Maryland Small Business Development Center

Project Open DOORS Information Session

Project Open DOORS Information Session

Start Date: February 28, 2018
End Date: February 28, 2018
Times: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
County/Sponsor: Tri-County Council, Southern Maryland Job Source
Location: La Plata College of Southern Maryland BU208
Cost: Free
Contact Information: Pamela Wilkerson, Project Lead on 301.374.1148 or email


Information Sessions: February 28 La Plata; March 1 Prince Frederick; March 8 Leonardtown

When you click register you will be able to choose which date/location works best for you.

PROJECT OPEN DOORS; modeled after the United States Department of Labor’s Project GATE (Growing America Through Entrepreneurship) is a collaboration between the Southern Maryland JobSource and the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Southern Region. PROJECT OPEN DOORS provides self-employment training, one-on-one counseling and business planning support to eligible participants. Self-employment promotes both workforce development and economic development for the local economy. In difficult economic times self-employment is a viable option for those highly skilled, highly motivated individuals who have the talent, time and resources needed to start a business.

HOW IT WORKS: 5-10 future business owners will participate in an intensive, hands on business development boot camp that provides tools, resources and supports strategically aligned to accelerate the path to business ownership and success. Participants will learn how to build a profitable business and avoid common mistakes that lead to frustration and possibly failure. SBDC Strategic Growth Plan© is specifically designed to be used as the road map by the owner.

The plan will be developed in five planning phases:

A. affirming Dreams (goals)
B. understanding Obstacles & Opportunities
C. identifying Resources, and
D. outlining Steps within a critical path.

This becomes the acronym DOORS© and is the foundation of our approach. Participants will also work on a loan proposal that will demonstrate ability to repay a proposed loan. Our objective is to share with the participants SBDC’s secrets of presenting a proposal to a lender.

Please only register for one by selecting the date and/or location that best fits in your schedule. Be sure to arrive in the classroom on time. After a brief presentation, if you are interested in being part of the program you will be asked to begin the application process on the College's computers. Only 10 applicants will be accepted for this 10 week Program.

What the Program offers - 10 week training program begins mid-April:

Strategic Launch – Open for Business!
Building a Successful Business Plan
Legal & Records Management
Financing Your Small Business
Small Business Recordkeeping with QuickBooks
Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring (online- self paced)
Franchising Basics
Government as Your Customer / Certifications what you need to know
*Sequence of courses may change based upon instructor availability.

At the conclusion of the 10 week training program you will have all the information you need to launch your new business and file for incorporation with the State of Maryland.

SBDC consultants will continue to help you in all phases of your business growth and development.

Additional free and low-cost in person and online training is available to help with supporting the growth of your business.


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