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Counseling

One on One Counseling
A hallmark service of the MDSBDC is its excellent one-on-one counseling to prospective and existing small business owners. Many of our counselors are former bankers, accountants or business owners who will work with you to provide personalized and confidential counseling at no cost to the client. Some of the areas of concentration include:

arrow Business Plan Development
arrow Business Structuring
arrow Market Planning
arrow Research Market Development
arrow Financial Analysis
arrow Control
arrow Strategic Planning
arrow Accounting Systems
arrow Business Valuation
arrow Management Techniques
arrow Debt and Equity Funding Opportunities
arrow Cash Flow Analysis and Financial Projections
arrow Management Information System Development

Our Counselors can also refer you to local and regional resources for assistance in areas not available for the MDSBDC. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call your local SBDC.

Group Counseling
The MDSBDC offers a number of specialized group counseling sessions to assist clients in a specific area of need. Each workshop is designed to bring attendees closer to achieving their entrepreneurial goals. Offering counseling in a group setting allows participants to benefit from the experiences of others while providing them with an opportunity to network and learn in an open-ended environment. Some specialty group counseling sessions include:

arrow Business Plan Writing
arrow Financing
arrow Personal Readiness
arrow Procurement
arrow Credit Repair

Procurement/Contract Counseling
The MSBDC provides specialized procurement counseling services through it’s PTAP (Procurement Technical Assistance Program. . This program, funded by the Defense Logistics Agency and Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, assists you to identify, obtain and perform successfully on federal, state and local government contracts. Individual counseling and procurement training are available through your local SBDC office.

High Technology Counseling
Through individual counseling and small group workshops, conducted by trained technology counselors, we will guide you through the preparation of various types of plans. Our management assessments are designed to improve performance and support growth. We will also show you how to take advantage of Federal and State support programs. Contact your local SBDC to schedule an appointment with a member of our High Technology counseling staff.

Retail/Restaurant Counseling
Individual and small group counseling is available to assist you with the unique aspects of starting, managing and maintaining a retail or restaurant operation. Our professional staff will help you assess feasibility, assist with store layout, establishing and maintaining good vendor relationships, marketing, inventory management and more. Contact your local SBDC to set up an appointment or to inquire about workshops and training.

 
 
 
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The Maryland SBDC Program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any of the cosponsor’s or participants’ opinions, products, or services. All of SBA’s programs and services are extended to the public on a non discriminatory basis.