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Small Biz Bulletin - May 2022

Jimmy Rhee

Message from Special Secretary Rhee

May is National Military Appreciation Month. Today we are witnessing the sacrifices being made by soldiers in Ukraine and are reminded of how important it is to pay tribute to those who fight for the freedoms of others. As an immigrant from South Korea, it feels very personal to me each time I see a nighttime snapshot of the Korean Peninsula where North Korea is pitch black while South Korea is brightly lit. I am keenly aware that the dynamic democracy and booming capitalism which South Korea now enjoys came at the sacrifice of many young American soldiers. Several military holidays will be celebrated throughout the month, including Loyalty Day, VE Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day. We will celebrate as well by hosting the 2022 Military Small Business Appreciation Breakfast on May 11th. Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford will join members of the military community to deliver the keynote address and award citations to three outstanding veteran entrepreneurs. Military service and small business ownership share a distinct relationship. The characteristics of a good soldier are modeled in entrepreneurship, so it's no surprise that veterans are 45 percent more likely to be self-employed than non veterans. Maryland is home to more than 54,000 veteran-owned small businesses. The greatest way to honor them for their service is to become a customer. 

Jimmy Rhee
Special Secretary 

2022 Military Small Business Appreciation Breakfast


For Your Information

Advisory Committee Formed to Advance the VSBE Program

Last month, the Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise (VSBE) Advisory Committee met for the first time. Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary of the Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs serves as the chairman of the group which is comprised of state officials and private sector business owners. Their mission is to ensure the continuous improvements of the VSBE Program. We'd like to thank our colleagues from the departments of  Veterans Affairs, General Services, Commerce, Human Services and Performance Improvement for their participation. We also want to thank the following businesses representatives from the private sector for contributing their time and talent as well:

  • Joe Giordano, Project Opportunity
  • Robert Tirocchi, Harkins Builders, Inc.
  • Erica Dobbs, Dobbs Defense Solutions, LLC
  • Joseph Byrd, SMI Services, LLC
  • Scott Thompson, DuraBante, LLC.

Main Street

Small Business Participation in Sports Wagering

What opportunities exist in Maryland's emerging sports betting industry for small businesses, retailers, investors, and other interested parties? Find out during an educational program featuring industry experts and consultants, regulators and legislators, gaming suppliers and operators, and licensing executives. This three-hour event includes two panel discussions; one looks into the cost of running a sports betting operation and one that examines the regulatory, legal, and licensing requirements. The Maryland Educational Summit: Sports Wagering - Small Business Participation in the Spotlight will be held on Friday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Montgomery Park Business Center Auditorium in Baltimore. There is no cost to attend, and advance registration is required. 

MD Education Summit: Sports Wagering - Small Business Participation in the Spotlight


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Technical Training Classroom

Our Technical Training Classroom webinar series continues with two great sessions in May. The sessions are free, you just need to register in advance. 

If you missed last month's classes, visit the Technical Training Classroom page of our website to download the accompanying slide decks.

Navigating eMMA TTC

eMMA Vendor Training Series

In a continued effort to support the vendor community, the Maryland Procurement Academy is offering webinars focused on utilization of eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA), the state's primary vendor platform. The one-hour sessions demonstrate how to best utilize eMMA's full scope of features, tools, and functionality. All sessions are free. Advance registration is required. 

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Business Events

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

05/03/2022 - MBE/DBE Application Assistance Workshop
05/05/2022 - How to Market Your E-Commerce Business
05/10/2022 - Access to Capital for Women
05/11/2022 - 2022 Military Small Business Appreciation Breakfast
05/12/2022 - Legal Risk Management and Decision Making for Small Businesses
05/12/2022 - MBE/DBE Certification Workshop / Spanish Only
05/24/2022 - 2022 SBDC Annual Women's Business Conference
05/24/2022 - The R&D of a Digital Marketing Strategy
05/26/2022 - Know Your Customer: Insights into Doing Business with the State of Maryland
06/09/2022 - 36th Maryland Small Business Week Awards Luncheon

Check out the full listing of small business events online at

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Maryland is OPEN for Business. As a coordinating office for Governor Larry Hogan, the Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs connects small businesses, including those owned by minorities, women, and veterans to greater economic opportunities.  Learn more by visiting our website at goMDsmallbiz.maryland.gov and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @goMDsmallbiz.

