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September 17th, 2017

Maryland Agricultural Resource Center

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  • GETTING STARTED WITH Business Financing

    Blair Consulting Group will examine business and personal credit as well as finance options to fund your business.


    Personal credit… How does it work and how do you best leverage your personal credit to obtain business funding?


    Business credit…. How does it work and what do you do to establish it to finance your business?


    Funding your business… What options are available?


    Many businesses suffer or fail from a lack of adequate funding. Learn how to optimize your personal as well as establish and grow your business credit to gain access to the funding your business needs to prosper.


    DAASN will facilitate a discussion about creating a web presence that communicates your brand to the consumer in a way that will engage them and win them over as a fan and a new client.


    Brand Identity...... Does your brand attract?

    Technology....Are you up to date?

    Communications......Is your Content engaging?

    Return on investment.... is it working?


    Learn how to review all aspects of your business not just your Marketing and Advertising. Get started on the first steps to allow you be able to achieve all of your goals. Get your company running on all cylinders!

  • Brand image Training

    The Lewin Creative Group will organize a deep dive into how a business can enhance or detract from their brand value based on decisions regarding the visual representations of their company...without breaking the bank!


    Tools: What programs and technology are necessary to compete with the big players in your industry?

    Identity: Is your messaging consistent and aligned with the core competencies of your company?

    Implementation: What are the next steps to create/revise your brand?

    Common Problems: What mistakes are others making?


    Whether you are planning to hire a professional branding agency or you want to bootstrap it yourself, this training will give you foundation to understand the branding process.

The Maryland Business Networking Group is built of like minded professionals that share the same passion and desire to achieve growth and balance in work and life. Maryland Business Networking concentrates on entrepreneurship, community, and wellness.


Board of Advisors

Maryland Business Networking is an organization built for and run by its members. The most active and influential individuals will be invited to help shape the direction of MBN.


We are dedicated to fostering relationships, and we use those relationships to share ideas, marketing power, and opportunities. We value the input of our members and trust them to create unique programs and content for one another.


Our community is filled with talented business minds at different stages in their personal development. Whether you are looking for guidance or you are looking to cultivate talent, mentorship is vital to growing the Maryland business ecosystem.


  • Mentor Matching
  • Intern Placement


We all benefit from connecting with local enterprising men and women. Share your skills, open your network, and build your successes with others.

John Doe, Creative Heights


Maryland Business Networking is doing big things to drive Maryland forward. Can't wait to see where it takes us!

Ross Lewin, Lewin Creative Group

We've been looking for an organization like this for a long time. Maryland needs this.

Lori Lockemy, Relationship/Business Coach


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11 Habits of a Highly Successful Businessperson

By Danny BenDebba, CEO, DAASN


  1. Don't dwell on your failures, if you do, it takes away energy from what you need to be doing that is right in front of you.
  2. Not taking risk is equal to eventual failure, those who risk are rewarded.
  3. Networking equals your net worth a woman once told me ( Charinna Kushnir). Get out and network.
  4. People do business with people they know, like, and trust.
  5. Try to keep your personality out of the business, keep it business.
  6.  If you put your mind to it, you can do just about anything. You will have trials and tribulations along the way but that is just the road moving you forward.
  7. Out-work your competition. There aren't any short cuts, do the work now!
  8. We are never quite ready for the next big idea, so get started now and see the progress as you look behind you.
  9. It takes years to build a reputation and it can be destroyed in a few minutes. Keep this in mind in all that you do, and you will look at things differently.
  10. Never give up! Entrepreneurs are a different species of businessmen, we forge ahead positively and are not slowed by negative feedback.
  11. If you don't have a mentor and a support system, get one right away to avoid the bumps in the road and fast track your growth with advise from experienced entrepreneurs.


Inspiring the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

By Kim Fabian, Senior Vice President, Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

You don’t own me.

     The 1960s anthem plays in the background of the ad as a 20-something chef-in-training speeds away from her tyrannical boss in her new Toyota. Thirty seconds later, she’s running her own food truck.

Toyota has done its homework: it has seen the research that shows Millennials – those born between 1980 and 1995 – feel little loyalty to employers, consider themselves entrepreneurs and dream of owning their own business.

The dream may be even stronger for those in the next wave, Generation Z. One study reported in Entrepreneur magazine found that 72 percent of high school students want to start a business someday.  A survey of 500 teens conducted by Junior Achievement and ORC International put the number as high as 87 percent.

That’s good news, since the nation relies on new-business formation to add jobs and grow the economy. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently hailed the city of Baltimore for its success at attracting tech startups and Millennial residents. After decades of manufacturing, it said, entrepreneurs are “leading Charm City’s comeback.” And start-ups can also provide an alternative path for youth at-risk or those in areas with high levels of unemployment.

     The bad news is that the dream of Millennial entrepreneurship is largely a dream deferred. The Wall Street Journal and the Atlantic have both reported that business ownership among all ages was decimated in the 2007 recession and among those under 30, it remains at a 25-year low.

But a recent study of thousands of successful entrepreneurs, from Baby Boomers to Millennials, offers another interesting insight. A study reported in Fortune found that “Millenipreneurs” started their businesses younger, employed more staff and raked in higher profits, sooner, than their counterparts in prior generations.

