Dorsett Joins Calvert Co. Economic Development Dept.

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (July 14, 2011)—The Calvert County Department of Economic Development announced that Maria Dorsett has joined their staff as business retention specialist.

Dorsett has a background working in the small- and medium-sized business community. For five years, she was business counselor for the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) where she counseled clients with their start-up ideas, business plans, strategic goals and market research. She is an advocate for small business in Calvert County and works closely with partner organizations to bring all available resources to small business owners.

Prior to her work with the SBDC, Dorsett was employed at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration where she assisted small businesses in developing strategies for exporting products and services overseas and also worked on bilateral trade issues to help small U.S. companies gain greater access to foreign markets. She has an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.B.A. from Loyola University in Baltimore.

Dorsett is eager to put her skills and experience to work. “Throughout my professional career, I have always enjoyed working with businesses, helping them work through challenges, assisting them with financing and marketing concerns and celebrating successes with them,” she said. “I look forward to assisting Calvert County’s business community and working to create and enhance a host of programs and services to further the Department’s outreach efforts.”

For more information on programs and services of the Calvert County Department of Economic Development or their business retention services, call 410.535.4583, 800.331.9771 or 301.855.1880, send an email to, or visit online at

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