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Business Growth Advantage Program Will Address Business Basics

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Entrepreneurship is hard. In fact, according to federal government data, about 20% of start-up businesses fail in their first year, and by the fifth year only about a half survive. There’s no one reason new businesses don’t make it, ... Read More...

Charles County Wins Two Economic Development Awards

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, October 14, 2021
The Charles County Economic Development Department was honored to receive two awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for Excellence and Leadership in Economic Development on October 5 at IEDC’s Annual Conference. One ... Read More...

Resources to Start and Grow Your Business

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, October 7, 2021
The Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD) offers a wide range of business assistance services to help entrepreneurs and businesses grow and thrive in Charles County. With our strong collaborative network of business, education, and ... Read More...

HH Logistics Planning Takes the Stress Out of Relocating

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, September 30, 2021
Many of us have moved or relocated at some point in our lives. The thought of relocating a few staff to a temporary space or relocating an entire agency involves enough details to make anyone’s head spin. Charles County-based HH Logistics ... Read More...

Charles County Fall Meeting 2021: Opening Doors

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, September 27, 2021
The Charles County Economic Development Department will hold its Annual Fall Meeting on Tuesday, November 2nd from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. This year, the event will be offered as a hybrid meeting; guests have the option to attend in person at ... Read More...

Fall Festivities on the Farm and Expansion Online

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, September 16, 2021
The beginning of Fall in Charles County means area farms opening for pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, apple cider, and outdoor family fun. Middleton’s Legacy Farm Lawnscapes, owned by Bret Middleton, is opening for fall festivities this ... Read More...

Delivering Amazon Packages from Waldorf to Your Door

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, September 10, 2021
As the world’s largest online retailer, nearly everyone knows who Amazon is. And, many will recall, in 2020, Charles County became a site for a new Amazon Last Mile “Delivery Station” in Waldorf. Lesser known is a Charles County ... Read More...

A Look at Charles County’s Labor Force

Posted by: Economic Development Department on Thursday, September 2, 2021
In 1894, the U.S. Congress passed a bill making the first Monday in September a federal holiday – Labor Day. At first, it was a holiday for just federal workers, but a few decades into the 20th century it became a day off for workforce in all ... Read More...

Catalyst Project Brings Redevelopment to Town of Indian Head

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Rendering of the new Maryland Technology Center under construction across from the Velocity Center in the Town of Indian Head “CSM's Velocity Center demonstrates how a good and well thought out catalyst project can induce other ... Read More...

Black Business Month Feature: Kingdomware Technologies

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, August 19, 2021
As we were discussing a business to feature on our blog for Black Business Month, Kingdomware Technologies was one of the first to come to mind. The Waldorf-based business specializes in providing web, software, client network, and mobile ... Read More...

Robots Take Over Indian Head!

Posted by: Economic Development TEam on Thursday, August 12, 2021
For five days at least, the Town of Indian Head was crawling and swarming with dog-like machines, stair ascenders, self-propelled x-ray machines and flying drones. The Eastern National Robot Rodeo was in town for five days in early August. This ... Read More...

Support Charles County Black-Owned Businesses

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, August 10, 2021
August is National Black Business Month, a time to recognize and support Black-owned businesses across the country. The concept of National Black Business Month is not complicated--the community makes a conscious effort to support Black-owned ... Read More...

Buy Local

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, August 3, 2021
The annual Maryland Buy Local Challenge has come to an end for 2021 but reminds us of the importance of the “buy local” movement and how diverse the offerings of our local farmers and producers truly are. Launched by the Southern ... Read More...

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...

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