Client Business Consultations

and Events




Forever Eden Organics

Awarded Governor's Citation Recognizing Small,
Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Homes

Featured by Charles County

Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts

Calvert County Chamber Member of the Year

Mully's Brewery

Calvert County Chamber New Business of the Year

Charles Street Bakery

Charles County

No Thyme to Cook

Calvert County


Calvert County, Winner 2nd Annual Crab Pot Pitch. Crab Pot is a joint venture of

Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology (SMIT) and PaxSpace

Physio Care Rehab and Wellness, Dr. Adu

Charles County



Investment Marketplace

3rd Annual July 2017

Eric Franklin CEO Accelerator:

Create Systemized Plan to Earn More

Mentoring Monday

1st Annual October 2016

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit

September 8th, 2016

Investment Marketplace

2nd Annual July 2016



Wynne Briscoe, Forever Eden Organics
Awarded Governor's Citation Recognizing Small, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses


Wynne was one of five Honorees that were awarded the Governor's Citation recognizing small, minority and women-owned businesses at the February 28, 2017, Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) workshop entitled Ready, Set, GROW! Nomination Submitted by: St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development.


Wynne Briscoe, co-founder of Forever Eden Organics, is a savvy and successful business woman who is dedicated to the Southern Maryland community. Her manufacturing business launched from her kitchen table in 2008 and has grown to  include 55 products sold nationally and internationally.  Read More


left Deputy Secretary Herb Jordan, Governor’s Office of
Minority Affairs center Wynne Briscoe, right Small
Business Outreach Manager, Eduardo D. Hayden,
Governor's Office of Minority Affairs



Posted by:Economic Development Team on Monday, April 24, 2017
When Kimberly Briscoe-Tonic, co-owner of Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Homes, first approached the Community Bank of the Chesapeake for a business loan in 2003, they recommended that she connect with the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Southern Region for help getting her business off the ground. Briscoe-Tonic began working extensively with the SBDC to draft a business plan for her Waldorf-based business, and was introduced to some of the training courses and workshops the SBDC offers.  Read the full story




Calvert County Chamber of Commerce

Heather Maertens

2016 “Chamber Member of the Year


On October 20, 2016, the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce recognized Heather Maertens, owner of Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts in Lusby MD, as the 2016 “Chamber Member of the Year”.


When initially considering this business idea, Heather Maertens utilized SBDC consulting assistance starting in February 2002.  Her skills and past experience in the industry put her in an excellent position to reach this goal.  In October 2002, the business opened in Solomons MD.  In late 2010, the business relocated to the current location in a new retail center just a few miles north in Lusby MD. *Located in the Lusby Commons Shopping Center (Giant), where HG Trueman and Rousby Hall roads meet.  We are across from Hallmark.


Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm

Friday   10am – 7pm

Saturday   10am – 4pm

Sunday   closed


Heather Maertens has continued interaction with the SBDC over the past 14 years. As a totally committed entrepreneur, Heather has also found key staff to support her business.  She effectively used her vision to create customized jewelry and has filled a market niche being based in southern Calvert County.  The 2016 Calvert Chamber Award recognizes her contributions to the business and local community that Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts serves. Shop


Back to Top



Calvert County Chamber of Commerce


2016 “New Business of the Year”


On October 20, 2016, the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce recognized Mully’s Brewery as the 2016 “New Business of the Year”.   That annual award recognizes a chamber member business which has been open less than 4 years.  Mully’s Brewery opened to the public in October 2013.  It is owned and operated by Jason and Cindy Mullikin. Located in Prince Frederick, MD.  About or to Contact


When first taking steps towards creating this business, Cindy Mullikin utilized SBDC pre-venture training in January 2011 and the Mullikin’s have interacted with the SBDC since the initial business consulting session in May 2011.


As totally committed entrepreneurs with a vision to transform from home brewing, the Mullikin’s became very “industry educated”, commercial equipment educated, thoroughly researched zoning regulations and studied location options.  They also networked to obtain industry insights, both before opening and since starting operations, from other craft beer business owners, including another Maryland SBDC Client.


Back to Top





Charles Street Bakery and Cafe offers a variety of products for breakfast and lunch -but the key to success has been quality cakes and customer service. Special occasion and wedding cakes have been the "staple" item for the past 14 years. Located at 507 Charles Street, La Plata, MD


Monday - Friday 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday - Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday - We are closed.

