Maryland Small Business Development Center

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Serving Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's Counties in Maryland

Chesapeake Staging & Interiors with a little help from SBDC their Stage is Set for Success

Chesapeake Staging & Interiors with a little help from SBDC their Stage is Set for Success

Kera has been working with Small Business Development Center since February 2016 from the beginning stages of her business to the grand opening events. We are now focusing on the strategic marketing, growth and expansion of the business.

SBDC Areas of Assistance:

1. Business Planning

2. Organized Workflow and Productivity

3. Strategic Marketing and Target Audience

4. Management Consulting

5. Diversification of Products and Services

6. Accounting and Cash Flow Management

7. Stakeholder and Resources

8. Community Impact and Involvement

9. Growth Planning

Kera Cherrey has grown from working as an employee of an interior design store to owning her own interior design and staging business with three employees in less than 5 years. During this time, she has obtained her Maryland Home Improvement Contractors License which allows her to offer renovations and home remodeling services to her clients.

Last year during the Annual Business Showcase, Kera was honored by the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce as the Winner of the 2018 Emerging Business Award. The Emerging Business Award has the following criteria: Chamber member, At least one year in business but not more than four, Demonstrated growth in customers, revenue and number of employees, Recognized for excellence in their industry, Innovative and creative product customer service management, staff development or marketing practices, Imaginative and able to remain competitive and Involvement in the community.

Chesapeake Staging and Interiors was awarded the Real Estate Staging Association Top Ten Rising Star Home Stagers of the year 2017. Kera was honored to be among the Real Estate Staging Industry's Most Influential People by the Real Estate Staging Association in 2018 and nominated again in 2019.

“I’m so excited to see how Kera has grown so quickly, both personally and professionally. To launch and scale her business with a range of offerings in such a short time while continuing to provide quality service is a great achievement. We are looking forward to her 5 year business anniversary in March 2020 and we celebrate with her the continued success!” says Wynne Briscoe, SBDC Consultant.

Posted: September 12, 2019

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