What common problems can you solve with assessment tools?

The success of your business relies on great service, strong goals and effective collaboration, but achieving these outcomes is easier said than done. Fortunately, assessment tools help businesses identify areas that need improvement and set priorities.

Assessment tools can help you address challenges like these:
  • High employee turnover and low team morale
  • Missed deadlines and unsatisfactory project outcomes
  • Miscommunication, poor teamwork and internal conflicts
Join BBB for a conversation about the wide-ranging benefits of assessment tools. Our panel of experts will show how you can apply the knowledge you gain from assessments in daily business operations.

Come ask questions, and learn how assessments can help you craft targeted strategies to achieve success.
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Paycheck Protection Program Extended Apply Now!

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Senate passed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 that extends the current deadline of March 31 to May 31 and gives the SBA another 30 days to process loans, which means all PPP lenders should be able to accept loan applications up to May 31, instead of shutting their portals down a couple days early.

LEDC's PPP application portal is now live! You can access it here:
https://www.ledcmetro.org/sbappp

To view participating lenders, click here

The new guidance released includes:

For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit sba.gov/ppp or treasury.gov/cares


Entrepreneurship Matters: Zoom Webinar hosted by Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Health System, HpokinsLocal, and Mayor's Office of Small, Minority and Women Business
Thursday, April 8, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Please join us as up and coming and established entrepreneurs share their stories. 

Moderator:
Alicia Wilson, Vice President - Office of Economic Development for the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System

Entrepreneurs:
Sunni Gilliam, Teavolve Cafe
Brittany Wight, Wight Tea Company


Zoom Webinar: https://jh.zoom.us/join
Zoom Webinar ID: 933 9455 1261
Streaming Live on Facebook at JHConnects

Economic Update Key Resources & Relief for Maryland hosted by Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Office of the Comptroller Small and Minority Business Policy

Thursday, April 8, 2021

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Join this event to participate in a discussion with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. With all the economic stimulus that's available and Peter Franchot running for Governor, this is a must attend for any business owner in Maryland. Get your questions answered about what Maryland is doing for business owners!

To view flier click here

To register, click here

2021 State of Downtown Baltimore, In Conversation With Richard Florida: hosted by Downtown Partnership and

Gallagher, Evelius & Jones
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


Downtown Partnership President Shelonda Stokes will look back on the wins and losses that shaped 2020 and explore what post-pandemic recovery looks like for Downtown with renowned urbanist and thought leader on the sustainability of America’s cities, Richard Florida. The event will also feature guest appearances by Mayor Brandon Scott, City Councilman Eric Costello, and more.

NETWORKING

Following the event, we’re hosting a networking session, taking place in Zoom breakout rooms. Don't miss this opportunity to meet and interact with fellow business leaders.

AGENDA

8:30 – 8:35 AM | Virtual walk-in

8:35 - 8:40 AM | Opening remarks and introductions

8:40 – 8:45 AM | Review of 2021 State of Downtown Report

8:45 – 9:15 AM | Presentation: Richard Florida

9:15 – 9:25 AM | Q&A

9:15 – 9:25 AM | Closing remarks

9:30 – 10:00 AM | Networking. After the program, all attendees will be able to enter and exit any of the Zoom Breakout Rooms at any time.

ACCESSING THE EVENT

To register, click here

We will email you your log-in credentials on the evening before the event AND ALSO on the morning of the event.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email us at jhoneycutt@dpob.org

18th Annual Spring Breakfast Salute to COVID-19 Heroes/ Business Matchmaking Meetings
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - Friday, May 14, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join MWMCA to salute 10 leading corporate firms and government agencies that
have demonstrated a continued commitment to assisting small, minority and women owned firms during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, attendees can  participate in Business Matchmaking Meetings and meet 50+ hosts representing prime construction, healthcare, utilities, education, government and more to learn how to do business with prime companies, government agencies and learn more information about Minority/Women-Owned Business Certifications.

To view flier, click here

To view the 2021 Honoree List, click here

For sponsorship application, click here

For sponsorship package, click here

For more information contact MWMCA by phone 443-759-8580 or email events@mwmca.org Use “Salute to COVID-19 Heroes” as the subject when contacting via email. 

Upcoming Events

For a list of upcoming events, click here


Mark Your Calendar

In this environment of social distancing, today's seminars have become webinars, Zoom meetings, Facebook Live events, Google Meets, and more. If you have a smartphone or a computer, you have what you need to tap into these virtual training and information sessions. Capacity can fill quickly, so sign up early when required to do so.

