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Congratulations - Charles Street Bakery!
Charles Street Bakery and Cafe
offers a variety of products for lunch - but their key to success has been quality cakes and customer service. Special occasion and wedding cakes have been their "staple" item for the past 15 years. 

SBDC shares in their successes as Business Consultant, Bill Hitte, has been working with owner, Deborah, consistently for the full 15 years. SBDC assistance has included general management, marketing, and obtaining financing through Charles County Economic Development in mid-2014. In 2015 and again in 2016,  Charles Street Bakery and Cafe was awarded the WeddingWire.com customer ­voted "5-Star Award" in the "Best Wedding Cake" category. 

Their latest success is appearing in the "Ingredients" of a Real Weddings article in the Summer 2017 issue of t h e  k n o t . Charles Street Bakery and Cafe is credited for the wedding cake of a Fall 2016 Southern Maryland Wedding featured in the magazine.  t h e k n o t is the most prestigious wedding magazine in the United States. Today,  t h e   k n o t publishes regional magazines in 17 markets in the US. Online, the company hosts wedding vendor listings in its online directories. 

Couples and wedding planners will find  Charles Street Bakery and Cafe on the knot's website - complete with a 5 star rating!
Read the full article from the magazine and see the beautiful photos  here.


This exposure is . . . priceless.
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Other Successful "SBDC" Entrepreneur Stories
THE MARYLAND SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER: BUSINESS SUPPORT FOR EVERY STAGE
Posted by:
Economic Development Team on Monday, April 24, 2017
When Kimberly Briscoe-Tonic, co-owner of  Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Homes, first approached the Community Bank of the Chesapeake for a business loan in 2003, they recommended that she connect with the  Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Southern Region for help getting her business off the ground. Briscoe-Tonic began working extensively with the SBDC to draft a business plan for her Waldorf-based business, and was introduced to some of the training courses and workshops the SBDC offers.   Read the full story
AWARDED THE GOVERNOR'S CITATION RECOGNIZING SMALL, MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES
February 28, 2017
Nomination Submitted by: St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development.
Wynne Briscoe, co-founder of Forever Eden Organics, is a savvy and successful business woman who is dedicated to the Southern Maryland community. Her manufacturing business launched from her kitchen table in 2008 and has grown to include 55 products sold nationally and internationally.   Read More
Wynne was one of five Honorees that were awarded the Governor's Citation recognizing small, minority and women-owned businesses at the February 28, 2017, Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) workshop entitled Ready, Set, GROW! 

CALVERT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

2016 “CHAMBER MEMBER OF THE YEAR”
On October 20, 2016, the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce recognized Heather Maertens, owner of Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts in Lusby, MD, as the 2016 “Chamber Member of the Year”.
When initially considering this business idea, Heather Maertens utilized SBDC Consultation Services beginning in February 2002. Heather's skills and past experience in that industry put her in an excellent position to reach her goals. In October 2002, the business opened in Solomons, MD. Relocating in 2010 to the current location just a few miles north in Lusby. 
Heather Maertens has continued interaction with the SBDC over the past 14 years. As a totally committed entrepreneur, Heather has also found key staff to support her business. She has effectively used her vision to create customized jewelry and has filled a market niche based in Southern Calvert County. This 2016 Calvert Chamber Award recognizes her contributions to the business and local community that Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts serves. 
CALVERT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 
2016 “NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR”
On October 20, 2016, the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce recognized Mully’s Brewery as the 2016 “New Business of the Year”.  That annual award recognizes a chamber member business which has been open less than 4 years. Mully’s Brewery opened to the public in October 2013. It is owned and operated by Jason and Cindy Mullikin. Located in Prince Frederick, MD. 
When first taking steps towards creating this business, Cindy Mullikin utilized SBDC pre-venture training in January 2011 and the Mullikin’s have interacted with the SBDC since the initial business consulting session in May 2011. 
As totally committed entrepreneurs with a vision to transform from home brewing, the Mullikin’s became very “industry educated”, commercial equipment educated, thoroughly researched zoning regulations and studied location options. They also networked to obtain industry insights, both before opening and since starting operations, from other craft beer business owners, including another Maryland SBDC Client.
 
Chef Gwyn Novak, Owner of No Thyme to Cook was recently chosen to participate in Gov. Larry Hogan's Buy Local Cookout. As one of 117 chefs chosen to participate in this event, Gwyn prepared and served over 550 guests' an appetizer consisting of grilled peaches, toasted pecans and goat cheese salad with a honey and orange vinaigrette. As part of the "Buy Local Theme", Gwyn used lettuce sourced from Farming for Hunger. All of the chosen recipes for this event (including Gwyn's appetizer) can be found in the 2016 Maryland 
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) commends Chef Gwyn's participation in this event to encourage Marylanders to "Buy Local and Support Small Business".
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is proud to share that Michael Steele, Owner of Motorbriiz, won the 2nd Annual Crab Pot Pitch. Crab Pot is a joint venture of the Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology (SMIT) meetup and PaxSpace. Crab Pot 2016, a Southern Maryland Pitch Contest, was held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.   
Mr. Steele's innovation is a motorcycle chain oiler that is easy to install, easy to use, and environmentally friendly. The Motorbriiz oiler is powered by the most plentiful resource available to a motorcycle, the wind. By participating in Crab Pot and other technology based opportunities, Mr. Steele hopes to work towards more expansive distribution channels. Mr. Steele is also aware that idea pitches are critical to the growth of any business, but especially startups. Pitches are used to make sales, obtain financing, and build relationships. By participating in this opportunity, Mr. Steele has developed, refined and perfected a pitch that can be used to grow his business.
Ellen Flowers-Fields | Regional Director |  Email
Lisa Creason | Program Assistant for Region |  Email   
Bill Hitte | Business Consultant Charles County |  Email
Kathy MacAdams | Business Consultant Calvert County |  Email 
Wynne Briscoe | Business Consultant St. Mary's County |  Email