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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, Chairman; Director, Small Business Financing Agency


  • Christopher Brandt; Managing Partner, Audacious Inquiry, LLC
  • Susanne Brogan; Deputy Treasurer for Public Policy, Office of the State Treasurer
  • Deborah Goldberg; Vice President/SBA Lending, Susquehanna Bank
  • Anita Graham; Partner Opportunity, Capital Partners
  • Charles P. Martin; Regional Community Reinvestment Officer/Legal Division, M&T Bank
  • Deric Mims; Senior Vice-President, Sun Trust Bank/SBA Division
  • Samuel Dean
  • Paul Taylor; Executive Director, Baltimore City Small Business Resource Center


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


Authority meetings are scheduled for the following dates at 1:00 pm in 2016. For more information, contact Les Hall​ at 410-767-6356.

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