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October is full of opportunities! 

Join us this month for an informative workshop to help you start & grow your small businessHere's a sampling of our financing and contracting sessions. See below for topics & dates. Check out our homepage, for other workshops including QuickBooks, Starting & Managing a Business and Managing Employees. 

It's also a great time to nominate your company or someone you know for one of our 2019 MD Small Business Week Awards. Nominations are being accepted through Jan. 9, 2019 for a variety of awards including: Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Exporter, Woman-Owned Small Business,Veteran-Owned Small Business, Minority-Owned Small Business, Financial Services Champion of the Year, Young Entrepreneur and more. Click the link above for full details.

Do you have a seasonal business? If so, take a quick read of our blog 18 Ideas for Marketing a Seasonal Business in the Off-Season

Upcoming Events:


Tri-State Rural Speed Lending - Connecting Lenders & Entrepreneurs

Thursday, Oct. 11th, Hagerstown 

Register here

 8a & HUB Zone Contracting Program Orientation

Monday, Oct. 15th, Frederick

Register here

 8a Contracting Program Orientation

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, Baltimore

Register here

 HUBZone Contracting Program Orientation

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, Baltimore

Register here

Speed Lending - Connecting Lenders & Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, Oct. 30th, Baltimore

Email to register

Government Contracting Basics

Wednesday, Oct. 31st, Annapolis

Register here

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Tax Cuts and Regulatory Reforms are putting the Economy on the Right Track

BY: SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Michelle Christian

While working for his family’s cleaning business, Guy Berkebile mixed chemicals in his bathroom to create better household products. This industrious spirit led him to mortgage his house and withdraw his entire life savings to pursue a dream. In 1995, he opened Guy Chemical Company, Inc. in a 3,000 square-foot rental space with the cheapest equipment he could find.

To make loan payments during the lean years, Berkebile kept his day job and spent evenings and weekends mixing and packaging his products – even hosting slumber parties for his kids while pulling all-nighters. Through hard work and vision, Guy Chemical expanded into a global company, occupying 40,000 square feet in Somerset, Pennsylvania, to accommodate growing orders.

Now, Berkebile is taking advantage of capital freed-up by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to invest in new equipment, and is ready to expand to 70,000 square feet. He purchased a 20-person company in Vermont, grew staff from 130 to 161 employees, and increased annual worker bonuses by as much as 50 percent with raises all around thanks to a 30% increase in sales he attributes to tax cuts.

President Donald J. Trump had taxpayers like Guy Berkebile in mind when he called for and signed the tax law last year, cutting corporate tax rates from 35% to 21% for 2018 and lowering income tax at nearly all levels. Tax cuts allow 30 million small businesses to plan more effectively and reinvest in their companies by expanding, hiring more employees and raising wages. To put it plainly, Americans are seeing more money in their paychecks following the cuts, and more than six million American workers have seen bonuses as well. That’s money spent on Main Street and stimulating the economy, putting kids through school, paying bills, and finally getting heads above water.

It’s working. The American economy is booming with the number of job openings surpassing the number of job seekers for the first time on record, and September’s unemployment rate was at 3.7% - the sixth straight month at 4% or below. Smart, business-friendly decisions have brought manufacturer optimism to a near-record level in the 20-year history of the National Association of Manufacturers’ survey, and small business optimism stands at its third highest level on record since the National Federation of Independent Business began its survey 45 years ago.

The SBA is here for small businesses because we understand they create two of every three new jobs in our country and are a source of stability and pride for our communities. Locally-owned businesses hire local and are more active in our communities; from mentoring other entrepreneurs to sponsoring local teams and more. And, statistically, more locally-owned business earnings stay local to support everything from schools to infrastructure. I promise each and every one of you that our SBA team will continue to keep this Administration’s commitment to empower entrepreneurs.



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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~Special Upcoming Events~~~~~~~~~~~~

Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop -  Baltimore City hosted by Horseshoe Casino in Partnership with Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs and Mayor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women Business
Thursday, October 25, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, 1525 Russell Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Join us for an overview of how our small, minority, women, and veteran procurement programs work. You'll learn what buyers are looking for right now, and what's in the pipeline. Meet with them one-on-one during the open networking session. You can also connect with a variety of resource partners who can help your small business thrive.

To view flier, click here

To register and view list of participating agencies and partners, click here

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

Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:30 a.m. –10:00 a.m.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Harbor Ballroom 
1525 Russell Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh will deliver the keynote address, where she will discuss the current business climate in the City of Baltimore.

To view flier and sponsorship opportunities, click here

To register, click here

To subscribe click here


As the Washington Post reported, we offered our own take on the State of the Union last night:

“Even before President Trump took to the lectern to deliver his first State of the Union speech, the rebuttal was well underway at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington.”

Our event – The Real State of Our Union – gathered academics and activists for a frank assessment of President Trump’s impact on African-American and immigrant communities. Watch a live recording of the event here.

Leaders of different generations, political parties, and faiths called upon us to build a coalition that stands for unity and justice. They reminded us that no matter the half-truths that the administration tells, we must be steadfast in our resistance.

While Trump rallied for a wall on the Mexican border and took credit for a low Black unemployment rate, our panelists called attention to critical civil rights concerns in 2018: rampant voter suppression, a corrupt criminal justice system, and attacks on immigrant communities.

Our best weapon against Trump’s divisive words and deeds? The vote. In a democracy, our vote is our currency. We must protect it with everything we have and use it at every turn.

Join the thousands who are fighting every day to make democracy work for everyone.




Thank you for standing up for justice and the strength of our union.

In solidarity,

President and CEO


Photo credit: Justin D. Knight

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