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Success Stories from around Maryland

We have helped many small businesses achieve their dream of starting or expanding their business. Newsletters with stories: Spring 2015, Fall 2014

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Irish Seams restarts with help from the SBDC

Elizabeth Mason, President/Founder, affectionately known as “BJ”, restarted Irish Seams with motivation and information from attending the classes at the SBDC and coaching from an SBDC business consultant . . .

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Communication Apptitude, a speech pathologist company, needed specialized training

Communication Apptitude’s owners first came to the SBDC in April 2013 for business plan training. Additional special business needs surfaced and were addressed in subsequent business counseling sessions. . .

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Devora jumped into business as KOL Foods, selling Kosher grass fed beef

Devora Kimelman-Block became a businesswoman by chance. An idea for a business dropped into her lap and she decided to quit her non-profit job in the education sector and take a chance with the new business venture . . .

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Keffa Coffee, LLC imports specialty-grade Ethiopian coffee

Owner Samuel Demisse had been in the coffee business for over 20 years and formed Keffa Coffee in 2003. Samuel first came to the SBDC Center for assistance in November of 2008. The business’ growth was . . .

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SBDC helps A Little Bit Sheepish Yarn Shop open

Brenda Trice has been crocheting most of her life, and knitting for several years. A former teacher, she came to the Maryland Small Business Development Center - Eastern Region at Salisbury University for direction in opening her own yarn shop in historic downtown Berlin . . .

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Galvinell Meat Company in Cecil County: Learn How They Obtained a Grant to Manage Inventory

Jennifer and Dan McGrath are the owners of Galvinell Meat Company which has been a staple in the Cecil County, MD community since it was founded in 1967. When the SBDC was called into Galvinell’s in early 2015, owners Jennifer and Dan were feeling overwhelmed with the mounds of work to be done and workplace organization.

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Douglas Security Technologies of Harford County: How They Obtained An Investor to Build a Prototype

Randy Douglas, the founder of Douglas Security Technologies LLC, is an inventor from Aberdeen, MD who contacted the Northern Region of Maryland SBDC with the hopes of bringing his patented mobile technology to market. With the help of SBDC counselors and an SBDC event, Douglas is closer to his dream than he ever expected. When Douglas first reached out to the SBDC in early 2015, he...

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Monitor Beyond Limit, Inc.: Learn How They Obtained Their First Government Contract

Richard (Rich) Jones and Timothy (Tim) Williams became a client of Al Henry and Ryan Del Gallo at the Small Business Development Center in October of 2015 when they dove into the idea of opening a government contracting based logistics company.

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Edel's Bridal Boutique in Harford County: Learn How They Opened Their Doors!

Edel became a client of Al Henry at the Small Business Development Center in August of 2014 with the vision of purchasing a bridal shop. After weeks of going through the processes of investigating an established business and working closely with Mr. Henry, it was determined that the business in question was not financially stable.

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TENAX Technologies in Harford County: Learn How They Created a Plan to Grow

Tamera Rush became a client of Al Henry at the Small Business Development Center in February of 2014 as she became interested in purchasing an existing technology company in Harford County. The company was appealing to Tamera because she had a background in technology with the confidence to grow the business and make the acquisition successful. The established company had several 1099 employees and government contracts in place. With the help of Mr. Henry, she knew she could develop a business plan to grow the company.

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THERAFIT Gym in Carroll County: Learn How They Turn a Passion into an Expanding Business

When Regina “Gina” Della’s brother, Rich, was struck head-on by a drunk driver in 2002, he was placed in a coma and deemed paralyzed. Although doctors recommended cutting off life-support, Gina refused to give up. Gina spent months researching and investigating recovery methods. Against all odds and with family support, Rich miraculously recovered due to a unique device called Quadriciser and intense one-on-one therapeutic exercises that Gina was able to utilize for her brother.

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Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts in Lusby MD: Path to “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 . . .

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Mully’s Brewery in Calvert County: Path to “New Business of the Year”

Mully’s Brewery opened to the public in October 2013. It is owned and operated by Jason and Cindy Mullikin. The brewery is located in Prince Frederick, MD. When first taking steps towards creating this business, Cindy Mullikin utilized SBDC pre-venture training in January 2011 and the Mullikins have interacted with the SBDC since then . . .

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Michael Steele wins 2016 Crab Pot pitch

Michael Steele, owner of Motorbriiz, won a cash prize and a bushel of crabs at the Crab Pot pitch for his motorcycle chain oiler after successful SBDC coaching in sales, the pitch, and financing . . .

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No Thyme to Cook was recently chosen to participate in Gov. Larry Hogan's Buy Local Cookout

Chef Gwyn Novak, Owner of No Thyme to Cook was recently chosen to participate as one of 117 chefs in Gov. Larry Hogan's Buy Local Cookout. Over 550 guests were served an appetizer consisting of grilled peaches, toasted pecans and goat cheese salad with a honey and orange vinaigrette. . .

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Charles Street Bakery in La Plata opened with SBDC help despite an F4 tornado

Prior to starting this business, Deborah attended the SBDC Southern Region "Start Right for Success" seminar. Then she became Bill Hitte's client, found 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. She's still in business . . .

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McClintock Distillery opens with the cooperative efforts of the city of Frederick and the SBDC

McClintock Distillery opened in Spring 2016 with the cooperative efforts of the city of Frederick and the Frederick SBDC. The new owners want to continue the legacy of McClintock Young by . . .

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