The 2013 MBE/WBE/DBE Legislative Night in Annapolis
Start the new year by getting informed and involved
The 2013 MBE-WBE-DBE Legislative Night in Annapolis is an opportunity for state agencies representatives, business organizations, private industry, entrepreneurs, business owners, community leaders, interest groups, and individuals across Maryland to come together with one voice to support or oppose legislation that impact their lives, their businesses and the economy.
It will provide an opportunity for individuals to meet State Senators and Delegates and be informed of legislation that has been introduced or will be introduced during the 2013 legislation session and to voice their concerns and interests about legislation that is or is not being proposed.
It is a time to lend our collective voices to recommend to elected officials legislation we would like to see enacted and to learn how the political process works.
Governor Martin O’Malley will discuss the state of minority and women-owned business development in Maryland.
Lt. Governor Anthony Brown will discuss his views on the MBE-WBE-DBE program in Maryland and his visions for the success of minority businesses and women-owned businesses in Maryland.
Sharon Pinder the Director of theMayor’s Office of Minority and Women-owned Business Development has been invited to discuss the state of minority businesses and women-owned businesses in Baltimore City and what can we expect from the months ahead.
Anthony Robinson from the Maryland Legal Defense Fund will discuss the development and implementation of Maryland’sMBE-WBE-DBE program.
Secretary Zenita Hurley will discuss the services that theGovernor’s Office of Minority Affairs provides to and for minority businesses and women owned business enterprises.
Secretary Edward Chow Secretary of Veteran Affairs will discuss the opportunities for veterans in Maryland
Delegate Aisha Braveboy, Chair of the Maryland Legislative BlackCaucus will discuss the priority issues of the caucus and how they will be addressed during the 2013 General Assembly.
Wayne Frazier, President of the Maryland Washington, Minority Contractors Association will discuss opportunities for Maryland MBE-WBE-DBE’s in construction and energy.
Odette Ramos, Chair of theBaltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will discuss the issues of concern to the Hispanicbusiness community
Denise Matricciani, Vice President of the Maryland Hospital Association, Government Policy and Advocacy will discuss business opportunities in the health care industry
Chad Barnhill from Caesar’sPalace will discuss employment opportunities and business opportunities in the casino industry for MBE-WBE-DBE.
Senator Catherine Pugh will discuss the wind energy concerns and opportunities
Senator Verna Jones-Rodwell will discuss business opportunities for MBE-WBE-DBE in the energy industry
In 2012, more than 350 individuals attended throughout the evening event.
We are anticipating that amount or more for the up coming event. Seating is limited; you are encouraged to get there early to be assured a seat.
Refreshments will be provided and sponsored by Verizon.
The following organizations are co-sponsors of the event:
- The Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce
- The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
- The Korean Chamber of Commerce
- Southern Maryland Consortium of African American Community Organizations
- Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley of Cambridge, Maryland
- The Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- The NAACP Baltimore City Branch
- Coppin State University
- The Maryland Washington Minority Contractors Association
- The Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce
- LITSOM Coalition of Maryland
- Sisters4Sisters Network, Inc.
Enhancing Relationships Between Small Businesses And Financial Institutions
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings & The Maryland Bankers Association
Morgan State University Murphy Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
2201 Argonne Drive
Free Parking in Lot Y
Kamala Harris a key player in settlement over mortgage crisis
By Nathaniel Popper and Alejandro Lazo
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has emerged as a key player in pursuing a nationwide settlement with major U.S. banks accused of wrongful foreclosures and is facing increased pressure from consumer groups seeking help for homeowners devastated by the mortgage crisis. Harris, who was in closed-door talks with banks Friday, has been negotiating with the five largest mortgage servicers for months as part of a coalition of attorneys general and federal agencies seeking to a hammer out a deal surrounding allegations that banks committed widespread foreclosure errors. Los Angeles Times
'The Color Purple' finally released as an e-book
By Hillel Italie, AP National Writer
Alice Walker's "The Color Purple," a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1983 and still a widely taught and talked about novel, is finally coming out as an e-book. But not through a traditional publisher. Open Road Integrated Media, the digital company co-founded two years ago by former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman, has reached an agreement with Walker to release the electronic version of "The Color Purple" and most of her other work. Yahoo! News
Cain nearly quit campaign before Florida straw poll, calls Obama a ‘liar’
By Chris Moody, The Ticket
Not everyone needs to go to Disney World to have fun in central Florida. After one of Herman Cain's strongest showings yet at a Republican presidential debate Thursday, and two days with conservative activists in the state, he won the "Presidency 5" straw poll in Orlando over the weekend, beating front-runner Texas Gov. Rick Perry by more than 20 points. While straw polls are not scientific and their results can be poor indicators of whether a candidate will win a party's nomination--the latest actual Florida poll put Cain near the bottom--they can help spark some momentum, especially for lower-tier candidates. For Cain, a 65-year-old businessman, mathematician, author and radio host from Atlanta, Georgia, his straw poll win could well be the high-water mark of his campaign. Yahoo! News
Commentary: New law a boon for women- and minority-owned firms
A recent article in Capital Business [“Federal Reserve Bank seeks diversity in contractor pool
,” May 16] discussed efforts by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond to increase contracting with women- and minority-owned firms. This effort is far broader and more significant than the article indicated, however.
