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Small Business Experts Assume Pivotal SCORE Chapter Leadership Roles

Published October 04, 2022

Washington DC (October 4, 2022) – Today, the Greater Chesapeake & Potomac District of SCORE announced the installation of Chapter Chairs for three of its four chapters: Jeffrey Brodsky and Marge Everett as co-Chapter Chairs of SCORE Greater Baltimore, Tim Hanlon as Chapter Chair of SCORE Southern Maryland and, Michael Kirsch and Mary Tinder as co-Chapter Chairs of SCORE Washington DC.

  • Jeffrey Brodsky (Greater Baltimore) has 43 years in the hospitality industry, selling restaurant equipment and supplies. In the last 25 years, he managed restaurant-specific product categories and sales team.
  • Marge Everett (Greater Baltimore) has 35 years of financial experience and banking expertise, holding executive positions at major national banks. She also is an accredited Career, Business and Leadership Coach.
  • Tim Hanlon (Southern Maryland) spent his career of 40 years working with food and beverage companies in senior sales and marketing positions.
  • Dr. Michael Kirsch (Washington DC) has more than 30 years of experience as a researcher and executive in the professional services/contracting industry supporting Federal, state, and local government, non-profit organizations, and private sector companies.
  • Mary Tinder (Washington DC) has over 20 years of experience in real estate, facilities, finance, accounting, and project management. She recently retired from her last position as CFO for Adams-Burch, a large supplier to the hospitality and food service industries. 

They will be joining Angela Baker who will continue in her role as Chapter Chair for SCORE Mid-Maryland. In their roles as Chapter Chairs, they oversee community outreach, the mentoring of the chapters’ small business clients and the professional development of their volunteer mentors.

Ed Coleman, SCORE District Director, said “These new Chapter Chairs bring a collective 168 years of wide-ranging business experience and expertise to their positions. Their expertise and support of SCORE clients are representative of the talented mentors available to support small businesses throughout our district.”

These leaders are taking over the Chapters during a time of heightened need in the small business communities in the District of Columbia, the State of Maryland, and Northern Virginia, fueled by the pandemic.  Local SCORE services – free customized and confidential mentoring sessions and free or low-cost business-related webinars – have increased by 40% since the start of the pandemic. In its fiscal year 2021 alone, the Greater Chesapeake & Potomac District of SCORE’s 200+ Mentors served 6674 clients with more than 30,000 mentoring sessions and webinar education hours. The local impact is profound.  With assistance of SCORE Mentors more than 2,600 businesses were started in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland, employing more than 8,000 people.

SCORE’s Mentors worked (and continue to work) with people like Priscilla Myles of Frederick, Maryland, who started her business Priscilla’s Pound Cakes out of necessity; her home health-care business having evaporated during the pandemic. With people, like Charlene Brown of Washington, DC, who created a business -- CNA Simulations -- to fill a need laid bare by the pandemic. And, of course, the many small businesses like Curmudgeon Books of Glen Burnie, Maryland, that needed guidance to help keep their doors open through the pandemic.

Local SCORE chapters, their leaders and volunteers have and will continue to rise to the challenge of helping these small businesses to start, grow and expand. Interested in helping small businesses? Become a SCORE volunteer today.

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