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Whiting-Turner’s Contracting Company’s Get Down to Business Call in Event
Thursday, June 11, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

The event offers an opportunity for business owners to meet with the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company’s bid teams to find about projects that will be put out for bid in the next several months. This event is exclusively for diverse sub-contractors and vendors. 

There will not be an “in person” event at the Whiting Turner offices. Instead there will be a dedicated time period from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, on June 11th , for to be able to call in to talk with a WT contact. It is an opportunity for a brief personal dialogue, without a lot of phone tag.  Calls will be limited to a 5 minute conversation. Additional conversations can be scheduled.

Whiting Turner will provide the following information to ensure conversation topics are specific and focused. 

  • A project list with backup project information sheets. Project lists will be sent on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 two days prior to the call in date. Please do NOT call until June 11, 2020. 

  • Contact information for multiple Whiting Turner contacts on project lists

For more information, contact Bernie LaHatte at 410-821-1100 or email: Bernard.lahatte@Whiting-Turner.com.

MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE Application Assistance Workshop

by Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Small and
Minority Business Policy
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

In response to Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak, MDOT’s Office of Small and Minority Business Policy (OSMBP) will host its Certification Application Assistance Workshop via WEBINAR.

Find out if certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), and/or Small Business Enterprise (SBE) is right for your business. Opportunities exist for small, minority, and women owned businesses to meet minority participation goals on government and private sector contracts. In FY2018, the State awarded over $1.3 billion to MDOT certified MBEs.

Learn the benefits of certification, the application process, eligibility standards, as well
as business development and marketing tips.

To view flier, click here

To register for the 10:00 a.m. session click here

To register for the 5:30 p.m. session, click here

Baltimore City Department of Public Works
Small Business Development Growth By Design Training Program  
Virtual Open House
Thursday, June 4, 2020
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) invites you to learn more about its Small Business Development (SBD) Growth by Design Training Program.

Participants Will Learn About:
• Upcoming projects in DPW’s 2020-2021 Procurement Forecast
• Growth By Design training application criteria and curriculum
• Why Growth By Design is the training opportunity you’ve been waiting for!

To view flier, click here

To register, click here

2020-2021 Near Completer Grant

Great news! The 2020-2021 Near Completer Grant application is now available! 

The Near Completer Grant is an opportunity for Maryland residents, who started a degree but did not finish, a financial incentive to complete their degree by having the state help pay for tuition. The Maryland Higher Education Commission is currently working to encourage near completers to re–enroll in an institution of higher education to earn a degree.

The 2020-2021 Near Completer Grant application is now available online through the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS). The deadline to complete the application and submit all required documentation is July 1, 2020.

While the FAFSA or MSFAA application is not a requirement for the Near Completer Grant Program, students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA by March 1 for consideration of both Federal and other State financial aid programs. To complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa or submit the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) online through MDCAPS for any applicant who is ineligible to receive federal aid but is eligible for in-state tuition. 

For more information about the requirements of the Near Completer Grant, or any other scholarship program offered through the State of Maryland, please visit www.mhec.maryland.gov.

Dear Baltimore County business professional,
Are you missing out on potential COVID-19 financial assistance opportunities for your business?
Could you use some help navigating the alphabet soup of resources, regulations and programs?
PPP, FMLA, SBA, EIDL, CARES, PPE, FMCA – it’s a lot to decipher, especially while fighting to keep your business afloat!
On Tuesday, April 21 at 1pm, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski invites you to take advantage of free expert advice in a series of targeted webinars hosted by the County’s economic and workforce development professionals.
Baltimore County Business Forum - COVID and Beyond
Series kicks off Tuesday, April 21, 1pm via Cisco WebEx
These free webinars offer participants live and direct access to panels of local subject matter experts designed to help small businesses and affected workers navigate available federal/state/local assistance resources and plan for eventual economic recovery.  
Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Development, Will Anderson, will moderate the 60-minute session, “Navigating Small Business Resources.” This session offers expertise from local legal and financial professionals who advise clients every day on small business-related COVID-19 issues:

  • John Fiedler, CPA , Wolfe & Fiedler, PA
  • Charles R. Kassouf, Attorney, Managing Member of the Law Office of Charles R. Kassouf, LLC
  • David Miller, CPA, Partner at Kenneally & Company
  • Carla Nelson Chambers, Managing Principal of The Nelson Ideation Group, LLC

We look forward to have you join and participate.  You may submit questions during the webinar, or in advance by sending an email to businesshelp@baltimorecountymd.gov
More webinars are being planned and we’ll keep you posted as additional ones are scheduled. 
Online Resources Available
The Department of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) has complied an overview of resources and assistance available for affected employers and employees. This information is available on the department’s website and updates are posted on Facebook@BaltCoDEWD.

SBA Daily Calls & Webinars

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is conducting daily webinars and conference calls to help small business owners understand and apply for the coronavirus relief options. The SBA offers these programs: Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL Loan Advance, SBA Express Bridge Loan, SBA Debt Relief.

  • 3:00 pm – Daily Conference Call
    202-765-1264; ID # 827-299-626
  • 5:30 pm – Daily Conference Call
    202-765-1264; ID # 310-688-488
  • 10:30 am and 8:00 pm – Zoom Webinar (download the ZOOM app for free)
    Meeting # 6794772946
    Have all your necessary documents ready

Laborers Needed for Construction Clean Up!!!!

Keller Professional Services, Inc. is seeking qualified laborers to join its Construction Clean-up Crew for construction projects throughout Baltimore City. Prior construction experience is helpful but not required.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a resident of Baltimore City
  • Must have the strength and endurance to lift heavy debris (50 pounds)
  • Must have the desire and drive to work
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening (upon application and randomly)
  • Criminal Backgrounds considered on an individual basis
  • Two forms of valid ID (Social Security Card and State photo ID/Birth Certificate/or Green Card)
  • 1 Year's experience as a laborer is needed.

Please complete our on-line application in order to be contacted for an interview.

Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c) 4 non-profit organization. 1325 Bedford Avenue, Suite 5941; Pikesville, MD 21208

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