SBDC Southern Maryland - Friday's FAQ 
Serving Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties 
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Experienced CEOs, Entrepreneurs and Business Strategists
are scheduling FREE Consultations during Mentoring Monday!
Monday, October 16, 2017, 8am-12pm
Eric Franklin Entrepreneurial Accelerator (EFEA) 
doors open 7:30am
(get 30 minutes with any of these experienced entrepreneurs)
Eric Franklin, President and CEO of ERIMAX, Inc.
The Eric Franklin Entrepreneurial Accelerator (EFEA) is a partnership between the Southern Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Eric Franklin, President and CEO of ERIMAX, Inc. The goal of the Accelerator is to build an entrepreneur platform for businesses in Southern Maryland to grow, thrive, and connect with other entrepreneur ecosystems across the country. 

Eric Franklin had his first taste of leadership during a summer job when at age 16, he was appointed supervisor to over 200 peer employees at his local amusement park. He has been on a mentoring roller coaster ride ever since.
Although Eric has held a multitude of distinguished positions over the years and is currently CEO/owner of several successful businesses that operate across the U.S., his core values are as basic to the soul as a peanut butter sandwich is to a hungry appetite.
Helen Hall
Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor
Diamond Status
Quik-help®.com specializes in helping businesses new to QuickBooks® get off to the right start. We train you to utilize every aspect of QuickBooks® for more proficient business practices. Helen has taught SBDC SoMD QuickBooks for several years and always receives excellent evaluations from students. Helen and Ann Marie will offer demonstrations of QuickBooks.
2nd Year Mentoring
Catherine A. Askey, CPA, CVA, ABV
Business Growth Strategist
has volunteered to work with SBDC over this past year, facilitating: Meet Your Lender Event in May; Records Management for the Small Business in June; and upcoming: Legal and Records Management Issues Class August 22 & 29 in St. Mary's Co, Leonardtown CSM.  
Catherine A. Askey, CPA, CVA, ABV
Business Growth Strategist
Askey, Askey & Associates, CPA, LLC
Alpha Bah, Esq. MBA
2nd Year Mentoring
Well versed in copyright and patent law, this team can give a good overview to some of these topics:  Protecting My Invention: The Basics of Patent Law; What is a Trademark?; How do I know if I have a Patentable Invention?

Bah Legal was the first to volunteer for SBDC SoMD's Professional In Residence Series, offering one-on-one consultations in our La Plata office in April 2017.
2nd Year Mentoring
BalanceLogic® a leading provider of business support services based in Waldorf, MD is made of up several operating divisions which include: IT Support Services, Bookkeeping Services, Web & Graphic Design Services, Marketing Services, and Business Consulting Services.

In May 2017 BalanceLogic®   donated technology equipment to help create a new Veterans Training Center in St. Mary’s County.  Talk with their team to get suggestions for building a technology business or on using technology to build any business.  
Bill Campbell, CEO BalanceLogic, LLC
Tommy Luginbill, Director of the 
College of Southern Maryland’s 
Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute (EII).

“As a business owner, I have a deep appreciation for the hard work, perseverance and the importance of networking in the community, factors that were needed to get Grey Matter off the ground,” Luginbill said.

The EII will provide many activities and resources to CSM students and the community that will promote that entrepreneurial spirit and innovation. EII will work with its SBDC partners, state and local government, and the private sector to bring business expertise together in one place. The institute wants to offer facilities and provide a central, unifying location where all partners can come together. The EII will partner with existing entrepreneurial organizations to provide and promote a networking link for the region.
2nd Year Mentoring
Kiyaa Hider of KLH Consulting, LLC Business Coach & Opportunity Strategist put together curriculum for SBDC Class Effective Sales Strategies offered in May. "KLH Consulting, LLC is a woman-owned strategic consulting business, providing business development and strategic planning for emerging small businesses on a budget."
Kiyaa Hider, Founder & Chief Strategist
KLH Consulting, LLC
2nd Year Mentoring
Chris Ripley Owner of Strategic Marketing Group has created curriculum for SBDC Class: Advertising and Promotion Title Marketing That Works will be his platforms. Chris has also worked with SCORE and has voluntarily provided excellent small business seminars about digital marketing throughout So MD.

Chris Ripley, Owner of the
Strategic Marketing Group , a Waldorf, MD based marketing and business development firm.
TEDCO participates in EFEA Investment Marketplace each year.  

"TEDCO provides a framework of knowledge, funding, and networking to support and innovation eco-system that nurtures researchers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and early stage companies engaged in bringing innovative ideas to market."
Tiffany W. Davis
TEDCO RBII Program Mentor
Washington Accounting Services Inc. provides accounting services to businesses as well as assisting entrepreneurs on internal controls, accounting software, records management, tax implications and general business planning.
Tiffany Davis, P.A., MSM,
President & CEO of
Washington Accounting Services Inc.
9th Year Mentoring
Mrs. Davis has voluntarily facilitated SBDC's Legal and Records Management Issues Class for more than 8 years.
Experienced CEOs, Entrepreneurs and Business Strategists
are scheduling FREE Consultations during Mentoring Monday!

SBDC Business Consultants are scheduling FREE Consultations during Mentoring Monday!
Bill Hitte, Business Consultant, Business and Financial Specialist
Topic for Mentoring Monday: Buying a Business/Selling Your Business
Bill has an extensive background in small business lending in Southern Maryland, having held key management positions in both large and small commercial banks for 20 years. He is knowledgeable about financing options, loan structures, SBA loan programs including 7(a) and 504, financial projections, business evaluations, marketing and management assistance. His “hands-on” management in a true small business - a community bank – provided major insights. Bill joined the SBDC in May 2000. He has utilized his experience and expertise to benefit entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region.
Kathy MacAdams, Business Consultant, 
Regional Import/Export Specialist 
Learn more about Importing and Exporting

Kathy MacAdams has been a Business Consultant with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) since December 2010. Kathy is also a certified Export Specialist for Southern Maryland Region and assists businesses in Importing and Exporting to enhance their businesses potential. Kathy also enjoys her part time work at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she has been employed as a Teaching Assistant for the last nine years in the Business Graduate Program. Currently, she teaches Strategic Management and Managing People and Groups in the Global Workplace.
Wynne Briscoe, Business Consultant, Entrepreneur
 Subject for the day: " Creative Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses"

Wynne is a native of St. Mary’s County, an entrepreneur since the age of 7 and a forward thinking business pioneer. She is a graduate of University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Minor in Business and Concentration in Business Law. Wynne has 30 years of entrepreneurship and business ownership experience to include retail, professional services, technology and manufacturing. Through 15 years of successfully consulting with entrepreneurs, businesses and non-profit organizations, she is known for her creativity and innovation in the development of new businesses by offering in-depth experience and assisting them from concept to profitability.
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
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