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REDI’s “Thankful For” Top 10

‘Tis the season to be grateful and to take stock of everything that makes Rockville such a great place to be thankful for.  Here’s our Top 10 Reasons why we’re…

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October- Not Just About Pumpkin Latte’s

If you didn’t know, October is the Small Business Administration’s National Women’s Small Business Month.  Let’s talk about it.  Maybe you have some questions.   What does that mean, the…

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Preparing for Guests Like Harvey, Irma, Jose and Katia

Did you know that September is the Small Business Administration’s National Preparedness Month?   Good thing, because it’s all over the news.  You can’t avoid it.  Everybody’s talking about it. …

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What’s Up at the MWBC?

This summer has been action-packed for Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) with the launch of new programming and our 14th annual StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition in full swing!  …

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Selling Rockville….Strategically.

Every year as part of our business attraction efforts, REDI attends the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Annual International Convention. We find ourselves on a tradeshow floor with life sciences companies,…

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REDI is Full Steam Ahead!

What were you doing in 1997?   While you were possibly swept away by the romance and tragedy depicted in the box office hit of 1997, Titanic,  the proactive leadership of…

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Make Your Spring StartRight!

If it’s Spring, it must be time for the MWBC’s StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition!   Every year the Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) provides an opportunity for women entrepreneurs…

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How REDI Can Promote You!

While we are just under 2 weeks away from Rockville Business Appreciation Week, which compresses visits with 50+ local companies into a five-day span, it’s important to remember that REDI…

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Business Appreciation Week – We’re Glad You’re Here!

Business Appreciation Week is an opportunity for REDI to get a snapshot of how things are going in the local business environment, gathering information from companies of all sizes and…

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New Year, New…Business?

Happy New Year!  And then what? January is the time for taking stock of where one is: physically, emotionally and financially.  It is the month where more resolutions are made…

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Start the New Year With a New Plan

December is synonymous with gift giving over the holidays, but there’s also an opportunity to reward yourself and your business by taking part in National Write a Business Plan Month….

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Have You Thanked a Rockville Business Lately?

November is a month to celebrate our local businesses – it’s National Entrepreneur Month, a time to recognize those entrepreneurs who serve our local community and help bolster our economy,…

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Why the MWBC Loves October

It isn’t just the clean, crisp chill in the air that comes with the season.  It isn’t just the beauty of the leaves and their oranges, yellows and umbers.  It…

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Networking with a Purpose

When you think about networking events, what are some of the first thoughts that come to mind? Likely a combination of free food and drinks, connections to grow your business…

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Choosing Rockville Has Never Been Smarter

If we’re being honest, we’ve all probably bought something because we were offered a special deal – “Buy two, get one free!” If you were already thinking about buying the…

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Marketing on a Shoestring

Rent. Utilities. Salaries. Insurance. Once you’re finished adding up all the recurring expenses, there’s not much room left in your budget for marketing your business to potential customers. Still, getting…

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Wright Management LLC & Wright Brokerage with Nancy S. Stevenson

                              1. Why are you located in Rockville? What about the location do you like?  Rockville allows…

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SPS Consulting, LLC. with Kamran Molkara

                              1. What product/service does your business sell? We provide consulting for accounting services and administrative staffing…

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Kendall Capital Management with Clark Kendall

                              1. What product/service does your business sell? We offer personalized investment and wealth management advice.  …

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Funding a Tech Start-Up

Unless you happen to share a tax bracket with Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg it is unlikely you have the financial means to take your great idea from the home…

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Speak Agent, Inc. with Ben Grimley

                              1. What product/service does your business sell? We provide custom digital lessons to children in grades…

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Metro Engineering Services with Marvin Bennett

                              1. What product/service does your business sell? We provide structural engineering services. We also offer inspections…

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Site Selection Assistance

Do you ever find yourself wishing you had an extra hour or two in the day to cook a healthy dinner or take care of that long-needed home repair? Whether…

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The Animal Exchange with Ruth Hanessian

                              1. When did you start your business? August 5, 1979   2. What product/service does your…

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Appreciating What You’ve Got

It’s fun and easy to get excited about new things – they’re shiny and different and, well, new!!  But it’s the things you already have, that sustain and support you…

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Dawson’s Market with Mike Houston

                              1. When did you start your business? September of 2012   2. What is a little…

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The American Dance Institute with Jen O’Brian

                              1. When and how did you start your business? ADI Performance/ Incubator Series started in…

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Three Ways to Successfully Grow Your Business

Costello: Well, then who’s playing first? Abbott: Yes. Costello: I mean the fellow’s name on first base. Abbott: Who. Costello: The fellow playin’ first base. Abbott: Who. Costello: The guy…

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Cambria Hotel and Suites with Bernard Howe

                              1. When did you start your business? Our doors opened May 8, 2015.    2….

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REDI Wants to Appreciate You!