Section 342 of the recently enacted Dodd-Frank Act requires nearly 30 agencies that oversee the financial system, including the Federal Reserve, the Treasury Department and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., to establish offices of minority and women inclusion to monitor diversity within their ranks and the pool of contractors who provide goods and services to the government.
The Federal Reserve system and some of the agencies essentially were exempt from contract diversity efforts previously. The provision was introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who argued that minority- and women-owned firms were largely shut out of getting a piece of the billions of dollars the government spent to bail out financial institutions. Now, though, every woman- and minority-owned firm in the Washington region has a chance to benefit, with the provision offering them an avenue to reap millions of dollars in new annual revenue.
One of the most important provisions requires the agencies to examine diversity efforts at the 27,000 financial institutions the 30 agencies regulate. Knowing that they are being watched will spur the financial institutions to hire more minority employees and spend more money with minority contractors.
The success or failure of this effort rests on the level of scrutiny the agencies will apply to the financial institutions. Part of the issue is the type of methodology they will use to determine which institutions are being good corporate citizens and which are not. It all will come down to how they evaluate the data and what type of statistical techniques they use.
As we saw in the economic collapse, financial institutions were adept at promoting themselves as socially responsible in devising products to help minority communities -- products such as subprime mortgages that turned out to hurt them more than help them. The government has yet to determine what the penalties will be for financial institutions that fall short of diversity standards. I suspect it mostly will be shame. The bad list will get wide publicity. Financial institutions’ customer bases are more diverse than they were 20 or 30 years ago, and they don’t want to be seen as lacking a sufficient number of minority and women employees and contractors. Being on the bad list will cost them shareholder value and hurt their ability to recruit and retain employees. No one wants to work for a firm that doesn’t get it.
My opinion is that firms that fall short should be fined. I don’t think that will happen but a fine would impact their long-term behavior.
Section 342 simply aims to bring players with differing backgrounds into the government contracting marketplace. As businesses compete for contracts, they will provide better goods and services at lower cost. The effort will be good for women and minority contractors and the government. More competition, ultimately, will save the government undefined and taxpayers undefined money.
William Michael Cunningham is a social investing adviser with Creative Investment Research Inc. in Washington.
