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  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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  • Thursday, February 2, 2017

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  • Friday, February 3, 2017

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  • Saturday, February 4, 2017

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  • Sunday, February 5, 2017

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  • Monday, February 6, 2017

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  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017

    • MDOT MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE Application Assistance Workshop Time: 10:00a - 1:00p Location: Maryland Department of Transportation Headquarters, 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, Maryland 21076 Details:

      THE MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE Application Assistance Workshop is intended for those firms interested in seeking Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Aiport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), and/or Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification.  By attending the workshop, you will learn the benefits of certification, the five key requirements for certification, and the four steps in the certification process.  For information and registration visit https://mdotmbeworkshops.eventbrite.com

       
       
    • Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce’s General Meeting Time: 5:30p - 6:00p Location: The Arc of Baltimore, 6151 Metro Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215 Details:

      Join the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce for its general meeting.    This is a great time to meet other chamber members.

      To register, click here

       
       
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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  • Thursday, February 9, 2017

    • Multi-Chamber Power Networking Breakfast Time: 7:30a - 9:30a Location: La Fontaine Bleu, 7514 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 Details:

      Make valuable connections while promoting your business.  Speed-networking, 90 second small group introductions and four table rotations. 

      Network with the following chambers: 

      • Anne Arundel County Chamber
      • Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce
      • Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber
      • Entrepreneur’s Exchange
      • Greater Bowie Chamber
      • Greater Crofton Chamber
      • Greater Severna Park Chamber and Arnold Chamber
      • Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber
      • Southern Anne Arundel Chamber

       

      To register, click here

       
       
  • Friday, February 10, 2017

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  • Saturday, February 11, 2017

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  • Sunday, February 12, 2017

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  • Monday, February 13, 2017

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  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    • Prince George's County & MBE Certification Training Time: 10:00a - 1:00p Location: 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140 Largo, MD 20774 Details:

      SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT & DIVERSITY DIVISION'S

      Prince George’s County & MBE Certification Application Training

      Join the SDDD Team for monthly technical assistance workshops designed to help demystify the certification process from start to finish.


      2nd Tuesday of every month
      10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

      1801 McCormick Drive, Conference Room 140
      Largo, MD 20774


      The workshops take place on the second Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. Please check the SDDD Outreach Calendar for locations as they may periodically change.

       
       
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    • Smart Start Your Business Time: 9:00a - 11:30a Location: 4539 Metropolitan Court, FITCI Building, Frederick, MD 21703 Details:

      This seminar will give the participant in the understanding, discovery, and learning how to: 
      • Legally define and register your business name 
      • Keep proper financial records and report taxes 
      • Evaluate options for accessing working capital & the steps in applying for a loan 
      • Judge the impact of tax implications associated with legal entities 
      • Build the basics of a marketing and business plan 
      • Understand Insurance Basics 

      This seminar will give the participant in the understanding, discovery, and learning how to: 
      • Legally define and register your business name 
      • Keep proper financial records and report taxes 
      • Evaluate options for accessing working capital & the steps in applying for a loan 
      • Judge the impact of tax implications associated with legal entities 
      • Build the basics of a marketing and business plan 
      • Understand Insurance Basics 
       
       
    • Strategic Decisions and Risk Management for Your Business Time: 10:00a - 12:00p Location: L Plata Campus College of Southern Maryland Details:

      Learn to determine and then grade your business risk in order to make a decision on whether the risk is an acceptable or unavoidable risk for your company. You will also learn how to avoid or mitigate risk by performing a risk analysis. Risk analysis can help you with safety and financial concerns and is the beginning of putting together contingency plans for those risks deemed unavoidable for the company.

       
       
    • Ready, Set, GO! Nuts & Bolts of Starting Your Business Time: 6:00p - 7:30p Location: Morgan State University Earl G. Graves School of Business 4100 Hillen Road Room 431 Baltimore, MD 21251 Details:
      This workshop is specifically designed for small businesses in the planning phase of building a company. Featured topics include: registering a business name; filing your business as a legal entity; marketing/advertising strategies; charging and reporting retail/sales tax, creating a business plan, zoning guidelines, and business licensing.
      This workshop is specifically designed for small businesses in the planning phase of building a company. Featured topics include: registering a business name; filing your business as a legal entity; marketing/advertising strategies; charging and reporting retail/sales tax, creating a business plan, zoning guidelines, and business licensing.
       
