EDD Creates Task Force for Business Retention & Expansion

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, September 27, 2018

A critical component of our Charles County Economic Development 5-year strategic plan is to help our existing businesses grow and expand. After all, research suggests that up to 86 percent of economic growth is spurred by existing businesses.

Our new Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program is designed to help local businesses, with the support and collaboration of our BRE Task Force.  The task force is comprised of community members with representation from key stakeholder groups including business leaders, development professionals, local government officials, education officials, community leaders, and stake officials who have a deep understanding of business challenges and can provide solutions our businesses need.

The Task Force will support BRE’s three primary objectives:

  • Demonstrate community willingness to help our Charles County businesses.
  • Identify challenges and remove barriers to investment and growth.
  • Develop long-range programs in response to identified needs.

The BRE team has been working to put together the right Task Force team and has been overwhelmed by the positive response.

“As our firm’s Audit Partner and Business Growth Strategist, helping businesses identify and solve challenges so they can grow is just part of what I do every day,” said Cathy Askey, Askey Askey & Associates, CPA, LLC. “Serving as a member of the BRE Task Force is a great opportunity for me to be able to give back to the business community. I’m looking forward to working with EDD on this important program.”

To date, our Task Force members include representatives from:


Advanced Vision Systems

Askey, Askey & Associates, CPA, LLC

Berkshire Hathaway

Beuchert Excavating

Southern Maryland JobSource

Charles County Chamber of Commerce

Charles County Public Schools

College of Southern Maryland

Hooper & Associates

Last Mile Broadband, LLC

Maryland Department of Commerce


Peerless Tech Solutions

Small Business Development Center

Southern Maryland Business Center

SOMD Minority Chamber


Town of Indian Head

Town of La Plata

Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland

U of M Charles Regional Medical System

Zekiah Technologies

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