Small Business

Development Center of the

Southern Maryland Region



The Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Southern Region, provides Training and Counseling services to new and existing businesses.  Designed for all stages of business development, themed workshops range from business planning, to how to comply with legal and tax issues.  To the right is a link to our local training seminars.


Mission:  To provide proven, expert advice and training to current and

aspiring small businesses in Maryland.  We do this with integrity, one

business at a time, through a network of knowledgeable, professional

staff and engaged stakeholders.  We provide guidance in the areas of

money, management, and marketing.  Our efforts result in successful

businesses that create economic impact and a better quality of life in

our communities.


Vision:  To be the preferred resource partner for small business's success.


Regional Office in Charles County: 301-934-7583

Calvert County Office: 410-535-4583 Ext. 2726

St. Mary's County Office: 301-475-4200 Ext. 1687

SBDC SHA BDAP: 301-539-4687

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Southern Region: Staff Bios


Ellen Flowers-Fields - Regional Director

Regional Headquarters: 301-934-7580

La Plata Campus of the

College of Southern Maryland - Host

8730 Mitchell Rd

PO Box 910, La Plata, MD  20646


Ellen holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree

in marketing and business management from Pace

University in New York. She also has extensive background in work-

force development and human capital management. In addition,

Ellen has over 20 years of experience in program management,

grant writing, financial management and technical assistance.

Ellen holds a Global Career Development Facilitator Certification

from the Center for Credentialing & Education. She is a current

commercial retail business owner.


Bill Hitte, Business Consultant,

Business and Financial Specialist

Regional Headquarters: 301-934-7582

La Plata Campus of the

College of Southern Maryland - Host

8730 Mitchell Rd

PO Box 910

La Plata, MD  20646


Specialization: Financing, Personnel Management, SBA loan programs


Bill has an extensive background in small business lending in Southern Maryland, having held key management positions in both large and small commercial banks for 20 years.  He is knowledgeable about financing options, loan structures, SBA loan programs including 7(a) and 504, financial projections, business evaluations, marketing and management assistance.  His “hands-on” management in a true small business - a community bank provided major insights.  Bill joined the SBDC in May 2000.  He has utilized his experience and expertise to benefit entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region.


Bill has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Salisbury University in Maryland.  Bill is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.


Kathy MacAdams, Business Consultant

Regional Import/Export Specialist
Satellite Office: 410-535-1600 Ext. 2726

Calvert County Department of Economic Development - Host
205 Main Street, Ground Floor

Prince Frederick, MD 20678  
Fax: 410.535.4583


Specialization: Management and Marketing 


Kathy is certified as an import/export specialist. She has over 9 years experience in budget, acquisition and program analyst work with the Department of the Navy.  Experience teaching Strategic Management capstone courses with a focus on corporate and business level unit strategy.  M.S. in Management from University of Maryland, University College.



Wynne Briscoe, Business Consultant
Satellite Office: 301-475-4200 Ext. 1687

St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development - Host

Governmental Center Complex, Potomac Building,

23115 Leonard Hall Drive, 2nd Floor

Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Wynne is a native of St. Mary's County, an entrepreneur since the age of 7 and a forward thinking business pioneer. She is a graduate of University of Maryland with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Minor in Business and Concentration in Business Law. Wynne has 30 years of entrepreneurship and business ownership experience to include retail, professional services, technology and manufacturing. Through 15 years of successfully consulting with entrepreneurs, businesses and non-profit organizations, she is known for her creativity and innovation in the development of new businesses by offering in-depth experience and assisting them from concept to profitability. As a Licensed Maryland Real Estate agent for 10 years, she has assisted businesses with commercial leases, purchases and site locations. Wynne is the Vice Chairman of the St. Mary's County Economic Development Commission and is highly engaged in the Southern Maryland community.


Lesley Quattlebaum, Project Manager, SBDC SHA BDAP

State Highway Administration's Business Development Accelerator Program

Office: 301-539-4687 Fax: 301-934-7681

Small Business Development Center

La Plata Campus of the

College of Southern Maryland - Host

8730 Mitchell Rd

PO Box 910

La Plata, MD  20646


Specialization: Program Management and Business Development


Primary point person for CSM's Business Development Accelerator Program grant from the Maryland State Highway Administration to foster the economic growth and competitiveness of small, minority, and disadvantaged business enterprises in the state of Maryland.


Ann Frank, Outreach Coordinator, SBDC SHA BDAP

State Highway Administration's Business Development Accelerator Program

Office: 301-539-4688, Fax: 301-934-7681

Small Business Development Center

La Plata Campus of the

College of Southern Maryland - Host

8730 Mitchell Rd

PO Box 910

La Plata, MD  20646


Specialization: Business Development and Marketing 


Overall responsibility to encourage participation of disadvantaged businesses in the procurement process with specific interest in construction and construction related activities.  Tasked with implementing solutions driven strategies to assist in the development of firms that can compete on an equal playing field in the marketplace.




Maryland PTAC, which serves as a

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)



Funded in part through a cooperative agreement from the Department of Defense (DoD) through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The content of any written materials or verbal communications of the PTAC does not necessarily reflect the official views of or imply endorsement by DoD or DLA.


Specialization: Subcontracting with federal government agencies


Most startup and small business owners do not have adequate past performance to obtain prime government contracts. To strengthen their proposals and bids, firms can partner with other companies that have a government contract. Smaller companies often fill niches that round out a prime contractor's services.

Subcontracting opportunties can present small businesses with opportunties that might otherwise be unattainable because of limited resources, personnel, financial stability, or experience. Many federal government resources can help subcontractors identify and locate prime contractors to partner with.

Are You Ready?


Are you ready for government contracting? Find out by using these business assessment tools.







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