Our Strength is in our Numbers... Our Power is in our Unity! 

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

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

READY, SET, GROW! Expanding Opportunities in Baltimore County hosted by 
Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs
Thursday, August 24, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville Campus
Center for the Arts Lounge, 800 South Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21228 

Join the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs for an overview of how their small, minority, women, and veteran procurement programs work.  You will hear what buyers are looking for right now, and what's in their pipelines. You will have the opportunity to connect with state procurement officers as well as resource partners and organizations that can help your small business grow and succeed.

For a campus map, click here

For directions, click here

To register, click here

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program Baltimore Open House hosted by Community College of Baltimore County, Johns Hopkins University, and
Morgan State University
Thursday, August 24, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Morgan State University, Earl G. Graves School of Business 
4200 Hillen Road, Baltimore, MD 21218.  

This information session is for entrepreneurs in the Greater Baltimore area looking to accelerate business growth.

To register, click here

Small Business Development Training Program hosted by
Baltimore City Department of Public Works
Tuesday, September 12 - 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 application, click here

To view schedule, click here

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

Breakfast with Mayor Catherine E. Pugh hosted by
 Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, September 14, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, 1525 Russell Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh will be delivering the keynote address, where she will discuss the current business climate in the City of Baltimore.  She will address the new permitting and procurement processes the City is about release as part of her plan to provide more opportunities to the Baltimore business community.  In addition, Mayor Pugh will speak to job creation, workforce development and the successful Youth Works program.  To view flier, click here 

As part of the event, the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce will honor Chamber members for their dedication to the Baltimore business community through our Baltimore City Chamber Advocate Awards.  Nominations are being accepted for the following awards: 

  • Baltimore City Chamber Advocate Award
  • Baltimore City Chamber Business Development Advocate Award
  • Baltimore City Chamber Community Advocate Award
  • Baltimore City Chamber Education Advocate Award
  • Baltimore City Chamber Workforce Development Advocate Award 

To nominate, click here

To register, click here

For sponsorship opportunities, click here

26th Annual Civil Rights Breakfast hosted by 
Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement

Monday, September 25, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Hilton Baltimore, 401 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Ph.D.

Presentation of the Walter P. Carter and Dr. Lenwood Ivey Awards.

To view flier, click here

For additional information, or inquire about tickets and sponsorship opportunities respond to Michele Master at 410-396-3141/3151 by September 15th

For a list of more upcoming events, click here

Small Business Resource Center Workshops 
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You must register in order to attend. 

NOTE: Photo identification is required to enter the building. Please bring your license plate number in order to validate parking.
View and register for all SBRC Workshops @
Workshop Location
 Small Business Resource Center
1101 East 33rd Street
Suite C 307
Johns Hopkins @ Eastern Campus
Baltimore MD 21218

-> Do you find yourself juggling too many things and feel like you are not making progress?


-> Do you feel like work is always on your mind even when you are with family and friends?


-> Would you like to spend more time working "on" rather than "in" your business?


If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then this workshop is for you.  During the workshop we will explore what's keeping you from taking your business to the next level and help you develop a simple action plan to begin making immediate progress.  


Topics will include:

Determine what's working well in your business & life

Pinpoint what needs improvement in your business & life

Identify & eliminate time wasters

Identify & focus on your "money making" talents

Develop a simple, achievable action plan


This Free workshop is provided by the MCE Women's Business Center.  


  OCTOBER  31             10 AM - 12 PM


Register online:  

Boost your business with social media.  Get an introduction to FaceBook, LinkedIn and Twitter social media platforms.  This seminar is provided and hosted by Kimberly Harden of K. Harden & Associates, LLC

6:00 pm  - 8:00 pm

               Kiva is expanding in Baltimore!
Kiva.org is a non-profit that enables passionate and determined entrepreneurs to access 0% interest small business loans
 About the loan...
  •  0% interest rate loans from $500 to $10,000
  •  Terms up to 36 months
  •  Funded by hundreds of lenders from around the world, in increments of $25.
We care about your character, not your Credit Score:
  •  No credit score, collateral, business plan or financial statement required
  •  You establish your reputation and community of support by inviting lenders from your network
  •  Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, our community of 1.5 million lenders funds the majority of the loan amount
why now?
  •  Kiva is looking to grow its impact in Baltimore
  •  We will be promoting Baltimore borrowers and they will have an above 90% success rate of getting fully funded
AUG  11, AUG 18, or AUG  25   4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

AUG  17 or 24   10:00 am - 11:30 am

Register online:
To start an application go to:
To talk to our Baltimore Representative call Ty at : 858-336-7475

If your startup business is in need of legal advice you must register today to receive free information from experienced attorneys on most common business related legal issues. 


