Calvert to Host Small Business Summit for Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses - Southern Maryland Headline News

Calvert to Host Small Business Summit for Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. - September 20, 2006 - The Calvert County, Md., Department of Economic Development is pleased to partner with the Concerned Black Women of Calvert County and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to host the second annual Small Business Summit on Friday, October 6, 2006, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the College of Southern Maryland's Prince Frederick campus.

The Summit, titled "Building Your Business - Building Your Dream," is designed to help small business owners, particularly women and minorities, gather valuable information about State certification and procurement programs, business and marketing plans, banking and microloan opportunities and the multitude of free business resources and services that are available from State and local organizations.

Kelly Robertson-Slagle, business retention specialist for the Calvert County Department of Economic Development, expects this annual event to draw a capacity crowd. "These conferences are especially helpful for start-up businesses, where entrepreneurs can learn about the many resources and opportunities that exist to help them get up and running," she said. "But they also benefit the established business owner who is looking to partner with other businesses or just learn about new programs that exist for local business owners. I expect the day to be very useful and energizing for all the attendees."

The cost for the half-day Summit is only $15.00 and includes a continental breakfast plus a special lunch featuring keynote addresses by two successful Calvert County business owners, Charles Kinslow and Frank Taylor, Sr. Kinslow will speak about financial fitness for business owners and Taylor will offer candid, real-world anecdotes in his presentation, "So You Want to Own a Business?"

Advance registration is required by September 29, 2006, and is limited to 100 attendees. For more information about the Concerned Black Women of Calvert County or to register for the Small Business Summit, call 866.517.0477 or send an e-mail to

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