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Ignite Entrepreneurship: Tips for Connecting from a Local Broadband Provider

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, September 22, 2017

In our latest “Ignite Entrepreneurship” blog, Daniel Thompson, CTO of the newly launched PeakeNet Broadband – a locally owned and operated internet service provider bringing connectivity to rural Maryland communities – shares his insights for other entrepreneurs in Charles County.

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Ignite Entrepreneurship: Tips from Owner of Southern Maryland Business Center

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Relationships. That’s what Darlene Breck, entrepreneur and owner of the Southern Maryland Business Center, says ignited her business and ignited her success. Those relationships built over 32 years owning businesses in Charles County are a ... Read More...

Looking Local: Live Out Loud Yoga Brings Healthy Connections to Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

For our latest edition of “Looking Local,” we spoke to Cindy Johannessen, owner, operator, and founder of La Plata-based Live Out Loud Yoga. 

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ACCE Recognizes Charles County Chamber for Member Retention

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) recently recognized the Charles County Chamber of Commerce with a Membership Achievement Award for Member Retention, an award that acknowledges Chambers with the most effective membership retention strategies nationwide. This blog post explores why the Chamber received this award and what services they offer local businesses. 

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Meet the EDD: Claudia Bellony-Atanga

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, August 3, 2017

In our blog series, “Meet the EDD,” we regularly profile a member of our team. Through our interviews, we hope you get to know the hardworking members of our staff that are dedicated to the economic vitality of Charles County. Learn more about our Economic Research Specialist Claudia Bellony-Atanga. 

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Ignite Entrepreneurship: Tips for Success from the College of Southern Marylandís Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, July 17, 2017

In our newest blog series, “Ignite Entrepreneurship,” we profile local entrepreneurs to learn more about what “ignited” their success, and also gain insights about being an entrepreneur in Charles County. For the first blog of this series, we sat down with Thomas Luginbill, director of the College of Southern Maryland’s newly-established Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute (EII).

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5 TIPS FOR A PERFECT PITCH AT STRT1UP ROAD SHOW ON JULY 18

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, June 29, 2017
Local entrepreneurs will get a chance to pitch their business ideas and receive valuable support from business mentors and other leaders in the entrepreneurial space at Startup Maryland’s STRT1UP Road Show on July 18 at the Legends Club at ... Read More...

Looking Local: Owner of Four Charles County McDonaldís Restaurants Shares Recipe for Business Success

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, June 26, 2017

For our latest edition of “Looking Local,” we spoke to Andrew Welburn, president of The Welburn Organization, which owns and operates five McDonald’s restaurants in Southern Maryland.

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Meet the EDD: Marcia Keeth

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, June 1, 2017

In our blog series, “Meet the EDD,” we regularly profile a member of our team. Through our interviews, we hope you get to know the hardworking members of our staff, who are dedicated to the economic vitality of Charles County. Learn more about our Deputy Director Marcia Keeth. 

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Why Retailers Choose Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

As one of the fastest growing counties in the state of Maryland, Charles County is well-positioned to develop its retail industry to accommodate this growing population. We share four reasons why retailers choose Charles County.

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TEDCO: Kickstarting Businesses in Marylandís Innovation Economy

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, May 4, 2017

TEDCO offers mentoring, market research, funding, and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs, startups, and early stage companies for the accelerated success of an innovation economy in Maryland and beyond.

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The Maryland Small Business Development Center: Business Support for Every Stage

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, April 24, 2017

The SBDC offers training and counseling services to local businesses at all stages of growth. From the earliest stages of business planning, to preparing for business sale or exit strategy, the SBDC provides a range of resources.

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Southern Maryland JobSource: Connecting Local Businesses with Qualified Candidates

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Southern Maryland JobSource provides both employers and prospective employees with the resources they need to make the hiring process as effective as possible.

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Top Tips for a Crabtivating Pitch at the Crab Pot Pitch Contest

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, March 31, 2017

This April, entrepreneurs in Southern Maryland are invited to participate in the Crab Pot pitch contest, allowing them to share their ideas to a panel of judges and investors.

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Looking Local: Dat Jerk Caribbean Chargrill Spices Up Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, March 20, 2017

For our latest edition of “Looking Local,” we spoke to Richard Fray, co-founder of Dat Jerk Caribbean Chargrill, located in Waldorf.

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Why You Should Work Where You Live

Posted by: Brianna Bowling on Friday, March 10, 2017

During a recent hiring cycle, Brianna Bowling, President of La Plata-headquartered Zekiah Technologies published a blog highlighting the financial benefits of working locally in Charles County.

