Maryland Small Business Development Center

Success Stories

The Maryland SBDC has helped many Maryland small businesses achieve their dream of starting or expanding their business.

Shepherds Old Field Market

Gerrie LHeureux has been working with Wynne Briscoe of the Small Business Development Center since April 2017 from the beginning stages of business planning to the grand opening events. We are focusing on the strategic marketing, growth and expansion of the business.

Southern Region

Windmill Creek Vineyard and Winery, Inc.

Check out the newest addition to the Maryland wine scene!

Eastern Region

Bone Sigh Arts

Terri St. Cloud found that she had a passion for short writings which would help women with "emotional healing" concerning challenges in their lives. She called them "Bone Sighs", so she started Bone Sigh Arts in April 2002. She also found that she had a streak of "artistic creativity" which adapted well to complement

Southern Region

No Thyme To Cook

No Thyme to Cook began as a personal chef service in 1999. Owned and operated by Gwyn Novak, it provides in-home personalized gourmet meals to clients, and has evolved to include a robust series of seasonal cooking classes and additional streams of income. Beautifully situated on the Patuxent River in the heart of Solomons Island

Southern Region

My Backyard, LLC

Maureen Kennedy had a dream to open a store based on her passion for the outdoors and nature. She turned her dream into a reality when she launched My Backyard, LLC where she brings her knowledge and love for outdoor life to beautiful Ocean Pines, MD.

Eastern Region

SBDC SoMD Technology Consultant

Wynne Briscoe, Business Consultant So MD SBDC, discusses the various avenues for drone companies to monetize as a business, work in their niches, and create income streams.

Southern Region

RYG Light

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.

Southern Region

Therapeutic Massage and Wellness

"As I entered into the program . . . I thought of Mr. Hitte's advice - and how right he was! got the experience I needed to run a spa from the ground up and acquired my aesthetician's license for the State of Maryland in May 2016. In Sept 2016, I opened my business. In July 2017 I had the chance to re-connect with [Bill] . . . a consulting session in mid-August. After those discussions, I emailed [Bill] "I cannot believe I didn't reach out to you sooner."

Southern Region

Prompt Occupational Health Care

Here is what Mrs. Belinda had to say about her experience with the SBDC. “Mr. Del Gallo along with Al Henry were instrumental in helping me with my business plan and connecting me to a bank. They were eager to help a small business, like mine. The support and guidance I received forming the vision for Prompt Occupational Healthcare made the loan process bearable.”

Northern Region

Vegun Nutrition

Derrell Lee and John Pace are U.S. Military Veterans who graduated from Harford Community College. They are two passionate entrepreneurs with a passion for healthy living and fitness. They came up with a revolutionary idea that they knew would be a success. However, before pursuing this venture head-first, they sought advice on how to properly format their business and construct a business plan to enable them to receive the financing needed.

Northern Region


Early 2015 after being first denied a business loan to start a restaurant, Flavor owners Julia and Vanna came to the Baltimore city SBDC Center for assistance and guidance to secure a business loan and launch their ‘lifetime’ dream: a full upscale restaurant.

Corridor Region

Wear Your Spirit Warehouse

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 …

Southern Region

The Good Earth Natural Foods Co.

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)

Southern Region

Charles Street Bakery and Cafe

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.

In their first meeting Bill Hitte learned more about Deborah's experience, plan, research, and intended location. Bill provided additional insights and considerations and gave Deborah some homework - the business plan was still in her head and they needed it in writing to . . .

Southern Region


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.

Southern Region

Italian Custom Tailors

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

Southern Region

Brackish Waters

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. Brackish Water’s offers quality surf, snow & skate equipment and . . .

Southern Region

Irish Seams

Elizabeth Mason, President/Founder, affectionately known as “BJ”, with motivation and information from attending the classes at the SBDC and coaching from Melissa Dent, Business Consultant, restarted Irish Seams as an LLC in 2013. Initially, BJ had been working the business as a hobby and a sole proprietorship, since 2009.

Corridor Region

Monitor Beyond Limits Inc.

Richard (Rich) Jones and Timothy (Tim) Williams became a client of Al Henry and Ryan Del Gallo at the Small Business Development Center in October of 2015 when they dove into the idea of opening a government contracting based logistics company. When it comes to experience, Rich and Tim do not fall short. Rich has over 14 years of experience with top contracting companies such as Northrop Grumman, DS2, URS, and Data Monitor System. Tim is an accomplished and adaptable leader with 25 plus years of service in the United States Army, focused on transitioning managerial and organizational skills to a position guiding operations and training programs.

