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Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs

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MBE Program Goal & Subgoals

The Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs, pursuant to State Finance and Procurement Article 14-302(a)(1)(iv)(2), is garnering input on the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program's overall goal and subgoals in consultation with the small business community, minority, women and general contractor groups, community organizations, and other officials or organizations which could be expected to have information concerning the availability of minority- and women-owned businesses, the effects of discrimination on opportunities for MBEs and efforts to establish a level playing field for the participation of MBEs . We seek input from businesses in the state's marketplace on several areas, including:

  • MBE and non-MBE availability in the local marketplace
  • Effects of discrimination on opportunities for MBEs
  • Suggestions regarding the setting of overall MBE goal and subgoals
  • The appropriateness of the overall MBE Program goal and subgoals


Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs log

SBA Deadline to Apply for Working Capital Loans for

in Maryland is October 24

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations that Oct. 24 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick and Hartford counties located in Maryland as a result of the      April 4 - 10, 2016 frost and freeze.  The deadline to apply for a working capital disaster loan is Oct. 24, 2017.

“These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in

Pennsylvania. SBA recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines.  For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Working capital disaster loans up to $2 million are available at 4 percent for small businesses, and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. The loans are intended to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. To be considered for this assistance, eligible entities need to apply by the deadline.

Survivors may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Businesses may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to return economic injury applications is Oct. 24, 2017.


For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster.

Democracy is Sacred

I have disagreed with Republican administrations and Republican policies in the past, but the revelations involving President Trump’s son do not have anything to do with politics or ideology. Republican or Democrat, how we respond to these revelations is critical.

This is about protecting something sacred: our democracy.

A few days ago, we learned that President Trump’s son, Donald Jr., met with a lawyer connected with the Russian government. He believed the lawyer had damaging information on Hillary Clinton. He was also told that the information was part of Russia’s support for his father’s candidacy.

This means Donald Trump Jr. was aware of and supported Russia’s efforts to influence our elections.

We need Congress to get to the bottom of this. Our nation holds the fundamental belief that foreign countries should not influence our elections. It’s time to get members of both parties to speak out against this and investigate.

You can help by strengthening our grassroots efforts. We need your passion and persistence. Help us reach our mid-month goal by giving $5 or $10.

Thank you,


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GBBCC President Kendrick Tilghman Featured in BBJ Podcast

Podcast: What minority-owned businesses are doing to help each other

Kendrick Tilghman says the thing he sees new minority-owned businesses struggle with the most is marketing.

As the president of the Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce, Tilghman is constantly meeting with new business owners, giving them advice and helping to establish important connections. But all too often, these businesses have a tough time telling their story and attracting clients.

Find the rest of the article and the podcast here: http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2017/03/20/podcast-what-minority-owned-businesses-are-doing.html


TEDCO and Harbor Bank CDC Pilots New Minority Pre-Seed Fund for Tech Entrepreneurs

COLUMBIA, Md. (February 15, 2017) – The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) and The Harbor Bank of Maryland Community Development Corporation (HBCDC) announced today the launch of a pilot program, the Minority Business Pre-Seed Fund (MBPF). The MBPF will provide pre-seed capital and mentorship to underrepresented tech entrepreneurs in Maryland. 


See document: TEDCO_PreSeed Fund_15February2017.docx

Black-Owned Popcorn Shop Offering Licensing Agreements

by IndieSoulMagazine

Springfield, IL — Pittman’s Popcorn Shop is now offering licensing agreements to individuals or companies that are interested in owning their own gourmet popcorn store.   “The gourmet popcorn industry is poised to become a $10 billion dollar industry by 2018,” says Michael Pittman, founder of Pittman’s Popcorn Shop. “We feel we have perfected a […]

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