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Monique Reid, Founder of Express Way Medical Laboratories and Angel Hands Healthcare Services, Receives the Award

The Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center has announced Monique Reid, founder of Express Way Medical Laboratories and Angel Hands Healthcare Services, as the winner of the 2019 Small Business Award. Her businesses provide mobile blood draws, IV Infusions, Drug and Alcohol Testing, and DNA Testing. In addition, she also offers Phlebotomy Workshops for Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare businesses.

“Congratulations to Monique on her award and on her success with Express Way Medical Laboratories and Angel Hands Healthcare Services. Our entrepreneurs are a wonderful asset to our communities in Baltimore County and I’m grateful to people like Monique for their vision and hard work,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “Our Small Business Resource Center was created to assist people like Monique as they reach for their dreams.”

The Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC), a cooperative effort between the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, helps establish, grow, and improve County businesses. SBRC offers free counseling services that have served more than 6,000 clients and facilitated the start-up of more than 700 businesses.

“I saw the need for a critical service in our community, and I knew that I could serve that need while also building a successful business in Baltimore County,” Ms. Reid said. “The Small Business Resource Center helped me to turn that vision into a reality.”

Ms. Reid first visited Leonard Lee of the Small Business Resource Center in summer 2015 as a start-up mobile phlebotomy concierge service. With guidance and support from the SBRC, in spring 2019, Express Way Medical Laboratories opened the first physical location in Towson. Ms. Reid credits Mr. Lee and the Small Business Resource Center as some of her biggest supporters during her entrepreneurial journey, providing counseling and connecting her to different funding sources.

The SBRC Small Business Awards were introduced to recognize the exceptional work and community impact of Baltimore County small businesses and their founding entrepreneurs.

For more information about the Small Business Resource Center and to see how we can help grow your business, contact 410-825-6200 or visit the SBRC website.

Daniel Braswell was looking for something new after working as a respiratory care professional for 20 years. A visit to the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) sent him on a path he had never considered. 

A business counselor recommended a free Starting Your Small Business workshop. It got Braswell thinking, for the first time, about self-employment. Braswell said the workshop inspired him and broadened his horizons. “The workshop was full of ideas for potential opportunities.”

Over the next year, Braswell performed market and industry research and attended training sessions for small businesses and start-ups. After learning more, he identified the business opportunity he felt was right for him: environmental testing for water and lead. 

He developed a business plan and launched Braswell Testing, LLC in June 2017. Braswell is currently working with a business counselor at the Baltimore County Small Resource Center to obtain minority business certifications that will expand his company’s opportunities in government contracting.

Whether you are looking into starting your own business or growing your existing small business, Baltimore County has programs to help, from writing a business plan to financing an expansion to hiring workers. 

Help starting your own business

If you’ve thought about running your own business but are not sure where to start, the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) can help. The SBRC offers free assistance including:

  • Starting a Business Plan
  • Obtaining a Business License
  • Workshops and Counseling
  • Finding Workspace
  • Securing Financing

The Starting Your Small Business Workshop is offered once a month at all Baltimore County American Job Center locations. Visit the Job Center nearest you or contact the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center at 410-825-6200 or to access other resources.

How about my existing small business?

Small companies looking to grow locally, nationally and internationally can find assistance from Baltimore County’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development. We can help you find a new business location, hire and provide workforce solutions and research funding options to support your expansion. We offer a menu of services that can help you grow your business:

  • Location and Site Selection Assistance
  • Loans and Financing
  • Workforce Training and Hiring
  • Certifications for Government Contracting
  • Tax Incentives
  • International Business Outreach
  • Networking with Business Development Groups

Start up or scale up, Baltimore County can help your business grow.

The Department of Economic and Workforce Development works to strengthen Baltimore County as a thriving location for businesses and a place where well-educated and trained residents enjoy economic opportunity.

Revised September 11, 2017