Match With a Mentor: The Business Continuity Task Force

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused seismic shifts in the global economy, impacting sales, access to capital, workforce management, and more.

Now, tech and life science executives like you can navigate this landscape with the help of the Business Continuity Task Force.

The Task Force is a mentoring match program that pairs executives at small and mid-sized businesses with experienced business leaders at no cost to help you tackle business challenges and increase your sales and profitability. The Task Force is powered by the Maryland Tech Council, the largest tech and life sciences trade association in the state.

The Task Force features proven business mentors who have led companies through financial crises such as the 2008 recession. They provide executives like you practical support and guidance aid in navigating the economic landscape post-health crisis. There is no cost to joining this mentoring program.

How it Works

  • Once accepted into the program, you’ll be paired with a specially-trained advisor who best fits your company’s needs.
  • Terms of the engagements are open to accommodate ongoing needs of each company.
  • Mentors are vetted for their experience in areas relevant to your needs – sales, workforce management, access to capital, and more.

  • You will be invited to join a peer group to network, share and learn with colleagues facing similar challenges and opportunities.

Who Can Join the Task Force

Maryland tech, life sciences and B2B companies with more than one full-time employee and less than 250 employees are eligible to apply to be paired with a mentor. There is no fee to join this mentoring program.

How Task Force Mentors Can Help

Task Force features more than a dozen experienced, vetted business leaders who will serve as mentors and who have navigated crises and market shifts before. They can assist your company with:

  • Remote business development
  • Remote customer engagement
  • Preparation for Fundraising
  • Remote workforce management
  • Finance and accounting
  • Founders issues

Maryland Tech Council Business Continuity Task Force

Ani Matson is the Founder and President of Digital Marketing Strategies (DMS), an independent consultancy that helps clients make core…

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Barry Lipsy excels at uncovering strategic options and capturing business opportunities. In his management roles, C-Suite positions and in his consultancy,…

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An experienced biopharmaceutical professional with almost 30 years of industry experience. Proven track record in financings, leading a broad range…

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BRAD E. FACKLER has over 30 years of commercial and corporate experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He is…

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Cheryl Heller has 25+ years of experience in the financial services industry, including serving as CFO for Capital One’s Retail Bank.…

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Chris Ross is a Managing Director with Truist Wealth.  He advises business owners and corporate executives on financial matters and…

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Dennis is a hands-on Financial and Operations executive with a broad and deep level of experience in publicly and privately…

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Doug brings a diversity of experience to his mentoring and coaching of startups and small businesses. His background is primarily…

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Dr. Idong Essiet-Gibson is the Founding Principal of The Idyeas Group, a global health and scientific management consultancy in Silver Spring, Maryland.…

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Eddie is a CPA, principal and chairman of Snyder Cohn, a CPA and business advisory firm. He consults clients on…

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Farzin Arsanjani has 30 years of start-up experience and 20 years of operating experience in Cloud Computing. He is a…

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Frank is a partner and consultant at Ten Mile Square with a background of serial entrepreneurship and company building. With…

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Jay B. Turakhia is the Market President, Greater Baltimore Region for SunTrust in Maryland. In this role, Jay leads a…

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John has over 40 years of experience with small and large technology companies.  His early career was spent developing high…

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Kathy has more than 30 years’ as a leader in global public, private and not-for-profit businesses in the areas of…

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An engineer turned microbiologist and industry leader, Marty is passionate about the human and business value of life sciences, biotechnology,…

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Michele Cunningham is a strategic B2B marketing executive with a broad-based track record of success in developing go-to-market strategies across all…

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Peter is an experienced biopharmaceutical executive with over 30 years experience building and leading experienced international teams in drug discovery…

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Robert L. Biciocchi Principal, RLB Co Consulting Serving the the startup technology community now in roles; as Board Advisor, FedTech…

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Steen has 25 years of experience as a result orientated leader in both start-up companies and global organizations and a…

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Tom is the managing partner of a business and communications strategy advisory firm, T. Thomson & Associates, L.L.C. He advises…

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Why Join the Business Continuity Task Force

Top executives in the region have already joined and are reaping the benefits.

“With the constant growth, I have found the need for advice in areas I have not been trained in. MTC’s entrepreneur mentors have provided valuable and honest feedback and direction. In just three months, I have been able to focus on critical areas and implement tools recommended by the team of mentors.”

Cyrus Etemad-Moghadam, President and Founder Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Technologies (RPM Tech)