       
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017

    • Get Down to Business Time: 8:00a - 10:00a Location: War Memorial Building, Memorial Hall 101 N. Gay Street 2nd Floor Baltimore, MD 21202 Details:

      Enjoy coffee and donuts as representatives from Whiting-Turner disuss upcoming projects at the War Memorial Building at 101 N. Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

       
       
    • Future of Manufacturing in Baltimore Time: 5:30p - 7:30p Location: Baltimore Museum of Industry 1415 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230 Details:

      Join the Baltimore Business Journal for an evening of candid discussions about the future of manufacturing in Baltimore. Hear why the industry is seeing a resurgence in Baltimore from some of the regions leading experts. Key speakers include…

      • Jim Caruso, CEO, Flying Dog Brewery
      • Demian Costa, Managing Partner, Sagamore Ventures LLC
      • Mark Rice, President, Maritime Applied Physics Corporation
      • Mei Xu, Co-Founder, Chesapeake Bay Candle

      To register, click the link below.

       
       
  • Friday, February 17, 2017

    • 8(a) & MBE/DBE Certification Application Assistance Time: 9:30a - 11:30a Location: Maryland SBDC 7100 Baltimore Avenue 4th Floor College Park MD 20740 Details:

      Small Business Development Center (SBDC) recommends that businesses (in business two or more years)attend this comprehensive workshop to learn about the 8(a) & MBE/DBE application process. Each year, federal, state, and local governments award millions of dollars in contracts to small businesses throughout the state. If you're in business with a product or service the government can use, this class is for you! Receive professional guidance on the certification process and what you'll need to qualify for federal state/local certifications. Learn how to prepare a winning package. Note: Class is recommended for people that have been in business for at least 2 years. 

       
       
    • The Essentials of Marketing Time: 10:00a - 12:00p Location: 5340 Spectrum Drive, Suite A, Frederick, MD 21703 Details:

      Metrics – can be like magic. Have you wondered: how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insight and key info you need to succeed? This seminar will take you step-by-step through the amazing data generated by all the key online marketing tools – and give you tips on how to use it. 
      In this seminar, you will discover: 
      • How email open- and click-through reports can help you know: 
      -Which of your products/services are hot, which are not, and how to test for best results 
      -Out of a field of everyone, who is interested in what topics – so you can focus your precious time, efforts & energy 
      -The calls to action/messaging that actually WORK 
      -Best times, days and ways to get the response you want 
      • How social media engagement and click rates can tell you the topics, type of media posts, and frequency your connections really want 
      • How research, setting goals, monitoring campaign results and applying lessons learned will continually improve your results! 
      • How evaluating event registration and survey response patterns can help improve your next campaign by leaps and bounds 

       
       
    • Navigating eMaryland Marketplace Time: 1:00p - 3:30p Location: 100 Community Place First Floor Training Room Crownsville, MD 21032 Details:
      Navigating eMaryland Marketplace
      eMaryland Marketplace is the state's electronic bid board. Vendors registered in this online system can receive notice of solicitations, search for contracting opportunities, submit bids, and obtain bid results. Join us for an in-depth look at how to navigate this valuable tool to make it work for your company. Our special guest is Cristen Ervin, training and outreach coordinator with the Maryland Department of General Services.
       
      Who should attend? Small business owners who are ready and able to perform on state-funded contracts.
       
