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Don't Miss This Powerful Business Growth Symposium, Presented by Chamber Member, Charles Jones of C&S Jones Group LLC.




Loyola University Maryland’s 25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation 

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

5 p.m.

Andrew White Student Center, McGuire Hall


Free and open to the public

Advance registration is encouraged by visiting



Loyola University Maryland will celebrate its 25th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation, with an address from Anthea Butler, Ph.D., on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at 5 p.m. in McGuire Hall. A brief vigil service for hope and renewal will follow the lecture.


Anthea Butler, Ph.D., is the graduate chair and associate professor of religious studies and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Butler’s research and writing spans religion and politics, religion and media, African American religion, sexuality, gender, and popular culture. She is the author of Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World. Her new book on evangelicals, race, and the 2008 to 2016 election cycles will be published in fall 2018.


A media commentator who has appeared on BBC, MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, Butler has published op-eds inThe New York TimesThe Washington PostThe GuardianAmerica Magazine, and Religion Dispatches. She has also appeared on the History Channel and served as a consultant to the PBS for series including God in America and the American Experience.


Due to the late notice of the change of speakers, we will not require tickets for the Convocation. However,advance registration online is encouraged. Please register again if you plan to still attend the Convocation.


We will look forward to welcoming Roxane Gay to campus at a future date, and we will share details on that lecture as we confirm those arrangements.


Please join us as we mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 25thConvocation in his memory at Loyola. We look forward to learning from Dr. Butler as she inspires and challenges us through a lecture on issues around religion, race, and politics with an underlying theme of Catholic social justice.





ESSENCE Reestablished As 100% Black-Owned


Media Contact: 

Krystal Glass


Media Inquiry Form

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


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

Four business people multicultural


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

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,


Paid for by Authority: Cummings for Congress, Ron Thompson, Treasure


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

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