A free Business Building Blocks workshop will be offered Wednesday, February 11, 2015, to assist business owners and entrepreneurs in understanding the health of their business through their financials. The Fiscal Fitness Workshop aims to provide individuals with a financial-wellness plan that includes money management and successful, proven strategies.

Resolve to begin 2015 off right by improving the health of your business. Guest speaker Casey Willson brings 40 years of experience of assisting small businesses to promote and enhance their operations. Casey is the retail industry and sustainability program manager at the Lead Center of the Maryland Small Business Development Center Network at the University of Maryland, College Park.

This workshop is sponsored by the Cambridge Economic Development Department, Cambridge Main Street, Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, Dorchester County Economic Development Office, and the Maryland Small Business Development Center.

The workshop is slated to accommodate the busy schedules of business owners and will be held twice with one in the morning and one in the evening at Chesapeake College, Cambridge Campus, in Room 101. The first will be held from 8:30 – 10 a.m. and the second from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Please call the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce at 410.228.3575 to reserve your seat.

On Friday, February 20, a free HUBZone workshop will be offered at the Dorchester County Economic Development Office from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural areas. Dorchester County is a federally designated HUBZone providing federal contracting opportunities for qualified small businesses located in the zone.

According the U.S. Small Business Administration, “SBA’s HUBZone program is in line with the efforts of both the Administration and Congress to promote economic development and employment growth in distressed areas by providing access to more federal contracting opportunities.”

Applying for a HUBZone certification and understanding the process can be difficult and challenging to navigate on your own. HUBZone expert Monica Randall from The Randall Group, LLC. will facilitate the workshop and answer specific questions. Business owners interested in becoming certified are encouraged to attend.

To learn more or to register, please call Dorchester County Economic Development at 410.228.0155.