Governor-elect Larry Hogan told technology entrepreneurs Wednesday they would "have a friend in the governor's mansion" come January.
Hogan, who has made few public appearances since an upset win over Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, shook hands and made brief remarks at a Maryland Technology Development Corp. conference in Linthicum.
Echoing campaign promises, he told a ballroom of businesspeople, "We're going to get the government off your back and out of your pockets." Hogan owns an Annapolis-based real estate firm.
The technology agency, better known as Tedco, was holding its "Entrepreneurs Inspiring Entrepreneurs Expo."
Tedco is a state-funded entity that invests in startup technology companies.
Hogan was not scheduled to headline the event -- guitar maker Paul Reed Smith was the keynote speaker, and Hogan joked, "until last Tuesday, I wasn't on anyone's agenda."
But he likened his campaign to an upstart business that had suddenly found its market.
"We had very little money. We had some ideas and some solutions, and we saw a large untapped market that was out there," he said. "As of last Tuesday, we captured more than 50 percent market share."
The entrepreneurs were receptive to the message.
"You could tell the response from the entrepreneurs in the room was very genuine," said Michael Geppi, CEO of Baltimore cyber security company Integrata Security. "It shows his priorities are matching what he talked about during the campaign."