     Now is the time to capitalize on this trend. At JA, we believe that youth need to be exposed to business concepts early and often, from kindergarten through grade 12, to understand that ownership is a viable opportunity. We offer online tools and in-classroom programs as well as our flagship JA Company Program, an immersive, hands-on experience that gives high school students the opportunity to start and run their own businesses.

     Students raise real money to capitalize the business, select what product or service to sell, and come up with a “Plan B” in case their first plan doesn’t pan out. They must work in a team, yet carry out responsibilities within their assigned department. Most importantly, they are guided by JA’s real-world mentors, who include local entrepreneurs and business professionals.

     Four after-school programs are running this year in Baltimore and Howard Counties, with several others offered in the classroom. In Baltimore County, accounting firm SC&H is mentoring students from Hereford High, while in Howard County, the Rising Women program brings together female high school students from throughout the county with businesswomen who help them test and develop their entrepreneurial spirit.

     Baltimore City is a focus for expansion of the program to create a pipeline for business growth. This school year, students participated in a job shadow experience at The Foundery maker space to expose them to trades that could lead to skilled jobs, new innovations, and business start-up. And Junior Achievement will be leading entrepreneurship programming for East Baltimore youth at UA House at Fayette operated by Living Classrooms.

Even if participants never do open their own businesses, they learn important skills that will serve them well in the workplace, such as critical thinking, collaboration, discipline, drive for results, accountability for their own actions and how to motivate and manage other people.

     As desirable as those skills are in their own right, they can also benefit employers in another way.

Consider one more study, the 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey, which included 7,700 young people. All were employed full-time, in the U.S. and elsewhere. When they were asked to name the most important values for a company’s long-term success, only 7 percent chose product quality, and customer service came in third, at 19 percent. The number 1 answer? Employee satisfaction, at 27 percent.

     Which brings us back to that Toyota ad, and the perception that Millennials would rather switch than stay.

JA alumni know that a successful business isn’t built in 30 seconds. They’ve had a hands-on look at the line between success and failure, and the difficult decisions needed to stay on the right side of that line. All of that should give them a better understanding of business goals and the ways they can use their drive and initiative to rise within an organization – even as they prepare to compete with it or, perhaps, own it themselves.

JA continuously needs role model mentors to inspire the next generation of business owners and innovators. We hope you will join us as we empower the future.


Holistic Strength Training

 By Dan Cenidoza


In the field of strength & conditioning there is no shortage of programs, philosophies and approaches to what happens in the gym. There is however a complete lack of attention that is paid to the individual themselves. You can have a great workout routine, with access to the best equipment and expert instruction, and still not get results!


How is this possible?


When other areas of your life are not in line with your fitness goals.


That’s how.


This article will address a few common areas that people tend to overlook when it comes to strength training.




When it comes to strength there is no bigger determining factor on how strong you’ll get than having the right mindset. Attitude, not muscles, make people stronger. When people look at a weight they immediately make a subconscious claim of either “I can” or “I can’t” - sometimes they even verbalize it - and the words “I can’t” are not allowed in my gym (or my household). We also don’t say “weak” (as in, “this is my weak arm”) - we say “needs improvement”. It might sound silly to some, but we must be aware of our self talk both in and outside of our head.


“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

- Henry Ford




I use the term “spirit” here to encompass several things; the word itself is derived from a latin word meaning “breath” and what I would like to point out is the effect that your breathing has on your emotions. Notice that you breathe differently when you are mad versus when you are in love versus when you are excited/nervous. For every mood you have, there is a corresponding breathing pattern. An interesting fact that not everybody capitalizes on is that you can change the mood you’re in by changing your breath. Mom knew it, that’s why she told us to “take a deep breath” when we were crying about something as little kids. Just like we can calm ourselves down with deep breathing we can also “amp up” with short choppy forceful breaths. This is the kind of thing you’ll want to do when going heavy in the weight room. Nobody strength trains on a yawn - no, breath as if you were going into battle! Breathing right will help you get your mind right so that you can command your body to do what you want it to, which is get stronger!




If you’ve noticed, it’s all related - body/mind/spirit. They cannot be separated, even though we try to think of them that way. It all comes down to making healthy choices on a consistent basis in all aspects of our lives. If you want to be the best you can physically, you must choose to eat well, get adequate sleep, think positively, seek emotional wellbeing, maintain healthy relationships, give back to your community and more. Health cannot be separated from strength, anymore than we can separate our bodies from our minds from our spirits. It’s all inter-connected.

Dan Cenidoza is personal trainer, professional performing strongman and owner of Baltimore Kettlebell Club. He is a former winner of the Maryland Strongest Man contest and has a degree in exercise science from Towson University. He and his wife Jessica live in Baldwin and have 5 children together. For more information visit:


Dan Cenidoza is personal trainer, professional performing strongman and owner of Baltimore Kettlebell Club. He is a former winner of the Maryland Strongest Man contest and has a degree in exercise science from Towson University. He and his wife Jessica live in Baldwin and have 5 children together. For more information visit: