Kiesha Haughton Smoots, director of the Central Maryland Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), has joined the Board of Directors for Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc., (MCE), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed.
Since 2009, Smoots has managed the Central Region for the Maryland SBTDC, which is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs establish and expand their business. Founded in 1979, the Central Maryland office is part of a national network that helps over 500,000 businesses on an annual basis. The SBTDC provides a variety of management and technical assistance programs designed to strengthen business firms, thereby contributing to the growth of the local, state and national economies.
“We are grateful to have Kiesha’s vast experience helping businesses in the Baltimore/Annapolis area,” said MCE’s CEO Joe Morse. “MCE and the SBTDC will continue to work closely together to assist entrepreneurs in this region and this addition will help us further build on that relationship to help area businesses.”
Smoots was a founding member of the MCE Baltimore-Annapolis area advisory board, and will help MCE expand service in Baltimore City, as well as and Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties.
Smoots has a BA Degree and a MBA degree from the University of Maryland and a MA Degree in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration from the University of Denver.
Established in 1998, MCE is a non-profit organization, with offices in Salisbury and Baltimore, that assists businesses to grow, create jobs and generate wealth on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and across the state. It offers small business loans and entrepreneurial education and consulting. MCE is a federally certified as a CDFl (Community Development Financial Institution) and the only micro-enterprise organization in the state of Maryland certified as an SBA, USDA, and State intermediary Lender. It is one of the three organizations receiving casino funds to assist small, minority, and women owned businesses. To learn more, visit www.marylandcapital.org.