From the USBC:

Senate Confirms Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court in Historic Vote


[April 8, 2022] Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) applauds the Senate on confirming Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court in a historic vote today. Judge Jackson is the first African American woman confirmed to the highest court in the land by the U.S. Senate. 


Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson received a standing ovation from her supporters in the Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris, presiding over the monumental confirmation, with a 53-47 bipartisan vote.


"Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation is a historic moment for this country," said Ron Busby, Sr., President & CEO of USBC. "As a trailblazer and the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, I am confident she will bring sound judgment and make tough decisions to advance our nation's principles of equality and justice."

Photo: This morning, Ron Busby Sr., USBC President & CEO, attended a special swearing in ceremony of Judge Brown Jackson into the U.S. Supreme Court - a historic moment in history! Follow us on social media to view more.

The USBC is proud to have joined other organizations in supporting her nomination and confirmation. Today’s vote represents a significant step forward for diversity in the courtroom, and underscores the importance of our work to ensure diverse representation at all levels of government, corporate America and entrepreneurship.


We thank President Joe Biden for nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and congratulate her on this lifetime appointment.

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Release Date: March 1, 2022

Release Number: 22-15

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Statement by SBA Administrator Guzman on President Biden’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON –  Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet issued today the following statement after President Joseph R. Biden’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight, President Biden delivered a bold vision to the American people of an economy centered around families, workers, and small businesses. Our Union is strong and growing even in the face of major challenges, thanks to the hard work of the American people and significant policy achievements in the first year of the Biden-Harris Administration. Thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and a successful vaccination program, entrepreneurship has rebounded and is on the rise, and our economy is growing at the fastest pace in nearly 40 years. More Americans are opening new businesses – more than 5.4 million last year alone – and our Main Streets and industrial and manufacturing centers are open and flourishing. And as a result of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, small businesses will soon have access to new contracting opportunities to help rebuild our nation’s roads and bridges, enabling us to move goods faster to market and strengthen our supply chains.

“While the historic economic progress made is evident, the President has laid out a plan to continue rebuilding our economy towards resilience and sustainability and lowering costs for American families and small businesses. I look forward to working with President Biden and the entire Administration to continue promoting policies that will help small businesses thrive, strengthen our supply chains, and eliminate barriers to good-paying jobs for American workers. We must promote fair competition that will give small business owners opportunities to compete with larger companies for business both here in America and with consumers across the world.

“The future for American small businesses looks bright and at the SBA we’ll continue to work to help entrepreneurs to face down market challenges and to access the capital and resources they need to start, grow, and thrive.”


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

Maryland State Directory of New Hire


Report new hires

Employers must re-report returning employees as new hires.

All new and returning employees must be reported within 20 days of hire or returning to work.

New hire reporting helps children and families get the child support they need. 
It also helps detect fraud in the unemployment system. 

Reporting new hires online has many benefits:

  • Fast and secure online entry or upload
  • Reports are more accurate, reducing the need to resend reports later

  • It's FREE! No more paper, postage or other material costs!

The Maryland State Directory of New Hire is available to take your new hire reports via our website MD-newhire.com

Phone: (888) 634-4737 | Fax: (888) 657-3534


State of Maryland Financial Resources & Services 

Department of Human Services Resources & Financial Assistance



The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state’s primary social service provider. Our mission is to aggressively pursue opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide prevention services, and protect vulnerable children and adults.

