SBTDC Southern Region Awarded ‘Region of the Year’

Business Counselor Named to ‘Million Dollar Club’

The Maryland Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC), Southern Region, at the College of Southern Maryland was awarded the “Region of the Year” award for outstanding regional performance by the Maryland SBTDC at its annual retreat. The Southern Region met their economic impact goals in supporting small businesses in their area by providing assistance in starting, growing, and/or expanding their clients’ businesses. This is the first time the Southern Region has received this award.

            “The Southern Region’s recognition for ‘Outstanding Regional Performance’ in fiscal year 2012 is a testament to the hard work and dedication exemplified by each of their employees, and the leadership of their regional director, Kelly Robertson-Slagle,” said SBTDC State Director Renee Sprow during the awards presentation. “The Maryland SBTDC prides itself in being a tremendous support service for small businesses, and we would like to acknowledge the significant role the Southern Region has played in meeting and in many cases surpassing their performance goals last year.”

            In addition, two SBTDC Southern Region counselors were honored for their positive contribution to the state's economic impact for fiscal year 2012. Counselor Linda Craven was recognized as a member of the Maryland SBTDC Million Dollar Club. The recognition is designated for SBTDC counselors who have assisted a client with a single transaction which results in obtaining financing of $1 million or more. Craven was recognized for facilitating $1,545,374 in small business loan assistance for 14 individual Southern Maryland firms in 2012 and for her overall dedication in serving small businesses. 

            Counselor Bill Hitte was recognized for providing assistance which resulted in 21 new business starts in Southern Maryland during fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2012. 

            “Mrs. Craven and Mr. Hitte are both excellent professional business counselors with expertise in start-up assistance and business finance,” said Robertson-Slagle. “This expertise clearly has helped many small business clients and has bolstered Southern Maryland's small business development efforts.” 

            The SBTDC, Southern Region is hosted by the College of Southern Maryland and is staffed with professional business counselors who collaborate closely with local businesses leaders within Southern Maryland to determine the types of assistance small business owners would value most. They provide confidential one-on-one counseling services at no charge, and serve businesses at satellite locations in La Plata, Prince Frederick and Leonardtown.

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