Calvert County Chamber Member of the Year
Calvert County Chamber New Business of the Year
Calvert County, Winner 2nd Annual Crab Pot Pitch. Crab Pot is a joint venture of
Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology (SMIT) and PaxSpace
Create Systemized Plan to Earn More
1st Annual October 2016
September 8th, 2016
2nd Annual July 2016
FINE JEWELRY & GIFTS
Calvert County Chamber of Commerce
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) commends Chef Gwyn's participation in this event to encourage Marylanders to "Buy Local and Support Small Business".
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 athttps://www.motobriiz.com/
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.
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
SBDC Website: 3 People
(Please use the following scale to indicate your response to the statements below:
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"
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Summit
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
21.74% Business Support
8.7% Retail and Consumer Durables
4.35% Telecommunications, Technology
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
"Lenders Lounge" met with attending entrepreneurs and discussed financing growth and start-ups. The "Lenders Lounge" was made up of:
5 Resource Partners:
3 Non-traditional Lenders / Investors
What did attendees say?