REDI’s annual Rockville Business Appreciation Week is next month and we want to see what your company is working on in 2016. Each year we visit over 50 local companies to “take…

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5 Business Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

In recent years, more college grads are choosing to blaze their own career paths over competing with thousands, perhaps millions of equally qualified applicants for a handful of positions. While…

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Apex Home Loans, Inc. with Craig Strent

                              1. When did you start your business? 1998   2. What is a little known secret…

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Be Accountable: A Guide to Completing (Acheivable) Business Goals

What does it mean to be accountable? According to Webster’s, “accountable” means, “required to explain actions or decisions to someone,” or “required to be responsible for something.” In business, being…

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Spectrum Printing & Graphics with Andrew Berman

                              1. When did you start your business? 1997   2. Who is your client/customer base?…

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7 Ways To Be Involved in Your Community

7 Ways To Be Involved in Your Community — Because it’s Bigger Than Just Business We’re are all working longer and harder than ever have before. Small and medium-sized business…

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Vantage Point Solutions Group with Tim Robinson

                              1.  What product/service does your business sell? IT Solutions, Applications, Web Development.   2. When…

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How To Monitor Your Media

There’s an old saying that a person is only as good as their reputation. The same is true in business. And nothing can bolster (or ruin) a reputation faster than…

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Santos, Postal & Company, P.C. CPAs with Robert Greenfest

                              1. What product/service does your business sell? Tax preparation, audit, accounting, valuation.   2. When…

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Quarterly Review of Your Strategic Plan

Quarterly reviews are an essential element in the strategic plan for your business. Not only are they helpful for performance evaluation, but they also provide your company with the opportunity…

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Washington ArtWorks with Natanya Khashan

                              1. What product/service does your business sell? Art and craft classes and workshops.   2….

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How to Start Implementing Public Relations

Public relations is a relatively inexpensive way to get your business noticed. A good news story can raise awareness about your business and drive customers to your website or storefront–and…

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Carl M. Freeman Companies with Hilary W. Shure

                      1. What product/service does your business sell? Commercial Real Estate. 2. When did you start your business? 1947 3….

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Fina Biosolutions LLC with Andrew Lees

                              1. What product/service does your company sell? Biotechnology, vaccines, biopolymers R&D.   2. When did…

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Pillars of Growth Every Leader Should Know: Part 3 of 3

All organizations — be they small businesses, nonprofits or large corporations — are apt to acquire different needs as they grow and evolve. But how can we, as the leaders…

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Hartman Design Group with Phyllis Hartman

                              1. What product/service does your business sell? Interior design and interior architecture.   2. When…

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Tips for Tracking Marketing Efforts

No marketing effort is successful without the data to back it up. Without accurate data analysis, you’ll never know if your marketing is meeting its goals or just spinning in…

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The Bottle Shop with George Photinakis

                              1. When did you start your business? November 2009   2. What is a little fun…

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Pillars of Growth Every Leader Should Know: Part 2 of 3

A few weeks ago, we started talking about three “pillars” that a business owner — or any decision-maker, really — should rely on while evaluating a certain course of action….

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extendYoga with Arlet Koseian

                              1. When did you start your business? November 2011   2. What is a little…

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7 Social Media Marketing Tips

Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest…there’s no shortage of social media outlets that you can use to market your business. The trick is knowing how to use them effectively. There are some…

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Glass Jacobson with Mary Stevenson

                              1. When did you start your business? 1983   2. What product/service does your business…

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Pillars of Growth Every Leader Should Know: Part 1 of 3

In business and in life, true leaders must have the ability to assess the situation, design a plan of attack, and then implement that plan. Pillar 1: Assess “The general…

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HindSite Interactive, Inc. with Payman Taei

                              1. What year was HindSite Interactive  founded? 2002   2. What service do you provide? We are…

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Steps to a Successful Web Re-design: Part 3 of 3

In Part 3 we will discuss how the development team builds, tests and launches your website to be viewed by the masses. In Part 2 we discussed the Design & Layout…

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Longman & Van Grack

                              1. What year was Longman & Van Grack  founded? 2014   2. What product/service does…

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8 Keys to Mastering Marketing

Marketing can take many different forms–from print and digital advertising, to social media, to public relations. But regardless of the medium, all marketing efforts should share some key components. Here…

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Ben & Jerry’s with Marc Sosin

                              1. What is a little known secret about Ben & Jerry’s in Rockville that customers…

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Tradeshows on a Budget

As a small non-profit organization, it seems like everything is competing for a piece of our budget.  When it comes to promoting Rockville as a great place to do business,…

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Adventure Theatre MTC with Michael J. Bobbitt

                              1. When did Adventure Theatre MTC start doing business? 1951   2. What is a…

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4 Pop Star Reflections for Small Business Success

Last night I was 1 of 45,000 [multi-generational] screaming fans at Taylor Swift’s [SOLD OUT] 1989 World Tour at Nationals Stadium in Washington, DC.  I have a confession to make…

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Rockville Printing & Graphics with Ron Dobransky

                                1.  When did Rockville Printing & Graphics start doing business in Rockville?      …

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Rockville Fun Fact: Fastest Growing Companies Live Here

Did you know that the City of Rockville is home to nine of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States?   Ranked according to their percentage of revenue growth…

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New/Coming Soon to RTS!

This Friday 5 is all about the new “eats” coming to Rockville Town Square.  Click on the logos below for more info or menu.  Summer in Rockville is gonna rock!…

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EVEN Hotels with Kristin Lesino

                                1.  When did EVEN start doing business in Rockville?          …

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How to Build Your Brand!

There’s a lot of talk today about “branding,” and with good reason. Branding can be a huge factor in the success of a product (think Apple) or its failure (think…

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#HTH15 and #HometownHolidays

Great images from Rockville’s Hometown Holidays 2015!                                       @777Vote      …

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7 Steps to Building a Foundation for Marketing Success

Ready…Set…Market! It goes without saying that marketing is critical for any business venture. As a small business, it’s even more so. After all, how else will you stand out in…

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Steps to a Successful Web Re-Design 2 of 3

Design and Layout — the 2nd step in the Web Design and Re-Design process.  What is it?   This juggernaut of a definition perfectly explains what design is.   DESIGN:…

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Steps to a Successful Web Re-Design 1 of 3

A good website helps convey your company’s message and purpose to your customers. Ask yourself,  Is my company’s online presence: Generating the results I desire? Aesthetically and technically Outdated? Mobile…

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