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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.

34th Annual MD Small Business Week Awards

  • Dates: 07 – 07 Jun, 2018
  • <strong>Location:</strong> Baltimore, Maryland
  • <strong>Address:</strong> 6817 Dogwood Road
  • <strong>Contact:</strong> Rachel Howard
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  • <strong>Phone:</strong> (410) 244-3337

34th Annual MD Small Business Week Awards
June 7, 2018 ● 11:00 a.m.—1:30 p.m.
Martin’s West, Woodlawn, MD
Meet the winners & hear their inspiring stories.
Network with lenders, government officials, resource providers & fellow entrepreneurs
to learn how to start or grow your business.
2018 Honorees:
Tammy Beideman, Sweet Elizabeth Jane
Small Business Person of the Year
Paul Skalny, Esq., Davis, Agnor, Rapaport &
Skalny, LLC, Attorney Advocate
Anita Sheckells, Katz Abosch
Accountant Advocate
Susan Gauthier, The Cottage
Entrepreneurial Success
Robert Wise, WGS Systems, LLC
Small Bus. Exporter
Whitney & Scott Kerridge
Admiral Cleaners, Family Owned Small Bus.
Andrew Hines, The Bank of Glen Burnie
Financial Services Champion
Kim Lank, Waly Wag , Home-Based Business
Mike Thomas, Lighthouse Insurance
Services, Insurance Advocate
Louben Repke, Repke Fitness
Minority Owned Small Bus.
Gordon Mumpower, Jr., Commercial Ins.
Managers, Inc., Veteran Owned Small Bus.
Nandini Mouli, eSai, LLC
Woman Owned Small Bus.
Ali von Paris, Route One Apparel
Young Entrepreneur
McKenzie & Gigi Crafton, Bracket Ears
Rising Star Student Entrepreneurs
Jake Spencer, SCORE—Baltimore
District Director’s Unsung Hero
Special Thanks to the 2018 Event Contributors:
M & T Bank ● MD Dept. of Commerce ● Bay Bank ● Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP ●
MD Dept. of Housing & Community Development ● Howard Bank ● Select Specialty
Bowman & Co., CPA PC ● Ultimate Technology Experience (UTX) ● Martin’s West ●
AHA Business Radio ● Allan Hirsh Advisors ● Sandy Spring Bank ● Media Dimensions

Register Online:
Tickets: $65 each or Tables of 10 for $650
Questions? Rachel Howard, (410) 244-3337,

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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.