Tips on Negotiating a Commercial Lease @ Launch Workplaces - Gaithersburg
Apr 25 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

It is amazing how often tenants find themselves looking for guidance because an unpleasant surprise has cropped up during the course of a lease. And in almost every case, such surprises are the result of having signed a poorly understood or poorly constructed lease agreement. 

The landlord may say: “It’s our Standard Lease, everyone signs it.”, but the standard does not mean right or fair to the tenant, and simply put, there is no standard lease.

A commercial lease is one of the most important agreements you will ever sign and negotiating a favorable lease places your business in a position to succeed. Remember that a real estate lease agreement is prepared by the landlord to favor the landlord. Your responsibility as a potential tenant is to read it completely, understand what it says, and then ask for modifications that will favor you.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the important elements of a commercial lease and how they can impact your business. You’ll learn how to quantify your risk and limit your personal liability. And you’ll learn the leasing process and strategy required to get a favorable deal.

Instructor Bio:

Richard Rose began his career in retail home furnishings, and for 30 years served as President and CEO of several furniture stores in Virginia and Maryland. From management and sales training to marketing and human resources, he’s gained hands-on experience in every aspect of a retail business and has been able to guide numerous entrepreneurs through the process of starting their own brick & mortar business. In addition, Richard has been a commercial landlord throughout most of his career.

Embracing Blockchain Technology @ Launch Workplaces - Gaithersburg
May 2 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The third installment of Maryland Tech Council’s Innovation Speaker Series will feature John Wise, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Loci. Loci is an IP research and exchange platform that is breaking down the barriers to innovation with blockchain technology. John will speak about why industries are embracing blockchain, which industries are ripest for this technology and which industries have been disrupted by this technology.


John Wise
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Loci

Generating Sales & Expanding Your Network with Podcasting @ Launch Workplaces - Gaithersburg
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Started in 4 cities with 4 people in 2017, #LinkedInLocal has since grown into a global concept touching 100+ cities on every continent. This meetup concept was created to bring the online community together for meaningful, real-time, face-to-face connection. Themed gatherings provide speaker panels, workshops, and more in a relaxed [yet highly interactive] environment!

Our purpose is to unite people; to get beyond the profile pics, catchy headlines, and company names to connect, collaborate, and build community in real time!

We are a passionate, global team, united around the common belief that with authenticity, respect, and collaboration we can unlock doors to prosperous, sustainable living.


6:00 – 6:45 pm – Check in + Wine & Cheese [if you please] + Networking

6:45 – 7:00 pm – Welcome + Intros

7:00 – 7:30 pm – Keynote Discussion
“Generating Sales & Expanding Your Network with Podcasting” – Charlie Birney, Founder of Podcast Village & Debbie DeChambeau, Business Growth Strategist/National Speaker/Published Author/Podcast Host

Get a crash course on …

  1. Understanding what a podcast is and the basics of getting started
  2. How a podcast can benefit your business

7:30-8:00 pm – Closing remarks + More networking

% of ticket proceeds for this #LinkedInLocal MoCo will be donated to Manna Food Center – https://www.mannafood.org/, organized to provide food security for all throughout Montgomery County!

Other Details …

Thank you to our sponsors!

Venue sponsor: Launch Workplaces Gaithersburg

Food & beverage sponsor: Bill Rozek

Hosted by: Kelly Leonard

Transportation/parking options: Launch Workplaces is 12 miles northwest of Washington, D.C and just off I-270 & ICC MD 200. Ample free parking is available.