Maryland Small Business Development Center

Southern Upcoming Events

Serving Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's Counties in Maryland


Click images for more information and to register: Feb 27, Start Right for Success; Mar 1, Ready, Set, Go! How to Start a Business; Mar 6 & 13, Building a Successful Business Plan. The first 2 classes will benefit the StartUp. Building a Successful Business Plan benefits both StartUp and Existing Business Owners.  Having a dynamic, working business plan will help you evolve and grow your business.


Click image to Visit Southern Region Events Calendar for more information.  Choose the date and/or location that works for you and register: Feb 28,  Mar 1,  Mar 8, Project Open DOORS Information Sessions in each So MD County.  

Eligibility Requirements
Getting Started as a Contractor

Mar 15, 2018• 10am

Register to Attend


Launch Accelerator

Develop Strategically a Profitable Business that Can Work Without the Owner

18 Total Hours Designed for Pre & Early Owners

  • 2 Saturdays (8:30am-5:30pm) at College of Southern Maryland Regional Hughesville Center (Hughesville, MD): April 14 & April 21

Normal Cost: $790

Reduced to $250 For Maryland Residents


Coming July 12, 2018, The EFEA 4th Annual Investment Marketplace
The EFEA 3rd Annual Investment Marketplace innovative and unique event bringing together lenders, existing and emerging business owners, and entrepreneurial resources from across the state to discuss plans for growth and financing options. Last year's entrepreneurs presented their case to over 15 lenders in less than 60 minutes!


Mentoring Monday 2018 Date to be Determined
You're Invited to Mentoring Monday
Presented by the Eric Franklin Entrepreneurial Accelerator (EFEA)
Eric Franklin Accelerator
The strongest vision is a shared vision and The Eric Franklin Entrepreneurial Accelerator (EFEA) vision is to create an economically viable entrepreneur ecosystem in Southern Maryland. Our first step to building an entrepreneurial ecosystem is to raise awareness about the strong, local businesses in our area. These businesses preserve community character, enhance the quality of life, strengthen community networks, and create job opportunities.
A key part of our vision is to partner with resources that small businesses need to grow. Local leaders must reach out to key stakeholders to identify community assets, including individuals, organizations, businesses, institutions, and physical resources The Eric Franklin Entrepreneurial Accelerator (EFEA) is inviting you to partner with us to support and participate in a local event that promotes business growth and expansion in the Southern Maryland Community.

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