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Martinís Serves Up Generations of Smiles

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, November 19, 2019
If there’s one thing you don’t expect to find in a gas station, it’s a gift shop. Transforming a convenience store into an enchanting emporium of Maryland-themed gifts is just one of the ways that Martin’s Service Station in ... Read More...

Professional Services Support Small Businesses On the Front Lines

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Veteran-owned Balancelogic of Waldorf supplies our small businesses and workers on the front lines with what they need to continue their mission. Many of these entrepreneurs are doing all they can do to keep their small business going, and at some ... Read More...

Sagepoint Senior Living Services: Excellence in Elder Care

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, October 29, 2019
The surge in our over-65 population is unprecedented in American history. Thus, the need for quality elder care is essential for our Baby Boomers—many of whom still hold jobs and lead active lives—to thrive in the decades to come. Kelsey ... Read More...

Avening Management and Technical Services Advances the Mission

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Lee Platt is undeniably a woman on a mission. As CEO of Avening Management and Technical Services, she’s at the helm of an IT and cybersecurity company that supports government organizations focused on national security. When she decided to ... Read More...

A Culinary Journey From India to Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Charles County is growing and diversifying, and more of our citizens have developed a palate for ethnic foods, often from living or working in the nation’s capital, a hotbed for international food and flavors. Raj Malhotra and wife, Punita, ... Read More...

Askey, Askey & Associates: A Partner in Prosperity

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Partners and CPAs Robert and Cathy Askey In the years since Robert and Cathy Askey established their accounting and advisory firm, Askey, Askey & Associates, they’ve helped shape the business climates of Charles and neighboring St. ... Read More...

CHUTES International Goes Global in Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, October 2, 2019
While people love the appearance of a shiny new high-rise or crisp hotel linens, few think about the process. Thankfully, the innovators at CHUTES International power that behind-the-scenes process. A master in the mechanics of debris removal and ... Read More...

Scary Strokes is Fun Fore All

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Scary Strokes, Doug and LaNeta Roth’s monster-themed family entertainment center, has been in Waldorf for only a couple of years, but it’s already recognized as a beloved haunt—in the best way possible. The 11,000-square-foot ... Read More...

Charles County's Sister City Search

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, September 18, 2019
They say you can’t pick your family, but Charles County is looking for a sister—a Sister City, that is. The search was initiated partly in response to feedback at the Economic Development Department’s International Trade Seminar in ... Read More...

#MyCharlesCounty and other ways to make a difference

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, September 5, 2019

For those who work in economic development, pointing out a community’s assets is part of the job.  But sometimes, it’s what its citizens say that makes a difference.  This is a true story told by a local businessman who’s now in Southern Maryland but moved here from another state. 

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Why These Young Professionals Chose Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Millennials are a vital part of our workforce and future homeowners in Charles County. There is a good chance they’ll start up small businesses, and they’re one of the key demographics to look at when planning for retail development. ... Read More...

Our Hotel Industryís Annual Checkup. How Did We Fare?

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Waldorf is home to Charles County’s active hotel market, which includes nine national “flag” properties located along Route 301, one of the busiest U.S. highways along the Atlantic seaboard. Our hotel industry holds a distinct ... Read More...

Demolition Starts Today, Makes Room for Progress

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, July 16, 2019
The building at the intersection of Route 301 and St. Patrick’s Drive in Waldorf is often overlooked by passersby. A wall of trees along southbound 301 limits the view of the structure from the tens of thousands of cars that go by every day, ... Read More...

Steamed Crabs and Sizzling Summer Fun in Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, July 8, 2019
Maryland is a lot crabbier this year—and that’s a good thing. According to the Department of Natural Resources, the state’s blue crab population soared by 60% this year. Whether you’re a connoisseur of Maryland’s ... Read More...

Honey Finds Its Sweet Spot

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, June 24, 2019

Honey is sweet and shelf-stable, but its capabilities extend far beyond taste and time. This humble pantry staple harks back to 2,400 B.C., during the early days of beekeeping in Cairo, when Ancient Egyptians used honey as a sweetener and medicine for a variety of ailments. Local honey made with the pollens of Southern Maryland plants provides the same benefits to Charles County residents today.

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Automated Graphic Systems: Using Data and Technology to Deliver Highly Personalized Communications

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, June 10, 2019
Automated Graphic Systems (AGS) of White Plains is the largest printer in Charles County, but they’re not your traditional commercial print company. Data is their specialty, and using that combined with cutting-edge technology, they ... Read More...

