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Civility Management Solutions Dumps D.C. For Hyattsville Address


Jim Coleman, EDC President and CEO, PGCEDC Congratulates Laurie Artis, President and CEO of Civility Management Solutions at Open HouseHyattsville, MD, August 11, 2016 - Yesterday, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) 'Chief Excitement Officer' Jim Coleman attended the Grand Opening of the new offices of Civility Management Solutions in Hyattsville to celebrate the success of a vision being realized. Being 'bullish' on connecting people to resources and opportunities, the EDC partnered with Pastor Mike Freeman and the Spirit of Faith Christian Center earlier this year for a Small Business and Job Seeker Summit where Civility President and CEO Laurie Artis gained a new spirit of faith and became inspired to grow and expand her business in Prince George's County. Well-wishers from the federal level, the faith-based community and the veteran community were on hand as Ms. Artis officially opened their new Hyattsville headquarters.

"This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate yet another business 'Success Story'. We are glad to have been able to help Civility Management Solutions 'Activate Prosperity' and move mountains to help them receive their success," said Coleman. "Laurie has built a business that is sustainable and growing. We want to replicate her success throughout the County through the resources we have at the EDC. This is exactly what County Executive Rushern Baker and I want to happen for every business in Prince George's County."

Through her partnership with the EDC, Ms. Artis was been able to hire Prince George's County residents, network with local businesses to develop a larger client base, and move to a new headquarters within a HUB Zone - a Historically Underutilized Business Zone - which is a Small Business Administration program geared toward promoting economic development and employment growth in distressed areas by providing access to more federal contracting opportunities.

"A little less than a year ago, I was contemplating moving our offices to Washington, D.C. to be closer to my federal clients. But truly, when the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation 'Chief Excitement Officer' himself, and his Team showed up at Spirit of Faith, that confirmed for me that I needed to stay in Prince George's County," said Artis. "I have only known the EDC for less than a year, but they are awesome. They have great resources, and I've used them all! I truly believe that I am in business at the right time, here in Prince George's County. I would be foolish to leave here."

Founded at her kitchen table in 2012, Civility Management Solutions (CMS) grew out of Ms. Artis keen desire to be an entrepreneur and her natural aptitude for federal contracting. CMS is a professional services company that provides professional consulting services, acquisition services, program management, human capital training and financial management, primarily in the federal arena. Some of their clients include the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Army, the Department of Transportation, and Department of Homeland Security with whom CMS was recently named the prime on a very lucrative contract.

Yesterday's Open House highlights the power of the Economic Development Corporation to assist companies in growing their businesses in Prince George's County. The goal of Civility Management Solutions is to help people. As an African American woman, and a Veteran with numerous federal small business certifications, Ms. Artis is utilizing the resources at the EDC to expand her business with MBE and County certifications, and by partnering and connecting with smaller companies to mentor their businesses.

For more information how the EDC can assist businesses with access to capital, site selection, and other business support services, contact John Mason, Director of Economic Development at 301-583-4650 or jamason@co.pg.md.us.