This week we were pleased to once again host a luncheon for St. Mary’s County Public Schools Academy of Finance (AOF) interns! The lunch gave interns the opportunity to talk about their internship experiences with program leaders, employers, and St. Mary’s County Superintendent of Schools Mr. James Scott Smith. TPP hosts an AOF intern each summer. TPP finance director, MaryKay Myers, serves on the Professional Advisory Council for the AOF, which is made up of business, financial, and community leaders who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences to enrich the NAOF academic program. The Academy of Finance is a school of business and management housed at Chopticon High School. 
(Photo courtesy SMCPS)
This week at a glance
Upcoming TPP programs:Shoot for the Stars: A Cosmic Event for Young Professionals, Aug. 11Building for Innovation in St. Mary’s County, Aug. 22Small Business Relevance to the Industrial Base with Mr. James “Hondo” Geurts, Sept. 5Dr. Dan Crippen and Vice Adm. Joe Dyer, Sept. 6Cyber Summit, Sept. 18In our community:SMIT End of Summer meetup, Aug. 9SURVEY: Opioid Epidemic Impact on BusinessesProject Opportunity – Entrepreneur Training for Vets, Aug. 27Southern Maryland Transportation Forum, Aug. 29DSI Upcoming Programs
Upcoming ProgramsShoot for the Stars: A Cosmic Event for Young ProfessionalsSaturday, August 11
7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Historic SotterleyExperience the history of Sotterley set against the mystery of the cosmos! Join us Saturday, August 11 to meet and catch up with other Southern Maryland young professionals during peak viewing of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Learn more and register >>Building for Innovation in St. Mary’s CountyWednesday, August 22
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Southern Maryland Higher Education CenterIn partnership with the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce, learn about development at the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport and tech hub with presentations from St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, S. Hunt Aero, Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, and University of Maryland. Register >>Small Business Relevance to the Industrial Base, featuring Mr. James “Hondo” GeurtsWednesday, September 5
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Southern Maryland Higher Education CenterIn partnership with the NAVAIR Office of Small Business Programs, a networking event for local businesses, support organizations, elected officials, and NAVAIR to discuss small business relevance to the industrial base and participation in the Technology Corridor. Mr. James “Hondo” Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, will be guest speaker. Vice Adm. Dean Peters, NAVAIR commander, will provide opening remarks and NAVAIR vision. Mr. Shelby Butler, associate director for NAVAIR Office of Small Business Programs, will moderate a panel of NAVAIR leadership. Register >>Dr. Dan Crippen and Vice Adm. Joe Dyer (USN, ret.)Thursday, September 6
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s College of MarylandIn partnership with the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Dr. Dan Crippen, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, will talk about the federal budget and the implications of long-term deficits on the Navy and beyond. This will be followed by a one-on-one conversation with retired Vice Adm. Joe Dyer and Dr. Dan Crippen, with questions from the audience.Register >>Save the Date:Cyber Summit
September 18Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are open for our full-day Cyber Summit. Learn more >>  
Community Events & OpportunitiesSMIT End of Summer MeetupAugust 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
SolomonsJoin Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology Initiative for their End of Summer meetup! It will start with a cruise of the Solomons with Half-Shell Adventures followed by a networking reception at No Thyme to Cook! RSVPs are required as there are only 35 spots on the cruise. If you cannot reserve a spot on the boat, you can still join at 7:00 for the reception at No Thyme to Cook! (Please note: the Meetup site will not support Internet Explorer, so be sure to use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.) RSVP at www.smit.techSURVEY: Opioid Epidemic Impact on BusinessesThe St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) and the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development (DED) are jointly working to assess the effects of the opioid epidemic on the business community in St Mary’s County. Understanding the impact of the substance abuse epidemic on the local workforce and employers will help the county better respond. SMCHD and DED are encouraging business owners, employers, managers, and human resources professionals to take a very brief survey: Chapter Meeting with Vice Adm. Dean PetersAugust 29, 11:00
River’s Edge Restaurant, NAS Patuxent RiverThe Southern Maryland Chapter of the International Test and Evaluation Association will host a general chapter meeting with guest speaker Vice Adm. Dean Peters, NAVAIR commander, who will discuss “Naval Aviation Test & Evaluation Challenges.” Learn more >> Project Opportunity – Entrepreneur Training for VetsOrientation Session: August 27
Charles County Government Building, LaPlataProject Opportunity is a free entrepreneur training program for veterans who want to start or to continue to grow their business. This 10-week program is facilitated by business professionals and subject matter experts and will cover topics such as assessing your business ideas, marketing analysis, financing and financial management, business structure and taxes, and development of a business plan. The program is set to start September 10 and will have weekly classes. For more information, please register at for an orientation session August 27 at Charles County Government Building in the Blue Room. Southern Maryland Transportation ForumAugust 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Building Commissioner Meeting Room, LeonardtownJoin us on Wednesday, August 29th in Leonardtown to hear about the challenges and opportunities for transit, share your vision on what a climate-friendly, safe, equitable, and reliable transportation system will look like, and set up an action plan! Learn more >>Defense Strategies Institute Upcoming ProgramsSept. 12-13: Military Tactical Communications
Sept. 18-19: GEOINT and Open Source Analysis
Sept. 19-20: Autonomous Capabilities for DoD
Sept. 25-26: Cyber Operations for National Defense*Military and government employees attend free.Learn more >>