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First Steps to Starting Your Own Business

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, June 17, 2021
As we continue getting back to normal, entrepreneurs are starting to think entrepreneurially again. If you have been thinking about launching your own enterprise, registering your business and getting a business license (or licenses) are important ... Read More...

Broadband Will Bring Internet to County’s Rural Areas

Posted by: Marcia Keeth on Tuesday, June 8, 2021
The internet is an essential part of everyday life. We could go on for paragraphs about that and about how this last year has emphasized that reality. But you know that already. The internet is an essential part of everyday life and therefore ... Read More...

Putting Charles County in Context

Posted by: EDD DIrector, Darréll Brown on Wednesday, June 2, 2021
It’s often said that Charles County is the best of both worlds. We are part of the Washington DC metropolitan area – arguably one of the most important urban regions in the country. And, we are part of Southern Maryland, an ... Read More...

Crabs, Oysters, and Fish, Oh My

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Charles County is surrounded by water—the Potomac, Patuxent, and Wicomico Rivers and all the tributaries that come off the Potomac—with a living ecosystem that local residents and watermen depend on. With April 1 being the official start ... Read More...

Waldorf Women’s Care Adds Services and Locations

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, May 19, 2021
A Charles County’s provider of gynecologic and women’s health services, Waldorf Women’s Care (WWC), has emerged out of the COVID-19 pandemic with a new second location and a third location on the way. The woman behind it all, Dr. ... Read More...

Waldorf Franchise Keeps People Working and Working Out During COVID

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Wanda Brisco, an ACE certified trainer, started Waldorf’s 9Round 30 Minute Kickbox Fitness franchise in 2016, after training clients part-time for 12 years. She eventually left her full-time IT job at the Pentagon to pursue her own dream of ... Read More...

Waldorf Hotels Benefit From Charles County Hotel Grant and Other Relief Packages

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, April 29, 2021
COVID-related travel restrictions and lockdowns have caused some serious losses for the hotel industry. We recently talked to Tracy Prigmore, Founder of TLTsolutions, about Waldorf’s Hampton Inn and Marriott Courtyard, the pandemic, and the ... Read More...

White Plains Printer Talks About Business During COVID-19 and Resources

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Throughout the nation, the commercial printing industry has taken a hard hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. Wildes-Spirit Design & Printing, a commercial printer in White Plains, has not been exempt and took advantage of the Charles County COVID-19 ... Read More...

Charles County Farmers Markets Kick Off 2021 Season

Posted by: Martin Proulx, Guest Blogger, EDD’s Agriculture Business Development Manager on Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Although some operations and layouts may look a little different, the 2021 Farmers Market season is underway in Charles County! Please know that our local farmers markets are still taking precautions to ensure a safe environment for customers and ... Read More...

TCCSMD Offers SkillUp Southern Maryland

Posted by: Ruthy Davis, Director, Regional Workforce & Business Development, TCCSMD on Tuesday, March 30, 2021
SkillUp Southern Maryland is a free program providing over 5,000 online job skills courses to local residents and businesses. In an effort to both increase the skills of the region’s workforce and provide residents with tools to train for ... Read More...

The Greene Turtle Talks About Charles County’s Restaurant Relief Grant

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, March 25, 2021
The restaurant industry has taken a hard hit this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD) has worked with local restaurants to access and apply for business relief resources. The Greene Turtle, a ... Read More...

Charles County Public Library Supports Local Workforce

Posted by: Vince McGhee, Charles County Public Library on Thursday, March 11, 2021
Since 1922, the Charles County Public Library (CCPL) has constantly evolved to serve community needs. The library’s mission, to create opportunities for the community to engage, discover and learn endless possibilities, has spread outside the ... Read More...

Charles County Jeweler Shines After Almost 40 Years in Business

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Whether you’re looking for that perfect piece of jewelry or need to repair a watch or family heirloom, there is a little gem of a business on the north side of Waldorf that has served locals for almost 40 years. Golden Renaissance Jewellers is ... Read More...

Empowering Black Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Posted by: Chief of Business Development, Lucretia Freeman-Buster on Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Black History Month is a time for us to reflect on the past, present, and future of Black free enterprise and its influence on the U.S. business landscape and economy. African American business ownership has provided generations of African ... Read More...

