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.
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.
Baltimore - Baltimore Region
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.
Baltimore City - Baltimore Region
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.
Baltimore City - Baltimore Region
Ivie brings a wealth of entrepreneurial experience which he gained by establishing a food startup while pursuing his MBA at Howard University. Having worn multiple hats in for-profit and nonprofit sectors, Ivie offers innovative insight and creative problem-solving skills with entrepreneurs. Additionally, Ivie helps entrepreneurs focus on creating and sustaining business models developed through an experiential learning approach. His passion is seeing pivotal growth from all sides and angles by utilizing technology and intellectual property to scale higher. Away from the business world, you may find Ivie reading dystopian novels.