Study Finds That Blacks With Strong Racial Identity Are Happier
Black people who identify more strongly with their racial identity are generally happier, according to a study led by psychology researchers at Michigan State University. The study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, appears in the current issue of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, a research journal published by the American Psychological Association. “This is the first empirical study we know of that shows a relationship between racial identity and happiness,” said Stevie C.Y. Yap, doctoral candidate in psychology at MSU and lead researcher on the project. The Atlanta Post
Street faces probe in PHA case
By Mark Fazlollah and Jennifer Lin
Former Mayor John F. Street is under investigation for possibly violating federal regulations when he voted to award millions of dollars in Philadelphia Housing Authority contracts to a law firm that employed his son, a federal official confirmed Friday. Street was chairman of PHA's board when he cast the votes, and his son, Sharif, was then a lawyer for Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen. The firm billed $778,000 for the younger Street's PHA work. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General - which oversees civil and criminal inquiries - gave a hint of the investigation in releasing an audit Thursday. Philadelphia Inquirer
'Wire' actress shocked by Baltimore drug charges
By Sarah Brumfield, Associated Press
Actress Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, who played a murderous member of a Baltimore drug gang in the hit HBO series "The Wire," is shocked to be facing charges of conspiring to sell heroin, her attorney said Friday. "She's a little bit dismayed at being in position that she didn't place herself in," attorney Paul Gardner said. Pearson, 30, who was ordered held without bail Friday, denies the charges. Her attorney plans to file a writ of habeas corpus and motion for bail review Monday. Pearson is one of 64 people charged Thursday in "Operation Usual Suspects," a joint state-federal prosecution of an alleged east Baltimore drug gang. Yahoo! News
Gutting Unions Hurts the Black Middle Class
By Lynette Holloway
"The Fabulous 14." That's what Rozalia Harris and other members of the Milwaukee teachers union call the renegade Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin on Feb. 17 to stop a vote on a proposed spending plan that includes restrictions on collective bargaining by public workers. "We are grateful to the Fabulous 14 because their willingness to put their jobs on the line has helped raise awareness of the problem of the proposed collective bargaining restrictions," Harris, a third-grade teacher and vice president of the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association, the largest in Wisconsin, told The Root. The Root
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'Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters'
By The Root Staff
In Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters, writer Donald Bogle examines the life of Ethel Waters, a legendary singer and actress who made a name for herself singing in Harlem nightclubs in the 1920s. The blues singer is most remembered for her rendition of "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" and her Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her role in the film Pinky. If not for Waters, there wouldn't be a Diana Ross or Gladys Knight. The Root
Celebs ask Obama to come out for same-sex marriage
By The Associated Press
An advocacy group says Anne Hathaway, Martin Sheen and Jane Lynch are among a group of actors, athletes and business leaders urging President Barack Obama to support marriage rights for same-sex couples. The New York-based group Freedom to Marry said Monday that R&B singer Mya, NFL linebacker Scott Fujita and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey also signed an open letter calling on the president to back gay marriage. Yahoo! News
Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown Joins Hundreds to Celebrate Leading Minority Businesses and Supplier Diversity in Maryland
MARYLAND/DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA MINORITY SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AWARD
President Clark and Special Secretary Luwanda Jenkins of the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs
present Lt. Governor Anthony Brown with Minority Inclusion Award.
UPPER MARLBORO, Md., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For 29 years, consecutively, the Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council (MD/DC MSDC) has convened in grand fashion at its Annual Leadership Awards Gala to celebrate trendsetters and trailblazers in supplier diversity. On Friday, October 8, 2010, nearly 300 corporate, entrepreneurial and political dignitaries assembled to recognize those leaders who have demonstrated the highest professional standards, visionary leadership and superior performance against the odds.
The first award of the evening was presented to the Honorable Anthony G. Brown, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Maryland, who was recognized for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the inclusion of small, minority and women owned enterprises in state, private and base realignment business opportunities in the state. During his comments, Lt. Governor Brown highlighted the great strides that the O'Malley-Brown administration has made in advancing the quality of education in Maryland, and he acknowledged the fact that their administration had achieved 25% minority inclusion in state contracting.
Marriott International, Inc. was recognized as the 2010 Corporation of the Year for its dynamic supplier diversity program which procures the services of over 4,000 diverse suppliers and boasts over $100 million in diverse spend.
Other Leadership Award winners included:
- Advocate of the Year - Michelle Bell, 1st Choice Government Solutions
- Minority Supplier Leader of the Year, James Sturgis, Ahold US (Giant Food, LLC)
- Suppliers of the Year
- Sales up to $1MM - Bell Family Foods, Inc.
- Sales $1-$10MM - SB & Company, LLC
- Sales $10-$10MM - EMD Sales, Inc.
- Sales over $50MM - The Bartech Group
- President's Award - Erica Billie, Capital One
- Chairman's Award - Darlene Fuller, Sodexo
- Reginald Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award - Anthony Robinson, Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund
October 19 - Governor O’Malley joins Baltimore Mayor
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and
Congressman Elijah Cummings
in announcing new offices of the
Social Security Administration
will be located at the
Reisterstown Metro Station
|September 10 - Governor O'Malley
and West Baltimore Community
leaders prepare to begin demolition
of the "Highway to Nowhere."