Charles County Commissioners Announce 'Entrepreneur of the Month' Program

LA PLATA, Md. (Nov. 4, 2008)—The Charles County Board of Commissioners and the Charles County Economic Development and Tourism Department will implement a new program entitled “Soar With The Eagles” to recognize and celebrate the success of Charles County-based entrepreneurs. The first “Entrepreneur of the Month” presentation will take place on Wednesday November 5, 2008, at 5:15 p.m. in the Commissioners’ meeting room. A presentation will be scheduled on the first Tuesday of each month thereafter.

The Entrepreneur of the Month recipients will be selected by the Economic Development and Tourism Department from among the many homegrown companies here in the county.

"The Commissioners are very pleased with the selection of the Entrepreneur of the Month," said Charles County President Wayne Cooper. "Although the economy is uncertain at this time, we should appreciate our homegrown businesses and welcome new ventures that move into our area. As local businesses create more goods and services, they help bring more jobs and opportunities to Charles County. Steady employment builds strong communities," added Cooper.

The County Commissioners will present the recipients with a resolution identifying them as the Charles County Entrepreneur of the Month. The County’s main web site and economic development site will have a page featuring the companies who have been recognized.

George Robertson, Director of the Economic Development and Tourism Department noted, “A lot of people think economic development is only about attracting companies to move here, but there’s more to it than that. Seventy percent of new job growth in any community comes from existing companies, and twenty percent of new job growth comes from people living here who decided to start their own businesses.”

The goal of the “Where Eagles Soar Entrepreneur of the Month” program is to support and recognize those entrepreneurs that have been successful as well as to encourage other potential start-ups and show them that Charles County is a good place to start and build a business. “What you celebrate you get more of,” said EDD Director Robertson. “We want to constantly celebrate all the great things that are working here so that we can make sure that Charles County continues to grow and prosper.”

Source: Charles County Board of Commissioners

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