Small Business Development Center

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Who We Are:
The Maryland Small Business Development Center (MDSBDC) network is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of Maryland, College Park. This Partnership links private enterprise, government, higher education and local economic development organizations to provide management training and technical assistance to Maryland's small business.

We are part of a national SBDC network that delivers assistance to strengthen small and medium sized business, thereby contributing to the growth of local, state and national economies.

The MDSBDC has a satellite office at Chesapeake College serving Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties. The host for the Eastern Region Headquarters is Salisbury State University. The Eastern Region also has a satellite office located at Cecil Community College.

What We Do:

Counseling:
MDSBDC consulting services are offered at no cost to the small business enterprise.  Our confidential business consulting services assist potential and existing small business owners to develop and refine business plans, solve problems, find capital and brainstorm innovative strategies to build a strong foundation supporting growth and profitability.

Training:
MDSBDC training programs are designed for all stages of small business development. Topics range from turning ideas into business plans to developing growth strategies and expanding into international trade. Our seminars are affordable and taught by skilled professionals. Log onto our website or call the office nearest you to get a schedule of upcoming training events at Salisbury State University or search the training schedule at Chesapeake College.

Resource Libraries:

Books, videotapes, magazines and useful websites are available at most MDSBDC offices.  We are also a part of SBDCNET, a national business information clearinghouse designed to provide you with rapid access to information resources.  Come in and browse, make copies and research your market.  Tell us what information you are looking for and our client services staff will help you find it.

The SBDC Advantage:

The SBDC is dedicated to assisting emerging business enterprises to become leaders in their field. We can help you achieve that "competitive edge" by providing the following value-added consulting services at no cost to you:

  • Assisting with the development of your business plan
  • Assisting in analyzing the market for your product or service
  • Finding sources of capital
  • Updating information on technology transfer, and
  • Other managerial and technical support services.

You will receive sound advice from seasoned staff and, if necessary, referral to industry experts or other business consultants.

Please contact the office nearest you for additional information and assistance.

Small Business Development Center
Chesapeake College:
Richard Loeffler, Business Consultant
E-mail:  rloeffler@chesapeake.edu

Phone: (410) 827-5304
Toll - Free Phone: 1-888-852-6712
Fax: 410-827-5361

Cambridge Office:
Richard Loeffler, Business Consultant
Phone: (410) 228-8191

Valerie Walzak, Administrative Assistant, ext. 5304
E-mail: vwalzak@chesapeake.edu

Eastern Shore Regional Headquarters
Salisbury State University
Phone: 1-800-999-7232
FAX: (410) 548-5389
www.salisbury.edu/community/sbdc/
http://www.mdsbdc.umd.edu/