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The Office of Purchasing has published solicitation no. IFB-2018-20 for Underground Water Storage Tanks for Fire Suppression Capital Project No. F-5972 to the Howard County website and EMaryland Marketplace.

 

Interested suppliers, please see the County’s website;

www.howardcountymd.gov/purchasing.

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 E-News Brief from the Mayor's Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Featured Upcoming Events~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Small Business Development Training Program hosted by
Baltimore City Department of Public Works
Tuesday, November 14 - Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Montebello Pumping Maintenance Building
 3501 Hillen Road, Baltimore, MD 21218

The Small Business Development Training Program is a 10-week construction management training program was created to make local M/W/DBEs contract-ready for more than $3 billion in utility construction work, including Consent Decree sewer rehabilitation and replacement, and capital improvements under drinking water, storm water and wastewater programs. This training program is available primarily for M/W/DBEs specializing in: concrete construction, construction program/project management, excavating, landscaping, pipeline installation, post-construction clean-up, scheduling, sediment and erosion control, sewer construction, site work, traffic control and underground utilities.

To view flier, click here

To view schedule, click here

For more information, call 410-433-2400 or email info@pyattgroup.com.


State of Downtown Tech Event hosted by 
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

307 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
(the building is located between Howard and Eutaw Streets)

The event will feature networking and a panel discussion about the economic impact and trends we are seeing in the tech and innovation industries as they relate to the Downtown landscape.

To view panelists and register, click here


Business Opportunities and Entrepreneurial Training Summit hosted by
Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of General Services and University System of Maryland
Monday, November 13, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Turf Valley Conference Center
2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Find out about over $2 billion dollars in available contracting opportunities from the Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of General Services and University System of Maryland.

Space is limited.  To register, click here


43rd Annual Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards hosted by  
Greater Baltimore Committee 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel 

202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

For more than four decades, the Mayor's Business Recognition Awards has honored deserving companies that have engaged in specific activities or projects that have significantly benefited the Baltimore community and are outside of the business's regular mission or day-to-day work or activities.

To register, click here

For event and sponsorship information, contact Lisa Byrd at 410-727-2820


Dollars & Sense – Financing to Maximize Business Profits & Personal Wealth Workshop sponsored by BB&T, Operation Win In Life CDC and 
Meridian Management Group, Inc. (MMG)

Thursday, December 14, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture
 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

This workshop will feature two 2 hour sessions, one focusing on The Cost of Alternative Lenders to the Small Business Community and the other focusing on BB&T’s Where Personal Finances Meet Business Finances curriculum.  Both sessions will be designed to increase small and minority entrepreneurs’ knowledge of existing financial planning and financing resources available through BB&T and MMG to enhance their capacity to grow their businesses.

To view flier, click here

To register, click here: http://www.mmgdollarsandsense.com/  or call 410-333-4270.


For a list of more upcoming events, click here


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Womens Small Business Month

The SBA is celebrating women entrepreneurs everywhere during Women's Small Business Month. There are opportunities to find counseling, training and other resources for small business success through the SBA.

 

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10 tips for cybersecurity

If you choose to take your business to the digital world, as most businesses these days do, you don't want to miss these critical ways to protect what you have. Check out 10 cybersecurity tips for small businesses to safeguard your business in the digital age.

 

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SB Saturday

Saturday, November 25, 2017 is Small Business Saturday┬« – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.

Visit us online for information on how your small business can participate. The site offers access to free Small Business Saturday marketing materials, including sample posters, press releases and social media updates. 

 #SmallBizSaturday             #ShopSmall  

Cosponsorship Authorization # 17-4010-92. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. 

CERTIFICATION


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SBA Prepares to Launch 8a Initial Application

As SBA prepares to launch the 8(a) Initial Application online on November 15, 2017, we are holding two webinars for firms to learn how navigate the site once it launches. These trainings are identical, and if a firm cannot attend either, the webinars will be recorded and available after November 13th on our Help & Training page in the previous trainings section.

Training Dates for Prospective Firms:

Thursday, November 9th from 2-3 PM EST
http://ems7.intellor.com/login/714499
1-877-369-5243 
Access Code: 0546101#

Monday, November 13th, 10-11 AM EST
http://ems7.intellor.com/login/714503
1-877-369-5243 
Access Code: 0956029#

In the meantime, we encourage you to begin preparing the necessary documentation that you will need to upload into the Certify platform once you initiate an 8(a) application. The application checklist of required documents is available on our Help & Training page under 'how to and helpful guides.'

We look forward to serving you!


Upcoming Events

SBA Programs & Services

An informative session detailing the programs and services available through the SBA to help you start, manage and grow your own small business. November 14, 2017, 1-2pm. FREE. Baltimore, MD. Sign up today

SBA 8a & HUBZone Orientations

The SBA Baltimore District Office will host the monthly 8a & HUBZone government contracting workshops. November 28, 2017, 10am & 11am. FREE. Baltimore, MD

Register for the 8a session: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sba-8a-business-development-program-overview-tickets-38083506794

Register for the HUBZone session: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hubzone-contracting-program-overview-tickets-38082753541


Nominate a small business for SBA's National Small Business Week Awards


2018 Maryland Small Business Week Awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Baltimore District Office is accepting nominations for the successful small business person who might become Maryland’s 2018 “Small Business Person of the Year” and compete for the national title during National Small Business Week, April 29-May 5, 2018. Nominees are also sought for Small Business Exporter of the Year and a variety of local award categories. The submission deadline is Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Small Business Person of the Year nominees are judged on a variety of criteria, including staying power, growth in employment and sales, innovation of product or service and evidence of contributions to the community.

Local award categories include: Financial Services Champion, Home-Based Small Business, Minority-Owned Small Business, Veteran-Owned Small Business, Woman-Owned Small Business, Family-Owned Small Business, Entrepreneurial Success, Small Business Exporter, Young Entrepreneur, Rising Star Student Entrepreneur and three industry awards, the Accountant Champion, Insurance Advocate and Attorney Advocate.

Nominations can be made by an individual or an organization. The Maryland program accepts nominations for individuals or businesses operating within the City of Baltimore and all Maryland counties except Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, which are accepted through SBA’s Washington Metro Area District Office. 

Winners will be announced in late March 2018 and will be honored at the 34th Annual MD Small Business Week Awards Luncheon in Woodlawn, Md. on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Click here for nomination criteria and submission guidelines or contact Rachel Howard at (410) 244-3337 or by email at rachel.howard@sba.gov.

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Welcome to eMaryland Marketplace

eMaryland Marketplace, Maryland's internet-based procurement system, is a business tool that provides vendors with easy access to State procurement information. Potential bidders can find solicitations on eMaryland Marketplace and submit bids electronically. The system also allows vendors to obtain bid results online once the due date and time for bid submission have passed.

To login to the eMaryland Marketplace,  please click the Register link below

                                                      https://emaryland.buyspeed.com/bso/

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