Serving Baltimore City and Baltimore County in Maryland
I am committed to expanding the Maryland Small Business Development Center's services to assist Baltimore City and Baltimore County's entrepreneurs grow and sustain their businesses, says Funn.
Ms. Funn is a former restaurant and catering service owner of a waterside historic inn originally built in 1849 in Galesville, Maryland. Before stepping into her new role as Regional Director, Funn who resides in Baltimore County, Maryland, served as a business start-up specialist and Retail Revitalization Program Coordinator for Branch Avenue in Bloom – an award winning community based program that brought together resources, expertise and county support to revitalize a once-blighted business community. The program was recognized by the Prince George’s County Executive, the Prince George’s County Council, and the White House.
Funn is a graduate of Virginia State University whose work with the community has deep roots. She was a former business owner and main street manager in the town of Dundalk, MD. She has been recognized for her commitment to the community and small businesses throughout the state. She is a member of the Artubus Sustainable Advisory Committee and was appointed by Governor Hogan to the Chesapeake Conservation Corporation Advisory Board.
Funn has initiated a number of innovative programs and was named outstanding staff member by the University of Maryland. She also, received a citation from the city of Baltimore for the SBDC Women’s conference, and a citation for her work to bring an urban farm to the Branch Avenue in Bloom community project.
Sandra Conaway, HR Coordinator and Assistant Director with the MD Small Business Development Center. She brings over 20 years of knowledge and experience in business, management, and operations. She manages the overall administrative operations of the organization including: budgeting, assisting grant management, human resource management and is a management liaison for the Regional Director. She is consider the glue that holds the region together.
Prior to her role, Sandra was the office manager in which she provided a vast array of technical assistance services to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the Corridor and Baltimore Region. She takes pride in helping entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership and encouraging them to remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace.
In recognition to her years of services and dedication to the SBDC Sandra was awarded the Maryland State Star and was honored in 2006 at the National ASBDC Conference in Chicago, IL
Her involvement in helping develop Public Assistance to Entrepreneurship Program (PA2E) statewide in collaboration with MD Department of Human Services and the Department of Social Services, and MD SBDC. A valuable contribution to assist SNAP recipients to pursue their dreams of starting a business. Sandra leadership, commitment, and willingness to support the vision of the mission of the MD Small Business Development Center shows her excellence to strive for the accomplishment to assist all.
Soy de Venezuela, con más de 15 años de experiencia en la industria de la construcción y servicios públicos; ocupando roles en las áreas de seguridad laboral, recursos humanos y gestión de contratos.
Craig Panos has been a business consultant with the SBDC since 2007, with specialties in advanced technology commercialization, business finance and international trade.
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 multinational 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 had an impact in numerous success stories. He is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).
Craig holds a B.A. degree from Western Maryland College and an MBA from Cornell University.
Gabriel (Gabe) OMaru is a Business Consultant and International Trade Specialist 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, international market research and strategy, loan packaging, export logistics and compliance.
Gabe’s office is in the Earl Graves School of Business and Management at Morgan State University. Gabe has the prestigious NASBITE CGBP (Certified Global Business Professional) certification and has been awarded the Maryland SBDC State Star in 2018. Gabe grew up working for his parent’s retail business. He managed and run a family-owned venture while in college. He also briefly owned a retail business while living in Atlanta GA.
Gabe OMaru holds three degrees: a bachelor’s degree in Communications studies from the University of the District of Columbia a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Baltimore.
William (Bill) Freeman, Jr is a Business Consultant for the Baltimore Region of the Maryland Small Business Development Center (MD SBDC) working with clients and small businesses in the Baltimore City area. Additionally, he presents and facilitates various presentations/workshops on business start-ups and funding a business venture.
Bill provides no cost counseling services and market research to start-ups, potential and existing businesses in the Baltimore City community with more than twenty-five years of financial services experience, he offers expertise in: underwriting, commercial lending, small business development, financial analysis, and portfolio administration.
Prior to joining the Maryland SBDC, Bill was a VP, 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.