EmPOWERING Success Stories: Marie Rose Photography

In 2020, the Frederick County Office of Economic Development formed the EmPOWER program, as an effort to rebrand its services, to meet the needs of underrepresented businesses. Since then, the EmPOWER program has provided support, tools, education, mentorship, and so much more for many business owners.

Alex Gushard-Edwards, owner of Marie Rose Photography and a graduate of the 2022 EmPOWER Mentorship cohort and the 2023 Frederick County Small Business Accelerator Program, shares how the EmPOWER program has transformed her photography business and enriched her entrepreneurial journey.

“The EmPOWER Program opened doors to connections that I otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity to make. Through the program, I’ve met like-minded individuals who have become collaborators and supporters in my business journey.”

One of the key takeaways from the EmPOWER program for Alex was gaining valuable insights into the structure of her photography business. The EmPOWER Mentorship program equipped her with knowledge and tools to enhance the foundation of Marie Rose Photography. By understanding the intricacies of business management, Alex has been able to better streamline her operations and make informed decisions that fuel her success.

Since completing the EmPOWER Mentorship and Frederick County Small Business Accelerator program, Alex proudly shares “My business has touched more lives. The program's impact has gone beyond my business, allowing me to connect with the community on a deeper level.”

Attending EmPOWER networking events, Alex has fostered meaningful relationships and created opportunities for collaboration and growth.

Alex continues to implement the tools and knowledge she acquired through the EmPOWER program. By staying proactive and continuously learning, she ensures that her business remains adaptable and relevant in an ever-evolving industry.

To learn more about Frederick County Office to Economic Development EmPOWER program, visit www.discoverfrederickmd.com or contact Shana Knight, Senior Business Development Manager of Small Business Services at sknight@frederickcountymd.gov.