More than 45 women entrepreneurs from around the region were at the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) La Plata Campus Nov. 7 to network and share their business success stories during the inaugural Women’s Business Showcase presented by CSM’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The event featured keynote speaker Tameka Montgomery, president and CEO of Core Strategy Partners Inc. and former associate administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development, who spoke about ‘doing business courageously.’
Montgomery encouraged those attending to pursue their business ownership freedom. “We all want freedom,” she affirmed. “And, we all have freedom; freedom to make money; freedom to succeed; freedom to chose with whom we work.” Citing multiple examples of ‘rags-to-riches’ business stories, Montgomery challenged the audience to push themselves, recognize and move past their fears and ask themselves one question.
“If you knew you couldn’t fail, what goal would you set for your business?” she asked. “There is nothing that can stop you from achieving that very goal.”
Also on-hand were the owners of 13 Southern Maryland businesses who shared their personal journeys to becoming business owners and how the SBDC helped them achieve their goals.
“We are just so excited to work with all of today’s business owners,” said CSM SBDC Regional Director Ellen Flowers-Fields. “They are the movers and shakers… the reason our economy is thriving.”
The featured businesses included:
Bekoz Marketing, Brackish Waters, Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Excellent EZ Solutions, Fran’s NU Image Mastectomy and & Wig Salon, The Good Earth Natural Foods Company, Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts, Inc. and Penny James Jewelry Co., Mathnasium of Dunkirk, Myra’s New Orleans Restaurant & Event Catering, Nails & Faces of Joy, Spider Hall Farm, Therapeutic Massage & Wellness and Wear Your Spirit Warehouse.
“The 13 business owners who spoke today are digging in and doing a great job at growing their business and responding to the needs of their customers,” Flowers-Fields added. “Tameka was just inspirational and every bit of the feedback I received from the attendees confirmed she motivated them to keep pushing forward.”
Mathnasium has helped two on my kids overcome their fear of math and excel in school. I’m not sure another program could help a student go from a C to an A in one quarter-but Mathnasium did. I also applaud them for their work to switch to an all digital platform during the COVID 19 pandemic. Even from my the instructors are able to provide one-on-one instruction. They even make it easy for us to scan and email homework that they need help with. I am so thankful for the help that they have provided to my kids.
Feedback on progress and issues they maybe having with learning, more of what’s needed to assist improving children’s ability to learn and succeed. Clear understanding of what’s happening and what to expected throughout the process.
My two children enjoy the extra math practice at Mathnasium. They are always motivated to go and its a warm friendly learning environment. Only hesitation about recommending to others is that for the price I would expect more included visits.
Such an amazing place for children to grow in math skills and competencies! The staff is so professional, patient and caring; the assigned work is challenging yet fun for the students, and there is no better reward then to see the confidence and skill that grows in your own student. Thank you, Mathnasium.
My son has had difficulties every year prior to coming to Mathnasium. He now is sustaining almost 100% in Math in 6th grade after just being in the program since the beginning of the year. No more frustration, he loves Math and says that Mathnasium explains Math In a way that his teachers at school have not. He loves game nights and never complains about going! In fact says Mom I need to go to Mathnasium tonight! Thankyou, Mathnasium in Dunkirk!
Math is the cornerstone of every child's access to a college education. Mathnasium provides and enhances every participating student the opportunity to enter college or enter college with more confidence and potential. I can't wait to see the results after my son's first full year of instruction via Mathnasium.
We have been very please with our 9 yr old daughter turnaround with math ever since she started going. She is always excited to go! Math has become one of her favorite subjects and I think Manthnasium is a big part of that. Thanks you for what you do.
My girls love it there! During the summer, this is one of their favorite things they look forward to doing each day! They definitely are not going to be behind with regards to math when they go back to school... now, I just need to work on their reading!
My daughter joined Mathnasium in October of 2018 we signed her up because she was unsuccessful at passing the standardized math test for high school graduation it was the best decision our family had ever made she went from struggling in math to finished in the year with a 105% the staff at math Mathnasium is absolutely outstanding as a teenage girl it can be difficult for a teen to be comfortable receiving tutoring anywhere and it was not one night that said she was not willing to attend. Some night she was actually excited to go with the awards that she will receive for completing tasks she was overjoyed by her progress she was making it built her confidence and self-esteem. Thank You Mathnasium.
The tutors at Mathnasium are outstanding! Each of them are knowledgeable and they provide a personal touch to the clients. My daughter's confidence has increased and she's performing better in her class
My daughter lives Mathasium! She really struggles with math and has come to really dislike it. Since starting at Mathasium she no longer complains about math. She looks forward to coming to Mathasium. Her confidence and her grade greatly increased.
My grandson absolutely loves going to Mathnasium. He has gained so much confidence in himself and his ability to do math and his other school work too. I highly recommend taking children to Mathnasium .
My son really likes it there which is surprising that a boy age 16 enjoys going to Math tutoring. I believe he was sick of being left behind struggling in math for years . So he was willing to put in the effort to get tutored. But I never imagined that he'd actually enjoy it. He feels very comfortable there , like he's amongst friends. You guys have a great approach with the the students making them feel comfortable and at home . Thank you
Very polite office explains what exactly you get for the cost. Was very impressed that you offer help to college kids because that’s so hard to find. My so. Hasxalways struggled math. He had his first test after going there a week and passed. I am very impressed they get enough one on one time 90 minutes to take the time to really help them.
My daughter was not experiencing success in her middle school math class. We started sending her to mathnasium and her test scores and confidence improved so significantly that her older brother asked if he could also attend. They both have solid As in math now, but more importantly Mathnasium has improved their number sense and ensured that they weren't missing any essential math concepts. In a common core math world where kids use too many computers and calculators in their math classes, Mathnasium is a great resource for our family. I can't recommend it enough.
