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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 County’s 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...

Catalyst Project Brings Redevelopment to Town of Indian Head

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Rendering of the new Maryland Technology Center under construction across from the Velocity Center in the Town of Indian Head “CSM's Velocity Center demonstrates how a good and well thought out catalyst project can induce other ... Read More...

Black Business Month Feature: Kingdomware Technologies

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, August 19, 2021
As we were discussing a business to feature on our blog for Black Business Month, Kingdomware Technologies was one of the first to come to mind. The Waldorf-based business specializes in providing web, software, client network, and mobile ... Read More...

Robots Take Over Indian Head!

Posted by: Economic Development TEam on Thursday, August 12, 2021
For five days at least, the Town of Indian Head was crawling and swarming with dog-like machines, stair ascenders, self-propelled x-ray machines and flying drones. The Eastern National Robot Rodeo was in town for five days in early August. This ... Read More...

Support Charles County Black-Owned Businesses

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, August 10, 2021
August is National Black Business Month, a time to recognize and support Black-owned businesses across the country. The concept of National Black Business Month is not complicated--the community makes a conscious effort to support Black-owned ... Read More...

Buy Local

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, August 3, 2021
The annual Maryland Buy Local Challenge has come to an end for 2021 but reminds us of the importance of the “buy local” movement and how diverse the offerings of our local farmers and producers truly are. Launched by the Southern ... Read More...

EDD Hosts First Hybrid Business Roundtable at Velocity Center

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD) hosted our Quarterly Business Roundtable on July 22 as a hybrid meeting, which was a first-time experience for us, and probably for most of our attendees. It required a lot of pre-planning, ... Read More...

Maryland Airport: Fact or Fiction?

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Maryland Airport is a key economic development asset for Charles County, and efforts are underway to change the land use designation around the airport to accommodate employment supporting development. Taylor Yewell, the EDD’s Chief of ... Read More...

How Charles County Continues to Help Local Small Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, July 14, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic rocked business all over the world. From businesses losing service to some even having to shutter their doors, the pandemic proved to be a lifechanging event for business owners across the globe. While some large-scaled ... Read More...

The State of Commercial Real Estate

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, July 8, 2021
The demand for commercial space—office, retail, hotel, industrial, and even medical —took a downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic, when measures were put in place to stop the spread of the virus. Social distancing, shutdowns, ... Read More...

Meet the EDD: Chudi Obi

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, June 29, 2021
In our blog series, “Meet the EDD,” we like to profile members of our team. We’re happy to introduce our newest team member, Chudi Obi, business development coordinator! Chudi joined our team in May 2021 and supports the ... Read More...

Things That Go Boom and A Local Product That Stops Them

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, June 24, 2021
As we get closer to July 4th celebrations, fireworks might be the first thing you think of when it comes to explosives, but in Charles County, things that go boom are an everyday focus at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head (NSWC IH). As ... Read More...

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...

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