The GIEC Incubator
The Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC) on the Garrett College campus in McHenry Maryland, provides office space and related support services to start-up and early stage enterprises, both for-profit and non-profit. In addition, the GIEC provides flexible, expandable space to larger intrapreneurial ventures, freelancers, telecommuters and those visiting or with second homes in the area. The GIEC also houses a fully outfitted Secure Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) suitable for those enterprises seeking a secure space for defense or cyber security work.

The GIEC offers very cost-effective space for entry-level, start-up or growing enterprises and currently offers three levels of "membership," as follows:
  • General Office Space - The GIEC offers a variety of office suites starting from a few hundred square feet to over 7,000 square feet. Rents are very attractively priced and include electric, heat, air, and access to common spaces including meeting rooms and the incubator classroom, as well as the College library.
  • Coworking Hive - The GIEC offers a coworking hive for those needing 24x7 access to an office and wireless broadband. This space is designed to provide for very low-cost office access as well as interaction and includes access to the College's continuing education offerings on start-ups and small business management.
  • SCIF - The GIEC offers a very reasonably priced, fully outfitted, certifiable secure facility perfect for those organizations seeking a new low-cost facility or redundant space for emergencies. Combined with the College's new Cyber Security offerings, the space provides a perfect opportunity for the right organization seeking to secure and staff a high-security operation.
In addition to the above, the GIEC is also working hard to develop and offer additional value-added "products" including a maker space and artisan space.
Current organizations in the GIEC include the following enterprises:
A Touch of Class Limousines
Center for Adventure and Experiential Learning
Chinook Systems
Clear Resolution Consulting
Common Securitization LLC (CSS)
Gallagher Group, The
Garrett County Economic Development
Jessica Fike Photography
North Branch / S.B. Ventures
Small Business Development Center
The above represent a sampling of our current tenants, with new tenants joining the GIEC family every month. Note also that the GIEC and its management team seeks to continue to ensure the GIEC is "much more than an office space" and offers regular seminars, workshops and meet-ups for tenants and their employees.

Perhaps the greatest benefits available to tenants are the free consulting and coaching offered from a variety of College and community sources as well as the feeling of being a part of a thriving entrepreneurial community in a beautiful natural environment.

Garrett College Center for
Entrepreneurship & Innovation