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Success Stories from around Maryland

We have helped many small businesses achieve their dream of starting or expanding their business. Newsletters with stories: Spring 2015, Fall 2014

Stories from our regions:

Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts in Lusby MD: Path to “Chamber Member of the Year”

When initially considering this business idea, Heather Maertens utilized SBDC consulting assistance starting in February 2002. Her skills and past experience in the industry put her in an excellent position to reach this goal. In October 2002, the business opened in Solomons MD. In late 2010, the business relocated to the current location in . . .

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Douglas Security Technologies of Harford County: How They Obtained An Investor to Build a Prototype

Randy Douglas, the founder of Douglas Security Technologies LLC, is an inventor from Aberdeen, MD who contacted the Northern Region of Maryland SBDC with the hopes of bringing his patented mobile technology to market. With the help of SBDC counselors and an SBDC event, Douglas is closer to his dream than he ever expected. When Douglas first reached out to the SBDC in early 2015, he...

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Keffa Coffee, LLC imports specialty-grade Ethiopian coffee

Owner Samuel Demisse had been in the coffee business for over 20 years and formed Keffa Coffee in 2003. Samuel first came to the SBDC Center for assistance in November of 2008. The business’ growth was . . .

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Irish Seams restarts with help from the SBDC

Elizabeth Mason, President/Founder, affectionately known as “BJ”, restarted Irish Seams with motivation and information from attending the classes at the SBDC and coaching from an SBDC business consultant . . .

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THERAFIT Gym in Carroll County: Learn How They Turn a Passion into an Expanding Business

When Regina “Gina” Della’s brother, Rich, was struck head-on by a drunk driver in 2002, he was placed in a coma and deemed paralyzed. Although doctors recommended cutting off life-support, Gina refused to give up. Gina spent months researching and investigating recovery methods. Against all odds and with family support, Rich miraculously recovered due to a unique device called Quadriciser and intense one-on-one therapeutic exercises that Gina was able to utilize for her brother.

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