.

For more information about BWI/Synergy Conference, please visit: http://synergybwi.com/.

 

 

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BITHGROUP Attends ICIC Baltimore Kick-Off Event

Fittingly, during Small Business Week the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) launched their kick-off information event in Baltimore, as they set to offer an Inner-City Capital Connections (ICCC) program for businesses in Baltimore City. The initiative positions inner-city businesses for long-term success through consulting, education and mentorship.

Maryland is the tenth city participating in this series, which is sponsored in part by Kaiser Permanente and the City of Baltimore. 

The kick-off informational breakfast was hosted at the Vollmer Center at Clyburn Arboretum by Paul E. Taylor, Mayor's Office of Small, Minority and Women Businesses, and featured remarks from Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, Kim Horn, Kaiser Permanente, Steve Grossman, ICIC, and representing BITHGROUP, Bithenergy and Robert Wallace was Coretta Bennett. 

For more information about the program, or to nominate a business:

 
 

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BITHGROUP Supports Upward Bound Math & Science Program

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BITHGROUP Technologies is proud to support Baltimore City Community College's Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS) programs through assistance to the UBMS Book Scholarship Fund. The donation will be used to support this year’s 2018 graduating seniors as they move on to postsecondary education and later careers in math and science.

The Upward Bound Math and Science program focuses on pre-college supplemental instruction that will strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.

The year round program provides academic support in science, math, engineering, and biotechnology and consists of Saturday academic sessions, high school visits, an intensive six-week academic and residential program, and a college bridge program. Course work in English composition, literature, computer literacy, study skills, and leadership training supplement the academic services. Individual and group counseling on personal and academic matters in addition to financial aid information is readily available.

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Maryland Governor Appoints Robert L. Wallace to Board of Regents

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Robert L. Wallace and Govener Larry Hogan at an event

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Robert L. Wallace to the University Systems of Maryland Board of Regents effective July 1, 2018.  The Regents oversee the system’s academic, administrative, and financial operations; formulate policy; and appoint the USM chancellor and the presidents of the system’s 12 institutions.

Robert Wallace’s economic development consulting services have supported companies and community leaders charged with accelerating economic growth. Since rising from a financially disadvantaged and racially segregated community to build three of his own successful companies, Bob has consulted hundreds of other leaders around the world – sharing his researched, tested and proven methodologies to unleashing economic growth and human achievement at all levels.

I am honored to be appointed as a Regent for the University Systems of Maryland Board of Regents. Looking forward to serving and helping with moving the system’s needle forward.
— Robert L. Wallace

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Robert Wallace Named As A 2018 Influential Marylander

The Daily Record announced last week that Robert Wallace, Bithenergy's CEO and President, is being recognized as a 2018 Influential Marylander. Congratulations to Mr. Wallace on this well-deserved achievement!

Influential Marylanders was created to honor individuals who have made significant impacts in their field and continue to be leaders in Maryland. These individuals are chosen by The Daily Record's editors for their contributions and leadership in the following areas: Civic Leadership, Communications, Education, Finance, Freestyle, General Business, Health Care, Law, Philanthropy, Real Estate, and Technology.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Grand Lodge of Maryland on March 22, 2018.

For a full list of this year's honorees, please visit http://thedailyrecord.com/influential-marylanders/winners/.

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BITHGROUP Technologies Participates in the Western Technology School of Environmental Science Career Fair

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Friday, March 9th, 2018, Harry Holt, VP of Operations, and Angela Evans participated in the Western Technology School of Environmental Science Career Fair. This is the third year that both, BITHGROUP Technologies and Bithenergy have participated. The career fair had over seventy organizations participating from larger to small businesses, non-profit, military, government sector and colleges and universities represented. The junior class demonstrated career-oriented thinking, ready to prepare their futures.

Harry Holt, VP of Operations for BITHGROUP Technologies stated, “The absolute highlight of this fair is the students, who show up dressed in professional business attire, with resumes and portfolios that rival college students and professionals who would be many years their senior.”

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VP of Operations, Harry Holt, Speaks at Morgan State University for Black History Month

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On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, The Morgan State University Student Government Association and The Men of The Alpha Chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., hosted a lecture on The State of “Black” America. Vice President of Operations of BITHGROUP Technologies, Harry Holt, participated in the panel discussion alongside prominent presenters including, CNN Commentator Dr. Bakari Sellers, President of the NAACP (Baltimore Chapter) Ronald Flamer, and many more. The event incorporated student Q&A, and conversation regarding the significance of HBCU’s.

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BITHGROUP Technologies, Harry Holt, Participates in the Mayor's Youth Works Press Conference

On Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, Vice President of Operations, Harry Holt participated in the Mayor’s Youth Works Press Conference at City Hall. The event was filled with YouthWorkers, employers and supporters who spoke about the importance of local businesses hiring youth for the Summer. 