A Reflection on Black History and Economic Development

Posted by: EDD Director, Darréll Brown on Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Black History Month is a time to reflect. We reflect on the achievements of African Americans that in the past were overlooked and under celebrated. We reflect on the events in history that have brought us to where we are today. And we must ... Read More...

A Charles County FeBREWary Feature

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, February 11, 2021
February is Maryland Craft Beer Lovers Month. It’s also Black History Month. Put those two together, and it seems like the perfect time to feature Charles County’s first brewery and the maker of Charles County’s first official ... Read More...

United States Bomb Tech Association Joins the Energetics Renaissance in Indian Head

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, January 27, 2021
The United States Bomb Technician Association (USBTA) is establishing an emerging technology research, development, and training facility in the Town of Indian Head, making it the second major revitalization project for the town in the space of two ... Read More...

PROJECT CHARLES COUNTY: An Update On the Top 5 Economic Development Projects

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Watch the video overview here. Get the details below. The Economic Development Department regularly has multiple development projects in the works, but according to Chief of Development Taylor Yewell, these current five projects are ones that will ... Read More...

Collaboration and Lessons Learned

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Economic Development Department Director Darréll Brown has said many times that those communities that collaborate are the communities that succeed and advance. The value of collaboration has been especially important during the last year as ... Read More...

Simplifying the Permitting Process

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, January 4, 2021
Most of us are feeling good about the new year, but those with a commercial building project getting started in 2021 have something else to smile about—the Charles County Permitting Department’s new Online Permit Guide. This customized ... Read More...

Destination: Staycation

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, December 14, 2020
This year’s pandemic has many of us cancelling travel plans and staying close to home. Now is as good a time as any to rediscover the hidden gems and holiday offerings in Charles County. Staycations can be safe and fun with entertainment right ... Read More...

December Days Out in Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, December 7, 2020
County-wide holiday merriment kicked off early this year - from early Christmas tree demand to November light displays. Throughout Charles County, businesses and organizations have doubled down on festivity, making weekend offerings merry and ... Read More...

Flexing Creative Muscle: How Health & Fitness Studios in Charles County have Adapted in 2020

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, December 1, 2020
In a year that’s redefined the way we work and play, the health and fitness industry has been resilient. With characteristic energy, they’ve sprinted toward solutions, quickly adapting to COVID-19 conditions. In this blog, we’ve ... Read More...

Charles County Distillery Helps Locals Sanitize

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, December 1, 2020
As the country rallies to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Charles County’s East Road Beverages is contributing to the production of a crucial resource—hand sanitizer. They’ve been manufacturing hand sanitizer since ... Read More...

Shop Small: A Local Gift Guide

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, November 23, 2020
Shopping “small” has a deep community impact. Small businesses are the core of our community, beautifying downtowns, stocking locally-made products, and creating jobs. Shopping on foot or online has never been easier—or more ... Read More...

Creativity by the Cup: Coffee Shops and Bakeries Rise to the Challenge

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, November 19, 2020
As the weather grows colder, we crave comfort—by the cup or by the bite. Coffee shops and bakeries in Charles County are revealing their resilience in 2020, brewing up fresh strategies and promotions to keep their businesses open. Coffee ... Read More...

Shear Determination

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, November 13, 2020
While the at-home buzz cut was necessary at first, booking an in-person salon appointment topped many ‘to-do’ lists last spring. Charles County salons and spas—back in business since May— have welcomed customers back with ... Read More...

Waldorf Audiologist Serves High-Risk Population During Covid-19 Pandemic

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, October 29, 2020
In March this year, the CDC warned people ages 60+ not to engage in non-essential medical care because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that included most of Andrew Dias’s patients. Dias is a Nationally Board-certified specialist and owner of ... Read More...

Hospital Foundation Makes Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction “2-GO”

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, October 7, 2020
The Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation has hosted an autumn wine tasting and silent auction annually for over two decades, and the event has grown now to include about 1,000 guests, more than one dozen food vendors, over 30 offerings of wine ... Read More...

Local Federal Contractor Continues Work During COVID-19 and Plans for Future

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, October 1, 2020
Federal contractors like Charles County’s SRL TotalSource might not have been hit by COVID-19 as hard as our restaurants and retail shops, but they’ve had to make adjustments and invest quite a bit in new equipment and PPE (personal ... Read More...

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