Cynthia Ann Serves Up Gourmet Desserts at the La Plata Farmers Market

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Gourmet cookies with Belgian chocolate, soft biscotti, mixed berry crumb tarts, roasted granola—these are only a sampling of the sweet treats sold by Chef Cynthia Ann and her mother, Marilyn, at the La Plata Farmers Market. Cynthia has spent ... Read More...

Farmers Markets in Focus: What Is in Season

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Food activist Alice Waters famously said, “Good food should be a right, not a privilege.” When she uttered these words decades ago, farm-to-table eating was largely reserved for foodies, not for working families on the move. In recent ... Read More...

The U.S. Army Reserve Training Center: Making Reservists Combat-Ready

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The camera angles are tight, the action is compelling, and the 30-second rock and roll instrumental pulls no punches. If the latest U.S. Army Reserve ad is any indication, the Army is primed for battle. Their tagline, “The Army is Ready to Fight,” exudes adrenaline and aptitude. The White Plains-based U.S. Army Reserve Training Center, now open, will help reservists keep their A-games strong.

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New Major Medical Facility Coming To Serve Our Community

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, April 30, 2019
The guest speaker at our April Business Roundtable came to the U.S. in 1967 from a small village in India, and his family has since transformed healthcare in Southern Maryland. Dr. Vinod Shah co-founded Shah Associates along with his wife, Dr. Ila ... Read More...

Meet the EDD: Daniella Djiogan

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Our “Meet the EDD” blog series profiles 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.

 

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Farmers Markets: The Bounty Within Our County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Contrary to the industrial-size bags of rock salt stacked in your garage, spring is on the horizon! While spring might feel like a distant fantasy, producers at our farmers’ markets have been prepping for the season all year long.

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Charles County to the World: Business Opportunities Abroad

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, March 21, 2019

The focus of our first International Trade Seminar on March 14 was on business opportunities in Africa—a growing and diverse part of the world economy that has too many possibilities to ignore. Entrepreneurs and business experts who are already doing business in Africa and elsewhere shared from their experience and gave Charles County businesses a glimpse of what is involved.

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Charles County Channels Celtic Pride

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

While Charles County is thousands of miles from the Emerald Isle, our festivity during the season of St. Patrick is Celtic in spirit. In the 1600s, Maryland became a safe haven for Irish families seeking freedom from persecution for their Catholic beliefs. In the centuries following, reverence for (and revelry in) all things Irish made St. Patrick’s Day an adopted American holiday, regardless of cultural backgrounds.

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CEO Praises Locally-Grown Labor in Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Scott Nash, CEO of MOM’s Organic Market, opened his Charles County store on an “inkling” that it was the right location. After the Waldorf store opened in 2012, that “inkling” grew into serious income for the family-owned chain, which deems the Charles County location one of their top producers in the Mid-Atlantic.

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Charles County Business Supports the Business Side of Medical Practices

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Interests in medicine and number crunching lead one Charles County entrepreneur to combine her two passions, along with a healthy dose of tenacity and hard work, to create a successful medical billing business. Joyce Kingsbury, owner of Patient ... Read More...

Exports Expand Opportunities: The New African Marketplace Energizes American Businesses

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

“Ubuntu” is an African word emphasizing connectedness between people of the world. A philosophy embraced by Nelson Mandela, it stresses actions benefiting the greater good. America and Africa’s growing trade relationship is an excellent example of “ubuntu.” Imports from Africa and exports from America boost both economies in powerful ways. In 2017, the US had a $39 billion two-way goods trade with Sub-Saharan Africa — and revenues for both economies are on the rise.

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Roundtable Review: Charles County Open for Business

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, January 28, 2019
Charles County is open for business! That was the message sent loud and clear at the Economic Development Department’s (EDD’s) Quarterly Business Roundtable on January 24. We were thrilled to have 82 attendees representing local ... Read More...

Nonprofits Are Businesses, Too

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, January 18, 2019
The Nonprofit Institute at CSM is Southern Maryland’s comprehensive resource for nonprofit organizations, offering programming and consultation to enhance their effectiveness and achieve success in fulfilling their missions. In our latest ... Read More...

One Charles County in 2019

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Charles County Commissioner President Reuben Collins, in his speech at his Oath of Office, said, “I believe we can balance our County’s beauty and natural resources with improved infrastructure while growing our economy and attracting ... Read More...

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Views from Charles

Martinís Serves Up Generations of Smiles

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
If there’s one thing you don’t expect to find in a gas station, it’s a gift shop. Transforming a convenience store into an enchanting emporium of Maryland-themed gifts is just one ...

“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