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

invites you to reserve a space for our upcoming 

T.I.P.S. Small Business Webinar Series

(Training & Insights for Procurement Success)

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Pricing & Costing
To Win More Contracts

Thursday, May 23, 2024

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Are your pricing strategies competitive? Pricing impacts so many aspects of your business: profit margins, customer perceptions (retention & attraction), and competitive differentiators just to name a few. What aspects impact your pricing decisions? How often are you evaluating your existing prices? What role does costing and negotiations play? Join us for a deliberate and strategic exercise in identifying and assigning the ideal price for your products and services.

Who should attend? Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners and entrepreneurs who are ready to improve their pricing strategy skills.


Your instructor is Russell C. Teter III, CVB, MBA / Technology Management / Certified Executive Coach & Facilitator / Director of Training - Small Business Development Center at the University of Maryland.

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MD VSBE Program


Maryland's
Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise
(VSBE) Program & Resources

Thursday, May 30, 2024

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Are you a veteran entrepreneur? Join us for a look at common procurement best practices, tactics, and protocols to assist veteran business owners compete with greater confidence. We will cover Maryland's Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise (VSBE) Program's eligibility standards, the 3-step certification process, and strategies to mine the state's open and transparent procurement pipelines. In addition you will hear from resource partners about business ownership opportunities for people with disabilities, including our Service Disabled Veterans, along with valuable contracting information for individuals with Disability Owned Businesses.

Who should attend? Veteran small business owners interested in learning how to successfully participate in the state's VSBE Program and access additional resources.

Your instructor: Danielle Davis, VSBE Compliance Manager, Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs

Would you like the opportunity to highlight your small business to over 30,000
stakeholders in an upcoming issue of our monthly Small Biz Bulletin?
All attendees are automatically entered into a drawing to win a Small Biz Spotlight.
You must attend the webinar in order participate and win.

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What you need to know:

  • There is no cost to attend.
  • Advance registration is required. Attendees receive a unique link to join the event.
  • This session will be recorded; by registering, you are consenting to be recorded. 
  • All attendees will be in listen mode only (your camera will be off and your mic is muted).
  • A Q&A session will be conducted following the presentation
  • Special Accommodation requests should be made 14 days in advance to eduardo.hayden@maryland.gov

ZOOM SECURITY NOTICE 

Attendees of this meeting should be aware that there are known and potential privacy and confidentiality issues with the Zoom System (Cloud Service, Web application, and/or Application). While every effort has been made to ensure the security of this meeting, factors out of the State’s control introduce risk. Participants should evaluate the risk associated with the application and platform and determine if the risks preclude the use of the service. The State provides no warranty regarding the security of the application, confidentiality of the information discussed, or the privacy of information collected by the application and/or service. Security events impacting the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of a meeting (e.g., ZoomBombing) must be reported to the State Security Operations Center (soc.info@maryland.gov).


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Stay connected to the many opportunities for training, networking, and business development that are taking place during live events and on virtual platforms. Here is a highlight of some of the events coming up this month.

05/07/2024 - Speed Lending:  Access to Funding For Your Business (Annapolis)
05/07/2024 - Speed Lending:  Access to Funding for Your Business (Frederick)
05/08/2024 - Profit Driven Approach:  Pay Yourself First
05/13/2024 - Building a LinkedIn Profile that Attracts Customers
05/14/2024 - How to Write a One-Page Business Plan
05/14/2024 - SHE Means Business
05/15/2024 - Trademark Basics
05/22/2024 - Google Analytics for Small Businesses - How to Improve Your Website Traffic
05/28/2024 - Start & Scale a 7-Figure Cleaning Business
05/29/2024 - Move Beyond the Elevator Pitch
05/30/2024 - Selling, Hiring and Working with Independent Contractors

Check out our curated list of small business events online at
goMDsmallbiz.maryland.gov.

Full Informational PowerPoint: Click Here

Registration Link: Click Here

Tickets Now Available! USBC National Conference 15th Anniversary

The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) is thrilled to announce its National Conference and 15th Anniversary Celebration at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria, DC, from July 17th to July 19th, 2024. This event is a landmark occasion, marking 15 years of unparalleled commitment to fostering the growth and success of Black businesses. It represents a celebration of achievements and a strategic initiative designed to propel Black entrepreneurship to new heights of success and influence.


Don't miss this pivotal event in the world of Black entrepreneurship. Please celebrate with us, learn from the best, and connect with those who share your vision for success. With the insights and inspiration from the USBC National Conference & 15th Anniversary Celebration, take your business and community to the next level.

