Maryland Small Business Development Center

CEO Accelerator

CEO Accelerator Coaching

Easy-to-follow advice to

"build a profitable business that works without the owners to raise capital & ultimately SELL IT."

For Questions, contact Russell Teter, Certified Coach,
at rteter@umd.edu or 240-463-8686.

See Application Links Below


Upcoming Schedule


Growth & Ultimate Exit Plan: Fast Track For Growth - Move From "At-Risk" To "Excellent" - Be On The "Road To Excellence"

The Road To Excellence cover

  • Tuesday, October 22nd (9:00am-12:00pm) at 991 Corporate Blvd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 (Maryland Aviation Administration)
  • No Cost to Maryland Connected Firms (Normal Cost: $75) Thanks to Sponsor: U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Description:
    • "Excellent" caliber businesses are growing and expanding, and constantly moving beyond comfort zone to adjust to changing technology and market conditions.
    • Discover the 14 Blind Spots that can take any business off track and the 6 Leadership Strategies for Organizational Excellence
    • Learn how to hone the skills necessary for making critical decisions and overcoming real-world challenges that growing businesses face;
    • The purpose of this program is to help you move your company closer to excellence - by having a vision for where you want to be, a plan to get there, the right positions clearly laid out on the organizational chart, the right people in those positions following the right systems and processes, and posting measurable results that are analyzed regularly to gauge progress towards key goals using the right KPIs
    • Find the answers to the critical question: What, exactly, stands between my company and organizational excellence, and what do I do about it? Gain access to information that will assist your organization in achieving superior results; How to recognize "hard work" vs. "productive work" as you identify the bottlenecks that are keeping you from higher levels of success
    • How to carefully implement changes in your leadership style that results in long-lasting, positive effects on your business;
    • Secure the necessary financing and bonding to grow
    • RECEIVE a complete "Blind Spot Assessment" of your business ($1,000 Value)
    • RECEIVE a complimentary copy of the book:"The Road to Excellence: 6 Leadership Strategies to Build a Bulletproof Business"

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Take Control Of Your Marketing: Stop Wasting Time & Money - Part 1: The Importance Of Message Clarity: A Look At The StoryBrand Seven Part Framework

Take control of your marketing with magnify glass

  • Friday, November 1st (9:00am-12:00pm) at 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr, Columbia, MD 21046 (3rd Floor - Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • No Cost to Maryland Connected Firms (Normal Cost: $75) Thanks to Sponsor: U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Description:
    • The human brain is drawn to CLARITY and away from confusion. Small business owners often create noise by trying to say too much. If your customers are confused about what you offer, they'll look past you for somebody who can say it clearly. In this session, we will review the 7-part StoryBrand Marketing Framework which help companies clarify their message so they can market in such a way that their customers will listen. Learn how you can apply this great tool in your businesses to help you increase your market share.
    • When you drive down main street USA, you see a clear difference between local and national brands. In this session, learn how to leverage the power of branding to transform dysfunctional images and messages into a practical national brand framework. Stop wasting marketing dollars and losing market share to your competition. Learn how clarity, quality, and consistency will decrease marketing cost, build loyal customers, and increase your market share.
    • Access More Capital: Bank, Private Equity, Opportunity Zone Funds; Learn the 18 Accelerators that Build $10-$100 Million in Value; BONUS Tools: Business Valuation, Marketing Resources, and Underwriters Point of View

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8(a) Certification & Contracting Opportunities - Part 1: Understand Certification; Part 2: Win 8(a) Contracts

Contracting negotiations between two people

  • Tuesday, November 5th (9:00am-12:00pm) at 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr, Columbia, MD 21046 (3rd Floor - Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • No Cost to Maryland Connected Firms (Normal Cost: $75) Thanks to Sponsor: U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Description:
    • Designed for current 8(a) firms as well as women and minorities seeking 8(a) certification;
    • Learn the rules & regulations to apply; Identify 8a opportunities for the next 24 months; Accelerate the conversion of 8a opportunities;
    • Build Capacity to accelerate converting opportunities;
    • Secure the necessary financing and bonding to grow

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Find & Convert More Contracting Opportunities with AHCC & CAF - ½ Day Training to Win More Contracts

Man on top of hill to represent his contract success

  • Thursday, November 7th (6:00pm-9:00pm) at 6801 Kenilworth Ave, Riverdale, MD 20737 - Suite 110 - Centro de Apoyo Familiar’s (CAF)
  • No Cost to Maryland Connected Firms (Normal Cost: $75) Thanks to Sponsor: U.S. Small Business Administration with Alliance for Hispanic Commercial Contractors (AHCC) & Centro de Apoyo Familiar’s (CAF)
  • Description:
    • Identify specific contracting targets for the next 12 months;
    • Accelerate the conversion of procurement opportunities;
    • Build Capacity to Accelerate from Sub to Prime;
    • Develop expertise in conducting strategic analysis in contracting opportunities;
    • Create a structured approach for each opportunity and identify strategic priority to be undertaken in the next 12 months to build profitability;
    • Secure the necessary financing and bonding to grow

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Profitability & Stability to Win More: Be a Growth CFO

Calculate your growth

  • Tuesday, November 26th (9:00am-12:00pm) at 991 Corporate Blvd, Linthicum Heights MD 21090 (BWI Marshall Airport / Maryland Aviation Administration)
  • No Cost to Maryland Connected Firms (Normal Cost: $75) Thanks to Sponsor: U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Description:
    • Acquire skills from proven Growth CFOs and financial leaders;
    • Maximize profits, outperform your competitors, and build a business machine into real value;
    • Understand your numbers, select KPIs to be successful, see red flags early, and adapt in real-time;
    • Limit the negative impact of federal, state and local taxes;
    • Benefit from the multiple incentives and credits that are available to your specific business or industry;
    • Obtain industry Profile Report, Peer Benchmarks & Access More Capital (Bank, Private Equity, Opportunity Zone Funds);
    • Exclusive proven FIVE Habits of Profitability™ course materials, obtain your 2% CEO Score™ and access created by Foresight CFO and used by the 2% CEO Club™ ($5,000 Value)

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