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Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority

​​​​​​​​​​​​Promotes the viability and expansion of businesses owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs, and also small businesses that do not meet the established credit criteria of financial institutions, and consequently are unable to obtain adequate business financing on reasonable terms through normal financing channels. Created in 1978, the nine members serve five-year terms.

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  • Celester A. Hall; Program Manager, Office of Finance Programs, Maryland Department of Commerce


  • Charles P. Martin, Vice Chairman; M&T Bank, Regional Community Reinvestment Officer
  • Paul Taylor, Treasurer; Executive Director, Baltimore City Small Business Resource Center
  • Samuel Dean; Retired/Consultant
  • Andrew Friedson; Senior Advisor, Comptroller of Maryland
  • Laura Pasternek; Principal & Chief Brand Specialist, MarketPoint, LLC
  • Gina R. Ramsey; Adventure Web Interactive, Vice President of Digital Media
  • Mara L. Sierocinski; Hamilton Bank, Commercial Lender, Relationship Manager


Robin Harris​​​
Meridian Management Group, Inc
826 E. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 


An Authority Board meeting is​ scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm (me​eting agenda​) at the Meridian Management Group office.​

A special Board meeting is also scheduled for Wedesday, December 21, 2016 at 11 am (meeting agenda)​.
Members of the public who wish to attend a meeting of the Authority to observe, should come to the MMG office at 826 E. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 at the time stated in this meeting notice. Email your notice of attendance to​.

Regular Authority meetings are scheduled for the following dates at 1 pm in 2016:

​January 14​July 11
​February 11​​August 11
​March 10​September 8
​April 14October 13
​May 12​November 10
​June 9​December 8

​Location for all meetings unless otherwise mentioned:
Meridian Management Group, Inc
826 E. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21202