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Prepare for Success

Ideas are everywhere. Successful entrepreneurs know that not every idea is a good business opportunity. Before you bet the ranch on your idea, take the time to research who will buy your product or service and what competition you will face.


While preparing your startup endeavor, be sure to research and understand the market that you will be entering. Several organizations in the Baltimore Resource Navigator offer assistance in this area (click on the links below).


Many support organizations have classes and workshops for all types of entrepreneurs.  Explore the Calendar of Events to find an event near you.

Get Business Now: Conference and Procurement Fair hosted by Miller Resources for Entrepreneurs / Carroll County Community College

  • Dates: 16 – 16 Mar, 2018
  • <strong>Location:</strong> Westminster, Maryland
  • <strong>Address:</strong> Scott Theater/Bollinger Conference Center
  • <strong>Contact:</strong> Paul Taylor
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  • <strong>Phone:</strong> (443) 451-7160
  • Carroll County's Signature Business Conference & Procurement Fair

    • Exciting guest speakers
    • Business success strategies
    • Access to procurement contacts 


    1. Get It Right! Improving Service Delivery
    2. Get Known! Telling a Better Business Story
    3. Get Connected! From Interest to Making the Sale
    4. Get Funded! Understanding Financial Options


    Register for the full day session including lunch, or just the morning or afternoon sessions, with or without lunch.


    Boyd K. Rutherford, Lt. Governor of Maryland
    Prior to becoming Lt. Governor, Boyd Rutherford served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services responsible for more than $900 million in annual contract awards, and later served as Assistant Secretary for Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Featured Speakers
    Sonya Hand, Director of Strategy & Marketing, Skayl, LLC
    Get It Right: Discover Your Path to Success

    It takes just the right balance between charting your own path and standing on the shoulders of others to make your business a success. Sonya Hand, a self-professed serial entrepreneur, will explore the best times for each, including some “implement today” best practices certain to make the journey a smoother one.

    Steve Lowe, President and Owner, 127 Creative & SURCH
    Get Known: Breaking Through the Noise
    Creating your business story and getting it heard is no easy task and one that is often left out in business planning. Steve Lowe will discuss successful strategies to get your business name and products known and heard in the segment of the market you are targeting.

    Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary, Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs
    Get Connected: Winning State Business

    Winning business from the State of Maryland is not as complicated as you may think. Jimmy Rhee will walk you through the process of how to enter into the procurement process and win business. In the afternoon session, you will have the opportunity to speak with procurements officers from the Department of General Services, the Maryland State Highway Administration and the Maryland Transit Administration, among others.

    Timothy L. Smoot,Sr. Vice President & CFO, Meridian Management Group, Inc.
    Get Funded: It Takes Money to Make Money
    Every small business needs to understand the various financing options that are available to them.  Tim Smoot will explain the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority program, what it means for small businesses and how critically important it is to be well prepared when seeking financing assistance. In the afternoon session, you will have the opportunity to speak with Smoot as well as local banks including Farmers & Merchants Bank, Sandy Spring Bank, M&T Bank, Carroll Community Bank, and NSWB Bank

    NOON – 1 P.M. / LUNCH

    Provided by Miller, Resources for Entrepreneurs


    Network and connect with state and local procurement officers.

    Connect with local banks and small business fund managers, including M&T Bank, Sandy Spring Bank, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Carroll Community Bank and Meridian Management Group 

  • WHEN: 
    Friday, March 16 
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.         

    Carroll Community College
    Washington Road Campus     

    No cost! 

    Seats are limited. Registration is required. 

    For more information call 410-386-8012

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The Maryland Small Business Development Centers and Baltimore Small Business Resource Center both offer no charge one on one business appointments to the public.  Find these organizations and many more near you that provide business counseling via the Resource Navigator or give us a call at 443-451-7160.