SQM Communications is excited to announce it has been awarded a Maryland Department of Transportation Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification, a U.S. Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification, and a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification.
I began SQM Communications after spending 20+ years working for some of the top businesses among nonprofits, law firms, and healthcare systems. I was excited to become my own boss and the kind of consultant I’d always loved working with – someone who becomes an invested partner and a colleague. The process can be tricky, so here are a few tips to consider before you make the big leap from in-house PR pro to consultant.
Sabrina McGowan, owner of SQM Communications, will present “PR Solutions for Your Small Business” at the Maryland Women’s Business Center on March 28 in Rockville. Entrepreneurs will learn how to develop and manage their brand through strategic PR tools including social media.
Business name? Check. Website? Check. LLC set up? Trademark? Hmmm. Understanding the legal responsibilities and ramifications of having your own PR business should be a priority for every independent PR professional. Making the move from working in an office to being your own boss can be an exciting and overwhelming time.
It’s easy to use the skills and experience you learned in-house to create a business plan and market yourself. However, learning about LLCs, S-Corps, trademarks, and business insurance – well, that can be unchartered territory for a lot of us “indies.” It’s great to have someone like Rebecca Geller of The Geller Law Group as a navigator. Continue reading
Sabrina McGowan, the owner of SQM Communications, provided her insights on PR and social media to a group of women entrepreneurs at the Maryland Women’s Business Center in Rockville, Maryland. Sabrina shared her tips for building brands and managing online reputations during an interactive presentation with small business owners.