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Starting Your Business in Bowie

January 18 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the Maryland Women’s Business Center and the City of Bowie’s Office of Economic Development for a comprehensive introduction to entrepreneurship. This in-person workshop provides insights into starting and growing a business, followed by expert advice on available resources in Bowie. 

Bowie City Hall
15901 Fred Robinson Way
Bowie, MD 20716


Madeline Cruz, Marketing Professional
Social con Cultura
Meet Madeline Cruz: founder and certified marketing professional behind Social con Cultura. For the past five years, she has dived into social media marketing, serving 90% Black, Brown, and immigrant-owned SMBs to deliver culturally adept campaigns. Through her work, she recognized a hunger for culture, representation and authenticity in online marketing content, this journey inspired the birth of Social con Cultura. In 2023, Madeline transformed her social media agency into a dynamic marketplace, providing on-demand content creators, transparent pricing, and culturally resonant content with results in just 24 hours.

Madeline’s exceptional contributions are acknowledged by industry leaders, such as LinkedIn, DigitalUndivided, Medium, Hispanic Executive Magazine, Hello Alice, and Canvas Rebel.

Sonya Hopson, CEO
Sage Services Group LLC
Sonya Hopson is the CEO of Sage Services Group LLC, a professional services firm located in Bowie MD. For over 20 years, Sonya has provided leadership on mission critical projects with a diverse range of public and private organizations to improve performance and strengthen organizational effectiveness.

Over the last 13 years, Sage has provided engineering and human capital program support to nearly twenty different Federal agencies, State government offices and commercial clients.  Sage has established a history of helping leaders and organizations navigate difficult challenges and bringing leaders and their teams together to identify strengths and limitations and agree on goals.  We are known as the team that thinks with the mind of an engineer yet operates with the heart of a teacher.

Sonya holds a BS degree in Physics from Norfolk State University, BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland-College Park, and a M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University. She is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMI) and a Certified Safety Professional (BCSP).

She has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations including the Board of Trustees for the SEED School of Maryland and currently serves on the Board of Maryland DECA. Sonya is also an active member of the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Her most exciting role is mother to twin sons (Michael and Andrew) and daughter Jordan.

Tiara Andrews, Business Retention Specialist
City of Bowie
Tiara Andrews is the Business Retention Specialist for the City of Bowie. She is a native of Prince George’s County, and a product of its schools. Tiara graduated with honors from Prince George’s Community College with an associate degree in Criminal Justice Technology and completed her bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration at the University of Maryland Global Campus. 

Tiara has almost twenty years of government service with municipalities in Prince George’s County in Code Compliance and is now pursuing her passion for helping businesses and entrepreneurs thrive. Tiara works with local businesses to identify resources that will allow their business to flourish and be successful. She also helps business owners find new commercial spaces that will meet their needs and vision to help them expand, grow, and succeed.

Tiara’s passion for helping people goes beyond economic development. As an entrepreneur and a licensed life insurance agent in Maryland and Florida, she helps families create generational wealth by providing them with information to secure their financial futures. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband of over 16 years and her two wonderful sons. 

Ari’Anna Redmond, BSU Student, CEO
Tony’s Kitchen and Bakery

Ariana Redmond, a junior pre-med student at Bowie State University, is a driven individual with a passion for mental health advocacy and entrepreneurship. She honors her late father through her bakery business, “Tony’s Kitchen and Bakery,” specializing in allergy-friendly vegan treats. Ariana aspires to become a psychiatrist and plans to open a nonprofit mental health center to serve underserved youth, addressing vital needs in the African American community.


Space is limited, so RSVP now!



January 18
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Francisco Cartagena, Program Manager, Bowie State University WBC


Bowie City Hall
15901 Fred Robinson Way
Bowie, MD 20716 United States
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