Maryland honors Frederick entrepreneur

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From left are Martha Sprow, director of the Frederick County Department of Social Services; Steve Benden, director of the Office of Strategy and Performance at the Maryland Department of Human Services; and Alice Mbuyi, honoree and entrepreneur.

FREDERICK, MD — The Maryland and Frederick County departments of social services recently honored a Frederick, Md., entrepreneur for her business achievements nine months after completing the Public Assistance to Entrepreneurship Program.

The program provides public assistance customers with resources and training to pursue their dreams of owning a small business.

Alice Mbuyi, the owner of Passion Events Design, participated in the program in Frederick County last October after struggling to establish a clientele and sustain her event planning business since 2012.

“I felt discouraged because of my lack of resources to run the business, but I always wanted to pursue my happiness,” Mbuyi said in a news release. “I had forgotten the fundamental skills. From the classes that I attended … I was able to gather all the missing pieces that I needed for the business to take off, and I am so grateful today.”

The program offers participants eight business courses over a six-week period, ongoing consulting and other support by the Maryland Department of Human Services in partnership with the Maryland Small Business Development Center. Courses include topics ranging from the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, creating a business plan, marketing research, social media engagement and applying for a business loan.