Maryland Small Business Development Center

Staff

Serving Anne Arundel, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's Counties in Maryland

Administration

Kyle Bayliss

Kyle Bayliss

Regional Director
Corridor Region

Email Me
301-403-8300 Ext 119

For over 30 years, Mr. Kyle Bayliss has been a thought leader in the areas of business management consulting, international business development, high-tech innovation and award-winning marketing strategy.

Mr. Bayliss is the Regional Director for the Maryland Small Business Development Center,Corridor Region, located at the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Maryland Baltimore. The region includes Montgomery, Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Howard counties and Baltimore City.

Mr. Bayliss holds an MBA from the University of Maryland University College of Management and Technology and a B.S. from Oklahoma State University with credentials in the University of Maryland Innovation Management, National Association of Seed and Venture Funds and the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer certification programs.

Sandra Conaway

Sandra Conaway

Assistant Director
Corridor Region

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410-706-5463

Sandra Conaway, Director of Finance & Administration and Assistant Director of the MD Central Region Small Business & Technical Development Center has been with the program since it was housed under the Department of Economic and Employment Development in the early 1990s. She brings over 20 years of knowledge in business and management. She manages the overall administrative operations of the organization including: budgeting, grant management, business planning, human resource management and is a management liaison for the Regional Director. She is considered the glue that holds the region together.

Prior to her role as Assistant Director, Sandra provided a vast array of technical assistance services to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the Central Region when she was the office manager. 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 creating wealth and job opportunities.

In recognition to her years of service and dedication to the SBTDC, Sandra was awarded the Maryland State Star for 2008 and was honored at the ASBDC conference in Chicago, IL. She serves on the Central Region Advisory Board as an advocate to develop a cooperative and supportive system for small businesses on issues impacting the local small business community. Sandra is always, eager and willing to share her knowledge, inspire excellence, and champion a compelling vision for the mission of the MD Small Business Technology and Development program.

Business Consultants

Brandon Mason

Brandon Mason

Business Consultant
Howard County - Corridor Region

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240-828-5224

Brandon is a successful entrepreneur with deep experience in start-ups, technology, government, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts and Math)-related job growth. Brandon is passionate about the sustainable growth of downtown and rural communities as well as working with entrepreneurs to achieve their goals. He serves as an SBDC expert in technology related businesses as a result of his extensive knowledge of patent-based technologies.

Brandon supports economic growth through workshops, networking events, one-on-one counseling, and maximizing resources for clients. He also assists with obtaining SBA loans for clients to finance their business, helping with patents and technology transfer, and attracting new businesses to Frederick and Howard Countues while helping existing businesses to be more successful. His primary focus is promoting job creation, business starts, sales growth, and capital infusion for small businesses. Brandon holds a master's degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a bachelors degree in Political Science focused on public policy from West Virginia University.

Candace Pruett

Candace Pruett

Business Consultant
Anne Arundel County - Corridor Region

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301-624-3528

Dr. Candace Pruett is a business consultant for the Maryland Small Business Development Center covering Anne Arundel County. Whether your early stage company is inventing technology that has never existed or expanding the scope of an application, she can assist you grow your entrepreneurial dream into a viable business venture. She has experience with assisting clients with projected cash flows, research, and business plans. Candace has been in two Business Plan competitions herself. She also has assisted clients for other entrepreneurial competitions including pitching sessions for clients who have entered in the television show Shark Tank. She also is involved with the Entrepreneurial Program at Anne Arundel Community College, where she also is an adjunct professor and judge for their annual business plan pitch competitions.

Candace has been awarded the SBDC State Star Award in 2017 recognized at the National ASBDC conference. She is also certified as a GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor and FranFit Advisor. Candace is an active participant in the Maryland Economic Development Association and a member of their Young Leaders Group. She also volunteers on the Career Advisory Board for Purdue School of Business at her alma mater, Salisbury University. Candace earned her Doctorate of Business Administration at the University of Maryland Global Campus (formerly known as University of Maryland University College. Candace received her Master of Business Administration and B.S. in Management from Salisbury University. Candace’s research interest is in generational studies revolving around how the culture of an organization impacts knowledge transfer.

Carmen Braxton

Carmen Braxton

Business Consultant
Corridor Region

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301-531-0328

Carmen Braxton is a business consultant for the Corridor Region of the Maryland Small Business Development Center. Carmen is a proven Executive with over 25 years of experience in business development, strategic sales and training in both the public and private sectors. Highly regarded, she has earned a professional reputation for providing skilled practical guidance, leadership development and effective strategic planning. She is also certified as a Growth Wheel Business Advisor.

Carmen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Phoenix.

Deidre Lee

Deidre Lee

Business Consultant
Prince Georges County - Corridor Region

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240-828-5223

Deidre Lee is a Small Business Consultant with significant experience in Operations and Financial Management. Prior to working with the Maryland Small Business Development Center, she owned and operated two Color Me Mine locations in the Washington, DC area (a franchise paint-your-own pottery studio). A strong believer in entrepreneurship and local ownership, Deidre has worked with several small businesses in strategic marketing, financial planning and operations excellence. Deidre received her MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park and her BA from the University of Virginia.

