Owners seek to better investment in their businesses

Accelerator program shows how to improve revenues

by Rebecca J. Barnabi Staff writer – SOMD News

Staff photo by GREG DOHLER Dave Scott, right, co-owner of White Plains-based Trinity Fitness, speaks Feb. 12 about what he learned from the Entrepreneurial Accelerator program during a graduation ceremony in Hughesville.Ten local small business owners completed a six-week course to learn how to better invest in their own businesses, and how to invest in each other.

A graduation celebration was held Feb. 12 in Hughesville for the inaugural class of the Eric Franklin Entrepreneur Accelerator program.

Graduates are business owners with an annual revenue below $500,000. A second course will begin in March for businesses with an annual revenue of $500,000 to $1 million, followed by a third course about how to turn a business idea into a company.

“I saw a need for some entrepreneurial and business support that I have seen throughout various places in Maryland … but I didn’t see that there was the funding in Southern Maryland,” said program founder Eric Franklin in a phone interview the day before graduation.

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Dates for upcoming training sessions:  March 5, 12, 19 & 26 April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, May 7, 14 & 21. Download flyer for information.

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