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Celebrate Small Business With Us!


 34th Annual 

MD Small Business Week Awards

June 7, 2018  11:00 a.m.—1:30 p.m.

Martin’s West, Woodlawn, MD

 Meet the winners & hear their inspiring stories. Network with lenders, government officials, resource providers & fellow entrepreneurs to learn how to start or grow your business.

2018 Award Winners

Tammy Beideman, Sweet Elizabeth Jane,  Small Business Person of the Year

Paul Skalny, Esq., Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC, Attorney Advocate

Anita Sheckells, Katz Abosch, Accountant Advocate

Jake Spencer, SCORE - Baltimore, District Director's Unsung Hero

Susan Gauthier, The Cottage, Entrepreneurial Success

Robert Wise, WGS Systems, Inc., Small Business Exporter

Whitney & Scott Kerridge, Admiral Cleaners, Family Owned Small Business

Andrew Hines, The Bank of Glen Burnie, Financial Services Champion

Kim Lank, Waly Wag, Home-Based Business

Mike Thomas, Lighthouse Insurance, Services, Insurance Advocate

Louben Repke, Repke Fitness, Minority Owned Small Business

Gordon Mumpower, Jr., Commercial Ins. Managers, Inc., Veteran Owned Small Business

Nandini Mouli, eSai, LLC,Woman Owned Small Business

Ali von Paris, Route One Apparel, Young Entrepreneur

McKenzie & Gigi Crafton, Bracket Ears, Rising Star Student Entrepreneurs

 Special Thanks to the 2018 Event Contributors:

M & T Bank  MD Dept. of Commerce  Bay Bank  Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP ● MD Dept. of Housing & Community Development  Howard Bank Select Specialty ● Bowman & Co., CPA PC  Ultimate Technology Experience (UTX) Martin’s West ● AHA Business Radio  Allan Hirsh Advisors  Sandy Spring Bank  Media Dimensions  Harvest Business Advisors

Register Online:www.mdsbwawards.org

Tickets: $65 each or Tables of 10 for $650

     Questions? Rachel Howard, (410) 244-3337, rachel.howard@sba.gov

 SBA’s participation is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs or cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. Contact Rachel Howard at (410) 244-3337. 

SBA Co-sponsorship agreement #18-0373-38

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2018 City of Baltimore Design and Construction Presentation hosted by 
Departments of General Services, Housing and Community Development
Recreation and Parks, Public Works and Transportation
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
War Memorial Building, Memorial Hall, Second Floor
101 N. Gay Street, MD 21202

Baltimore City Departments of General Services, Housing and Community Development, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, and Transportation cordially invite you to attend the fifteenth annual Design and Construction Presentation. This is a presentation for projects that will be advertised within the 2019 fiscal year.


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Opening Statements and Agency Presentations

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Guest Speakers: Graduates of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works Small Business Development Program

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Networking

Parking is available at the following garages for a fee: 

Limited metered street parking is available in the surrounding area. Parking meters must be paid. 

To register, click here

If you have any questions, please call Tonorah Houston-Burgee at 410-396-4041 or email:dpwcontractadmin@baltimorecity.gov.


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

INTREN Opens East Coast Headquarters

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Cuts Ribbon
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

ESSENCE Reestablished As 100% Black-Owned


Media Contact: 

Krystal Glass


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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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