Lindsey Ashooh

Lindsey Ashooh

Business Consultant
Frederick County - Corridor Region

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301-531-0320

Lindsey Ashooh is a business consultant at the Maryland Small Business Development Center. She joined the SBDC in May of 2020 to provide support and advise on the latest resources available to COVID-19 impacted businesses. She has been helping business owners pivot their strategies and offerings to overcome challenges and pursue their goals of growth and profitability. She obtained her bachelors of business administration from James Madison University. She joins the SBDC with over 10 years’ experience in the professional services industry specializing in small business formation and management solutions. She is skilled in delivering support and proficiency in start-up processes, back-office operations, human resource & financial transactions, and corporate compliance.

Lindsey has a history of building impactful client relationships with both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies, maintaining collaborative partnerships with internal and external business associates, and delivering high value to clientele. With her extensive experience supporting entrepreneurs, freelancers, independent contractors and consultants, she has developed a passion to drive and guide these professionals to transform their specialties, expertise, and talent into successful, compliant, and profitable self-incorporated/small businesses.

Luis Diaz-Colorado

Luis Diaz-Colorado

Business Consultant
Anne Arundel County - Corridor Region

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301-531-0266

Luis Diaz-Colorado is a bilingual business consultant for Small Business Development Center serving Anne Arundel County. Located at the offices of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation in Annapolis. Luis counsel clients from their pre-venture stage, clients ready to open a business, and clients trying to enhance their current existing operations. Luis' own entrepreneurship spirit brings his commitment in helping his clients thrive and succeed. Luis has experience in assisting clients in developing their business ideas, assisting in obtaining required licenses or financing, monitoring their progression and providing them any support necessary for their success. Luis is a graduate of The American University and holds a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance 1988, and a bachelor's degree from The George Washington University with a degree in International Business in 1986. He worked for over 20 years in the banking and hospitality industries.

Marisela Villamil

Marisela Villamil

Business Consultant
Corridor Region

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301-802-1963

Villamil has served as the Marketing and Training Coordinator and Business Counselor the Maryland Small Business Development Center’s corridor Region, University Maryland. Villamil has been a Business Counselor focusing on the Hispanic Business Community for the total of 7 years. During this time achieved high results in clients opening business, number of loans, business increasing number of employees, total hours counseling and translating all documents from English to Spanish for Latino clients. Currently is project manager of MD SBTDC Hispanic Business Center.

Villamil selected to receive the "2009 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year Award" from the Small Business Administration.

Villamil received a national award in 2008 from the Small Business Administration for translating Form 641 from English to Spanish for use across the United States.

Villamil was recognized as the Regional Star for the corridor Region in 2008 based on her outstanding small business assistance performance and State Star in MD SBDC network in 2009.

In the past 7 years at the corridor Region SBDC Villamil has created excellent network relations with government and particularly with other Latino organizations in business, educative and community areas. Villamil has created strategic alliances to reach clients and advertise SBDC in Latino community using: TV, radio, newsletters, magazines and online websites that contribute to have extensive number of clients.

Villamil is participating in several activities, conferences, videos and meetings representing SBTDC corridor Region in an initiative from USA State Department to implement same model in Hispanic countries and create the global America SBDC for international trade. Collaborating in special with Salvador, Colombia and Peru.

Villamil has a certificate in Mediation from Montgomery College which assists her in serving the Latino community to solve conflicts and other issues between business partners.

Prior to joining the SBDC in 2006, Mrs.Villamil’s professional experience includes more that 27 years of business consulting and teaching at the University level in Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Paraguay.

Mrs. Villamil’s education includes a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s of Science in Finance from the University of Havana, in Cuba. She also has her Master’s in Administration of Research and Economic in Mexico and a Master’s of Pedagogy- Education from Pacific University in Paraguay.

Mrs. Villamil has written two books, developed educational materials and curriculum for projects with the Inter-American Development Bank and the European Union.

Mrs. Villamil was also the Manager of the Chaska South America, a company located in Peru, which focuses on exporting fine handcrafted products to European countries.

Mark Wells

Mark Wells

Business Consultant
Prince Georges County - Corridor Region

Email Me
240-714-7223

Business Consultant for the Small Business Development Center Of the University Of Maryland College Park.

Small Business Counselor for the Corridor Region for two years.

Previously a Small Business lender and Team Lead for twenty plus years.

BS from Bowie State University, Graduate Degree in finance from American Institute of Banking and an Omega Certificate in Accounting and commercial lending.

Naddia Clute

Naddia Clute

Business Consultant
Montgomery County - Corridor Region

Email Me
240-458-0046

Naddia Clute is a bilingual business consultant for the MD SBDC covering the area of Montgomery County. She brings over 10 years of hands-on working experience with small businesses in the area that include business administration, operations, accounting, financing, employee recruitment and human resource management. She joined the SBDC in September of 2020 to provide financial support to businesses impacted by Covid-19 and transition into Montgomery County mid-December.

Naddia provides a variety of support from a pre-venture business stage, ready to open for business, financing, clients ready to hire employees, clients looking to obtain minority certification with the state, accounting, and recordkeeping using QuickBooks. In addition, Naddia is very familiarized with different web applications that can help business owners in the area of business management, project management, time tracking of employees, proposal writing etc. Furthermore, Naddia's bilingual skills also allow her to support the MD SBDC Hispanic Business Center. Naddia is currently pursuing her BS in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from the University of Maryland - Global Campus.

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