AI GRADUATES FROM THE CENTER FOR BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

Columbia, MD (August 17, 2010) – Congratulations Audacious Inquiry! The leading management and technology firm will graduate this August from The Center for Business and Technology Development’s NeoTech Incubator to move into its new 2,600-square-foot headquarters at the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park.

Founded in 2004, Audacious Inquiry (AI) is an innovative management and technology consulting firm with domain expertise in health information systems and web application development.  AI provides a range of services such as project and program management, policy and standards development, data analysis, software development, integration, and implementation services.  Its clients include state and federal agencies, hospital systems and other healthcare organizations, as well as companies in the education, financial services, and not-for-profit sectors.

“We are grateful to all of the people in the Howard County Economic Development Authority who have made our early success and growth at the NeoTech Incubator possible,” said Christopher Brandt, Audacious Inquiry’s managing partner.  “In addition to granting us the flexibility to occupy incrementally more office space over three years, the HCEDA connected us with advisors who could help us to navigate complex government contracting requirements; enabling us to make our services more readily available to state and federal government clients.”

The company has been recognized locally and nationally as an industry leader.  While a resident at the NeoTech Incubator, Audacious Inquiry was honored as a top-25 management consulting company in the Baltimore area, a top-25 web design firm, one of the region’s 50 largest minority-owned businesses, and the fourth-fastest growing private company in the region.  Additionally, AI was recognized as one of the Top 500 Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S. for 2009 by DiversityBusiness.com.  In 2008 and 2009, AI was recognized as a finalist for the Maryland Incubator Company of the Year award, and, in 2008, the company received the Greater Baltimore Committee’s “Bridging the Gap” award.  In addition to the numerous awards that AI has received, AI continues to support Maryland’s Nonprofit organization, CRISP (Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients) health organization as their Project Management Office and technical assistant.

“It has been a pleasure working with Audacious Inquiry and their staff,” said Laurie Hedlund, NeoTech Incubator Director.  AI is poised to accelerate even further into the technology market and, given their track record and growth while at NeoTech, they should do quite well.  We wish them all the very best!”

With a track record of strong results for its clients to date, Audacious Inquiry is looking onward to make improvements of efficiency and outcomes in healthcare services in partnership with its healthcare and government clients. “It is an extraordinary privilege to work closely with several of our country’s most highly regarded healthcare institutions to leverage information technology to improve the efficacy and efficiency of care delivery,” Brandt said.  “We are enthusiastic to be a part of the positive transformation of an industry that is important to all of us.”

The company prides itself on its strong and diverse employee base, among whom the expression of individual genius is encouraged and the status quo is continuously challenged.  AI aims to positively contribute to organizations and to society and seeks out projects and client organizations that will benefit the lives of others in meaningful ways.

About Audacious Inquiry, LLC: Audacious Inquiry (www.ainq.com), an innovative management consulting firm, works as a strategic partner to advance the interests of healthcare institutions, businesses, and government entities.  The company’s consultants work within client organizations to maximize the positive outcomes and minimize the risks of marketing and information-technology initiatives; policy development and project management expertise at the firm ensure that each project is aligned with the client’s strategic goals.

Audacious Inquiry provides management & technology consulting services in three complementary domains:

  • Health information systems,
  • Web application development, and
  •  Analytical services.

About NeoTech Incubator:  The NeoTech Incubator, a program of Howard County’s Center for Business and Technology Development, helps entrepreneurs develop thriving technology companies.  NeoTech accelerates the growth and success of emerging technology businesses through access to resources, information, and a community of excellence.  The NeoTech Incubator is a three-time winner of the National Business Incubation Association’s Innovation Award.  To learn more about the NeoTech Incubator and the Center for Business and Technology Development, visit www.thecenter.biz.

About The Center for Business and Technology Development: Founded in May 2000, the Center is dedicated to the discovery, stimulation, nurturing, growth, and success of entrepreneurship in Howard County. It has gained a national reputation for creating innovative programs to foster entrepreneurship in the greater Washington/Baltimore region. Among its many service offerings, the Center provides assistance to over 1,000 entrepreneurs annually through its Business Resource Center and facilities for NeoTech Incubator companies. A “one stop shop” for entrepreneurial services, the Center is one of the few facilities in the nation that combines a business incubator and business resource center under one roof.  With the addition of the Howard Technology Council to encourage business growth and develop educational programs for the technology community, it makes The Center even more the place for small businesses to be in Howard County. For more information about The Center for Business and Technology Development, please visit www.thecenter.biz.

The Center for Business and Technology Development is part of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, a public-private partnership whose primary goal is to promote economic growth and stability by supporting existing businesses, targeting new businesses, and attracting corporate/regional headquarters. The Authority also maintains several programs aimed at the special needs of small, minority-owned, and agricultural business communities. Additionally, the Authority strives to preserve the distinctive quality of life in Howard County. The Authority can be reached on the Web at http://www.hceda.org.