Carroll Community College’s Miller Resource for Entrepreneurs, which according to the college offers access to “affordable resources and expert support to help entrepreneurs successfully start and grow their business,” has a new director.
Mazerski said via email he grew up in Baltimore and worked his way through college before he achieved a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Baltimore. He began a 20-year career with the Bell System, i.e., AT&T and then Verizon. After Verizon, he started his own telecom business, CloseCall America, and then consulted for a number of cable and international service companies before he became a CEO at a telecom business in Australia for two years.
Mazerski lives with his wife, Deborah, has three adult children and has lived in Mount Airy for more than 30 years, he said.
Mazerski’s first major event as the Miller director will be the Get Business Now! Conference & Procurement Fair, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 16 in the Bollinger Family Conference Center (K100) at Carroll Community College. The event is free to the public and includes lunch, according to the release. To register, visit www.carrollcc.edu/getbusinessnow or call 410-386-8100. Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford is the keynote speaker.
The Times caught up with Mazerski to speak about his new role and the upcoming event.
Q: Why did you want to become the director of Miller, Resources for Entrepreneurs? What resources and experience do you think you bring to the position?
A: When I saw the Miller director job posting, I quickly realized the position was designed for me. Helping small businesses get up and running and grow is something I have always wanted to do. Working with small businesses located in the community, I have lived for over 30 years makes this even better. I am excited to use my 30 years of corporate business experience along with my personal experience in starting and running my own businesses to assist others. I have faced most, if not all of the issues, our Miller clients are or will be going through. I unfortunately had to learn the hard way, so I see real value in taking my experiences, good and bad, to assist other courageous entrepreneurs realize their dreams of owning and running a business. My teaching and consulting experiences provide me a unique perspective that will no doubt help when guiding small business owners to the appropriate resources, classes and workshops all of which will be contributing factors to their success.
Q: What are your goals heading into the position of director?
A: When I arrived, it was evident that Miller Resources for Entrepreneurs has a solid foundation of programs and services and strong support and access to many resources within Carroll Community College. I want to build on this success and continue to establish new partnerships and processes that provide clients seamless and unfettered access to Miller services, programs and resources of collaborating organizations. Assisting entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses is our main mission. Miller will guide business owners to the resources they need to remove roadblocks so they can achieve their goals. I look forward to building stronger relationships with key partners including the Small Business Development Center, the Chamber of Commerce, the Office of Economic Development, MAGIC, the Carroll Technology Council, financial institutions and others. A key goal this year is to connect with the various municipalities to offer Miller resources to assist in their business development efforts on and around their main streets. I have a list of organizations and leaders I need to meet over the next few months. I look forward to working collaboratively with all who are supporting entrepreneurs in our county.
Q: How are you feeling heading into your first official event, Get Business Now! Conference & Procurement Fair? Can you tell me about what that event is and why it's important for Miller and Carroll Community College?
A: Get Business Now! is an annual signature event for Miller and Carroll Community College that brings small business owners together to network and get useful information and resources to grow their business. This year we added the Procurement Fair which we think will be of great interest to attendees. We are honored to have the Lieutenant Governor, Boyd Rutherford, as our keynote speaker this year and Special Secretary [Jimmy] Rhee will be joining us to provide information on key state resources for small business owners. The morning session includes expert speakers in the areas of operations, finance, marketing and branding to support the conference tracks of Get Connected!, Get Known!, Get It Right! and Get Funded! The afternoon session is our Procurement Fair where attendees are able to network with procurement officials from the state and county as well as local banks. The event is free and lunch will be provided. This is an extremely popular small business networking and educational event of the year, and one not to be missed.
Q: Why is Miller an important asset to Carroll Community College?
A: Miller Resources for Entrepreneurs was established by the college in 2003 with the assistance of local philanthropists, William and Eleanor Miller, and has grown and matured to where it is today, as the county’s leading organization for small business resources. Central to the college’s mission is support of economic development and Miller along with Advantage C, which provides corporate training services, play major roles to support that mission. There is no question small business start-ups and growth are key to Carroll County’s and Maryland’s economic development goals. The college, through Miller, brings to the table a multitude of resources and opportunities for individuals and businesses that position it as a key driver of building and shaping the entrepreneurial culture of the county. Miller’s role is to support business startup and success. While our current clients are in the community, many of our future clients and entrepreneurs are sitting in classrooms at Carroll Community College.
A: I am excited about all of the opportunities ahead and look forward to meeting with the organizations who also play a vital part in supporting small business development. Anyone interested in starting a business or needs some business assistance can contact me at www.millersmallbusiness.com. The Miller office is located at 56 W. Main St. in Westminster.