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Governor's Office of Minority Affairs
Small Business Bulletin - April 2017
Message from the Secretary

The 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly has come to a close and on April 18, Governor Larry Hogan signed Senate Bill 4 into legislation. This bill reauthorizes the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program through 2022. It received overwhelming bi-partisan support in
both the House and Senate. I'm pleased to share that the legislation also included an important provision that will reduce fraud against MBEs without adding additional burdens to prime contractors or MBE subcontractors. 
Maryland's MBE Program truly is the national gold standard of state contracting inclusion programs. Maryland is open for business and we look forward to increasing opportunities for minorities and women to participate in state-funded contracts, and encouraging more small businesses to participate in Maryland's procurement programs.

Jimmy Rhee
Special Secretary 

For Your Business
Governor's Business Summit 17
Join Governor Larry Hogan for the first Maryland Governor's Business Summit. Explore topics on human capital, global trends, and business strategy as you network with a wide array of Maryland's business leaders. This full-day event has a very robust schedule of general and breakout sessions. Keynote speakers include Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh. It's being held at the Baltimore Hilton on Thursday, May 18. Maryland is open for business and we invite you to capture the momentum. Register today.

Ready, Set, GROW!
Hundreds of business owners have been connected to state buyers through our Ready, Set, GROW! procurement connection workshop. Our next workshop is Wednesday, April 26, at 10 a.m. in Western Maryland. Special thanks to the Technical Innovation Center (TIC) at Hagerstown Community College. Join us tomorrow to receive valuable tips on navigating the procurement process and to meet with representatives from the State Highway Administration, Department of General Services, Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Transit Administration, the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Maryland State Police, and Washington County Government. 
Ready, Set, GROW! Registration
National Small Business Week 
We all know that small business has a big impact, and every year the Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates this vital community. A National Small Business Person of the Year is selected from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to Linda McMahon, 25th Administrator of the SBA, these 54 small business owners define the entrepreneurial spirit. Congratulations to our local winners, Kara DiPietro, CEO of HMC Incorporated of Columbia, Maryland, and Robert Dozier, Jr., President & CEO of RWD Consulting, LLC of Washington, DC. Visit the website to take advantage of the free webinars being offered throughout the week.
Small Business Events
Most business development takes place outside the office. We maintain a robust calendar of events on our website. We update it daily, so be sure to check back often, Here are just a few of the upcoming events:
Check out our full range of small business events and resources at goma.maryland.gov. 
Maryland is OPEN for Business, and the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs is connecting small, minority, and women businesses with resources that empower them to compete with confidence in the public and private sectors, while implementing and monitoring small and minority business inclusion programs across 70 state agencies.

Learn more by visiting our website at goma.maryland.gov. You can also connect with us through social media. Find us on Facebook at Governor's Office of Minority Affairs, and follow us on Twitter @MDGOMA.
Governor's Office of Minority Affairs, 100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032

Interested in doing business with the
state of Maryland? 

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for our FREE technical training classes and position
yourself for success in public procurement market.

Navigating eMaryland Marketplace 
eMaryland Marketplace is the state's electronic bid board system. Vendors registered in this online system can receive notice of solicitations, search for contracting opportunities, submit bids, and obtain bid results. Join us for an in-depth look at how to navigate this valuable tool and make it work for your company. Our special guest is Cristen Ervin, training and outreach coordinator
with the Maryland Department of General Services.

Who should attend? Small business owners who are ready and able to
perform on state-funded contracts.

Procurement 101
New to state contracting? Start at the beginning. This class is for small businesses that have little or no knowledge of the state procurement process. We'll focus on common terminology, examine how the state contracting arena operates, and provide resources to help you determine if pursuing work in the public sector would be beneficial to your company. 

Who should attend? Small business owners who want to assess the state contracting arena and gain a basic understanding of the procurement

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Navigating eMaryland Marketplace
10 a.m.
Procurement 101
2 p.m.

Governor's Coordinating Offices
100 Community Place 
Crownsville, MD 21032

If you attend both sessions, please note that there is no cafeteria
on site. Bring a bag lunch (drink vending machines are available),
or visit a local restaurant during the two-hour break. 

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