Ignite Entrepreneurship: Tips for Connecting from a Local Broadband Provider

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, September 22, 2017

Our blog series “Ignite Entrepreneurship” profiles local entrepreneurs to learn more about what “ignited” their success, and gain insights about being an entrepreneur in Charles County. Local entrepreneur Daniel Thompson, CTO of the newly launched PeakeNet Broadband – a locally owned and operated internet service provider bringing connectivity to rural Maryland communities – shares his insights for other entrepreneurs in Charles County.

In addition to his role at PeakeNet, Thompson is also a project manager at the La Plata-based NGO Swazi Bridge Project, which works to develop a communications network that will bring internet and training to school children in the African nation of Swaziland.

Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD): What is your company’s history in Charles County?

Daniel Thompson (DT): Charles County is our community. We live here, and we proudly launched PeakeNet Broadband here in 2017. PeakeNet spawned from our work in La Plata with the Swazi Bridge Project. One of the Project’s board advisors introduced us to the technology that we are now bringing to rural areas of Southern Maryland, including Indian Head.

EDD: What advice would you give to someone who is considering starting their own business in Charles County?

DT: Talk to and meet people. Get your name out there. There is always someone who is willing to help you bring a good idea to life – you just have to ask. Also, anything can happen. If you told me a year or six months ago that this is what I would be doing now, I would have laughed.

EDD: What was the best advice you received about business? Who was it from?

DT: My wife told me, “Even if you can’t do the BIG thing, do the next right thing.” This is a reminder to me to not get discouraged by the size of the whole project, especially when it can be broken down into small steps.

EDD: In your opinion, what is the most important trait or characteristic an entrepreneur needs to succeed?

DT: Persistence. Pushing forward even when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

EDD: Does your company have any news/updates that you would like to share?

DT: We will start providing service to rural communities in Maryland very soon. Anyone interested in our service should visit our website to discover how we can help you get connected

To learn about how the Economic Development Department supports local entrepreneurs, visit our Entrepreneurship page or contact us at info@meetcharlescounty.com.

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