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Mount Partners in Frederick County Minority Executive Development Program

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The Frederick County Office of Economic Development has partnered with Mount St. Mary’s University and Hood College to offer the Frederick County Minority Business Executive Development Program. “This program has been planned for quite some time and we are glad to have it on our calendar. We are especially thankful to our partners, Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University for providing their time and valuable instruction to our minority business leaders,” said Helen Propheter, executive director for the Frederick County Office of Economic Development.

The Minority Business Executive Development program was developed in tandem with the Mount and Hood to provide the opportunity for minority business leaders to enhance and acquire new tools and techniques to further develop their executive business skills. The program will provide leaders with individualized training and the opportunity to develop and expand their professional network.

The program is for mid-level and senior management executives and business owners representing small, medium and large businesses. The four areas of instruction will be business accounting and finance, taught by Mount Associate Professor Don Butt, Ph.D.; marketing, promotion and advertising, instructed by Mount Lecturer Nancy Kimble; organizational leadership, led by Eric Louers-Phillips, Ph.D. of Hood; and organizational management taught by Hood Associate Professor David Gurzick, PhD.

“Frederick County's Minority Business Executive Development Program will seek to enhance the professional decision making skills of emerging business leaders.Mount St. Mary's University appreciates the opportunity to partner with Hood College in delivering the first of what is expected to be an annual series,” stated Butt of the Mount's Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business.

The first class of the Minority Business Executive Development program has been selected. Due to COVID19, the classes will now take place each week in the month of September 2020. Ten outstanding candidates were selected for the program through a competitive process.

“Organizational renewal comes in tandem with personal renewal," said Hood's Gurzick. "With my colleagues, we look forward to guiding these aspiring executives toward the skills and mindsets that they can apply both to elevate and evolve the Frederick business community and to further develop in their own growth as transformational leaders.”

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development provides resources and programs for minority-owned businesses. For a listing of resources and programs as well as a list minority-owned businesses, visit