Demonstrating that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and strong in Baltimore County, Vulcan Furniture, Inc. and Study Abroad Counselor, LLC, have become the latest companies to join TowsonGlobal, Towson University’s international incubator for startup ventures.

Vulcan Furniture, Inc. specializes in the supply and wholesale of office furniture, systems, seating, cabinets and accessories.  The company provides office furnishing solutions to architects, designers and businesses seeking an upscale image. The firm represents high-end international brand manufacturers, primarily from Asia.  Vulcan is a U.S.-incorporated affiliate of an established furniture company in Pakistan.  According to Shoaib Mastoor, CEO, his grandfather established Vulcan as a steel fabrication company in 1948 after immigrating from neighboring India.

Study Abroad Counselor, LLC, (SAC) is an online-based organization dedicated to assisting students around the world in pursuing studies outside their respective countries. Initially, the company will target smaller colleges in the Mid-Atlantic region and focus on programs in Spain. SAC’s founder Amine Faridi developed the concept for this one-stop-shop web-based business in light of his own experience of being a foreign student in Spain and in helping many other students prepare for study abroad opportunities, while realizing there was no easy way to navigate through all the information spread around the Internet.

Although these companies work within separate industries, both will bring valuable products and services to our region as well as internationally.  And, importantly, they will create new jobs and contribute to the overall economic strength of Baltimore County.

Since the mission at TowsonGlobal is to help both domestic and foreign entrepreneurial ventures learn how to compete in the global economy, we are excited to add both companies to the already diverse mix of startups here at the incubator.

View the press release here.



When you hear the word “community” you automatically think of your own neighborhood, town, or city. TU in the Community is challenging that notion by reminding us that community engagement can reach not only beyond our neighborhood, but even beyond the nation.

Upon browsing TU in the Community’s Projects Database, I discovered an exciting collaboration. It turns out that Towson University’s Study Abroad Office has joined with the Environmental Sciences Department to provide an amazing experience entitled “Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics.”

studyabroadDuring this trip “students apply ecological concepts to environmental education and the use and management of natural resources in Costa Rica. They also work side-by-side with local community members to complete environmental action projects. Through hands on experience, they develop an awareness and appreciation for the local culture and environment.” Not only do students get to travel overseas and participate in community engagement, but they have the opportunity to earn academic credit for doing so.

It’s clear that with exciting collaborations such as this, TU’s Community will only keep expanding throughout the globe.

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