04/06/2021 - The State of the Small Business - 2021 Economic & Labor Market Outlook
04/06/2021 - MBE Certification Application Assistance Webinar
04/07/2021 - Doing Business with Maryland Department of the Environment
04/07/2021 - Social Media Marketing
04/08/2021 - High Impact Pitches & Presentations: Speaking with Confidence and Authenticity
04/09/2021 - GovCon "Live Q&A" CafĂ©:  Teaming Agreements
04/13/2021 - Government Contract Cost Price Analysis: Level 1
04/15/2021 - Doing Business with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
04/16/2021 - PR 101 for Small Businesses
04/21/2021 - Can you Feel the Pulse of Your Business
04/27/2021 - Writing a Proposal 1 - Reading a Solicitation
04/27/2021 - Writing a Proposal 2 - Developing an Outline
04/29/2021 - QuickBooks Basics for Small Businesses


Check out our full listing of small business events online at goMDsmallbiz.maryland.gov.

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

invites you to reserve a space for our upcoming 
Technical Training Classroom webinar:

Hand Writing Proposal


Proposal Writing 1: Reading a Solicitation

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

10 a.m. - 12 noon

How thoroughly do you read government solicitations?  Reading the solicitation to efficiently determine whether to respond and how to respond is a critical skill. Join us for this instructional webinar and learn how to navigate through the full solicitation document. You'll receive special tips and strategies for taking what you read and using it as the basis for developing a well-crafted response. 

Who should attend? Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners and entrepreneurs who are ready to learn more about how to improve their proposal writing skills.

Our special guest is Tina E. Patterson, CF APMP, Principal at Jade Solutions, LLC, a Certified Proposal Manager and a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

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Proposal Writing 2: Developing An Outline

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

2 - 4 p.m.

Are you interested in deepening your proposal writing techniques? A proposal outline is a powerful tool for developing a framework to address the clients' requirements, needs, and evaluation factors. It also showcases the offeror's past performance, capability, and discriminators. Learn how to use a proposal outline to create a compliant, compelling, and customer-focused outline to help you write better proposals. 

Who should attend? Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners and entrepreneurs who are ready to learn more about writing an effective proposal. 

Our special guest is Tina E. Patterson, CF APMP, Principal at Jade Solutions, LLC, a Certified Proposal Manager and a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

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What you need to know:

  • There is no cost to attend.
  • Advance registration is required.
  • This session will be recorded; by registering, you are consenting to be recorded. 
  • Upon receiving a registration confirmation, you will be given a unique link to join the event.
  • 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.

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).

Paycheck Protection Program Extended Apply Now!

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Senate passed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 that extends the current deadline of March 31 to May 31 and gives the SBA another 30 days to process loans, which means all PPP lenders should be able to accept loan applications up to May 31, instead of shutting their portals down a couple days early.

LEDC's PPP application portal is now live! You can access it here:
https://www.ledcmetro.org/sbappp

To view participating lenders, click here

The new guidance released includes:

For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit sba.gov/ppp or treasury.gov/cares

LEDC Empowered Women International: EWI offers talented and creative women dynamic training programs with professional teachers, mentors and a supportive peer community where they can achieve their entrepreneurial dreams. We meet women where they are on the pathway to self-sufficiency and help them move forward.

CASH Campaign Free Tax Preparation: If you made $57,000 or less in 2020 you may qualify for free tax preparation! CASH and its partners are part of an IRS program to help prepare and electronically file your federal and state tax return for free. We check that you receive tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit, and help you get your refund fast with direct deposit.

MWMCA MBE/DBE/WBE Contracting Opportunities: MWMCA gathers bid opportunity information so you will know what governmental organizations and private companies are seeking participation on their contracts. The details listed include prebid meeting date/time, bid due date/time, detailed description, links, and contact information.

Urgent* Opportunity Zone Microgrant Funding: The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) through the Neighborhood Business Works (NBW) program is offering Opportunity Zone Microgrant ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to early stage businesses and/or businesses that are expanding within an opportunity zone in Maryland. APPLY HERE 

- Funds are first come, first served.

Kaiser Permanente, in partnership with the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Small, Minority, & Women’s Business and Catholic University, is bringing the Inner City Capital Connections back to both Baltimore and DC this year. This tuition-free executive leadership training program is designed by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to help business owners in under-resourced communities build capacity for sustainable growth in revenue, profitability, and employment. APPLY HERE

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) 6 non-profit organization. 1325 Bedford Avenue, Suite 5941; Pikesville, MD 21282

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