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

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


Writing A Business Plan to Access Capital and Maximize Growth

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Are you leveraging your business plan?  An effective business plan can be a very powerful tool. Join our special guest and learn the essential elements and strategic uses of a business plan. You'll gain insights on how to write for target audiences (lenders, investors, partners) and receive links to market research resources and plan templates. You'll leave with actionable strategies for utilizing your business plan to maximize growth and access funding. 

Who should attend? Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners and entrepreneurs who are ready to improve and leverage your business plan.

Our special guest is Will Holmes, Founder of Will Holmes Consulting, and Chairman of the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce.

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Subcontracting in Maryland's Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

2 - 4 p.m.

Are you looking to expand your company's reach as a subcontractor? Participation in Maryland’s MBE Program offers a broad range of opportunities to perform as a subcontractor on state-funded contracts. During this session, we will provide a comprehensive look at the MBE rights and responsibilities in both the prime and subcontractor rolls, examine best practices for navigating state procurement, and share insights on how to target your business development efforts within this competitive arena. 

Who should attend? Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners and entrepreneurs who are ready and able to compete for subcontracting opportunities in the state contracting arena.

Our special guest is Nichelle Johnson, MBE Compliance Manager, Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs.

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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.


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 (

Virtual 2021 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week – Reimagining Opportunities: Building Back Better, Together! hosted by Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

Sunday, September 19 – Saturday, September 25, 2021

The conference celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of minority-owned companies and presents informational sessions and programming; offering interactive networking sessions to generate new connections and fresh perspectives.

To view flier, click here

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Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Webinar
hosted by U.S. Small Business Administration
Tuesday, September 20, 2021  
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join this webinar to discover how the SBA's COVID-19 relief EIDL can help your small business recover and rebuild.

To view flier, click here

To register, click here

Inaugural Buy MBE Day hosted by MBDA

Saturday, September 25, 2021

In honor of National Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week), the inaugural Buy MBE Day, promoting minority business enterprises, is coming. Join the celebration hosted by MBDA’s national network of Business Centers, Advanced Manufacturing Centers, Export Centers, and Federal Procurement Center!

To view flier, click here 

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Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Webinar
hosted by U.S. Small Business Administration
Tuesday, September 29, 2021  
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join this webinar to discover how the SBA's COVID-19 relief EIDL can help your small business recover and rebuild.

To view flier, click here

To register, click here

Upcoming Events

For a list of upcoming events, click here

Starting September 1, eligible businesses located in BGE's service area will have three opportunities to apply for grants of $20,000 through the Energizing Small Business Grants ProgramTo be eligible, a business must have between one and 25 employees (solopreneurs are eligible!), less than $7 million in annual revenue, a demonstrated need for support, a strong plan for moving forward, and be in good standing with the state of Maryland. Note: this is the third round of this grant.
Key Dates
  • Applications are open from September 1 - October 13, 2021
  • Grant recipients will be selected via a panel and will be notified within 45 days of each round’s close.  
For more information, please visit

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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Nominations are now open for the

47th Annual Mayor's Business Recognition Awards
Nominations Due by October 1, 2021

Each year the Mayor of the City of Baltimore joins with the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Development Corporation to recognize businesses that have demonstrated significant leadership and service to improve the quality of life in Baltimore. We invite you to nominate your company or another deserving company for the 2021 Mayor’s Business Recognition Award.

The awards are given for specific activities or projects between June 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021, that have significantly benefited Baltimore City and are outside the regular mission or day-to-day work or activities of the business.

For more information regarding nominations and to nominate a deserving business, click here

If you have any questions please contact Lisa Byrd, Director of Events and Business Development, at 410-727-2820 or

Project Restore Grant Opportunities from The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
Applications Due on October 8, 2021

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering $25 million to provide financial support to Maryland’s new or expanding businesses to help incentivize commercial investment in vacant retail and commercial properties.

Project Restore will provide two grant opportunities for businesses that plan on opening or expanding into previously vacant spaces:

Rental Assistance Grant: 

The maximum grant request amount is $30,000 for one year (rental payment up to $2,500 per month). Applicant’s monthly rent can exceed $2,500, but the maximum that will be paid by the Rental Assistance Grant will be $2,500 per month. Only applications that are fully complete at submission will be considered for funding.

Business Operations Grant:

The maximum grant award amount is $250,000 for 1 or 2 years. The Business Operations Grant can be used for activities and costs related to sustaining and growing the business such as staff costs, capital improvements, marketing, inventory and supplies, utilities and the like and cannot be used for executive salaries or bonuses. Grant awards will be paid quarterly and will be based on the amount of sales and use tax generated by the business and submitted to the State in Calendar Year 2022. Only applications that are fully complete at submission will be considered for funding.

For more information regarding requirements and applications click here

Nominations are now open for the
2021 Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The Bridging the Gap initiative is dedicated to evolving the business culture of Greater Baltimore by developing and fostering relationships between majority, minority, and women-owned businesses. In addition to promoting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all organizations, the Bridging the Gap initiative provides targeted support and programming to help minority and women-owned businesses in Greater Baltimore succeed and grow.

Each year, through the Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards, the GBC recognizes exceptional minority, women-owned, majority businesses and executives who nurture the development of minority and women-owned businesses in Greater Baltimore and Maryland.

To nominate a deserving business, click here

Please submit all nominations by September 13, 2021.

Winners will be recognized at an in-person Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards Recognition Ceremony on November 10, 2021.

More details to be announced soon.

Upcoming Events

For a list of upcoming events, click here

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 and 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. 1325 Bedford Avenue, Suite 5941; Pikesville, MD 21282-7510

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