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Bill Freeman helps aspiring entrepreneurs in West Baltimore

1/26/2018, 9:27 a.m.
William “Bill” Freeman, the business management consultant for the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Maryland, ...
William “Bill” Freeman, the business management consultant for the Maryland Small Business Development Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

UMB: Are you looking for a particular type of business?

BF: We’re not looking specifically for any particular business. We want to help all business owners make their dreams come true. I have a variety of different businesses from daycare facilities, to a gentleman who makes caskets. It runs the gamut. I have a psychiatrist, I have dog walkers. I never know what’s coming in the door.

UMB: Do I need a lot of money to turn my idea into a business?

BF: You don't have to have a whole lot of money. You just have to have an idea and go forward and really believe in it. You have to believe in your heart of hearts it will work regardless of what people say. There may be a time that it doesn't, but you’ll never know unless you try.

UMB: What is your goal for entrepreneurs who visit your office?

BF: We want them to start that business because it gives a feeling of accomplishment. It also helps to create wealth and that's very important in today's society because you're able to leave something for your children and your grandchildren and that in turn will allow them to grow. Additionally, it gives you more self worth that you’ve accomplished something, that you’ve made your mark.

To make a confidential business consultation appointment with Bill Freeman, email wfreeman@umd.edu.

To RSVP to the January 31, 2018 “Meet Bill Freeman” event at The Grid, email grid@umaryland.edu.