Northern Region

Douglas Security Technologies

Randy Douglas, the founder of Douglas Security Technologies LLC, is an inventor from Aberdeen, MD who contacted the Northern Region of Maryland SBDC with the hopes of bringing his patented mobile technology to market. With the help of SBDC counselors and an SBDC event, Douglas is closer to his dream than he ever expected.

Northern Region


When Regina “Gina” Della’s brother, Rich, was struck head-on by a drunk driver in 2002, he was placed in a coma and deemed paralyzed. Although doctors recommended cutting off life-support, Gina refused to give up. Gina spent months researching and investigating recovery methods. Against all odds and with family support, Rich miraculously recovered due to a unique device called Quadriciser and intense one-on-one therapeutic exercises that Gina was able to utilize for her brother. After being an eye witness to her brother’s advances, Gina desired to bring the benefits of the Quadriciser and therapeutic rehabilitation to others who have been suffering from severe physical disabilities. The Quadriciser creates a cross-crawl pattern using all four limbs which results in stimulation of the brain and muscle function.

Northern Region

Galvinell Meat Company

Jennifer and Dan McGrath are the owners of Galvinell Meat Company which has been a staple in the Cecil County, MD community since it was founded in 1967. When the SBDC was called into Galvinell’s in early 2015, owners Jennifer and Dan were feeling overwhelmed with the mounds of work to be done and workplace organization. Being an old school butcher shop today is more difficult than what one may think: competition, diet fads, and rising cost of goods is something that affects their business every day.

Northern Region

Fran's Nu Image Mastectomy Salon

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 . . .

Southern Region

TENAX Technologies

Tamera Rush became a client of Al Henry at the Small Business Development Center in
February of 2014 as she became interested in purchasing an existing technology company in
Harford County. The company was appealing to Tamera because she had a background in technology with the confidence to grow the business and make the acquisition successful. The established company had several 1099 employees and government contracts in place. With the help of Mr. Henry, she knew she could develop a business plan to grow the company.

Northern Region

A Little Bit Sheepish

Brenda Trice has been crocheting most of her life, and knitting for several years. A former teacher, she came to the Maryland Small Business Development & Technology Center-Eastern Region at Salisbury University (SBDTC) last August for direction in opening her own yarn shop in historic downtown Berlin, MD, a major tourist destination site just 15 minutes west of Ocean City.

Eastern Region

Edel’s Bridal Boutique

Edel became a client of Al Henry at the Small Business Development Center in August of 2014 with the vision of purchasing a bridal shop. After weeks of going through the processes of investigating an established business and working closely with Mr. Henry, it was determined that the business in question was not financially stable. Thankfully, Edel was able to move on and changed her business plan to opening her own bridal boutique from the ground up.

Northern Region

Mully's Brewery

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.

Southern Region


So MD 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

Southern Region

Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts

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”.

Southern Region

McClintock Distillery

McClintock Distillery is scheduled to open Spring 2016 with the cooperative efforts of the city of Frederick and the Frederick SBDC. The new owners want to continue the legacy of McClintock Young by restoring a 5,000 square foot downtown location to produce craft gin, vodka, and rum, followed by whiskey in the next two years.

Western Region

Keffa Coffee

Keffa Coffee, LLC is importers of specialty-grade Ethiopian coffee, headquartered near the Port of Baltimore. We are proud to offer the most extraordinary and unique selection of Ethiopian coffees. With our strong commitment to sustainability, transparency, and the improvement of farmer livelihoods, our business focuses on the needs of our partners--specialty growers at origin and roasters in the United States who share our commitment and our passion for great coffee.

Corridor Region

KOL Foods

As she has stated, Devora Kimelman-Block became a businesswoman by chance. An idea for a business dropped into her lap and she decided to quit her non-profit job in the education sector and take a chance with the new business venture. KOL Foods, Devora’s company, is selling Kosher grass fed beef, and other Kosher animal products on line. She has established suppliers in the USA and in foreign markets. She established a fulfillment location in Pennsylvania. She has grown her revenues each year in business.

Corridor Region

Communication Apptitude

Communication Apptitude’s owners first came to the SBTDC in April 2013 for business plan training. Additional needs including some special business needs surfaced and were addressed in subsequent business counseling sessions.

Corridor Region

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