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St. Mary's Commissioners recognize Small Business Month

Leonardtown, MD – As spring approaches its end and we usher in the month of May, the St. Mary’s County community also embraces our small businesses in celebration of Small Business Month.

Making up 99.5% of the state’s economy and half of employment in Maryland’s private sector, small business are a large part of Southern Maryland’s economy. As of 2015, Calvert County has a 62-74% small business employment percentage, St. Mary’s 56-62%, and Charles 51-56%.

The St. Mary’s County commissioners acknowledged the importance of their small businesses Tuesday morning, proclaiming May as Small Business Month during their May 7 meeting. The proclamation, read by commissioner Eric Colvin [R-District 1], commended small businesses for “generating a large percentage of jobs in St. Mary’s County.” Two of those businesses, The Good Earth Natural Foods Company and Jordan Research and Development, were present to receive commendations, citations, and praise from the commissioners, governor’s office, and the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

“Thank you, small businesses, for all you do, for all the pain and suffering you go through,” words uttered by Gretchen Hardman from the SoMD Intergovernmental Representative Governor’s Office before presenting the two businesses with citations from the governor.

The Good Earth Natural Foods Company in Leonardtown was propped up as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary this year. The company set on helping county residents “[maintain a healthy lifestyle” was recognized by the county for “outstanding, praiseworthy and dedicated service to the citizens of St. Mary’s County.” Commissioner Colvin added that his “whole family loves [The Good Earth],” stating that it’s a “wonderful business” and encouraging locals to “patronize them if you’re able to.”

The second company, Jordan Research and Development, was one of 11 innovators nationwide selected to be recognized on Capitol Hill earlier this year. A former aviator and engineer in the U.S. Navy, county resident Brian Jordan had his company featured in the 2019 Legislative Client Showcase and Reception. “They are innovators at their best… They truly are one in a million and we appreciate the innovation they do right here in Hollywood, MD,” said St. Mary’s County’s SBDC Business Consultant Wynne Briscoe of the company. Joined by his wife, co-founder, and Chief Financial Officer Donna Jordan, Brian accepted his awards while smiling ear to ear. Commissioner Colvin called the two “a power couple that is talented beyond belief,” stating that their company does “some amazing and incredible things.”

With many small, locally owned businesses throughout Southern Maryland there is ample opportunity to support one near you.

Contact Jerold at staffwriter@thebaynet.com.

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