Frederick County Welcomes New Maryland Women's Business Center Counselor

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development and the Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) welcomes new Business Counselor/Trainer, Maria Ryan McElhenney to serve women entrepreneurs out of the Frederick Office of Economic Development.  

Workshops are already in full swing, and some will be offered in both Spanish and English.  This month, McElhenney will teach the following workshops: June 7—ABCs of Starting a BusinessJune 14—Free Group Counseling for Pre-Startups and New Companies, June 21-- Free Group Counseling for Established Companies, June 22—Writing a Successful Business Plan, and host a Networking Lunch on June 29 at Frederick Skaure Burger for entrepreneurs to make new connections. 

McElhenney defines herself as a women of purpose and passion and is the 2003 recipient of the Maryland Latina Woman Leader of the Year.  She is bilingual (English/Spanish), and also owns and manages Makeup Artist Pro Group, which comprises a team of 12 certified Makeup Artists and serves the DMV area for weddings, special events and classes.

“Maria brings strong entrepreneurial experiences and vibrant energy, which will help us reach more women entrepreneurs in Frederick County who are looking to start, grow, and sustain their businesses,” said Kiesha Haughton, Managing Director of the Maryland Women’s Business Center.

McElhenney has a background in business banking and entrepreneurship, and one of her first business ventures was in the area of corporate identity, development and web design, strategy and marketing.  She also was the Founder/President of Blooming Women, Inc. a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women business owners and professionals.

“I’m excited to join the team, and hope to help entrepreneurs succeed by sharing all that I have learned in my journey as a woman, mother and business owner,” added Maria Ryan McElhenney,” Business Counselor/Trainer in Frederick County for Maryland Women’s Business Center.

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About The Maryland Women’s Business Center


MWBC was established in 2010 as a program of the non-profit Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) to help people throughout the region start and build successful women-owned enterprises that are positioned for long-term growth. MWBC conducts specialized training, offers individual business counseling, and provides unique resources.  Our special initiatives include a Childcare Business Development Program and StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition. Stay connected on Facebook, Instagram , LinkedIn, and Twitter.