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Maryland Women’s Business Center

Grant Opportunity Closes in Two Weeks



Release Date: February 3, 2020         

Contact: Cecelia.Taylor@sba.gov (202) 401-3059  

Maryland Women’s Business Center

Grant Opportunity Closes in Two Weeks

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 16, 2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration would like to remind applicants about the Maryland Women’s Business Center’s grant opportunity.  Applications are now being accepted through Sunday, February 16th.

“The funding opportunity for a new Women’s Business Center (WBC) in Maryland is part of SBA’s expansion of services. It also reflects the agency’s priority to increase access for women entrepreneurs to resources in socially and economically disadvantaged communities,” said SBA’s Associate Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development Allen Gutierrez.  “WBC’s foster stronger local economies by delivering critical training and technical assistance to women entrepreneurs whose small businesses then generate new employment opportunities.”

The total award amount is up to $150,000, which will fund up to two WBCs.  Each WBC will receive up to $75,000, which will cover the period from April 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020. Applications are being accepted on grants.gov.  There are less than two weeks remaining for this grant opportunity, which opened January 16, 2020, and closes on February 16, 2020.  All applications must be submitted online by the closing date.  To apply, please visit grants.gov and look for Funding Opportunity Announcement No. OWBO-2020-02.

Eligible applicants for the grant must be private, nonprofit organizations with 501(c) tax-exempt status from the U.S. Treasury/Internal Revenue Service and must provide services in the State of Maryland. This may include universities, foundations, chambers of commerce, or economic development institutions. 

Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and their auxiliary entities that provide entrepreneurial development services to socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply.  Likewise, other organizations meeting the WBC program eligibility criteria and serving socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs are also encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants must register and receive a certificate from SAM.gov as part of the grant application process.  Questions about this WBC funding opportunity can be directed to the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) at owbo@sba.gov.

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Small Biz Bulletin - February 2020

Special Secretary Jimmy Rhee

Message from Special Secretary Rhee

2020 is the Year of the Woman

One hundred years ago the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote, In recognition of this historical event, Governor Hogan declared 2020 the Year of the Woman in Maryland. I am fortunate to work with a talented and dedicated team of women within the Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs. As individuals, they each possess special skills and characteristics that make them outstanding public servants. Collectively, they all share an innate passion for working with entrepreneurs. We'll be profiling them throughout the year in the Small Biz Bulletin as we celebrate the Year of the Woman in Maryland. 

Jimmy Rhee
Special Secretary

2020 the Year of the Woman in Maryland

For Your Business

TTC 2020 Classroom

Technical Training Classroom

We are pleased to announce the 2020 schedule for our popular Technical Training Classroom. These free classes cover a broad range of topics to help small, minority, women, and veteran entrepreneurs improve managerial efficiencies and gain an insightful understanding of the government contracting arena. We hope to see you at multiple classes this year.

2020 Technical Training Classroom

New MD Opportunity

Small Business Reserve Program

Over $400 million is awarded to small businesses through Maryland's Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program annually. Are you a certified SBR vendor? If not, you're missing out on prime contracting opportunities on state-funded contracts. Certification takes place within eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA), the state's new
e-Procurement platform that launched in July 2019. Firms registered in the old system were not automatically carried into eMMA. Only firms certified as an SBR vendor can win prime contracts designated for the SBR Program. Learn more about the program and register in eMMA today.

SBR Program


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TEDCO Investment Funds

Applications are now being accepted for TEDCO;s Investment Funds. TEDCO is Maryland's economic engine for technology companies. Applications are now being accepted for four investment funds: Rural Business Innovation Initiative, Builder Fund, Seed Funds, and Maryland Venture Fund. New statutory requirements enacted by the Maryland General Assembly in 2019 tasked TEDCO with developing an application process for its investment programs. Visit their website for details on each fund and the application process. 


Year of the Woman in Maryland


Meet Pam Gregory

Pamela Gregory serves the Hogan administration as Chief of Staff with the Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs. She has over 20 years of government service and excels at system and business process improvements proven to increase efficiency and enhance customer satisfaction. She's not a fan of public speaking, but willingly steps to the podium to recognize the outstanding small business owners awarded with a Governor's Citation at our Ready, Set, GROW! workshops. She much prefers one-on-one conversations with entrepreneurs as they learn to navigate the procurement process. Pam lives in Dorchester County where she is an active member of GirlTrek, a national health movement program through walking. She loves spending time with her son and his family, especially her two granddaughters of whom she is immensely proud. Shoe shopping and interior decorating are mild obsessions for Pam. She also enjoys cooking and often brings treats to the office. No surprise that makes her very popular with her co-workers. 

