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Economic Development Department Launches Business Appreciation Week, May 9-13

Posted by: Economic Development Department on Thursday, May 5, 2022
The Charles County Economic Development Department will celebrate the achievements of local small businesses during our Business Appreciation Week, May 9-13. This inaugural weekly celebration includes a free Business Resource webinar, special ... Read More...

Logistics Planning Business Speaks Highly of the Charles County Business Growth Advantage Program (BGAP)

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Yolanda Higdon, owner of HH Logistics Planning, was one of 14 Charles County business owners selected to participate in Charles County Economic Development’s first 8-week Business Growth Advantage Program (BGAP). Nearing the end of the ... Read More...

Natural Hair Stylist Learns the Business Side of Running A Salon Through Free Training Program

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, April 26, 2022
As a business owner and hair stylist focusing on chemical-free, ethic hair care, Keisha Adams has found a sought-after niche in Charles County but is facing common growing pains while trying to expand her business. Those include workforce hiring, ... Read More...

Remembering the 2002 La Plata Tornado and the Resiliency of Our Business Community

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, April 20, 2022
On Sunday, April 28, 2002, an F4 tornado touched down in Southern Maryland and ripped through the Town of La Plata, destroying much of the historic downtown. Our Deputy Director, Marcia Keeth, had just started a new career in economic development, ... Read More...

Local Business Owner and Inventor Talks About Charles County Business Growth Advantage Program

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, April 14, 2022
Mike Steele, owner of Motobriiz LLC, is an engineer by training, motorcycle enthusiast, and inventor of the Motobriiz Wind Powered Chain Oiler. His business started in 2013 with the product he invented (wind-powered motorcycle chain oiler) and sold ... Read More...

Meet Tranice Watts, Co-Chair of Our Business Outreach Committee

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Charles Countians might be familiar with the name, Tranice Watts, because of her co-ownership of Patuxent Brewing Company, the county’s first craft brewery and only 100% Black-owned taproom/brewery in the State of Maryland. There’s a lot ... Read More...

Meet Steve Scott, Co-Chair of Our Business Outreach Committee

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Our Business Outreach Committee (BOC) was formed a year ago to focus on the issues our Charles County businesses are facing post COVID-19 and advance economic opportunity for our local businesses and residents. Steve Scott, owner of Scott Law Group ... Read More...

New Economic Development Position Will Expand Business Outreach

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, March 10, 2022
The Charles County Economic Development Department is growing, with an even bigger focus on our existing businesses – also known as business retention and expansion. Back in 2015, the Economic Development Department (EDD) 5-Year Strategic ... Read More...

Business Outreach Committee Connects Businesses and Government

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, March 3, 2022
Our Business Outreach Committee (BOC) was formed a year ago to focus on the issues our Charles County businesses are facing post COVID-19 and help encourage and advance economic opportunity for our local businesses and residents. Members of the ... Read More...

Meet Southern Maryland Minority Chamberís New President

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, February 23, 2022
The Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce (SMMCOC) is a regional voice for small, minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses. The organization has a new President, Pamela Minor, who brings 25 years of small business ownership, government ... Read More...

5 Reasons Why Businesses Love Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, February 14, 2022
For Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing what makes Charles County such a loveable location for business. Here are the top five reasons why businesses love Charles County: There’s No Need for Long Distance Relationships Here. While ... Read More...

Charles County Government Buys Local

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, February 2, 2022
In economic development, we often encourage the public to spend their money here at home and support our local businesses. Charles County Government likes to shop at home, too, through the Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) program. Charles ... Read More...

Initiative to Certify Southern Maryland As a Work Ready Community

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, January 20, 2022
The Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD) is part of an exciting workforce development initiative that will boost Southern Maryland’s economic development, develop a strong workforce pipeline, and improve local workforce skills. ... Read More...

Charles County Business Resource Partners

Posted by: Economic Development Department on Thursday, January 13, 2022
Download Business Resources Guide The Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD) offers a complete range of business services to help entrepreneurs and businesses grow and thrive in Charles County. During the COVID pandemic, we've ... Read More...

New Economic Development Director At Home in Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Kelly Robertson-Slagle was born and raised in Charles County and is happy to be leading the County’s Economic Development Department (EDD) as its new Director. Coming from a family of small business owners, she understands the responsibility ... Read More...

