In March 2008, upon his retirement, after 23 years of service in the U.S. Army, Waldorf resident and veteran Olajide Ijadare established Multi-Ethnic Shopping Mall Online (MESMO) Inc., an online grocery store, featuring goods from his home country of Nigeria and elsewhere around the world.
Ijadare quickly found his initial idea transforming, leading him from the online retail business to federal contracting. “Like other entrepreneurs, my startup idea soon morphed into another enterprise and better aligned with things I learned in the Army,” says Ijadare.
MESMO, no longer a retail site, now offers a wide range of translation services, and a myriad of management, logistics, budgeting and associated administrative management services to Federal Government clients. For Ijadare, headquartering MESMO in Charles County was a no-brainer thanks to the area’s unique community and short commute to Washington D.C.
“The County’s access to the extended retired military and foreign service officer communities remains one of the better benefits offered by the County’s proximity to the Capital,” says Ijadare. Though, if you ask his employees what the best part of working in Charles County is, Ijadare believes they would say the ability to “work in their field of experience while being closer to home.”