Maryland Small Business Development Center

Southern Success Stories

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

RYG Light - SoMD Inventor - 1st Place

Lowell Cade’s invention of the RYG Light, a portable, handheld device is used to control pedestrian and auto traffic. His patented device won first place in the 2018 Southern Maryland Innovation and Tech (SMIT) Initiative finals of the 4th annual Crab Pot Pitch Contest.

Wear Your Spirit Warehouse Grows with help from SBDC

Wear Your Spirit Warehouse's Ali Banholzer Grows Her Business with Assistance from Small Business Development Center at College of Southern Maryland. Business Grew by More Than 60 Percent Since Move One year ago, Ali Banholzer of Huntingtown was at a turning point with her business. Banholzer owns Wear Your Spirit Warehouse, a small, local business that creates personalized, promotional gear like T-shirts, mugs, hats, banners and more, much of which is for area school teams and clubs, youth sports teams and …

The Good Earth Natural Foods Co. Owner connects with SBDC and turns tiny business into a local Star.

SBDC Offers Free Assistance, Advice and Resources

Eighteen years ago, Valerie Deptula was considering whether to buy a small natural food store in Leonardtown. Would it be a good investment? What were her chances of success? Once Deptula received the store’s cash flow statement, her first move was to take the report to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Charles Street Bakery and Cafe - Since taking SBDC's "Start Right for Success" class in 2002 Deborah Taylor has worked with SBDC and realizes new successes each year.

It was 2002 when Deborah Taylor attended SBDC's Start Right for Success class. One week later she met with Business Consultant, Bill Hitte. Deborah came to the meeting with industry experience, a business plan including researched startup costs, a tentative location and family support.

One week later she met with Business Consultant, Bill Hitte. Deborah came to the meeting with industry experience, a business plan including researched startup costs, a tentative location and family support.

BEKÔZ they saw that regular SBDC Business Consultations were key - they now have a strong business plan, and stronger goals and processes.

Although this is a relatively new business, BEKÔZ has wasted no time in fulfilling their mission of being a business that is willing to tackle any challenge; no job is too small or too big as long as it has a cause and mission to reach others.

From the beginning, Glynis and Sheebah recognized that in order to succeed and grow they needed help along the way.

Brakish Waters - SBDC Consulting - Smooth Sailing

Kathy MacAdams, SBDC Consultant began working with Rachel and her husband Kevin in December 2016. Brackish Waters opened its doors to the public on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

When Fran's NU Image Medical Lab sought a new owner in 2008, SBDC, a trusted advisor of 6 years, was consulted

When it came time to find a special person to be the new owner in 2008, then owners confided in their SBDC Business Consultant, Bill Hitte. They had been relying on SBDC for advice and education to grow Fran's NU Image since 2001. It was a natural progression and a great fit for another SBDC Client, Mimi Quade. With full disclosure, SBDC Consultant, Bill Hitte, was able to help bring both parties together.

Expert Tailor seeks Expert Advice finds SBDC Business Consultant

Pedro Lopez has always had a passion for quality clothing and to help people "look good".

Mully’s Brewery in Calvert County: Path to 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.

Heather Maertens 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”.

Motorbriiz Wins 2nd Annual Crab Pot Pitch

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is proud to share that Michael Steele, Owner of Motorbriiz, is the winner of 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 is a Southern Maryland Pitch Contest that was held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.

No Thyme to Cook participates in Gov. Larry Hogan's Buy Local Cookout

Chef Gwyn Novak, Owner of No Thyme to Cook was recently chosen to participate in Gov. Larry Hogan's Buy Local Cookout.

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