Support Local and Minority-Owned Businesses This Season

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Businesses owned by ethnic and minority entrepreneurs are growing fast in Charles County. You can get a glimpse into their culture and support their businesses by patronizing their retail shops, grocery stores, and restaurants, especially during the ... Read More...

A Charles County Christmas Away From Home Includes Big Surprise

Posted by: Economic Development Department on Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Marie Bowling’s first Christmas as a newlywed and away from her home in the Czech Republic could have been a sad one filled with home sickness, but thanks to her new husband’s family in Charles County and even an unexpected surprise, it ... Read More...

9 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Happy Holidays from Charles County. Have a festive, holly, jolly season right here at home by doing something fun with your favorite people. Visit local attractions, decked out for the holidays. Shop at local stores and holiday markets. Join your ... Read More...

Find Unique Gifts and Community Spirit at Shop La Plata Event

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, November 23, 2021
The 8th annual Shop La Plata celebration is coming up this weekend in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, always the Saturday after Thanksgiving. New Moon Bodywork and Botanicals, a well-established business along the Charles Street corridor, ... Read More...

Shop Local Series: A Hair Crisis and Local Solution

Posted by: Jennifer Reginald on Wednesday, November 17, 2021
I saw my favorite hair stylist, Tami, last week for a cut and color that was well overdue. Between my habit of waiting too long to schedule an appointment and then having to wait a couple weeks for a slot due to pandemic social distancing rules (and ... Read More...

2021 Fall Meeting Recap

Posted by: 2021 Economic Development Fall Meeting Recap on Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Our Annual Fall Meeting on November 2, “Opening Doors,” showcased how Charles County positions businesses to thrive and identified the county as a competitive, diverse, and sustainable location for businesses. Commissioner President ... Read More...

Charles County Agriculture: An Assessment and Current Trends

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, October 28, 2021
Agriculture has been a mainstay of Charles County’s economy and culture for many years. Several decades ago, this region was primarily recognized for a single crop--tobacco. Since the decline in the region’s tobacco industry, Charles ... Read More...

Business Growth Advantage Program Will Address Business Basics

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Entrepreneurship is hard. In fact, according to federal government data, about 20% of start-up businesses fail in their first year, and by the fifth year only about a half survive. There’s no one reason new businesses don’t make it, ... Read More...

Charles County Wins Two Economic Development Awards

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, October 14, 2021
The Charles County Economic Development Department was honored to receive two awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for Excellence and Leadership in Economic Development on October 5 at IEDC’s Annual Conference. One ... Read More...

Resources to Start and Grow Your Business

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, October 7, 2021
The Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD) offers a wide range of business assistance services to help entrepreneurs and businesses grow and thrive in Charles County. With our strong collaborative network of business, education, and ... Read More...

HH Logistics Planning Takes the Stress Out of Relocating

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, September 30, 2021
Many of us have moved or relocated at some point in our lives. The thought of relocating a few staff to a temporary space or relocating an entire agency involves enough details to make anyone’s head spin. Charles County-based HH Logistics ... Read More...

Charles County Fall Meeting 2021: Opening Doors

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, September 27, 2021
The Charles County Economic Development Department will hold its Annual Fall Meeting on Tuesday, November 2nd from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. This year, the event will be offered as a hybrid meeting; guests have the option to attend in person at ... Read More...

Fall Festivities on the Farm and Expansion Online

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, September 16, 2021
The beginning of Fall in Charles County means area farms opening for pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, apple cider, and outdoor family fun. Middleton’s Legacy Farm Lawnscapes, owned by Bret Middleton, is opening for fall festivities this ... Read More...

Delivering Amazon Packages from Waldorf to Your Door

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, September 10, 2021
As the world’s largest online retailer, nearly everyone knows who Amazon is. And, many will recall, in 2020, Charles County became a site for a new Amazon Last Mile “Delivery Station” in Waldorf. Lesser known is a Charles County ... Read More...

A Look at Charles Countyís Labor Force

Posted by: Economic Development Department on Thursday, September 2, 2021
In 1894, the U.S. Congress passed a bill making the first Monday in September a federal holiday – Labor Day. At first, it was a holiday for just federal workers, but a few decades into the 20th century it became a day off for workforce in all ... Read More...

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