SBDC Southern Maryland - Friday's FAQ 
Serving Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties 
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(V)Entrepreneurship Training
Available VA Benefit for Servicemembers or Veterans
Are you interested in starting your own business? Would you like to learn how to get started? Or are you a current business owner who wants to learn how to boost your small business operation? As a Service member or Veteran you now have an opportunity to use your education benefits to learn how to start or enhance a small business.

VA only pays for programs offered by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) . Individual courses must be specifically approved for VA purposes to use your benefits.
Note that this benefit is not available under the Dependents Educational Assistance program.

The Two-day Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Self- Employment Intensive Training Workshop is offered in collaboration among the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

You will learn if starting a business is right for you, if your business idea is feasible and much more! 

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Upcoming Individual SBDC Courses
Discover how this user-friendly software program can make small business recordkeeping fast and easy. Alternating lecture and hands-on computer exercises will provide an overview of the many features of QuickBooks. Find out how its applications can streamline business processes. Learn how to create a new company and to work with customer transactions, vendor transactions, and bank accounts, as well as generating basic financial reports and customizing invoices.

Sat | Nov 4 | 9AM-3PM | La Plata
Financing Your Small Business
Evaluate sources of business financing to determine which would best serve your needs. Prepare for the process of securing business financing; identify the lenders considerations in granting credit. Discuss federal, state and local loan/loan guarantee programs. Prepare yourself to work with an SBDC counselor to finalize your business plan and loan application.

Wed | Nov 8 | 7:00-9:00 PM | La Plata
There are many excellent reasons to pursue business growth. With business expansion comes increased revenue, wider brand recognition, and increased relevance in the industry. Most businesses, however, start small and stay there. If that's not good enough for you—or if you recognize that staying small doesn't necessarily guarantee your business's survival the Franklin Entrepreneurial Series is for you. Series Begins:

Wed | Jan 24 | 8:30AM-12:00PM | La Plata
Resource Partners Reference SBDC
Maryland Defense Diversification Assistance Program (MDDA)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​While defense spending is a critical economic driver in Maryland, DoD procurement trends fluctuate and are unpredictable. In the event of overall DoD budget cuts, the cancellation of a major weapons platform, or the loss of a contract or grant, a defense contractor can insulate themselves by diversifying its revenue and customer base.

The Maryland Defense Diversification Assistance Program provides training and services to help eligible defense-dependent companies diversify their businesses. Apply Online

Charles County is evolving. Our beginning has shaped our future, and the people bringing energy to the county will dictate its potential. Make sure you know where we’re going.

Join us November 7, 2017 8 a.m. - Noon
Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center  3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Small Business Events MD Governor's Office of Minority Affairs
Most business development takes place outside the office. A few upcoming events:

11/08/2017 - NASA Tech Day
Check out our full range of small business events

Thank you for considering Calvert County as the home for your business. We are here to assist you throughout the process of start-up, expansion or relocation. 

Business Guide
This online guide includes information and resources for anyone seeking to start a new business, expand, or relocate an existing business in Calvert County, Maryland. The guide provides step-by-step advice for negotiating the various stages of a successful business launch. 
St. Mary's County Maryland Department of Economic Development Business Resources includes:  Small Business Development Center  - In response to the changing needs of entrepreneurs in St. Mary’s County, the Small Business Development Center offers no-cost counseling five days a week.
Small Business Owners:
Make your voice heard!

Dear Business Owner or Manager,

College of Southern Maryland SBDC is partnering with the Federal Reserve on a Small Business Credit Survey for both pre-start and existing businesses, and we’d like you to participate. Your answers will help business service providers and lenders understand real-time business conditions. This short survey takes less than 9 minutes to complete. Individual responses are confidential and summary results will be shared with you.
Questions? Contact .
SBA’s District Offices are responsible for the delivery of SBA's many programs and services throughout the country. Services available include:
  • Free consulting services through the network of Small Business Development Centers. SBDCs also conduct training events throughout the district - some require a nominal registration fee.
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