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

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


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INTREN Opens East Coast Headquarters

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Welcoming Specialty Utility Contractor

To support its corporate expansion across the country, WBE utility specialty contractor, INTREN, announced the opening of its new east coast regional office in Baltimore. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Catherine Pugh commemorated the occasion on Wednesday, January 17 at the company’s new headquarters.

The facility will assist with INTREN’s increased demands for services and represents the first regional headquarters for the company on the east coast.   The move enables INTREN to offer its complete range of construction service solutions to new and existing customers throughout the region.

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About INTREN: 
For 29 years, INTREN has been an innovative solution partner, dedicated to building and maintaining the infrastructure of the energy industry. Their commitment to safety, integrity, customer focus and employee empowerment, powers their success in offering turnkey services many of the country's foremost utility companies, contractors and developers, municipalities and cooperatives. INTREN.com

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Please Note: New Office Address

The SBA Baltimore District Office has relocated to:

100 South Charles Street, Suite 1201

 Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone numbers and email addresses remain the same. 

Visit our homepage for information on programs and services, a staff directory & more.

Emerging Leaders 2018: Sign Up Today!


If you’re looking for a solution on how to grow your small business in 2018, the SBA may have the answer. Recruitment for the SBA's Emerging Leaders 2018 training cycle is now underway in Baltimore and we’re looking for interested small businesses.

Since 2008, Emerging Leaders has trained more than 4,000 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and continues its impact in helping small business owners grow and create jobs.

Interested entrepreneurs can find more information and apply by March 2, 2018.

What Emerging Leaders Can Do for You:

The benefits of the training series are well documented by the hundreds of entrepreneurs around the country. The initiatives success is highlighted in these numbers. Graduates of Emerging Leaders have reported:

  • $17 million in new financing.
  • Nearly 70 percent saw revenue growth.
  • Over 80 percent created new jobs or retained all existing jobs.
  • Over $700 million secured in federal, state, local, tribal and corporate contract awards.
  • How Emerging Leaders Works: 
  • Emerging Leaders is a FREE executive-level training program that provides tools and resources to help small companies sustain and grow. Now in its ninth year, Emerging Leaders is an intensive entrepreneurship education series for small businesses that have the potential for quick growth and job creation.  The initiative has been a change-maker in increasing opportunities, providing participating businesses with an organizational framework, as well as a resource network that helps to form sustainable companies and promote economic development. Sessions are held bi-weekly in the evening in downtown Baltimore. Participants commit approximately 40 hours of in-class time, divided over 13 in-person sessions. Participants will also spend at least 60 hours over the course of the curriculum in self-directed CEO mentoring groups. All instructional in-class sessions, CEO Mentoring Groups and session preparation are interconnected and of equal importance.  In total, each participant can expect to commit approximately 100 hours to analyzing their business and planning for growth.    
  • Eligibility & Application:
  • Qualified businesses must have:    $400K - $10M in gross annual revenues;   at least one full-time employee (besides the owner);  and have been in business for at least 3 years. 
  • Please take a minute to register your company’s interest here: Emerging Leaders Registration for consideration for the 2018 cycle.  Questions: Tonia McCoy, (410) 244-3323tonia.mccoy@sba.gov.  Applications are due by Friday, March 2nd. Classes are scheduled to begin in late March.
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    Upcoming Events:

    SCORE Presents: Writing an Effective Business Plan

    February 15, 2018, 9:00 am, Columbia, MD 

    Register here: www.greaterbaltimore.score.org 

    MD SBDC Presents: SBA WOSB/EDWOSB Government Certification

    February 21, 2018, 9:30 am, Baltimore, MD

    Register here: www.marylandsbdc.org 

    Export Financing Workshop

    March 6, 2018, 10:00 am, Baltimore, MD

    Register here: www.sba.gov/md

    SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, June 7, 2018

    34th Annual MD Small Business Week Awards Luncheon, www.mdsbwawards.org


    ESSENCE Reestablished As 100% Black-Owned


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    January 4, 2018 (Washington, DC)- Essence Ventures LLC announced its acquisition of ESSENCE Communications Inc. from Time Inc, which re-establishes ESSENCE as a 100% Black-owned independent company. Additionally, ESSENCE will now have an all Black female executive team. Following the news, USBC President Ron Busby released the following statement:

    "Since 1970 ESSENCE Magazine has been the voice of Black women, honoring and celebrating their lives and contributions to the world. ESSENCE Communication's recent acquisition by Essence Ventures LLC is a testament to this commitment. We are so proud to stand alongside Michelle Ebanks, president of ESSENCE, and her all-Black female executive team as they chart a new course in Black media ownership and consumption.

    "Now that Richelieu Dennis and Essence Ventures have made this purchase, making ESSENCE one of few 100% Black-owned media companies, it's up to us to renew our subscriptions. Ownership is one part of the equation; the other is supporting our Black-owned businesses.

    "The US Black Chambers salutes Michelle and ESSENCE Magazine, and Essence Ventures. Thank you for your commitment to our community. We are so excited to see what's next."

    First Black Astronaut Robert H. Lawrence Jr. Remains a Forgotten Pioneer


    "December  8, 2017 will be a Historical day@ NASA. Thanks to  Our beloved (great) Fraternity OMEGA PSI PHI"


    Guests: Diana Grady, Veronica Wright
    Topic: Partnering for Success - Grady Wright & Associates

    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

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