 -Entity Creation                - Partnership Agreement

 -Contracts                         -Operating Agreement

 -Intellectual Property        -Human Resources

 -Right of First Refusal        -Dispute Resolution

 -Court Action                    -Recognizing Legal Issues

                     -Insurance / Indemnification

Please call to reserve a place today!  You must schedule an appointment in advance.  These sessions are provided by Gilmore Khandhar, LLC       Free


SEPT  19  &  NOV  14


11:00 AM -2:15 PM

Accounting Workshop   
Get professional instruction on how to maintain your business accounts. This workshop includes instruction on basic accounting principles.  Free


              AUGUST  21
                           10 AM - 12:30 PM


  Quickbooks Workskhop 

This workshop will cover how to set up accounts payable, accounts receivable and financials using QuickBooks computer software.  This seminar is provided by Philippe Lerner, CFO, MBA of PL Consulting. Free


                                     AUGUST  28  
                                  6 PM - 8 PM 

Psychology of Selling Workshop 

> Get Your Message Heard - Marketing that works to get in front of qualified prospects


> End Your Frustration (And Voice Mail Hell) - How to follow up and get/set appointments


> Making The Sale - A sales system that helps your prospects decide to buy from you


This seminar is provided by David S. Kelly, CEO, The Growth Coach of Greater Baltimore and will make a difference in your business life.  FREE


SEPTEMBER  7             10 AM - 12 PM


EVENING MARKETING WORKSHOP - Orleans Street Branch Library
We often think that a great product or service will sell itself, but that is rarely the case. In this class you'll find out how to market your content and use different channels to maximize visibility.  Free
Please note that this class will be held at the
                                     Orleans Street Branch Library
                                     1301 Orleans Street
                                     Baltimore  MD  21231
  SEPTEMBER  21              5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

 EVENING BUSINESS PLAN WRITING WORKSHOP - Pennsylvania Avenue Branch Library
Business Plan Workshop Picture
Are you thinking of starting your own business? The Small Business Resource Centers' business plan writing workshop will help you gather your ideas and get them down on paper. Your completed plan will serve as a guide and give you direction on what steps you need to take to start your business and provide an invaluable tool in applying for additional funding. The instructor, Paul Taylor, Executive Director, Small Business Resource Center will also explain in detail how to arrive at solid meaningful figures for your Cash Flow Projection element of the plan. Each of the various components of a business plan will be covered.
Please note that this class will be held at the
                                     Pennsylvania Avenue Branch Library 
                                     1531 W. North Avenue 
      Baltimore  MD  21217
  OCTOBER  18              5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The cash flow statement is a critical component of a company's complete set of financial statements. It enables users to see a business' cash generated or used by a company in a given period. This workshop covers the proper preparation of the statement along with analysis techniques.
Please note that this class will be held at
                                     Reisterstown Branch Library
                                     6310 Reisterstown Road
                                     Baltimore  MD  21215
  NOVEMBER  21              5:30 PM - 7:30 PM



 SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE volunteers offer free in person business management counseling.  Appointments mustbe made in advance by calling 443.451.7160.  To receive one-on-one business counseling register online @  http://www.score.org/mentors 




To view and register for all SBRC Workshops click on this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2092375817


Small Business Resource Center

1101 East 33rd Street

Suite C 307

Johns Hopkins @ Eastern Campus

Baltimore MD 21218

www. sbrcbaltimore.com


Invitation to Contractors

For Stormwater Construction Opportunities

Baltimore City has construction opportunities in the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit compliance program. The purpose of the MS4 program is to design and construct stormwater management, stream restoration, stream repairs, environmental site design (ESD’s), water quality retrofit, and lot greening projects to achieve compliance with the City’s MS4 permit. The Baltimore City Department of Public Works, Office of Engineering and Construction invites all non-prequalified contractors interested in bidding on future stormwater and environmental restoration construction contracts to apply for prequalification. The contractors are required to be prequalified for specific prequalification category listed below to bid for the contract:

Types of Contract

Pre-qualification codes

Structural / Traditional BMPs

D028000 Landscaping

F02200 Earthwork and Site Preparation

G90045 Clearing and Grubbing

DO2620 Curb,Gutter and Sidewalk

G90061 Tree Removal and Pruning

ESD Practices

D028000 Landscaping

F02200 Earthwork and Site Preparation

Alternative BMPs (Stream Restoration)

G90128 Urban Stream Restoration

D028000 Landscaping

F02200 Earthwork

G90045 Clearing and Grubbing

DO2620 Curb,Gutter and Sidewalk

DO2240 Erosion Control

G90061 Tree Removal and Pruning

Alternative BMP (Other – Impervious Area Removal

D028000 Landscaping

F02200 Earthwork

G90045 Clearing and Grubbing

DO2620 Curb,Gutter and Sidewalk

G90061 Tree Removal and Pruning

Prequalified contractors will have upcoming bidding opportunities, minority business opportunities, and will be eligible in submitting bids for Baltimore City’s projects. The prequalification process is simple. Apply soon because it takes time to become prequalified and bidding opportunities are coming soon.

Please visit our website http://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/Contractor-Consultant-Prequalification or contact Mr. Kumasi Vines at below to learn more about Baltimore City’s prequalification requirements.

Office of Boards and Commissions

Department of Public Works

4 S. Frederick St., 4th Floor

(410) 396-6883


MS4 Projects to be advertised in the next 6 months:

Project #

Project Name

Anticipated Advertisement

Contract Duration

Approximate Value

Project Type

ER 4125

Environmental Restoration Project 9

June 2017

1 Year

$1M - $2M

Impervious Area Removal

ER 4021 (SC 910)

Chinquapin Run Stream Restoration #1

July 2017

2 Years

$8M - $10M (Stream Portion)

Stream Restoration / Sanitary


Powder Mill Run Stream Restoration/ Sanitary Improvment Project

July 2017

14 Months

$3M - $4M (Stream Portion)

Stream Restoration / Sanitary

ER 4028

Western Run at Kelly Avenue

August 2017

1 Year

$3M - $4M

Stream Restoration

ER 4031

Franklin Town Blvd Culvert Stream Restoration

August 2017

1 Year

$3M - $4M

Stream Restoration

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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


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