Masai Troutman, Founder and CEO of MTC Integration, pushed himself for years to get where he is today—the very definition of “hustle.” But with success comes other challenges, and as Masai reminded with us, finding a balance between work and family is absolutely crucial. We sat down with him to talk more about the ever-changing world of IT services, and how he found his perfect balance.
From accountant to volunteer firefighter to police officer, Serina Roy has donned countless hats during her time in Frederick. However, as Dublin Roasters Coffee is swiftly heading toward celebrating its 20th year, we must admit that her role as an entrepreneur has not only stuck the longest, but has also been her most delicious venture yet.
Father-son duo Dr. JJ and Josh Lin are the heart and soul of the Imagilin Technology, LLC. Founded in 2003 at FITCI, Frederick’s own tech incubator, Imagilin is one of Frederick’s exciting biotech success stories. Over the years, Imagilin has expanded their probiotic research and manufacturing business with the hopes of expanding internationally.
Blanch Henry, Owner and Founder of Serenity Tearoom & Fine Dining, has spent almost 15 years serving up afternoon teas to the people of Frederick. From passionate admirer of all things tea to a successful business owner, she has inspired countless patrons with her story—and a knack for Southern hospitality.
Edgar Opazo has a vision for the world of automotive servicing, and it is an experience like no other. At Auto Clinic International, Edgar works hard, along with his business partner, to provide that vision for his customers. We visited to learn more about his story rising up as an immigrant in Frederick’s business world.
Our Partner Spotlights have traditionally featured organizations rather than people, but this month we headed over to the Frederick County Office of Economic Development to talk to Sherman Coleman, who is an institution in his own right. While we were there, we discussed the Minority Business Vision Program of which he is the Director, and we picked up some tips for a successful and balanced life along the way.
Emily Dorr has over 20 years of experience in the world of graphic design, but more recent endeavors have required serious entrepreneurial chops as well. After purchasing Jean Petersen Design in July of 2017, Dorr rebranded as Postern Agency, a fully-fledged marketing agency, in May of 2018. Now, she is poised to help other businesses and organizations be as successful as her own.
Across the nation, both women and minorities are driving the growth of the economy at unprecedented rates.
Check out these local resources that helping women & minority entrepreneurs succeed here in Frederick.
This State-sponsored office is committed to connecting the small business community to greater economic opportunities in both the public and private sectors. The office offers subject matter experts in a variety of areas including the Small Business Reserve (SBR) program and the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program.
Check out their calendar of events or explore their resources online here.
Frederick County Minority Vision Program
The Minority Vision Business program provides a supportive environment for small businesses and opens doors to government, public, and private resources. The program features regular networking & informational events, and has introduced a year-long Leadership Development Training initiative.
To get involved, contact Sherman Coleman at scoleman@FrederickCountyMD.gov.
Maryland Women’s Business Center
Frederick’s branch of the Women’s Business Center works with women to start, sustain, and grow their businesses. Their services include workshops & seminars, online training, and business counseling.
Learn more here.
Woman to Woman Mentoring
Woman to Woman works to cultivate mentoring relationships between women to provide “guidance, support, and community connections.” The organzation hosts events and connects mentees with mentors to promote confidence, new skills, and new relationships.
Learn more here.
Centro Hispano de Frederick’s mission is “to inform, refer, and educate the limited English proficient residents of Frederick County in order to promote full participation in the community.” The non-profit organization offers English classes, citizen preparation classes, basic computer courses, legal assistance, translation services, and more.
Become involved here.
The Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland is an international community services agency. The organization is committed to empowering low-income families and immigrants from diverse backgrounds by promoting self-sufficiency, greater social change, education, and legal rights.
Learn more about the organization here.
Asian American Center
The Asian American Center is dedicated to providing essential tools to the immigrant community members. The Center focuses on citizen integration, health & human services, English as a Second Language courses, and interpreter/translation opportunities.
Explore the Center here.
Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce aims to “promote the establishment, growth, prosperity and retention of Hispanic businesses” in Maryland.
Learn more here.
Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the MBCC is to “educate, connect, and advocate for black businesses across Maryland.” The MBCC offers training and education, programs promoting business growth, and events encouraging networking and creating business partnerships.
Find out more here.
MD Washington Minority Companies Association
The MWMCA offers networking events, training, and advocacy for minority- and women-owned business across Maryland. It also strives to connect small businesses with larger businesses to create opportunities for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.
Video Lottery Terminal Fund (VLT)
Created with the small business owner in mind, the state’s Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) fund uses proceeds from video lottery terminals to assist small, minority, and women owned businesses across Maryland through capital financing.
The Maryland Department of Commerce administer the program with the assistance of fund managers who oversee the distribution of funds.
For more information on the program, click here.
Other resources include: Small Business Development Center, Maryland Department of Commerce, SCORE Mentors, Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Frederick Partnership, Golden Mile Alliance, East Frederick Rising, Fort Detrick Alliance, and Tech Frederick.
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The draft Strategic Plan has evolved based on input from the community and collaboration among City staff and the Mayor. The Strategic Plan will guide improvements to the City over the next 10 years. It will be used to direct budgeting, set priorities for City government, and assign actions to specific City departments.