Claim Your Early-Bird Ticket Today!

Baltimore City Mayor's Office



Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce (GBBCC) Gets New Resource to Boost Opportunities for Local Underserved Entrepreneurs

Lendistry, in partnership with the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) unveiled a groundbreaking initiative aimed at leveling the financial playing field for black, women, and veteran-owned small businesses. This venture marks a significant stride in equipping these enterprises with much-needed access to capital, specially crafted to meet their distinct needs and goals. As part of the national network of local black community serving chambers, the Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce (GBBCC) will gain access to this new resource to assist the local underserved entrepreneurs that they serve.

This new USBC Lending Portal, powered by Lendistry, will emerge as a crucial resource for underserved small businesses in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan area. Key advantages of the USBC Lending Portal Powered by Lendistry include:

  • Rapid financing availability, with funds accessible in as little as five days
  • Extended loan terms of up to 10 years
  • Competitive, market-friendly interest rates
  • Loan amounts ranging from $25,000 to $5 million.

 For further details and to access the USBC Lending Portal Powered by Lendistry, visit https://usblackchambers.org/lendistry/. Use the Chambers Lending Portal to Select GBBCC.

To read press release, click here

Free Staff Training Opportunity from Credit Builders Alliance

Credit Builders Alliance has a limited, free opportunity to take their “Credit as an Asset” and “Credit as an Asset: Small Business” training courses online and on-demand. That means you take the take course online at your own pace and on your own schedule. This is a training for non-profit organizations that are seeking to work with clients on credit buildings, with a particular focus on credit building for diverse entrepreneurs.

With the support of Kaiser Permanente, this is a first come, first serve opportunity offered at no cost (up to a $525 value) to you. There are a limited number of spots so register today and use code kp25-vpcod

Join fellow coaches, counselors, and lenders in building your credit knowledge from one of these on-demand trainings options: 

1) Credit as an Asset  

2) Credit as an Asset: Small Business

3) Credit as an Asset and Credit as an Asset: Small Business Bundle

To register for either training:   

  1. Visit cbatraininginstitute.org
  2. Login/Create an account.  
  3. Wait 1 – 2 business days for your account to be approved if you haven’t already created one.  
  4. Once your account is approved or if you have an existing Training Institute account, register for Credit as an Asset or Credit as an Asset: Small Business or The Bundle  
  5. Use code kp25-vpcod at checkout.  

Complete the course to receive your certificate and free access to consumer-facing curricula to use in your community.  

Please reach out to training@creditbuildersalliance.org if you have any questions.

Baltimore Business Journal is Looking for Nominations!

Baltimore Business Journal will honor top women leaders in Greater Baltimore for the 2024 Enterprising Women of Excellence Awards.

To find about eligibility and submit nominations, click here: https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/nomination/87692/2024/baltimore-business-journal-enterprising-women-of-excellence-2024#/

Deadline for nominations: Friday, May 24th. The event will be held on Thursday, August 1st.

For a list of more upcoming events, click here
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City of Baltimore

3000 Druid Park Drive, Suite 3000B, Baltimore, MD  21215
(410) 396-3818

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2024 City of Baltimore Procurement Conference
Thursday, June 13, 2024
Baltimore Convention Center, Hall D – Sharp Street Lobby Entrance
1 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Note: Sharp Street Lobby Entrance is located between Pratt and Conway Streets

This procurement conference will feature exhibitors from city, state, county and federal government agencies, universities, institutions, corporations and resource partners.   Attendees will hear directly from procurement officials about opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses.

The following workshops will be offered:

Workshop I – City of Baltimore Information & Technology Contracts (Current and Future)                                                 
Presenter:  Baltimore City Information and Technology                                    

Workshop II – How to Do Business with the City of Baltimore                              
Presenter: City of Baltimore Bureau of Procurement

Workshop III – City of Baltimore MBE/WBE Certification
Presenter:  Mayor’s Office of Small and Minority Business Advocacy & Development

Workshop IV – City of Baltimore Design and Construction Presentation
Presenters: Departments of General Services, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, Transportation, Housing and Community Development & Housing Authority of Baltimore City

To view flier, click here

Inquiries about exhibitor opportunities, contact Myra Blanchard at 443-498-8854.

There is no cost for admission or to attend the workshops.

For more event information, call 410-396-3818 or click here

City of Baltimore Procurement Fair Flier

Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c) 6 and 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. 1325 Bedford Avenue, Suite 5941; Pikesville, MD 21282-7510

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