YouthWorks is Baltimore City’s summer jobs program for residents between the ages of 14 and 21. Each year through YouthWorks, the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) connects thousands of teens and young adults to meaningful summer work experiences throughout the city. Participants work in a wide variety of industries, including health care and social assistance, hospitality/tourism, finance, construction, the arts, and environmental/green jobs.

Featured above, Harry Holt, Vice President of Operations for BITHGROUP Technologies stated, “BITHGROUP Technologies has sponsored Youthworks interns in the past and we are excited to sponsor another intern this year.  It is critically important for employers like BITHGROUP Technologies to provide the youth of today with opportunities to engage in real life work experiences.  This complements their education and helps prepare them for the world of work.  It is also necessary if we want our company and country to be competitive with the rest of the world.  There are benefits that our company gains from working with the youth. They bring a new youthful energy into the workplace and we learn from them as they are learning from us.”

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BITHGROUP Technologies is attending the 108th Annual NAACP Convention in Baltimore!

BITHGROUP Technologies and Bithenergy are participating and have a booth at the 108th Annual NAACP Convention in Baltimore, Maryland on July 25th. BITHGROUP and Bithenergy Founder and CEO, Robert L. Wallace, is speaking on a panel which explores ways to connect black communities to the renewable industry. The talk is titled: "Bridging the gap, connecting black communities to the green economy."

BITHGROUP Technologies and Bithenergy are honored to be a part of the NAACP Convention and proudly support their efforts.

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Visit us at Booth #980

The purpose of the annual convention is to establish policies and programs of action for the ensuing year. All actions of the Convention on questions of policy and programs, which are not contrary to the Constitution, shall be binding on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, the Officers and all Units, except as hereinafter provided. No resolution for change of policy or program of action shall be in order unless it shall have been favorably voted upon at regular legislative meetings of a Unit in good standing, or has been submitted by the President and CEO. The resolutions for policy or program change must be certified by the President and Secretary of the Unit, and received by the President and CEO in the National Office by May 1st annually. The Convention shall act on all such proposed program or policy changes during its Legislative Sessions.

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Robert L. Wallace, Inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame

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On April 25, 2017, Robert L. Wallace, President and CEO of BITHGROUP Technologies, was inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame. This accomplishment recognizes the pioneering individuals that have overcome adversity and led successful ventures, paving the way for the next generation of minority business leaders. The Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., The University of Washington Foster School of Business, and other corporate sponsors, honored Dr. Wallace at an awards dinner held on April 25th at the Entrepreneurial Development & Assistance Center in the Earl G. Graves School of Business & Management, Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

"One of the goals of the MBHF&M has been to hold an induction ceremony at one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities," said John F. Robinson, president & CEO of the MBHF&M. "The Entrepreneurial Development & Assistance Center (EDAC) at Morgan State University is such a venue for us to realize this ambition. We are indebted to Omar Muhammad for being our host to honor these outstanding trailblazers and pioneers."

Robert L. Wallace graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B. S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics.  He earned a Masters in Business Administration from Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.  He has founded three companies: BITHGROUP Technologies, Bithenergy, and EntreTeach Learning Systems. Robert L. Wallace is an accomplished engineer, entrepreneur, author, business consultant, and internationally known keynote speaker. He also serves on numerous boards and commissions.

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BITHGROUP Technologies and Bithenergy host AP Environmental Science Students on a Renewable Energy Field Trip

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc. and Bithenergy, Inc. hosted thirty-five students and two teachers from the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science on a full day field trip to learn more about Maryland’s robust solar industry. 

Starting out in West Baltimore at Chimes International, an organization that supports people with disabilities and special needs, the students had the opportunity to tour a completed solar panel installation.  This installation consists of three roof-mount solar installations (225KW), an onsite solar ground array (700 KW), as well as an energy monitoring system that tracks energy usage, visible in the Chimes lobby.  At Chimes, the students also had the opportunity to meet with the President of Chimes, Mr. Terence Blackwell, and they learned more about Chimes and the impact of this renewable energy project. 

Later the students visited the Nixon’s Farm installation in Howard County, where they observed and discussed larger solar installations and their impact on the community and environment.  This installation includes a 1.5 MW Ground Mount Solar array that provides energy to Chimes and a 2 MW Ground Mount array that provides power to the Columbia Association of Howard County. 

The field trip concluded with an industry overview and company specific presentation in an office environment which exposed the students to the many career opportunities and other facets in the industry.  The students learned about Energy Audits, Commissioning, LEED Certifications, Power Purchase Agreements, Solar Renewable Energy Projects and Renewable Energy Project Financing.  The students also engaged in discussion with Bithenergy staff about how we can all change our behaviors at home to be more environmentally responsible. 

Finally, the students learned about how various engineering disciplines, such as chemical, electrical, civil, mechanical, environmental, mathematical and business areas such as accounting, finance, marketing, management, can all be utilized to work in an industry in which they can build a strong career while also engaging in improving the environment.  The students asked insightful questions and demonstrated a strong foundational knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math. 

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