Modelled after the United States Department of Labor’s Project GATE (Growing America Through Entrepreneurship) is a collaboration between the Southern Maryland JobSource and the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Southern Region. PROJECT OPEN DOORS provides self-employment training, one-on-one counseling and business planning support to eligible participants.

Self-employment promotes both workforce development and economic development for the local economy. In difficult economic times, self-employment is a viable option for those highly skilled, highly motivated individuals who have the talent, time and resources needed to start a business.


5-10 future business owners will participate in an intensive, hands-on business development boot camp that provides tools, resources and supports strategically aligned to accelerate the path to business ownership and success. Participants will learn how to build a profitable business and avoid common mistakes that lead to frustration and possibly failure. SBDC Strategic Growth Plan© is specifically designed to be used as the road map by the owner.


Monday, February 27, 2017
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Job Match Re-employment Program (Charles County)
102 Paul Melon Court, Suite 104, Waldorf, Maryland 20602

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
9:00 am – 11:00 am

American Job Center (AJC) 21795F N.
Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park, Maryland 20653

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