September 1, 2017


The Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is dedicated to helping you start and grow your business, . We provide training, confidential consulting and market and industry research to help aspiring and existing small businesses make sound decisions for successful operations. We would be happy to assist you with reaching your entrepreneurial goal. 
Just Starting Out - You'll Need to do Some Research
Let SBDC Help:

Take the SBDC Smart Start Assessment to create your own unique checklist of tasks.

You can access FREE online workshops on SBDC's Virtual Classroom. You'll find various courses about Starting a Business; Managing Your Finances; Foundations of Marketing; en Espanol too.  SBDC Virtual Advisor

Our office has gathered links to partner websites that will help with your research.

SBDC offers a FREE Live Class / Simulcast Webinar: Ready, Set, Go! How to Start a Business Register

SBDC offers low-cost training on College of Southern Maryland Campuses throughout Southern Maryland. Start Right for Success will discuss:

  • -pros and cons of business structures (LLC, Sole Proprietor, etc.),
  • -filing requirements,
  • -employees vs contractors,
  • -choosing and registering a name,
  • -applying for EIN.

Delve into the process of beginning your business the right way. Taught by SBDC experienced Business Consultants - this is an excellent forum for asking all those questions you may have. SBDC offers several other great classes.

T itles with asterisk * are good for businesses at any stage of development:
Financing Your Small Business *
Buying a Franchise
Records Management for the Small Business *
Effective Sales Strategies *
Retail Success Strategies *
Legal and Records Management Issues *
Building Your Brand *
You've Got Your Concept - The Plan is Coming Together . . .
Time to start writing it down and More research will help.

Use SBDC Virtual Classroom :

Conducting a Marketing Analysis
Analyze your Competition
Targeting Your Market
Creating a Competitive Advantage
Assessing Your Company's Financial Needs

Register for Building a Successful Business Plan and Financing Your Small Business.

Business Plan = Road Map, GPS, Prevents Costly Mistakes,
Records Research & Decisions, Communication Piece

The business plan is how you are going to communicate with all of the people that you need support and assistance from:
Marketing Advisor
Lender or Investor
Real Estate Agent
Insurance Agent
Employees or Contractors
The Plan is Created . . . Here's Where the Business Consultant Comes In
SBDC Business Consultants will:

  • Review Your Business Plan and Your Marketing Plan and Help You Find the Gems and the Flaws;
  • Provide Research Specific to Your Business Concept and Plan such as feasibility studies, competitor analysis, market saturation;
  • Discuss Your Location Considerations such as available sites, zoning, build-out requirements, permits (including eCommerce and home-based);
  • Help You close the gap on Your funding;
  • Review Your applications (loans, DBE, 8A, etc.);
  • Help with Your Strategic Plan and Your Ongoing Marketing, Hiring, Growing and More . .

. . . and it's FREE
More Growth and Management - SBDC Is In It For The Long Haul
Here are a few more SBDC Classes to help with business development:

Government Procurement
Advertising & Promotion
Strategic Business Management
HR Skills for Managers and Business Owners
Developing Your Business Minds
Presenting Your Business Value
Obtaining & Retaining Talent
QuickBooks Interm/Advanced
SBDC Serving Those Who Served Our Country
Available VA Benefit for Service Members or Veterans
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.
What if Things Go Wrong? SBDC Helps Businesses Get Back on Track
America's SBDC will be organizing Harvey Recovery meetings at the ASBDC conference next week to enable you to help participate in the emergency response, relief, and recovery efforts.  More Information . . .
SBDC has been there to help Ellicott City as the recovery continues . . .

January 19, 2017, The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) cut the ribbon and opened the door on Millworks, a new business resource center . . . more

March 20, 2017, SBDC Business Consultant Garrett Glover was in Middletown to help with the construction mitigation program during the SHA road construction project along Main Street . . . more
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