       
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017

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  • Sunday, February 19, 2017

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  • Monday, February 20, 2017

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  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    • Ready, Set, Go! The Nuts & Bolts of Starting a Business-Longbranch Library Time: 1:30p - 4:00p Location: Montgomery County Longbranch Library 8800 Garland Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20901 Details:

      This FREE workshop is for those who are interested in starting their first business, but want to find out more information on what to expect before they begin their first business. Our experienced business consultants will share with you everything to anticipate when starting a new business including, information on the legal and licensing requirements, the business plan, the different financing options, preparing a marketing strategy and all the perks and drawbacks that come with the life of an entrepreneur. (Open Session -2.5hrs.)- Please register to attend 

       
       
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    • Small Business Workshop Time: 6:30p - 8:00p Location: Centro de Apoyo Familiar 6801 Kenilworth Ave Suite 110 Riverdale, MD20737 Details:

      Small Business Workshop

      Learn opportunities for commercial contractors - Learn opportunities available to get contracts with institutions such as the Purple Line and other, learn the value of having all the required certifications and appropriate insurance.

       
       
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017

    • Access to Capital & Grow Your Bonding Capacity Time: 9:00a - 12:00p Location: 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140 Largo, MD 20774 Details:

      Part 3 of “THE BLUEPRINT — Successful Government Contracting” offers expert advice for small business owners on positioning your business to be bankable with the “Getting Bankable...Growing Your Bonding Capacity” workshop.

      This FREE, interactive workshop will provide tools to assist you with securing adequate financing for your contract. Business experts will train you on:

      • Operating for capital for projects
      • Funding for infrastructure & equipment
      • Strategies to expand bonding capacity
      • Handling objections of loan officers and bonding underwriters
      • Communication and your company pitch and more!

      Come get the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask!

       
       
    • Ready, Set, Go Time: 9:00a - 11:00a Location: Business Resource Center 24 North Center Street Westminister, MD 21157 Details:
      This seminar is the first in our three part start-up series. This course is specifically designed for small businesses in the planning phase of building a company. Participants will learn the “nuts & bolts” of becoming an entrepreneur. Additional information is shared with the participant on the SBDC, its’ services, what one can expect when entering the business world, the business plan, finance management, funding sources, marketing…a guide to beginning a successful future in a business world. 
      This seminar is the first in our three part start-up series. This course is specifically designed for small businesses in the planning phase of building a company. Participants will learn the “nuts & bolts” of becoming an entrepreneur. Additional information is shared with the participant on the SBDC, its’ services, what one can expect when entering the business world, the business plan, finance management, funding sources, marketing…a guide to beginning a successful future in a business world. 
       
       
    • Ready, Set, Go! Are You Ready to Start a Business? Time: 10:00a - 11:30a Location: 5340 Spectrum Drive, Suite A, Frederick, MD 21703 Details:

      This seminar is specifically designed for small businesses in the planning phase of building a company. You will learn the “nuts & bolts” of becoming an entrepreneur! Additional information is shared with the participant on the SBDC, its’ services, what one can expect when entering the business world, the business plan, finance management, funding sources, marketing…a guide to beginning a successful future in a business world.

       
       
  • Friday, February 24, 2017

    • Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Information Session Time: 10:00a - 11:30a Location: 100 Community Place Crownsville, MD 21032 Details:
      SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (SBE) CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS WITH SHA
       
      The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hosting a FREE information session for MDOT SBE certified firms on upcoming federal SBE contracting opportunities with the State Highway Administration (SHA).
       
      These construction projects are expected to range in value of $1 million to $3.5 million.
       
      Join us for:
      ? An overview of the SBE program
      ? Additional details on the scope of work
      ? Overview of bonding, experience, and insurance requirements
      ? Common pitfalls in bidding
       
       
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017

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  • Sunday, February 26, 2017

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  • Monday, February 27, 2017

    • Maryland Small Business Day Time: 4:00p - 7:00p Location: Loews Annapolis Hotel 126 West Street Annapolis, Maryland 21401 Details:

      Join fellow small business owners as they make their voices heard in Annapolis at National Federation of Independent Business's biggest event of the year!

       
       
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    • Internet-based Electronic Bidding Training-Session 1 Time: 8:00a - 10:00a Location: 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD 21076 Details:

      The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) State Highway Administration (SHA) will be transitioning from paper/hardcopy bidding to electronic bidding. Projects advertised after July 1, 2017, will require electronic bid submittal via internet. Paper bids or bids on CDs will no longer be accepted for projects.

