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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...

Putting Charles County in Context

Posted by: EDD DIrector, Darréll Brown on Wednesday, June 2, 2021
It’s often said that Charles County is the best of both worlds. We are part of the Washington DC metropolitan area – arguably one of the most important urban regions in the country. And, we are part of Southern Maryland, an ... Read More...

Crabs, Oysters, and Fish, Oh My

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Charles County is surrounded by water—the Potomac, Patuxent, and Wicomico Rivers and all the tributaries that come off the Potomac—with a living ecosystem that local residents and watermen depend on. With April 1 being the official start ... Read More...

Waldorf Women’s Care Adds Services and Locations

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, May 19, 2021
A Charles County’s provider of gynecologic and women’s health services, Waldorf Women’s Care (WWC), has emerged out of the COVID-19 pandemic with a new second location and a third location on the way. The woman behind it all, Dr. ... Read More...

Waldorf Franchise Keeps People Working and Working Out During COVID

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Wanda Brisco, an ACE certified trainer, started Waldorf’s 9Round 30 Minute Kickbox Fitness franchise in 2016, after training clients part-time for 12 years. She eventually left her full-time IT job at the Pentagon to pursue her own dream of ... Read More...

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...

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