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Shop Small for the Holidays

Small Business Saturday

November 27, 2021

     The leaves are turning, the air is crisp and to-do lists are growing. Our thoughts turn to family gatherings, holiday traditions and festivities. Its’ time to celebrate each other and the perfect opportunity to show appreciation for local entrepreneurs.

     Small businesses need our support, now, more than ever. Head out on Small Business Saturday (November 27th) to “shop small” and local for the holidays. Small businesses offer a wide variety of unique gifts, services, and experiences, with unmatched customer service.

     Why does shopping “small” matter? Small businesses are vital to the Maryland economy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy, small businesses account for 99.5% of all Maryland businesses and employ nearly half of the workforce in the state. They are the cornerstones of our neighborhoods, provide jobs and give back to their communities. To put it in perspective, for every $100 you spend at a locally owned business, roughly $68 stays in your local economy.

     Many towns across the state are hosting special events, with retailers offering discounts and refreshments to entice shoppers to Maryland’s main streets for a special shopping experience. While you may still be cautious of in-person shopping, most retailers have embraced e-commerce and many now offer curbside service for online or phone orders. It’s also a great time to “dine local” and pick-up carry-out or visit a local eatery once you’ve had your fill of Thanksgiving leftovers.  

     Entrepreneurs, know that the SBA stands ready to assist you. We offer a variety of programs to help you start, grow, or rebuild your small business. Options include access to capital, free one-on-one counseling, training, and government contracting assistance. There is a wealth of information at sba.gov, including details on all SBA programs, holiday marketing tips and more.

     Tis the season to be thankful and to enjoy quality time & precious moments with family and friends. Show your thanks for small businesses who add so much to our communities and support them by shopping and dining “small” throughout the holiday season and well into the new year.  Local entrepreneurs deserve our support as they navigate, retool, and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Let’s show them we’re all in this together.

     Happy Holidays!

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Registration link: HERE.

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Re-Imagining Baltimore

Thursday, December 2 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Join us for an opportunity to support our community through interacting with our various networks of supporters, including our corporate sponsors, individual donors, community stakeholders, volunteers, neighbors, and friends, to continue to fund vital aspects of Baltimore Community Lending’s mission. A virtual option is available.


This event will support the development of a building for the BCL Business Development Center where small businesses will collaborate to provide comprehensive technical assistance, training, business incubation, and co-working spaces with access to technology along with housing our Corporate Offices.


What does long-time time columnist for the Baltimore Sun, writer, and broadcaster Dan Rodricks have to say about "Re-imagining Baltimore"? Dear Mike Bloomberg: A Request and an Invitation

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Baltimore Community Lending | 875 Hollins Street, Suite 301,  Baltimore, MD 21201

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

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

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Positioning For Success In The New Year: Strategies For Business Development

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Are you looking to improve your business development strategies? Many businesses find it extremely challenging to adjust business development strategies throughout the year and may  experience declining revenues as a result. Join us as we examine ways to position your business for success as you prepare for the new year. We will examine various case studies and identify ways to build contracting revenues in the coming year utilizing strategies such as aggressive vs. organic growth, changes in business development tactics, and effective prime contracting, subcontracting and teaming opportunities. We'll also address common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Who should attend? Small, minority, women & veteran business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn new strategies for business development in the new year. 

Your instructor is Gloria Larkin, President & CEO of TargetGov.

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Know Your Customer

Thursday, December 9, 2021

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Do you understand how the State of Maryland buys its goods and services? Spending taxpayer dollars requires an open and transparent procurement process. Vendors who Know Your Customer and understand these policies and procedures can compete with greater confidence. This session includes insights on how to determine what agency is buying your products or services, identifies purchasing thresholds and commonly-used contracting vehicles, and explores techniques to mine public data as a business intelligence tool. 

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

Your instructor is Alison Tavik, Director of Communications & Outreach, 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.

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).

Comcast RISE Grant Program hosted by Comcast Business Application process closes on Saturday, January 15, 2022!!!

Recently, small businesses have been dealing with the ongoing impact of the pandemic, social unrest, and environmental events. Small businesses owned by people of color have been some of the hardest hit. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, between February and April 2020, the number of active Black-owned businesses declined by 41%, Latinx-owned businesses declined by 32%, and Asian-owned businesses dropped by 25%, versus just 21% for the general population. Comcast RISE was created to invest in the success of these critical businesses by providing valuable and practical support.

