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EDC Participates In Local Business Expo

(l. to r.: June Evans, Director, Center of Entrepreneurial Development, PGCC; Necole Parker, Founder & CEO, Elocen Group; Delegate Angela Angel, District 25; Valarie Dock, President, Bolana Enterprises, Inc.; Ardania Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Lendana Construction  Company; Eben Smith, President, Three E Consulting Group; Mirinda Jackson, MBE Compliance Manager, Prince George's County Council; Angie Duncanson, Small Business Consultant, Maryland Women's Business Center; Shelley Gross-Wade, President & CEO, FSC First; Kisha Logan, Manager, EDC Small Business Services; Lisa Smith, Executive Director, Bowie Business Innovation Center; Sharon Jackson, Interim Director, Supplier Development and Diversity Division, Prince George's County)Largo, MD, June 21, 2016 - Yesterday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) participated in the Small Business Expo for Small Community Businesses hosted by County Council Chair Derrick Davis and the Business Resource Coalition at the Prince George's Community College. Local leaders from Prince George's County, including State Delegate Angela Angel came out to this unique networking event that featured four local companies, who have benefited from the collaboration of the Business Resource Center, sharing their success stories and the lessons they have learned as up and coming entrepreneurs. The Expo was also an opportunity to make the local business community aware of the many resources available to help their businesses succeed in Prince George's County. EDC Small Business Manager Kisha Logan met with many of the attendees and shared her insight on how to successfully take a small business from start up to major corporation.

"EDC is pleased to partner with the Business Resource Coalition to provide Prince George's County small business owners with the resources they need to take their companies to the next level," said Logan. "I met quite a few companies today looking to grow their business, but not knowing where to turn. As these businesses begin to grow, we look forward to helping them meet their goals and create jobs for County residents. These types of partnerships are the secrets to success."

The Business Resource Coalition is an organization within FSC First that includes the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, the Center for Entrepreneurial Development at the Prince George's Community College, the Minority Business Compliance Manager with the Prince George's County Council and the Prince George's County Supplier Development and Diversity Division. Resource members include the Maryland Women's Business Center and the Bowie Business Innovation Center. Collectively, this coalition collaborates to empower County businesses through its access to the tools, learning solutions, consultant services and access to capital so that businesses are ready to compete successfully in a global marketplace.

For more information on gaining access to capital and other business support services, contact Kisha Logan, Manager, EDC Small Business Services at 201-583-4650 or kvlogan@co.pg.md.us.