Prior to starting this business, Deborah attended the SBDC Southern Region "Start Right for Success" seminar in January 2002. She then became a Client in Feb 2002, found a space and started doing her buildout. In Late April 2002, La Plata was hit by an F4 tornado that significantly damaged the central business district where she was locating, thus delaying her plans. The business finally opened in October 2002.

Business Consultant Bill Hitte has been working with Deborah consistently for the full 14 years. SBDC assistance has included general management, marketing and obtaining financing via a Charles County Economic Development local loan in mid-2014.

In 2015 and again in 2016, Charles Street Bakery was awarded the customer­voted "5-Star Award" in the "Best Wedding Cake" category.


The business now has 3 full time staff and 4 part time staff. More significantly, over the past 3 years (2013 thru 2015), the business has increased revenues each year, averaging an annual 8.5% increase. Overall, annual revenues increased by 27.8% from 2012 to 2015  Contact.


Back to Top


Chef Gwyn Novak, Owner of No Thyme to Cook was recently chosen to participate in Gov. Larry Hogan's Buy Local Cookout. As one of 117 chefs chosen to participate in this event, Gwyn prepared and served over 550 guests' an appetizer consisting of grilled peaches, toasted pecans and goat cheese salad with a honey and orange vinaigrette. As part of the "Buy Local Theme", Gwyn used lettuce sourced from Farming for Hunger. All of the chosen recipes for this event (including Gwyn's appetizer) can be found in the 2016 Maryland 
Buy Local Cookout 



The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) commends Chef Gwyn's participation in this event to encourage Marylanders to "Buy Local and Support Small Business".

If you are interested in learning more about the cooking classes or personal chef services offered at No Thyme to Cook, please visit their website at:  or contact Gwyn at 443.624.5048.


Back to Top


Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is proud to share that Michael Steele, Owner of Motorbriiz, is the winner of the 2nd Annual Crab Pot Pitch. Crab Pot is a joint venture of the Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology (SMIT) meetup and PaxSpace. Crab Pot 2016 is a Southern Maryland Pitch Contest that was held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. 


Mr. Steele's innovation is a motorcycle chain oiler that is easy to install, easy to use, and environmentally friendly. The Motorbriiz oiler is powered by the most plentiful resource available to a motorcycle, the wind. By participating in Crab Pot and other technology based opportunities, Mr. Steele hopes to work towards a more expansive distribution channels. Mr. Steele is also aware that idea pitches are critical to the growth of  any business, but especially startups. Pitches are used to make sales, obtain financing, and build relationships. By participating in this opportunity, Mr. Steele has developed, refined and perfected a pitch that can be used to grow his business.


Mr. Steele won the pitch by being evaluated on the following criteria:


Viability of the Business Concept: "How mature is the plan?"

Degree of Innovation: "How novel is the idea?"

Quality of the Pitch: "How well is the plan presented?"

Economic Impact: "What is the potential impact on our community?"

As the winner of the contest, Mr. Steele won a cash prize as well as a bushel of local Southern Maryland crabs!


To learn more about Motorbriiz, please visit their website at



Mr. Steele!


Back to Top










EFEA Investment Marketplace 2017

2nd Dates For Everyone! Thank You for making the 3rd Annual Investment Marketplace a Success! What Great Energy All of You Brought last week to our 3rd Annual EFEA Investment Marketplace! We have been over the evaluations and have overwhelmingly positive responses! 42 said yes, they would do it again! All entrepreneurs said yes, they got a second date! 29 Ranked the event as 5 Very Satisfied 12 Ranked the event as 4 Satisfied If an entrepreneur needs help with their business plan, please keep in mind that SBDC offers an excellent 5 hour class for writing a business plan. You can see our list of classes ongoing As always SBDC Consultants are available to preview loan applications with the entrepreneur before they visit a loan office to save time and make sure the applicant has all the necessary paperwork. Just call 301-934-7583. We look forward to working with you in the coming year. Save the date! July 12, 2018: 4th Annual Eric Franklin Entrepreneurial Accelerator Investment Marketplace! With Calvert County Government, Calvert County, Maryland, Charles County Economic Development, St. Mary's County Government, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Maryland Department of Commerce, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, SONABank, Meridian Management Group, Maryland Partners Bank, M&T Bank, Maryland Technology Development Corporation - TEDCO, FSC First
Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and indoor
Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and indoor
Image may contain: 1 person, standing
Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people standing
Image may contain: 4 people, people sitting and shoes Image may contain: 9 people, people smiling, people sitting
Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people sitting
Image may contain: 3 people, people sitting and indoor
Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling
Image may contain: 6 people, people smiling, people sitting


Back to Top


October 25-28, 2016

Eric Franklin CEO Accelerator: Create Systemized Plan to Earn More (Part 1) & Build Effective Processes to Work Less & Build Equity to Sell (Part 2). For 36 hours, business owners with revenue more than $500k, worked with peers of non-competing firms and certified executive coaches to master proven strategies that will increase profits and create a business that works without the owner. 4 Full Days: Oct 25 - Fri. Oct 28 This was an excellent class with 18 CEOs from all over Maryland! For details regarding upcoming classes click here.


