Clark Construction Group today launched our Strategic Partnership Program in Baltimore. 

The 10-month program delivers executive MBA-style classes to small and disadvantaged businesses, including minority-, women-, and veteran-owned firms in the construction industry. Twenty-four Baltimore area business owners and leaders make up the inaugural class.

Clark founded the SPP 15 years ago to provide diverse businesses with the training, knowledge, and resources necessary for firms to compete for opportunities on large-scale construction projects. Since its inception, we've expanded the course to eight markets across the country. To date, more than 1,250 small business owners and leaders have successfully completed the intensive program, gaining the capabilities and confidence to take their businesses to the next level.

If this is something that would be of interest to your members, feel free to link to the article in any of your upcoming newsletters/member communications. 

On a separate note, Clark just delivered the University of Maryland Midtown Outpatient Center project in Baltimore. There is a ribbon-cutting ceremony today but there has already been some coverage being generated.

Visit GBA's Rental Grant information page

If you have a small business and need some space, Project Restore's Rental Assistance Grant might be the answer you've been looking for.

The Rental Assistance Grant is set up to benefit both local businesses and their neighborhoods: in short, paying a business's rent on a previously-vacant building for a whole year. 

The grant will pay up to $30,000 in rent for one year ($2,500 per month) on buildings that meet certain criteria. For such a huge opportunity, there is only a small window to apply, and that is where the Greater Baybrook alliance comes in!

GBA's website is a great place to start: the grant terms and eligibility requirements are laid out clearly and you will find helpful resources linked as well. Greater Baybrook Alliance can help find the right space in Baltimore's well-connected southern gateway and assist with your application. You can also reach out to directly.

Now is the time to start or expand your business. Help us spread the word by forwarding this information and sharing on social never know who has big plans and just needs a boost to make them happen!


Greater Baybrook Alliance
Project Restore Grant Coordinator
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Open for Business

During these uncertain times, we’re still here for you.

Whether you’re in need of financial assistance or

reworking your business plan, 

SBA has your back…because small business is our business.


Q & A with SBA Baltimore

Join us each day for a virtual "office hour."

Drop in online to speak with a SBA Baltimore District Office staff member and

ask your questions.  Learn how SBA’s counseling, training, financing &

government contracting programs can help you start, grow or recover your small business.

Visit our calendar of events for dates & times. 

Registration not required; just use the webinar link in the calendar listing to join us.


DISCLAIMER: All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. This website is provided as a public service. It is not an official U.S. government website and it may contain links to non-U.S. government information. Inclusion of such links does not constitute or imply an endorsement by SBA. SBA is not responsible for the content, accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of linked information. Please use caution when considering a product, service or opinion offered by a linked website.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. 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

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Small Biz Bulletin

September 1, 2021

Special Secretary Jimmy Rhee

Message from Special Secretary Rhee

Access to capital is one of the biggest challenges to any small business. During a worldwide pandemic, accessing capital to sustain a business, much less start one, was exacerbated. For far too many business owners, the relief programs made available to businesses impacted by COVID-19 were not always accessible to entrepreneurs of color, a group that is anecdotally less likely to have well-established commercial banking relationships. Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) can help bridge that gap. CDFIs are certified by the U.S. Treasury Department, and their goal is to expand economic opportunities in underserved communities by providing access to financial products and services to local businesses. Maryland is home to 17 CDFI lenders, all of whom are eager to build relationships and coach you through the loan process. I think very highly of these institutions, and am excited to partner with the Maryland Small Business Development Center and the Maryland Department of Labor's Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance to offer a webinar on this valuable small business resource. Please register to attend both sessions of this 2-part webinar in early October. It will be time well spent.

10/5/2021 @ 9:30 am - What is a CDFI & Lender Roundtable
10/7/2021 @ 9:30 am - Preparing Your Business Financing Package

Jimmy Rhee
Special Secretary

For Your Business

2021 Small Business Week Summit

National Small Business Week

The 2021 National Small Business Week Summit will be held September 13-15 and you are cordially invited to attend. Hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE, this 3-day virtual event is free to all small business owners and entrepreneurs. It includes educational sessions on a variety of crucial small business topics, and resources from a broad range of industry-leading small business partners. The online virtual conference space is easy to navigate and will feature live interactive sessions and networking opportunities. Reserve your seat today. 

National Small Business Week Virtual Summit


Ofshore Wind turbines

New Training Course for Businesses Interested in Offshore Wind

The offshore wind industry is one of the fastest growing renewable energy industries and Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) wants to ensure local businesses have the tools and information they need to capitalize on this expanding market. It is partnering with the Business Network for Offshore Wind to provide an in-person learning course for Maryland-based businesses and individuals. Foundation 2 Blade is the industry’s leading offshore wind training program that offers a comprehensive overview of the industry through six modules that demystify the supply chain, spur innovation, and present a market entry path for a company. The modules of F2B are: Offshore Wind Overview, Offshore Wind Siting & Permitting, Construction & Installation, Operations & Maintenance, and How to Get Involved. The first training will be held October 6 - 8, and MEA has provided a grant to ensure Maryland businesses can participate in this valuable training program at a greatly reduced cost. Detailed information and the registration information is available using the link below, or you may contact Sam Salustro at

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31 MBEs Make the List!