      Contract documents will be made available through Bid Express and will continue to be offered at no charge on eMaryland Marketplace. Registration and a paid subscription are required to submit bids through the internet-based Bid Express system. Potential bidders are encouraged to register in advance as the registration process takes up to 7 business days. In addition, SHA will be letting pilot projects in advance of the July changeover, with the first projects advertised as early as March 2017. A bid extension will not be granted for delays in registration and/or errors in submission of electronic bids. For more information about Bid Express registration and subscription, please visit https://www.bidx.com/site/registration.

      Two-hour in-person training sessions will be offered at MDOT Headquarters located at 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover Maryland 21076 on 2/28/2017 and 3/1/2017 as follows:

      • Session 1: 2/28/2017 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
      • Session 2: 2/28/2017 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
      • Session 3: 2/28/2017 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
      • Session 4: 3/1/2017 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
      • Session 5: 3/1/2017 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
      • Session 6: 3/1/2017 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

      In the event of inclement weather, the snow dates are March 6 and 7, 2017. The number of sessions and their timings will remain the same. In order to register for training please contact Kaitlyn Eng at keng@sha.state.md.us or 410-545-8946. Registration closes on February 22, 2017. When registering for training please provide the desired session number, name of individual attending, email address, telephone number and the company name.

       
       
       
    • MBE Rights and Responsibilities Time: 10:00a - 12:00p Location: 100 Community Place First Floor Training Room Crownsville, MD 21032 Details:

      Government contracting can offer significant opportunities for growth and sustainability to small businesses. Competition is tough in the public sector and a critical key to success lies within understanding the rules that govern the procurement process. This is particularly important when performing as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) in either the prime contractor or subcontractor role. Join us for an in-depth look at your rights as well as your responsibilities.

      Who should attend? Small businesses and certified MBEs who are ready and able to perform as a prime contractor or a subcontractor on state-funded procurements.

      MBE Rights & Responsibilities is a technical training workshop offered by the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs for small businesses that want to do business with the State of Maryland. Seating is limited and advance registration is required. There is no cost to attend. Ample free parking is available on-site.

       
       
    • Ready, Set, GROW! Honoring Southern Maryland's Small Business Community Time: 10:00a - 1:00p Location: Southern Maryland Higher Education Center 44219 Airport Road California, MD 20619 Details:

      The Governor's Office of Minority Affairs 

      presents:

       

      Ready, Set, GROW!
      A Procurement Connection Workshop

      Honoring Southern Maryland's Small Business Community!

       

      Are you a small, minority, or woman business owner interested in contracting opportunities with state agencies and institutions? If so, then this unique workshop is for you! You will connect with procurement officers in the public sector in order to develop relationships to positively impact your business. 

       

      Join us to learn about navigating the government procurement process, small procurement opportunities, and current and future solicitations. In addition, we will honor local businesses and their great contributions to Southern Maryland. Make sure to bring plenty of business cards for the many buyers you will meet. You will leave with a comprehensive list of active solicitations from our panelists.

       
       
    • Internet-based Electronic Bidding Training-Session 2 Time: 10:30a - 12:30p Location: 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD 21076 Details:

      The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) State Highway Administration (SHA) will be transitioning from paper/hardcopy bidding to electronic bidding. Projects advertised after July 1, 2017, will require electronic bid submittal via internet. Paper bids or bids on CDs will no longer be accepted for projects.

      Contract documents will be made available through Bid Express and will continue to be offered at no charge on eMaryland Marketplace. Registration and a paid subscription are required to submit bids through the internet-based Bid Express system. Potential bidders are encouraged to register in advance as the registration process takes up to 7 business days. In addition, SHA will be letting pilot projects in advance of the July changeover, with the first projects advertised as early as March 2017. A bid extension will not be granted for delays in registration and/or errors in submission of electronic bids. For more information about Bid Express registration and subscription, please visit https://www.bidx.com/site/registration.

