La Plata, MD- The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Southern Region is hosting a Women’s Business Showcase and brunch Nov. 7 at CSM’s La Plata Campus. The day’s keynote speaker will be Tameka Montgomery, who led the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development in support of the nation’s 28 million small businesses during President Barrack Obama’s administration.

Currently the president and CEO of Core Strategy Partners, Inc., Montgomery will speak about “Doing Business Courageously.” The event will also feature 13 female small business owners from across Southern Maryland who will share their business methods and successes.

“As women entrepreneurs, we are constantly focusing and refocusing our lives and our journeys,” said SBDC Program Assistant Lisa Creason. “Women lead their companies and influence their families whether related by birth, marriage or by business. Our country and our community have been built and nurtured by strong women who give back and advocate for what’s right. This program is going to allow women to share their stories, and celebrate and build on each other’s achievements.”

Registration is available at Among those attending will be owners of Excellent EZ Solutions, Fran’s Nu Image, Myra’s New Orleans, Nails & Faces of Joy Spa, Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Spa, Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Ultimate Beauty Shield, Mathnasium, Spider Hall Farm, Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts, The Good Earth Natural Foods Company, Wear Your Spirit Warehouse, Bekôz Marketing and Brackish Waters.

The Inaugural SBDC Women’s Business Showcase will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at CSM’s La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building) Chaney Enterprises Conference Room (113) located at 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata.

The Maryland SBDC, Southern Region, offers low cost and no cost online training, classroom training, events and consultations. Visit or for more details.