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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
  • Kehinde Oreagba, EMS-IT,LLC, CEO/Principal Consultant
  • Sharon R. Pinder, President & CEO, Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Gina R. Ramsey, Adventure Web Interactive, Vice President of Digital Media
  • Mara Sierocinski, Vice President, Commercial Banking, Revere Bank

Ex-Officio Members

  • Ben Seigel, Comptroller's Designee, State of Maryland


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


Members of the public who wish to attend a meeting of the Authority to observe should check the meeting agenda for teleconference details. Email your notice of attendance to​.

Meeting Schedule

All meetings are scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month and begin at 1 p.m., unless otherwise notified.

Upcoming Meeting:

  • Thursday, February 23, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. via teleconference
Conference Number: (267) 930-4000
Participant Code: 204-072-937

Meeting Archive






For meeting minutes from past years, please search through the full archive of files