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Spotlight: The James E. Richmond Science Center is Educating the Next Generation of Tech Geniuses

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

As companies increasingly move towards virtual workplaces, digital transactions and teleworking, Charles County offers a strategic location in the DC-Baltimore-Richmond corridor and access to a potential labor force of more than 1.83 million within a 45-minute commute. In addition, average office lease rates in the County are nearly 50 percent lower than in the DC Metro.

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Meet the EDD: Jennifer Reginald

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

In our blog series, “Meet the EDD,” we regularly profile a member of our team. Through our interviews, we hope you get to know the hardworking members of our staff, who are dedicated to the economic vitality of Charles County. Learn more about our Marketing Coordinator, Jennifer Reginald. 

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Implementing a Plan for Growth - Creating Jobs by Design

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, January 31, 2017
We welcome this guest blog post from Ashley Johnson, Technical Director, NSWC IHEODTD, about work at the base and technology transfer initiatives. Over the past year NSWC IHEODTD has been rolling out a series of strategic initiatives designed to ... Read More...

A Message from the Chair, Economic Development Advisory Board

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A letter from Randall Williams, Chair of the newly formed Economic Development Advisory Board, to the Charles County business community. 

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Looking Local: Cardinal Scientific Continues Growth in Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

For our final Looking Local blog of 2016, we spoke to Scott Decker, Director of Operations at Cardinal Scientific, Inc., located in Waldorf.

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Meet the EDD: Lucinia Mundy

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

In our blog series, “Meet the EDD,” we regularly profile a member of our team. Through our interviews, we hope you get to know the hardworking members of our staff, who are dedicated to the economic vitality of Charles County. Learn more about our Outreach Administrator Lucinia Mundy. 

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Spotlight: Why Charles Countyís Health Industry is Thriving

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Charles County is well positioned to provide ample opportunities for health care providers seeking growth and individuals exploring employment or already working in the health care field. We share four reasons why Charles County is good for health services.

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Why We're Thankful for Charles Countyís Small Businesses

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, November 22, 2016

With Thanksgiving around the corner, here at the EDD, we’ve been reflecting on what we’re thankful for. Besides being thankful for our work that allows us to interact with members of the Charles County community and promote the County as a great place for business, we’re extra thankful this year for the strong network of local businesses.

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4 Video Takeaways From the Fall Meeting

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, November 9, 2016
With four press releases and three news articles about the 2016 Fall Meeting, we know there are already a lot of words out there about the event. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a video must be worth a million. And, we have four! In short, the ... Read More...

Spotlight: Why Federal Contractors Choose Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Federal contracting is a growing industry in Charles County. We spoke to the founders of MESMO Inc. and AveningTech to learn what it's like to run a federal contracting company in Charles County.

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Looking Local: Meinhardt Properties Builds for Business in Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

For this month’s edition of “Looking Local,” we spoke to Randall Williams, President of Meinhardt Properties.

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Meet the EDD: Michelle DeSoto

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

In our blog series, “Meet the EDD,” we profile a member of our team each month. Through our interviews, we hope you get to know the hardworking members of our staff, who are dedicated to the economic vitality of Charles County.

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5 Tips for a Perfect Pitch at Startup Marylandís STRT1UP Road Show

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, September 12, 2016

Local entrepreneurs will get a chance to pitch their business ideas and receive valuable support from business mentors and other leaders in the entrepreneurial space at Startup Maryland’s STRT1UP Road Show in Indian Head on September 16.

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Looking Local: Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. Provides Solutions to Enterprise Problems

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, August 30, 2016

For this month’s “Looking Local” series, we spoke with LaTonya Barton, Business Manager of Waldorf-based Kingdomware Technologies, Inc.

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Views from Charles

Ignite Entrepreneurship: Tips for Connecting from a Local Broadband Provider

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017

In our latest “Ignite Entrepreneurship” blog, Daniel Thompson, CTO of the newly launched PeakeNet Broadband – a locally owned and operated internet service provider bringing connectivity to rural Maryland communities – shares his insights for other entrepreneurs in Charles County.

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“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

“Charles County is where we started our company and where we grew and expanded. We now operate our managed print and managed IT solutions in five states and provide custom apps all around the globe. Our headquarters is still in Charles County, an excellent place to conduct business and recruit highly skilled individuals for our ever growing team!"

Joshua Justice
President

Just Tech

 

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

“Charles County is a great place for businesses to start, grow, and thrive! We've worked with over 100 businesses since we opened our doors in Charles County, and I've witnessed the majority of these businesses achieve all three.”

Darlene M. Breck

Owner

Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn

President

The Welburn Organization