There are separate applications for the marketing and technology services awards and the Comcast RISE Investment Fund. Eligible business owners may apply for either, or both programs.

For more information and to apply, click here

Virtual 2021 Contractor College Sessions hosted by University of Maryland Medical System
Tuesdays, November 2, 2021 – December 21, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Classes to provide information and training to Small Businesses and Minority Business Enterprises to better position them to win work with large Construction Managers/General Contractors, larger subcontractors/vendors, as well as other Owners

To view flier, click here

To view the calendar of events, click here

To register, RSVP to Dawn hall at dhall4@umm.edu


Virtual Equity First Speaker Series hosted by
Associated Black Charities and Comcast
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
6:30 p.m.

For the fourth and final virtual session of Equity First | a speaker series, ABC is honored to host global media leader, philanthropist, producer, and actress Oprah Winfrey in a one-on-one interview led by ABC’s President and CEO, Diane Bell-McKoy.

The evening’s conversation will explore Ms. Winfrey’s experiences in Baltimore and her search for career equity, her approach to creating and maintaining authentic relationships, and her perspective on finding one’s personal value within the imposed systems of our society.

To view flier, click here

To register, click here

 

2021 Virtual Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)
Annual Conference

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 & Thursday December 9, 2021

12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For nearly 30 years, ICIC has worked with and celebrated high-growth small businesses in under-resourced communities that are economic catalysts for their neighborhoods.

This year's Annual Conference brings together our dynamic network of program participants, alumni, and collaborators to celebrate the resilience of the extraordinary entrepreneurs in our community who continue to battle through the economic uncertainty brought on by the pandemicThe conference marks the culmination of the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program as well as the reveal of the annual Inner City 100 awards, celebrating the 100 fastest-growing businesses in under-resourced communities across the country.

This year’s virtual conference will be hosted over two days in December and will feature educational content relevant to the economic impact of the ongoing pandemic, high- profile keynote addresses, and multiple networking opportunities with more than 1,000 business owners from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Attendees will leave the conference with strengthened business recovery strategies to help build capacity, remain agile, and emerge stronger as they lead their companies into 2022.

To view flier, click here

For more information and to register, click here

Upcoming Events

For a list of upcoming events, click here


Mayor Brandon M. Scott and Alicia Wilson to Kick-off
Small Business Saturday and Visit Businesses 
Saturday November 27, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Come join Mayor Brandon M. Scott and Alicia Wilson, Vice President of Economic Development, Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System as they kick-off Small Business Saturday.  Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Small businesses need our support now more than ever as they navigate, retool and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Founded by American Express in 2010 and officially cosponsored by U.S. Small Business Administration since 2011, Small Business Saturday has become an important part of small businesses’ busiest shopping season. 

#Bmore2Baltimore

To view flier, click here

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Virtual Equity First Speaker Series hosted by
Associated Black Charities and Comcast
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
6:30 p.m.

For the fourth and final virtual session of Equity First | a speaker series, ABC is honored to host global media leader, philanthropist, producer, and actress Oprah Winfrey in a one-on-one interview led by ABC’s President and CEO, Diane Bell-McKoy.

The evening’s conversation will explore Ms. Winfrey’s experiences in Baltimore and her search for career equity, her approach to creating and maintaining authentic relationships, and her perspective on finding one’s personal value within the imposed systems of our society.

To view flier, click here

To register, click here

Sustainability in Manufacturing Virtual Conference hosted by Regional Manufacturing Institute 
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Hear from local and global manufacturers on why sustainability is important, how companies can benefit from implementing sustainability practices, what some of the challenges are in this process and what successes they have had in their own journeys to sustainability.

Featuring Executives From These Maryland Companies & Organizations

  • Aquafin, C-Care, Hamilton Associates, McCormick, MD MEP,
  • MD Energy Administration, Stanley Black & Decker,
  • Strategic Factory, Textron Systems, Xometry

For more information and to register, click here

Minority Outreach Fair hosted by Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel
Friday, December 10, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Maryland Live! Casino and Hotel Event Center
7002 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover MD, 21076

The Minority Outreach Fair is intended to assist your company in identifying work and/or contractual opportunities with top prime companies and government agencies. There is so much valuable and worthwhile information distributed at this event that arriving when the event begins at 8:00am is a good idea to accomplish your goals and identify business for your company to pursue.

To view flier, click here

To view exhibitor list, click here

To view exhibitor floor plan, click here

To view press release, click here

For more information, click here

To register, click here

Upcoming Events

For a list of upcoming events, click here





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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