The Frederick County Office of Economic Development graduated its first class of Minority Business Executives on September 25th this year. The Frederick County Minority Business Executive Development Class is a new program for mid-level and senior management executives and business owners representing small, medium and large businesses.
The class is designed to enhance and develop student’s skills in Business Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Promotion & Advertising, and Organizational Management. The class is co-taught by professors from Mount St. Mary’s University and Hood College. The program started to help grow minority business leaders through resources, networking and business education that inspires future leaders. The program occurred each Friday during the month of September at the Frederick Visitor’s Center.
Student and owner of TMConsulting LLC, Tereance Moore writes the following, “The Frederick County Minority Business Executive Development program was a timely opportunity for me as a business owner to reassess my business model and strategy in our current environment. The program provided a balanced learning experience of fundamental business knowledge provided by reputable educators with real life application and lessons learned by my fellow classmates. A diverse group of classmates who vary business fields and phases of their entrepreneurial and professional career. Though COVID presented obstacles to our ability to network, online bios and social networking allowed many of my classmates to connect and foster a relationship we expect to take beyond the class. This is an experience that I only see growth for years to come, with participation in the program being coveted by existing and the wave of Minority Business-owners and professionals on the horizon.”
A full scholarship to The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Frederick program was awarded to Dr. Xavier Bruce, owner and founder of Uplift Energy Coaching LLC, and valedictorian of the Frederick County OED’s Future Minority Business Leaders Class of 2019. This scholarship award is a demonstration of the partnership between the Frederick County Office of Economic Development and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.
County Executive Jan Gardner addressed the class at their last seminar and gave these parting words, “Leadership is all about being brave. It’s about being willing to step out of your comfort zone to do what needs to be done, to take risks, and seize opportunities. Almost everything we accomplish is achieved through relationships. Building relationships is one of the major benefits of this program. I am pleased Frederick County can help our aspiring leaders to accomplish their goals and build long-lasting productive relationships with others in our business community. Our goal is to ensure a diversity of business leaders in our community and by extension a diversity of thriving businesses. Frederick County is committed to creating an environment where everyone can excel, prosper, and achieve their dreams.”
To learn more about the 2020 Graduates of the Frederick County Minority Business Executive Development Class, feel free to read their bios here:
- Xavier Bruce
- Ariel Rodriquez Mercado
- Marie Greenbank
- Ashleigh Kiggans
- David Brooks
- Patricia Mir
- Tereance Moore
- Priscilla Myles
- Kwadwo Kojo Amanpene
- Jennifer Storm
Congratulations to the Frederick County Minority Business Executive Development Class of 2020!