      Two-hour in-person training sessions will be offered at MDOT Headquarters located at 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover Maryland 21076 on 2/28/2017 and 3/1/2017 as follows:

      • Session 1: 2/28/2017 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
      • Session 2: 2/28/2017 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
      • Session 3: 2/28/2017 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
      • Session 4: 3/1/2017 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
      • Session 5: 3/1/2017 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
      • Session 6: 3/1/2017 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

      In the event of inclement weather, the snow dates are March 6 and 7, 2017. The number of sessions and their timings will remain the same. In order to register for training please contact Kaitlyn Eng at keng@sha.state.md.us or 410-545-8946. Registration closes on February 22, 2017. When registering for training please provide the desired session number, name of individual attending, email address, telephone number and the company name.

       
       
    • Social Media and SEO Marketing Tools Time: 1:00p - 3:00p Location: MCE Women's Business Center 333 N. Charles Street Baltimore, ME 21201 Details:

      Social networking can seem confusing and daunting but it can be a valuable tool for a small business.  We will discuss the basics of Facebook, Linked-In and Twitter among others.  Learn how to incorporate these marketing methods, such as Search Engine Optimization, into your marketing plan in ways that save you and your employee's time.  Keep it simple, stay on track and let these new forms of marketing work for you.  

      Presented by Bonnie Barresi

      Cost: $15.00 - No Refunds Beyond Feb. 23, 2017
      Location: MCE Women's Business Center, 333 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
      Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
      Contact: Bonnie Barresi
      Phone: 410-776-8907

       
       
    • Internet-based Electronic Bidding Training-Session 3 Time: 1:30p - 3:30p Location: 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD 21076 Details:

      The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) State Highway Administration (SHA) will be transitioning from paper/hardcopy bidding to electronic bidding. Projects advertised after July 1, 2017, will require electronic bid submittal via internet. Paper bids or bids on CDs will no longer be accepted for projects.

      Contract documents will be made available through Bid Express and will continue to be offered at no charge on eMaryland Marketplace. Registration and a paid subscription are required to submit bids through the internet-based Bid Express system. Potential bidders are encouraged to register in advance as the registration process takes up to 7 business days. In addition, SHA will be letting pilot projects in advance of the July changeover, with the first projects advertised as early as March 2017. A bid extension will not be granted for delays in registration and/or errors in submission of electronic bids. For more information about Bid Express registration and subscription, please visit https://www.bidx.com/site/registration.

      Two-hour in-person training sessions will be offered at MDOT Headquarters located at 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover Maryland 21076 on 2/28/2017 and 3/1/2017 as follows:

      • Session 1: 2/28/2017 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
      • Session 2: 2/28/2017 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
      • Session 3: 2/28/2017 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
      • Session 4: 3/1/2017 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
      • Session 5: 3/1/2017 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
      • Session 6: 3/1/2017 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

      In the event of inclement weather, the snow dates are March 6 and 7, 2017. The number of sessions and their timings will remain the same. In order to register for training please contact Kaitlyn Eng at keng@sha.state.md.us or 410-545-8946. Registration closes on February 22, 2017. When registering for training please provide the desired session number, name of individual attending, email address, telephone number and the company name.

       
       
    • MBE Forms and Prime Self-Performance Regulations Time: 1:30p - 3:30p Location: 100 Community Place First Floor Training Room Crownsville, MD 21032 Details:

      Maryland is committed to minority inclusion in the state contracting marketplace, and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) goal requirements are included in most state procurements. Small business owners and certified MBE firms that want to compete as prime contractors in this arena must know how to correctly fill out the required MBE forms. Join us for a technical review of these critical forms, and a detailed discussion on the regulations that allow MBE primes to fulfill a portion of the MBE subcontracting goal.

      Who should attend? Small business owners who want to perform as prime contractors in the state contracting arena.

      This technical training workshop is offered by the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs for small businesses that want to do business with the State of Maryland. Seating is limited and advance registration is required. There is no cost to attend. Ample free parking is available on-site. Photo ID is required to enter the building.