Maryland Small Business Development Center

Lead Center

Staff

Lora Brown

Administration
Lead Center Region


Lora is the Interim State Director of the Maryland SBDC

Sandy Mehalko

Sandy Mehalko

Assistant Director
Lead Center Region

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Sandy is a native western Pennsylvanian but has lived in several Maryland cities. She has over 20 years of experience starting and running small businesses, has a B.S. in biology/medical technology and worked in several clinical laboratories. She then got involved in the business side of health care and earned an MBA and then helped people create marketing materials in the health care field. She then began a direct mail advertising franchise. She has been buying and selling her own businesses for years, and then became a business broker to help others sell their businesses. She completed her MBA from Frostburg and her Doctorate in Management at the University of Maryland University College.  She also recently completed a M.S. in Learning Design and Technology. She is currently serving as the Interim Deputy Director for the Maryland SBDC.

Sandra Conaway

Sandra Conaway

Administration
Lead Center Region

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Sandra Conaway is the HR Coordinator 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.

Glenna Cush

Training and Marketing
Lead Center Region


Glenna is the Marketing Director for the Maryland SBDC
Diane McFarland

Diane McFarland

Training and Marketing
Lead Center Region

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Diane comes to us with an educational background having been a teacher and an administrator. Her educational background includes a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Having worked in real estate services and sales, Diane has a varied background of experiences that compliments the Training, Marketing, and Intake Coordinator position. She is setting up a variety of training classes to help business owners and future business owners.

Russell Teter

Russell Teter

Training and Marketing
Lead Center Region

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Russell C. Teter III has been with the SBDC for 14 years as of this July. He was promoted to Director of the Northern Maryland Small Business Development Center Network in 2003. Russell has personally aided over 13,000 entrepreneurs in improving their economic situation; his assistance has led to the acquisition of tens of millions in equity/debt financing as well as the creation and retention of thousands of jobs. Three of the last seven "Maryland Small Business Person of the Year" were his clients. In 2008, he received the U.S. Small Business Administration "Innovator & Excellence" Award for Maryland. In 2006 he was officially recognized by Maryland’s Governor and Lieutenant Governor for "[creating] legacy wealth for the minority community by encouraging minority entrepreneurs to be stronger leaders and advocates within their community.” He is also the 2010 Maryland Minority Business Advocate of the Year. Prior to the SBDC, he worked in Chamber management, served in the first class of Americorps, as a legislative aid on Capitol Hill, staff accountant at a CPA firm, consultant on various economic development projects and assisted in the development of leadership material for a non-profit.

Articles Russell has written for small business owners include The 8 Attitudes to Be a Successful Entrepreneur, Lessons on Entrepreneurism from Martin Luther King, Jr., and Do you own your business or does your business own you?. Mr. Teter has an M.B.A. in Technology Management and is certified by the Kauffmann Foundation (the world’s largest foundation for entrepreneurship) as a TechVenture instructor, certified NxLevel trainer and trained FrankinCovey facilitator. He has been adjunct faculty at Harford Community College and Baltimore Christian College.

Specialization:

  • Strategic Growth Management
  • Marketing/Sales

J. Garrett Glover

Business Consultant
Lead Center Region

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Senior Business Specialist- Retail and Restaurant

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