DHSs website, https://dhs.maryland.gov/, hosts a wealth of information about the agency’s many services and programs, as well as additional resources, for Maryland families and individuals in need of assistance:

• DHS offers several financial assistance options to support individuals and families experiencing trying times. If eligible, you can receive cash assistance for rent, utilities, and many other emergency financial burdens.


• You do not have to weather the tough times alone. DHS services include, financial, medical, and more. Learn more at  https://dhs.maryland.gov/weathering-tough-times/.

• The Department of Human Services is providing updated information to Marylanders regarding our services, operations, and other important resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay informed by visiting our Coronavirus Covid-19 Resources web page at https://dhs.maryland.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-resources/.

myDHR/myMDTHINK Consumer Portal

Marylanders can get information, apply for DHS programs and services, and check the status of applications online at  mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/dashboardClient/#/home

SupplementalNutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, helps low-income households buy healthy food. Click here to download the Income Guidelines. Apply online: Go to https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.usPeople who have little or no money may qualify for SNAP benefits right away.
TemporaryCash Assistance (TCA) TCA provides temporary cash assistance to families with dependent children. TCA also prepares participants for independence through work programs. Click here to download the Income Guidelines. Apply online: Go to https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/ to file your application.
Officof Home Energy Assistance Programs (OHEP) OHEP offers help to Marylanders who are facing potential energy shut-offs or having difficulty paying their energy bills. You do not need a turn-off notice to qualify for assistance; eligibility for energy assistance is based on your income. Please also contact your Local Home Energy Program Office at https://dhs.maryland.gov/office-of-home-energy-programs/local-home-energy-program-office/  to speak to a dedicated OHEP specialist who will guide you through all your options for energy assistance. Learn more about energy assistance at  https://dhs.maryland.gov/office-of-home-energy-programs/
Emergency Cash Assistance to Families with Children (EAFC) EAFC provides cash assistance to families who have at least one child under the age of 21 living with them, and need emergency paying rent, utilities, or other urgent bills. Apply online: Go to https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/ to file your application.

 Full PDF Download: State of Maryland Resources.pdf

Baltimore City Procurement Database- Interested in doing business in Baltimore? Click here to learn how you can be a city contractor. 

Anne Arundel County Procurement Database- Anne Arundel County has their new contractor database up and running. This database will be a resource to all the agencies when looking for small businesses for procurement opportunities. The Anne Arundel County eProcurement system will be known as P.O.R.T. (Procurement Operations Resource Technology). Click here to learn more. 

State of Maryland Procurement Database- EMMA is the new E Maryland Marketplace Advantage website for procurement opportunities. You can see contract opportunities and contact instructions to help you get connected to the right people. Click here to learn more

MDOT Certification- Ever consider doing business with the State of Maryland? If you have plans to grow, the certification process could open up new opportunities for new revenue. Click here to learn more.

Baltimore Demographics- Ever wonder where to find info on demographics in Baltimore? Click here to see this summary by the Census Bureau.

Maryland Wealth- Interested in seeing stats on Maryland's wealth and its tax revenue for each city and county? Click here to view the report from the Department of Legislative Services Office of Policy Analysis.

Connect with City Leadership- Want to attend a Board of Estimates meeting or Baltimore City Council meeting to hear from our elected officials? Check out the schedule at: http://www.baltimorecitycouncil.com/complete-calendar

U.S. Economy- Interested in how the U.S. economy is doing? Here is the most current information from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: https://www.bea.gov/news/glance

Maryland Sick and Safe Leave Information
-by Janice Walker-Emeogo

The law states that leave accrues at the rate of one hour for every thirty hours that an employee works. An employee is not entitled to accrue sick and safe leave during (1) a 2 week pay period in which the employee worked fewer than 24 total hours; (2) a 1 week pay period if the employee worked fewer than a combined total of 24 hours in the current and immediately preceding pay period; or (3) a pay period in which the employee is paid twice per month and worked fewer than 26 hours in the pay period. The leave hours provided for under the law are the minimum number of hours an employee is entitled to earn and accrue. An employer may provide more leave for its employees.

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