Sherman Coleman – OED’s Small and Minority Business Champion

Sherman Coleman joined the OED team as a Business Development Specialist in 2008. With an initial focus on Technology Transfer, he was responsible for outreach to businesses interested in doing business or partnering with the agencies at Fort Detrick, and coordination of OED services with the Fort Detrick Business Development Office (FDBDO) and the Frederick Innovative Technology Center (FITCI). He also worked closely with the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) to administer the Fort Detrick Technology Transfer Initiative and the Joint Technology Transfer Initiative – two grant programs targeted at facilitating technology transfer out of the various research labs at Fort Detrick.  

In recent years, Sherman has focused on providing resources and support to Frederick’s small business community and those interested in starting a business. Since 2015, Sherman has also led OED’s minority outreach initiatives- the Frederick County Minority Business Vision.  This outreach program brings together minority, women and veteran-owned businesses on a monthly basis to expand growth opportunities through resources, networking and business education with presentations from subject-matter experts.

In 2017, Sherman launched OED’s newest program, the Frederick County Future Minority Business Leaders Program. Created to inspire, develop and grow current and future minority leaders of Frederick County, the inaugural class had 17 members including four students from Hood College, Mt. St. Mary’s University and Frederick Community College.

Sherman is a Chicago native who attended De LaSalle High School and went on to graduate from The University of Detroit, where he played basketball. He is a Navy veteran. He is also a 2013 graduate of Leadership Frederick County. 

Sherman is also a recipient of the Frederick Community College President’s Business Appreciation Award for 2017 Business Leader of the Year.

Sherman was also awarded the 2017 Dr. Dorothy Irene Height Leadership Award by the Frederick County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority of Frederick County.