Congratulations to Frederick County MWBC client Sophia Wilmot of Summit Nurse Consulting, LLC. Sophia won the grand prize in the M&T Bank Small Business Accelerator Program pitch competition, sponsored by the Frederick Office of Economic Development and M&T Bank.

Sophia signed up with MWBC in February 2023 and first met with Frederick County Senior Business Consultant Karen Kalantzis in March. Sophia knew she was very good at providing mobile urgent medical care—she makes house calls!—but she didn’t know the ins and outs of running a business. Karen and Sophia reviewed her business structure and operations and Karen gave her a list to create her BAIL team. Karen coached her on a sales script, gave her advice on pricing and expenses, and encouraged her every step of the way. Working with MWBC, Sophia successfully raised her prices, cut back on expenses, and began to better manage her debt—all of which helped stabilize her financial operations.

As a result of Sophia’s efforts, her business growth has exploded and she’s hiring additional nurse practitioners to meet her business demand. MWBC coached her on the hiring process and creating processes and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to help systemize her business. 

With MWBC support, Sophia completed the 2023 Frederick County M&T Bank Small Business Accelerator Program, which met every Wednesday from February 22 to  April 26, and won the grand prize in the pitch competition. Congratulations Sophia! We wish you even greater business success in the future.