Mark Your Calendar

Don't get stuck in the office all winter. Most business development events and training programs take place outside the office. We maintain a robust calendar of events on our website. It's updated regularly, so be sure to check back often. Here are just a few upcoming events:

02/04/2020 - Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop
02/07/2020 - Market Your Business on a Budget
02/11/2020 - Steps to Start Your Business
02/19/2020 - Show Me the Money
02/25/2020 - State Procurement 101
02/25/2020 - Perfecting Your Capability Statement
02/26/2020 - Understanding SEO

Check out our full range of small business events
online at goMDsmallbiz.maryland.gov.

Maryland is OPEN for Business. As a coordinating office for Governor Larry Hogan, the Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs connects small businesses, including those owned by minorities, women, and veterans to greater economic opportunities.  Learn more by visiting our website at goMDsmallbiz.maryland.gov and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @goMDsmallbiz.

January 2020

The Business Break

Your small business matters

Hello The Greater Baltimore Black,

This month, The Business Break is looking out for your business with tips on everything from avoiding some common pitfalls to low-cost promotional efforts:

Payroll: We want to help you avoid common payroll mistakes
Finances: Save yourself the headache and keep your business and personal finances separate
Promotions: Check out these suggestions on how to grow your business inexpensively

Scroll down to see what’s most relevant to you:

Payroll pitfalls

6 tips to avoid common payroll mistakes

You got into business because you enjoy what you do, not to do paperwork! But with a little prep and attention, you can avoid time-consuming (and possibly costly) payroll errors.

Don’t miss this list
Finances – Business insights

Keeping business and personal finances separate

There are a lot of advantages to being a small business owner. So, make sure you can take advantage of them by separating out your business finances.

Review insights

Promotions - Promotional efforts

Inexpensive ways to build a small business

You can do a lot to promote your business without spending a ton of money to get it done. We’ve compiled 8 great ideas for you so you can get out there without breaking the budget.

Get ideas now

Starting a new business? Looking to grow?
We can get you on the right path. Check out our Learning & Insights resource center!

Maryland Sick and Safe Leave Information
-by Janice Walker-Emeogo

The law states that leave accrues at the rate of one hour for every thirty hours that an employee works. An employee is not entitled to accrue sick and safe leave during (1) a 2 week pay period in which the employee worked fewer than 24 total hours; (2) a 1 week pay period if the employee worked fewer than a combined total of 24 hours in the current and immediately preceding pay period; or (3) a pay period in which the employee is paid twice per month and worked fewer than 26 hours in the pay period. The leave hours provided for under the law are the minimum number of hours an employee is entitled to earn and accrue. An employer may provide more leave for its employees.

The Opportunity Zone program is a nationwide initia​tive ​administered by the U.S. Treasury created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job​s Act. The program provides federal tax incentives for investment in distressed communities over the next 10 years. Areas designated as Opportunity Zones will be able to reap the benefits of capital gains to help redevelop underserved communities.

Visit the website here
to learn more: 

The GBBCC Business Development Committee is following the progress of this initiative to ensure black-owned businesses are engaged in this economic development initiative.  Please review the information below, and if you have any questions about opportunities in any of the Greater Baltimore Regions (Baltimore City, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard and Harford Counties), please send your questions to:  gbbchamber@gmail.com

The Opportunity Zone program is a nationwide initiative created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury. The program provides federal tax incentives for investment in distressed communities over the next 10 years. Areas designated as Opportunity Zones will be able to reap the benefits of capital gains to help redevelop underserved communities.

Of the 149 Census Tracts in Maryland designated as Opportunity Zones by the U.S. Treasury, 42 are in Baltimore City. For a list of Census Tracts in Baltimore City designated as Opportunity Zones, please click here. For a map of Opportunity Zones in Baltimore City, please click here.

For a map of all 149 Opportunity Zones, please visit http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Pages/OpportunityZones.aspx.

For more information about Opportunity Zones, please visit Economic Innovation Group or the U.S. Treasury at https://www.cdfifund.gov/Pages/Opportunity-Zones.aspx.

Water Reclamation Feasibility Study

Weller Development Company, LLC (“Developer”) is seeking qualifications from consultants and engineers who have significant expertise in water reclamation facilities (“Respondent”).
Copyright © 2018 Weller Development Company, All rights reserved. 

Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c) 4 non-profit organization. 1325 Bedford Avenue, Suite 5941; Pikesville, MD 21208

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