Back to Top


Monday, October 17, 2016


Thank you Mentoring Monday Mentors:



Thank you attendees for participating and completing an exit evaluation - Here are the Results:


Session Mentoring Monday Date: 17‐Oct‐16

2400 Invites were emailed Twice 403 Opened
10 Unsubscribed
46 Registered to attend 26 Attended
12 Answered parts of the evaluation

How did you learn of this event (check all that apply)?
SBA: 1 Person
Chamber of Commerce: 3 People

SBDC Website: 3 People
Other: 4 People (1 Networking Group; 1 Kathy MacAdams (SBDC Consultant); 1 Facebook)
Internet/email: 4 People


(Please use the following scale to indicate your response to the statements below:
SA=strongly agree, A=Agree, N=neither agree/disagree; D=Disagree, SD=Strongly Disagree

12 People Agreed or Strongly Agreed that "The information was presented effectively."


12 People Strongly Agreed that "The information presented was practical."

12 People Agreed or Strongly Agreed that "The program provided a good working knowledge of the subject matter presented."

10 People Agreed or Strongly Agreed that "The program has allowed me to acquire practical skills/knowledge to manage my business"


12 People Strongly Agreed that "The program I attended was worth my time and investment"

Back to Top



Entrepreneurship and Innovation Summit
September 8th, 2016


The Small Business Development Center at the College of Southern Maryland thanks you for participating in the September 8, 2016 Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit (EIS)  

Continuing this conversation is critical to our region.  I have tallied early survey results:

99 Were Registered (including staff and facilitators).
  6 Registered at the door.
81 Attended (including staff and facilitators).
59 Emails with survey link and presenter slides were sent 9/12.
29 Were opened
12 Surveys were completed online 
11 hard copy surveys were completed

Industries Attending:
  4.35% Aerospace
21.74% Business Support
13.04% Education
  4.35% Government
13.04% Manufacturing
17.39% Non-profit
  8.7%   Retail and Consumer Durables
  4.35% Telecommunications, Technology
13.04% Other

61.56% Strongly Agreed or Agreed that The information was presented effectively.
61.97% Strongly Agreed or Agreed that This summit successfully identified this regions' preparedness or challenges to support entrepreneurial innovations.
56.61% Strongly Agreed or Agreed that This summit addressed how to connect key elements and this regions' strengths to support entrepreneurial innovations.
53.24% Strongly Agreed or Agreed that There were good discussions about how to harness this regions' entrepreneurial innovations, cultivate talent, and generate investment to further economic development.
53.85% Strongly Agreed or Agreed that There were clear methods presented for defining success, examining what's important and how to measure it.
81.82% Very Satisfied / Satisfied with the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit

Compiling these results will further the energy that was ignited as we came together at the EIS.  

We sincerely look forward to this Region's future growth,
The Small Business Development Center



Pictures from Entrepreneurship and Innovation Summit
September 8th, 2016









Back to Top



73 Registered

34 Attended


"Lenders Lounge" met with attending entrepreneurs and discussed financing growth and start-ups.  The "Lenders Lounge" was made up of:


5 Resource Partners:

  • Calvert County Economic Development
  • Charles County Economic Development
  • St. Mary's County Economic Development
  • SBA - Small Business Administration
  • Federal Reserve


3 Non-traditional Lenders / Investors

  • Titan Gemini Group. LLC.


6 Lenders

  • Community Bank of the Chesapeake
  • M&T Bank
  • Maryland Partners Bank
  • MMG (Meridian Management Group)
  • PNC Bank
  • World Business Lenders


What did attendees say?


 Back to Top


Back to Top













Southern Region

Your Local SBDC

Regional Offices

Your Local SBDC

Statewide Services

Grow Smart, Already In Business
Smart Start, Getting Started
Calendar for Event/Training
Special Programs
Virtual classroom