Provider of communications services to political campaigns, Political Boost, has announced that it has joined Baltimore City's technology incubator, Emerging Technology Centers (ETC).
The ETC, a venture of the Baltimore Development, is a non-profit business incubator focused on growing early-stage technology and biotechnology companies. It promotes economic development, providing business, technical, and networking connections to help these companies grow and prosper.
"Political Boost has joined our incubation program," said Ann Lansinger, president at ETC, adding that the entrepreneurial environment at the ETC is one that helps new companies like Political Boost to move ahead as far and as fast as possible.
Political Boost provides a comprehensive and streamlined communications portal for political candidates. Company officials said that the bundled services include interactive voice response (IVR) polls and surveys, canvassing tools, constituent contact management software, and more.
"Every year more than 360,000 people file with local and state boards of elections to run for public office," noted Kent V. Blake, director of business development at Political Boost. However, the vast majority of candidates are severely under-served due to their limited budgets.
Blake said that the new self-service portal is aimed at providing those candidates the same array of communications tools and constituent management software as larger campaigns, at prices they can afford.
Currently, Political Boosts is focused on the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia in the 2010 election cycle. Recently, the company was selected by the Maryland Democratic Party to provide its services to the 2010 Coordinated Campaign.
Earlier in May, ETC announced the award of eight business assistance and training grants to six different client companies.
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