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Marlborough Inaugural Summit Draws 50 Companies

September 23, 2010 – Marlborough has a mountain of innovative companies, said business and community leaders at an inaugural summit yesterday, and those companies should get a helping hand from the city.

The Marlborough Business Innovation Summit, co-sponsored by Mirick O’Connell and the Marlborough Economic Development Corp., brought together more than 50 companies, city councilors, state legislators and other authorities.

The Campus, the site of the summit, is an example of places that are the future of Marlborough, said Arthur Bergeron, a Mirick O’Connell attorney and chairman of the economic development corporation’s board of directors. The Campus, which is located in an industrial park off Simarano Drive, is home to companies such as Qteros, a biofuel company.

“What we need to be doing is supporting every company that is here,” Bergeron told a group of about 125 people that also featured several students from the Massachusetts International Academy on Locke Drive.

Massachusetts has always been a hub of ingenuity, with Marlborough one of its leaders, said Greg Bialecki, state Housing and Economic Development secretary.

“Better days do lie ahead for Massachusetts” with an economy that is showing resilience, Bialecki said.

Bergeron pointed to benefits for businesses in the city that include open space, a hospital and a mall. But he also asked where the city could make improvements for its businesses and their employees, from constructing housing complexes to adding recreation opportunities.

With more tax revenue, the city can grow in facilities such as its library and senior center, Bergeron said.

Bergeron has stressed the need to reach out to the city’s industrial park, with an eye on the next Boston Scientific or Sepracor.

“We want to make sure when (businesses) grow, they grow here,” City Council President Arthur Vigeant said.

Several officials said yesterday they hope the summit continues as an annual event.

Organizers said they hoped companies would network with each other and city leaders. Some business representatives said they came for that purpose.

Michelle Maglaty, CFO of Expertek on Locke Drive, said she wanted to hear how others feel about Marlborough.

Expertek, which provides business systems to wholesale distributors, moved from Natick 11 years ago. Maglaty said she likes the city’s accessibility to all of New England.

“It’s like a crossroads,” she said.

Arlon Brown, the speaker at one of the informational sessions later in the day, said Marlborough is responsive to businesses about zoning and site plan review while other communities can be more difficult.

“They try to assist you,” said Brown, senior vice president at Parsons Commercial Group. “It’s a very positive experience.”

Four companies in Marlborough are on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the country. Mirick O’Connell yesterday presented a small business innovation award to one of those companies: Bridge Energy Group.

Bridge Energy, a business that helps nationwide utility companies with their information technology systems, could be the next Sepracor, said Brian Dingman of Mirick O’Connell.

Mirick O’Connell also presented a large business innovation award to Raytheon.

“We really wanted to recognize the incredible innovation in Marlborough,” Dingman said. “There’s real growth here.”

Mayor Nancy Stevens, who did not attend because of an illness but appeared in a video message, said the city wants to help businesses grow and prosper in Marlborough.

“Good economic development is about growing your own,” said Michael Hogan, a former chairman of the economic development corporation’s board of directors when it was called Marlborough 2010.

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