I cannot say enough great things about Mathnasium. I love the flexibility of the schedule and the fun game nights! The entire staff is friendly and very patient. Both of my children had their math grades soar to A's!
So far we've been very pleased with the level of service we've received. My daughter was struggling in her accelerated class and each instructor she's had has been very attentive and her confidence has soared as a result. She is still challenged, but you all have made a world of difference in her progress! Thank you
My kids are happy to go in each time so that’s an indicator to me that they are happy with the process. Chatting about numbers is showing me their number sense is improving. We are looking forward to our perfect SAT in math in the future!!!
My son Robby Coggins have worked with the great staff at Dunkirk Mathnasium. He always said how much he enjoyed going to Mathnasium and look forward to time for him to go.
Mathnasium has helped my son in many ways that he scored a perfect SAT Math score.
Now Robby is training to be an instructor at Mathnasium.
Thanks Ms. Kama and staff for always willing to go the extra mile.
Mathnasium is the best! My high school daughter was struggling with understanding some of the more advanced concepts of Algebra. Her grades were suffering and she was losing confidence in her ability to grasp the material. Going to Mathnasium has helped tremendously. Her grades has improved and her confidence is back! She just recently scored 100% on a critical test which has boosted her overall grade. She looks forward to her Mathnasium sessions and often comments on how well the instructors are able to explain the material in a way that helps her understand it. I highly recommend the Dunkirk location. This is absolutely money well spent and is helping to provide a solid foundation which will help my daughter in high school and beyond.
Both my sons love Mathnasium! They love the fact that they are learning while having fun! As a parent, I am grateful to see the math skills that are being developed, and it is so nice to know that my boys are treated like family by Kama and her staff.
I would love to be able to send my daughter but the monthly fee is too steep. I would refer anyone looking for help for their child.
I wish you had and option to buy sessions ala cart that you could use whenever your child needed additional or specific help on a competency. My daughter grasps the concepts of math easily and readily but occasionally she runs into something like square roots.
My son at age 17 is learning math principles now that he should have learned in middle school. He received quality assistance during a portion of the 2[PHONE NUMBER REMOVED] school year with his homework such that in the final quarter he increased his math grade SIGNIFICANTLY.
Staff patiently and thoroughly explain any math problem procedures as many times as my son requires until he understands the correct procedure for solving the math problem. When my son inquires why his math solving procedure was incorrect, they are able to explain and demonstrate where he made his errors in a clear and methodical step by step manner.
Mathnasium has been a godsend to our family. Our 19 year old son has dyscalcula, a math learning disability that has affected his self esteem. Mathnasium has given him confidence and he enjoys going there.
We’ve sent both of our daughters to Mathnasium and are very happy with the positive impact it’s had on their grades, understanding and confidence. The extra help outside of the classroom, and one on one explanations really makes a difference. We are happy with the results.
My son has struggled with math his whole life. He comes home from his sessions at Mathnasium reporting that he is getting help and that the tutors are friendly and personable. This service means the world to us as parents.
The staff at Mathnasium are knowledgeable, make math make sense and will spend the extra time working on a concept until my child gets it. They are friendly and make it a positive experience for my child.
I can't believe the difference Mathnasium makes. If you're on the fence because of the cost, like I was; I can honestly say it was so very much worth every single penny. Not just for my childs improved math skills, but his renewed self confidence makes it priceless. Now if they only had a handwriting-nasium. ;)
My son has been going weekly for two years and still loves going, especially because of the math games and prizes. Kama and Joe and the rest of the staff are amazing. I will continue to recommend this place.
The staff at Mathnasium is friendly and always greet you with a smile. The work is appropriate for my child and she loves going to the center each week. Most importantly, she has gained confidence as it relates to solving math problems.
My son Robert has been going to Mathnasium for 3 years and have advanced tremendously.
Mathnasium is a very positive influence and I would highly recommend it for every child. Not to mention, Ms. Kama and her staff are highly involved.
I have never been more impressed with a tutoring program. My son went from a low C to a high B in a month and would say “I actually understand it”. He likes to go, never complains about tutoring, which is unusual for a 13 year old! We can’t say enough great things about Mathnasium.
Our son needed the refresher. I heard so many times oh..I forgot, oh I forgot but now I know. Nice to know that he knows before he gets tested and realizes he forgot!
This is such a valuable resource to solidify what our son has learned in school. Mathnasium adds a fun twist and thankfully they are local!
Friendly staff that really seem to care.
My daughter enjoys the Mathnasium. Her math grade has improved and she is more confident in math. She loves attending the sessions amd showing me what she has learned. I just wish there was a closer location.
I am so pleased! It's been such a great experience so far. My daughter told me she finally understands some things that she just couldn't grasp in school. I do have one regret..... not starting sooner! Thank you so much Kama and Joe!
Mathnasium has been a tremendous help in my daughter's change in attitude towards math in general and her ability to accomplish her tasking. We do not have the math anxiety or homework frustration we used to encounter. Truly a blessing for both student and parents.
The Mathnasium staff is amazing! Not only are they incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, but they are so personable. It is the attention and care the staff gives that keep my kids excited about coming back each week.
My son Patrick was getting D's and Es in math. We went to great lengths to learn the common core math with no success. So we were not able to help him with homework. We could show him how to do adding, subtracting the so called OldWay and he would understand. After speaking with his math teacher it was clear that I was just confusing him further. My Mother In Law signed. Patrick and Morgan. We saw results almost immediately on his report card and test papers no longer had red pen markings over most of the page. Patrick enjoys going to Mathnasium ! He now gets Bs and a rare C!
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