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Small Business Development Center Business Consultant II

Employer
College of Southern Maryland
Location
La Plata, MD
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Position SummaryLocated 45 minutes from the Nation’s Capital, nestled in a history-rich community of southern Maryland, The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a two-time Aspen Award-winning institution (top 15% of Community Colleges) with academic programs in over 100 disciplines. CSM is among America’s top 100 producers of Minority Associate Degrees in twenty categories, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. CSM offers excellent health insurance benefits; State Retirement Pension plan; wellness programs; Code Green early closure Fridays in the summer; college closure for spring break and several major holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year; and for several days in March for Spring Break. We are an innovative institution committed to student success and well known for our flexibility to meet student and community needs.


The individual in this position effectively provides business counseling to SBDC clients, including business plan development, coordination with lenders and/or investors, and preparing and analyzing business financial statements/reports. Offer consulting services for entrepreneurs and business owners in the SOMD Region. Facilitate training for the SBDC business classes.

This is a grant-funded position, working forty (40) hours per week. Flexibility is required.

College of Southern Maryland conducts background checks in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the College's staff and students. The final candidate for this position will be subject to the following background checks: Criminal History Check and Sex Offender Registry Check.


This position is open until filled. For best consideration, apply by 11:59 pm, EST on Friday, November 12, 2021. The College of Southern Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Provide services assessing the viability and needs of small business clients
  • Development and monitoring of progress of client action plans
  • Provides one-on-one counseling services to future and current business owners
  • Conducts assessments to assist business owners in identifying their strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities
  • Assists business owners in updating business plans, strategies, and options
  • Conducts market research
  • Provides technical assistance to business owners in researching their options and applying for resources
  • Designs and conducts entrepreneurial training workshops
  • Ensures that instructional materials are appropriate and in sufficient supply for training events
  • Coordinates the involvement of guest speakers and/or subject matter experts for needed training
  • Promotes upcoming training opportunities to new and existing clients
  • Responsible for visiting and establishing relationships with business owners and community stakeholders, small business resource entities and industry specialists
  • Pursues relationships within the area that promote the SBDC programs, services, seminars and training events in the Southern Maryland business community
  • Interact with other business assistance resource groups including county economic development departments, Maryland Dept. of Commerce, local Chambers of Commerce and SBA resource partners
  • Participates in SBDC local and statewide events and training activities
  • Client entries into MD SBDC case management system that monitors and tracks participant progress and provides periodic reports
  • Establishes an inventory and/or directory of local business resources
  • Attend established meetings
  • Management and monitoring of annual performance milestones to ensure they are met
  • Routinely obtain client success stories and legislative letters as required by Maryland SBDC network.

Additional Duties:
  • Performs other related work as required.
    Minimum Education and Training
    • Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, management or related field
    • Three years business consulting or equivalent experience of 6 or more years business ownership

    Minimum Qualifications and Standards RequiredKnowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to provide financial advice and assist clients in obtaining financing.
  • Knowledge of public and private loan programs.
  • Ability to analyze sensitive and comprehensive financial statements.
  • Excellent written and oral skills.
  • Maintenance of insurability under the college's vehicle liability insurance plan.
    Physical Requirements:

    The work is sedentary work which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly.
  • Organization

    Working at College of Southern Maryland

    The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a public, regional community college with a far-reaching mission — to help our students and community meet the challenges of individual, social, and global changes.

    CSM is a thriving, progressive, and technologically advanced college that delivers quality higher education programs and services. The college is committed to offering a wide variety of learning options, student services, and high-quality workforce development training and support. That commitment is reflected in those we serve. More than 60 percent of tri-county residents who attend higher education institutions come to CSM.

    The staff and faculty at CSM work closely with a diverse student population to provide a rich variety of educational options. CSM is a leader among Maryland community colleges in offering courses which meet the busy schedules of our students, including weekend and evening online classes, and Web-hybrid courses which offer a mix of online and traditional classroom face-to-face instruction. CSM strives to create a global education program, yet remains a local college that has a real stake in supporting our community's academic, professional, and self-enrichment pursuits.

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