Congratulations to the 138 Maryland firms to make the 2021 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. according to Inc.  In the midst of a pandemic, these 5,000 independent small businesses were resilient and flexible while experiencing unprecedented challenges. A special shout out to the 31 certified Minority Business Enterprise firms on Maryland's list! Check out the full list ranked by revenue, industry, and state. 

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Technical Training Classroom Webinar Series


Technical Training Classroom

We have two great topics for our September Technical Training Classroom webinars on Tuesday, September 28. Join us for the morning session at 10 am for "Writing a Business Plan to Access Capital and Maximize Growth" and 2 pm for "Subcontracting in Maryland's Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program." The webinars include interactive polls and a curated Q&A session. There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. Reserve your seat today. 

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Mark Your Calendar

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

09/02/2021 - Procurement Opportunities in Howard County
09/07/2021 - MBE Certification Application Assistance Workshop
09/09/2021 - Group Training for Potential Government Contractors: Strictly for Beginners
09/14/2021 - Tips for GSA Schedule Compliance and Success
09/16/2021 - Navigating eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA)
09/16/2021 - Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2021
09/20/2021 - Bi-County Business Roundtable
09/28/2021 - Writing a Business Plan to Access Capital & Maximize Growth
09/28/2021 - Subcontracting in the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program

Check out our full listing of small business events
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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 and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @goMDsmallbiz.

100 Small Business Leaders Converge on Capitol Hill, Urge Congress to Pass the American Jobs Plan and 100% Clean Energy Standard

Blog / By Mike Tidwell, Director / June 16, 2021

On Wednesday June 16th, one hundred small business leaders from a variety of industries across the nation converged on Capitol Hill (in person and virtually) to urge Congress to pass President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan and its 100% clean energy standard. Negotiations on the bill have currently been slowed down as some members of Congress continue to try to water down the Plan.

Business leaders spoke about how the infrastructure plan will help their businesses grow and prepare for the effects of climate change. Speakers included Debra Keller-Greene from the Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce and Government Affairs Director Awesta Sarkash of the Small Business Majority.

To read more, visit this page:

Such a powerful event in DC on Wednesday with100 small business leaders calling for passage of the American Jobs Plan, including 100% clean energy. Check out the livestream:

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


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Baltimore Emerging Leaders 2021

HomeLight, a prop-tech company revolutionizing the real estate industry, is proud to announce their partnership with the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the largest and oldest minority professional real estate trade association in the United States. Through this partnership, they’ve created their very own Black Real Estate Agent Program, which focuses on providing financial and career support for aspiring Black real estate agents between the ages of18 and 25. The program’s goal is to increase the number of top-producing Black real estate agents by eliminating barriers to entering the field! 

We encourage members to spread the word about the program and application to aspiring agents in your communities. If you’re interested in learning more, you can find additional information here:

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,, 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

• 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

myDHR/myMDTHINK Consumer Portal

Marylanders can get information, apply for DHS programs and services, and check the status of applications online at

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 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 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  to speak to a dedicated OHEP specialist who will guide you through all your options for energy assistance. Learn more about energy assistance at
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 to file your application.

 Full PDF Download: State of Maryland Resources.pdf

Has Your Business Been Impacted by COVID-19?


Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) provides COVID-19 impacted businesses with resources to provide educationtraining, and business advising to small businesses that have experienced supply chain disruptionsstaffing challengesa decrease in gross receipts or customers, or a closure as a result of COVID-19. 

Sign up Today for a FREE Business Advisor

The Baltimore Metropolitan Womens Business Center provides business advisory services for businesses located in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Howard, Frederick, Carroll, and Harford counties.

Our Business Advisors specialize in Branding, Digital Marketing, Business Development, Talent Management (Human Resources/Hiring), Sales and Minority Business Certification/Business Licenses.

  1. Visit the Baltimore Metropoliltan Womens Business Center website - Click Here
  2. Click on the ADVISORY SERVICES Link
  3. Click on the GET STARTED link and you will be directed to the sign up page to register for a business advisor.

Follow the Baltimore Metropolitan Womens Business Center on Facebook and Instagram for business events and business resources.

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About the Host Organization 

Morgan State University (MSU) is the premier public urban research university in Maryland known for its excellence in teaching, intensive research, effective public service, and community engagement. Morgan prepares diverse and competitive graduates for success in a global, interdependent society.

The Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management (GSBM), which began as Morgan’s Department of Commerce in 1944 is celebrating its 45th anniversary. All programs (undergrad, Masters and Ph.D.) in the GSBM are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AAACSB) International. The GSBM has more than fifty full-time faculty and an enrollment of approximately 1,500 graduate and undergraduate students. GSBM offers bachelor’s degrees in: Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Information Systems and Sciences, Marketing and Supply Chain Management; master’s degrees in Business Administration, Project Management, Public Accountancy, Hospitality Management, Business Administration On-line and Project Management On-line; and doctorate degrees in Business Administration, Marketing, Information Systems, and Accounting.

The Entrepreneurial Development & Assistance Center (EDAC) with the main focus of connecting budding and existing entrepreneurs to resources for venture management and growth. Founded in 1992, EDAC has a long and impressive history of providing a continuum of technical assistance and other support services primarily to underrepresented communities. EDAC has been supported by USDE Title III funds, banks and other private sources as well as program income from activities and mentor-protégé fees.

Women’s Business Ownership CARES ACT

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) that are currently in SBA’s WBC Program with resources to provide education, training, and business advising to small businesses that have experienced supply chain disruptions, staffing challenges, a decrease in gross receipts or customers, or a closure as a result of COVID-19. Through the Baltimore Metropolitan Women Business Center, funding has been provided to engage business advisors to work with socially and economically disadvantaged women business owners who have been impacted by COVID-19.  

About the Women Business Center 

The Women’s Business Centers (WBC) program has grown and evolved to provide a variety of services to many entrepreneurs ranging from those interested in starting businesses to those looking to expand an existing business.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), through the Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO), is responsible for the general management and oversight of the WBC program. The SBA issues an annual cooperative agreement to recipient organizations for the delivery of assistance to individuals and small businesses. The WBC program acts as a catalyst for providing in-depth, substantive, outcome-oriented business services, including training, counseling, and technical assistance, to women entrepreneurs and both nascent and established businesses, a representative number of whom are socially and economically disadvantaged. By providing training and counseling on a wide variety of topics through WBCs, the SBA meets the needs of the individual client in the local marketplace. 

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 Yvette Racks at 443.885.3663. Grants #SBAHQ20W0001 and SBAHQ20C0172

Miles & Stockbridge Black Business and Startup Initiative (

  • Miles & Stockbridge is offering a new initiative that will provide pro bono legal support to Black owned businesses in a range of areas, including review of corporate and other organization documents, review of commercial contracts, review of leases and lease negotiation support, assistance with web site policies, assistance with legal issues relating to loans and other financing.  
  • To qualify for assistance, businesses must meet the following criteria:
    • 50% of business owners are Black entrepreneurs
    • Fewer than 10 employees
    • Under $500,000 in annual revenue
    • Been in business for less than 5 years
  • To request assistance, businesses should email to request an intake. And for more info visit:

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:

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:


Department of Treasury

Read more about the current process for qualifying for loans and grants from the Federal programs.

KIVA Loans 

KIVA has funding options for businesses. Click here to learn more. 

Short term commercial loans not based on credit...

If you have submitted an invoice for services and you are waiting to be paid, or if you have a purchase order to fill, but need funding to get started, learn more about WHC’s programs that can help.



Jobs at the Small Business Administration 

The SBA has a variety of temporary jobs to assist with the COVID-19 response. Click here to learn more.  

Jobs in Baltimore

The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development has compiled job openings in the area. Click here to learn more.

Department of Labor

The Department of Labor has compiled some job opportunities. Click here to learn more. 

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.

The Opportunity Zone program is a nationwide initia​tive ​administered by the U.S. Treasury created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job​s Act. The program provides federal tax incentives for investment in distressed communities over the next 10 years. Areas designated as Opportunity Zones will be able to reap the benefits of capital gains to help redevelop underserved communities.

Visit the website here
to learn more:

The GBBCC Business Development Committee is following the progress of this initiative to ensure black-owned businesses are engaged in this economic development initiative.  Please review the information below, and if you have any questions about opportunities in any of the Greater Baltimore Regions (Baltimore City, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard and Harford Counties), please send your questions to:

The Opportunity Zone program is a nationwide initiative created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury. The program provides federal tax incentives for investment in distressed communities over the next 10 years. Areas designated as Opportunity Zones will be able to reap the benefits of capital gains to help redevelop underserved communities.

Of the 149 Census Tracts in Maryland designated as Opportunity Zones by the U.S. Treasury, 42 are in Baltimore City. For a list of Census Tracts in Baltimore City designated as Opportunity Zones, please click here. For a map of Opportunity Zones in Baltimore City, please click here.

For a map of all 149 Opportunity Zones, please visit

For more information about Opportunity Zones, please visit Economic Innovation Group or the U.S. Treasury at

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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