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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...

Charles County’s JustTech One of Nation’s Fastest Growing Companies During COVID-19

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, September 29, 2020
In August 2020, four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Inc. magazine revealed that JustTech of La Plata was number 1442 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. “I ... Read More...

Charles County Restaurants Pivot to Takeout, Delivery, and Contactless Service During COVID-19

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, September 21, 2020
When Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a stay-at-home order in late March, our restaurants were allowed to stay open, but for carry out and delivery only. Those restrictions have gradually loosened, but not completely. We talked to the owners of ... Read More...

Charles County’s New Medical Facility Constructed During Pandemic

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, September 8, 2020
In March, the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly interrupted business activity in Charles County and across the nation, but it wasn’t strong enough to stop construction on the county’s new major medical facility by MedStar Shah Medical Group. In ... Read More...

La Plata Fitness Facility Pivots Quickly to Survive COVID-19

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Fitness facilities like Breathe Pilates Place of La Plata were among the first businesses forced to close in early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the bulk of their income suddenly gone, owner Christine Heckel knew she needed to lean on ... Read More...

Effective and Low-Cost Online Marketing

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Back in April, we started a webinar series sharing tools and tips to help businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic and even hopefully come out the other end thriving. Online marketing was one of the topics we discussed early on, with two panelists: ... Read More...

The Time for New Ideas

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, May 12, 2020
All around Charles County, small businesses have had to shake up their regular business practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while times are tough, some businesses have risen to the challenge. We recently spoke on the phone with Keith ... Read More...

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