Serving Baltimore City and Baltimore County in Maryland
Craig Panos has been a business counselor with the SBDC since 2007. In the 25 years prior to his joining the SBDC, Craig held management and executive positions in the technology, real estate and database marketing industries - most recently as Director of Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Owings Mills-based Noospherics Technologies, Inc. As a multi-national business owner himself since 1981, and having been involved with small business operations since the age of 15, Craig has watched many businesses succeed and has been a high-impact team player in many success stories. He is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), and holds a B.A. degree from Western Maryland College and an MBA from the Cornell University Johnson School of Management.
Gabe Omaru is a Business Consultant based at the UMB and MSU centers. In this capacity he assists local and global firms. Gabe consults with potential and current small business owners on issues such as business planning, financial planning, marketing plan development, local and international market research and strategy, loan packaging, export logistics and compliance etc. Gabe also teaches various seminars in the Baltimore city areas, all for the purpose of facilitating startup and growth.
Gabe was the mastermind that forged a strong relationship between MDSBDC and Morgan State University in 2015. Since then MDSBDC has held an office Center within the Earl Graves School of Business and Management at Morgan State University. Gabe has been awarded the SBDC State Star Award and was recognized at the National ASBDC Conference in Washington D.C. His numerous certifications include the Growth Wheel, Fran Fit, SBA Export Counselor certifications etc... Moreover, Gabe has been awarded the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship award by the Sigma Nu Tau National Entrepreneurship Honor Society and he is an active member at the Morgan State University Chapter.
He grew up working for his parent’s retail business. He managed and co-run a family owned venture while in college. Prior to joining SBDC, Gabe worked in the private sector as a marketing associate, a customer relations specialist and as a mid-level manager within the airline industry. Later in his career, Gabe worked in the retail and hospitality industry in a variety of sales and supervisory roles.
Gabe OMaru holds a Bachelor degree in Mass Media and Communications from the University of the District of Columbia a Master's of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Baltimore.
Bill Freeman is a Business Consultant for the Corridor Region of the Maryland Small Business Development Center working with clients and businesses in the Baltimore City area. Additionally, Bill presents and facilitates various presentations/workshops on business start-ups and funding a business venture. He is housed at the GRID (Graduate Research Innovation District) on Baltimore’s west side. The GRID is a space where start-ups, students, faculty, staff, entrepreneurs, and businesses connect to bring ideas to advance change through education, training and funding opportunities.
Bill provides no cost counseling services and market research to start-ups, potential and existing businesses in the Baltimore City community. Other services he provides includes; developing and updating business plans, creating marketing strategies, identifying and accessing sources of capital, 8(a) & MBE application reviews, preparing loan funding packages, and refining other business services as required. With more than twenty years of financial services experience, he offers expertise in: underwriting, commercial lending, small business development, financial analysis and portfolio administration.
Prior to joining the SBDC, Bill was a Commercial Relationship Manager for SunTrust Bank, and First Union Bank. Earlier in his career, he held mid-level positions at several highly regarded national/regional banking institutions in the Baltimore-Washington area. He has extensive experience working with small businesses, as well as, community based and nonprofit organizations.
Bill began his banking career as an Assistant National Bank Examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency, United States Treasury Department. In that capacity, he examined National Banks throughout the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware.
He earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a minor in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University.