Southern Region of the Maryland
Small Business Development Center
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. Below is a link to our 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 oflife in our communities.
Vision: To be the preferred resource partner for small business's success.
Southern Region: Staff Bios
Ellen Flowers-Fields - Regional Director
Southern Region - 301-934-7580 - Regional Headquarters,
La Plata, MD
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 workforce 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 and Financial Specialist
La Plata, MD
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.
Fond Farewell to Linda Craven, Consultant, Regional Technology Liaison
Please contact Lisa Creason (301-934-7583)
After almost 20 years of business consulting with the Small Business Development Center, Linda Craven retired June 8, 2016. Linda begins a new chapter enjoying painting/drawing and spending more time with friends and family. Linda said, "Working with my SBDC clients has been very rewarding and I will miss all the old and new friendships made as well as the excitement of assisting business owners in achieving their goals" Join us in wishing Linda fun, excitement and success in her new adventures. Please contact Lisa Creason (301-934-7583) if you are in St. Mary's County and require business consulting services, we will be happy to assist you.
Kathy MacAdams, Consultant, Regional Import/Export Specialist
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.
Maryland PTAP, which serves as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
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.
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Are you ready for government contracting? Find out by using these business assessment tools.
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