Business Outreach Committee Connects Businesses and Government

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, March 3, 2022

Our Business Outreach Committee (BOC) was formed a year ago to focus on the issues our Charles County businesses are facing post COVID-19 and help encourage and advance economic opportunity for our local businesses and residents. Members of the committee include local business owners, business organizations, and nonprofits. All represent a variety of industries and bring unique perspectives to the table.

The BOC was formed when the Economic Development Department’s Recovery Task Force submitted its final report in March 2021 to Charles County Government and recommended measures to support business operations through the COVID crisis and beyond. The BOC continues the work of the Task Force and will implement their recommendations.
Read COVID-19 Recovery Task Force Report.

All BOC members are appointed by the EDD’s Advisory Board, and membership includes representatives from:

  • Charles County Economic Development Department
  • Charles County Planning and Growth Management Department
  • Charles County Department of Health
  • Maryland Small Business Development Center, Southern Region

In addition to EDD and PGM staff, the committee includes private sector and partner agency representatives.  Thank you to our BOC members who have graciously given of their time to provide valuable input:

  • Angela Fray, Dat Jerk Caribbean Chargrill
  • Anne Hooper, Hooper & Associates
  • Cara Fogarty, Nonprofit Institute
  • Deborah Carpenter, Planning and Growth Management
  • Dexter Bordes, DM&T Development
  • Jason Groth, Planning and Growth Management
  • Jeannine James, Town of La Plata
  • John Flatley, Chick Fil A/La Plata Business Association
  • Keith Grasso, Island Music
  • Lisa Laschalt, Charles County Department of Health
  • Matthew Martin, Energetic Technology Center and Charles Regional Health
  • Steve Scott, Scott Law Group
  • Tranice Watts, Patuxent Brewing Company

In 2022, our BOC will continue supporting collaboration between Charles County Government and the local private sector.  Working together, we hope to use all available platforms to connect with local businesses and make sure they are aware of resources and support systems in our community that will help them in their business operations.  Learn more from the diverse members of this committee in future blog posts.

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