International Documentaries Showcase Frederick's Entrepreneurial Spirit

Sam Delgado, 21, Founder and Creative Director of The Surge Agency, discusses their creative work for the media team from Niger. The team was in Frederick filming a documentary on business development for youth and young entrepreneurs on March 8-10, 2015. 

Across the globe, developing countries are working towards building an entrepreneurial business climate, and some are looking to Frederick as an example. The City of Frederick’s Department of Economic Development works collaboratively with the State Department to host media teams from developing countries to film documentaries on topics such as entrepreneurism, business development, and government support for start-up businesses.

To date, Frederick has worked with teams from Iraq, Tajikistan, Kuwait, Romania, and most recently, Niger. 

"Frederick is an ideal location for this type of documentary," says Richard Griffin, Economic Development Director for the City of Frederick. "We have a growing business community, strong entrepreneurs, and programs in place to assist businesses at all stages of growth."   

The most recent media team from Niger was in Frederick March 8-10, 2015, and focused on business development for youth.  During their visit, they met with organizations that have programs that help youth prepare for business opportunities and interviewed young entrepreneurs in our community.

Frederick businesses on their itinerary for interviews included The Surge Agency, Zach's Auto Clinic, and Cakes to Die For. All three of these business owners have launched their businesses at a young age and are examples of the entrepreneurial spirit that is in the Frederick community.

Sam Delgado of The Surge Agency about to begin his interview.
Youth development programs and entrepreneurial support organizations on their itinerary included My Bank! First United Bank & Trust on small business loans, Frederick County Workforce Services on their youth services and summer jobs program, The City of Frederick Economic Development Department, the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Seeds of Life youth development program, and Frederick County Public School's Career and Technology Center and Finance Academy at T.J. High School. 

"The seek to tell the whole story of what it takes to have a healthy business community - from an individual's personal drive to the small business loans needed to launch a company," said Griffin.  

If you are a business located in the City of Frederick and are interested in being featured in future documentaries or other opportunities to discuss your business, please contact the City's Department of Economic Development

 Kuwait TV Documentary Film

View the documentary that was filmed in Frederick in 2014 and broadcast on Kuwait TV: