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  • Sunday, September 13, 2020

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  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    • Downtown Download A Covid Resources & Recovery Webinar Time: 9:00a - 10:00a Location: Online Details:

      Join Downtown Partnership Tuesday at 9am for a live webinar with the latest and most useful information available from Councilman Eric Costello, Downtown Partnership CEO, Shelonda Stokes, and a variety of elected officials and business leaders who are guiding us through the pandemic recovery.

      Guests to include: 

      • Amy Polefrone, President & Chief Executive Officer of HR Strategy Group
      • Donna Miracle-Canuel, Chief Operating Officer of HR Strategy Group
       
       
    • Free Government Procurement Series Webinar#2: Finding Opportunities to Fill the Pipeline By Maryland Women's Business Center (MWBC)​ Time: 9:30a - 11:00a Location: Online Details:

      The COVID-19 pandemic has brought much uncertainty to the market and successful businesses are pivoting their offerings to grow their business. If your business is interested in entering into the federal government contracting market, we invite you to participate in MWBC's free 2020 Federal Government Contracting Series brought to you by OST Global Solutions and Fedmine.us.

      A pipeline is the engine of business development for a Government contracting firm. Without a pipeline, a company grows by accident, counting on pop-up opportunities, phone calls from potential partners, and other chance encounters. It is a “candle in the wind” type of business hoping for a sudden lucky strike and a large enough contract to begin to breathe. It also means many misfires and misfortunes in the process of bidding, because lack of pipeline means lack of a systematic approach to opportunity qualification, capture, and winning proposal development.

      Finding opportunities for your pipeline, qualifying them to make sure they are real and you have a chance to win them, and managing your pipeline so that you are not merely “tracking” opportunities but actively pursuing them is the topic of the series.

      This webinar focuses on various techniques for finding opportunities in your area of expertise, that are a perfect fit for your company. It is a hands-on workshop where you will work with worksheets and tools to set up search parameters and identify opportunities of interest. The course will dive into the exact “how-to” steps to help you figure out how to fill your pipeline with bid opportunities well ahead of their issuance, so that you have time to prepare and raise your probability of winning contracts.

      This is session #2 in our four-part procurement series but can be taken as a stand-alone session.

      *Intended audience: This Procurement Series is designed for established businesses that are seeking new revenue or adapting to remain operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. Workshops will review contracting basics to help businesses navigate the procurement process. Companies that currently lack the infrastructure to support a government contract award should wait until the business is ready before registering for this series.

      About our Presenter: Olessia Smotrova-Taylor, CF.APMP Fellow, president and CEO of OST Global Solutions, Inc., has more than 20 years of experience in business development, communications, and marketing, including more than 15 years in contract capture and proposal management. She led winning bids for four out of five top Government contractors, winning more than $20 billion over the course of her career.

       
       
    • ​Critical Manufacturing Strategies - Webinar 3: Opportunities for Reshoring – A Discussion About Reshoring and Opportunities for Growth​ By Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Time: 1:00p - 2:00p Location: Online Details:

      This webinar series is focused on providing information, insights, and resources to the manufacturing community around 4 key areas of the business, Business Growth, Operations, Workforce, and Technology. The series is meant to spark meaningful conversation on how the future of Maryland manufacturing will be impacted in each of these critical areas.

      - Understanding the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
      - TCO’s impact on the decision to re-shore production
      - Identifying Reshoring opportunities
      - Resources to assist with reshoring

      Presenters
      - Harry Moser, Reshoring Initiative
      - Mike Kelleher, MD MEP

       
       
    • SBDC Webinar: Operating On A Shoestring Budget In These Challenging Times Time: 2:00p - 3:30p Location: Online Details:

      Join this seminar to discover tips for how to develop and launch a business with a small monetary investment! Presenter, Ali Paskun, ABIL Solutions

       
       
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020

    • Maryland Capital Enterprises (MCE)​: Poised To Lead During Pivotal Periods - "The Value of Values" Time: 10:00a - 11:30a Location: Online Details:

      How do your values affect your decision making? What are your values? These questions are important to developing your vision as a leader.What type of leader do you want to be? What do you want to be known for?
      You will learn how to Identify & prioritize values that are important to them
      Strategically align their values to their business goals
      Create a values-based affirmation statement as a guide.

       
       
    • SBDC: The Essentials of Social Media Time: 10:00a - 11:00a Location: Online Details:

      The Essentials of Social Media. Understanding how social media can help you accomplish your goals and grow your business through best practices and industry trends is key to starting a new business and adapting to changes with an existing entrepreneurship. Learn strategies and tips that will help you successfully reach your target audience. Registration is available using the link below. 

       
       
    • SBDC:Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)-Bid on Future Projects, Certification Is A Must Time: 10:00a - 10:30a Location: Online Details:

      Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)-If You Want To Bid on Future Projects, This Certification Is A Must! The federal government has been requiring NIST 800-171 CUI Compliance for several years now and this past January 2020, they have moved to an improved set of requirements called the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) which now also requires a verification component.

      CMMC will be required for any contractor to bid on future projects. Every federal contractor that stores, processes, or transmits Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and now Federal Contract Information (FCI) or Covered Defense Information (CDI) is required to achieve and maintain CMMC compliance without exception. The CMMC requirement also includes subcontractors and any organization within the DoD supply chain that share in the use of CUI, FCI, and/or CDI information. Duffy Compliance Services has been conducting NIST SP 800-171 CUI audits since late 2015 when the Presidential Executive Order #13556 (Protecting CUI data) was making the transition to a requirement at the beginning of 2016.

      We are integrated with Maryland's funding support including a Maryland state grant and cybersecurity tax incentives that will save local federal contractors money while they go through the process. Join this webinar to learn some useful information on the CMMC framework as well as useful items to help with the process no matter how you decide to get there.

      Presenter, Shawn Duffy, Certified Information Systems Security Professional President Duffy Compliance Services

       
       
    • Develop Your Business Plan By Maryland Women's Business Center (MWBC)​ Time: 11:30a - 1:30p Location: Online Webinar Details:

      A business plan is a road map to steer your business in the right direction and an essential component of success. It is also the key to securing funding from banks and investors. Writing your business plan requires a holistic analysis of your business, which we will detail in this course. Topics include:
      • Business mission, vision and values
      • Market/competitive analysis
      • Marketing goals
      • Business operations and organizational structure
      • Financial analysis and sales projections
      • Small business accounting and compliance

      *Intended Audience: pre-venture, start-up

      Develop Your Business Plan is the third workshop in our "Plan and Start Your Business" series. It is recommended that you take workshops in the following order:
      1. Introduction to Entrepreneurship and MWBC
      2. Steps to Start Your Business
      3. Develop Your Business Plan
      4. Market Your Business on a Budget

      Pre-registration is required. You will receive a link to the Zoom meeting upon registration. If this is your first time using Zoom, we recommend that you log on a few minutes early as you may need to install the Zoom app.

       

      Cost: $25.00

       
       
    • Get Tough on Safety with DEWALT Time: 12:30p - 1:30p Location: Online Details:

      Join DEWALT Wednesday, 9/16 at 12:30 PM ET as they go LIVE on LinkedIn for Construction Safety Week. Learn how to defend your crew with PERFORM & PROTECT™ demos, plus expert commentary on cordless jobsite benefits, today’s top safety gear, and on-site safety training options.

      Click the link to register on LinkedIn.

       
       
    • SBDC Webinar: Ready, Set, Go Time: 6:30p - 7:30p Location: Online Details:

      Ready, Set, Go. Are you someone who thinks you have a great business idea, but aren’t sure if you are ready to start your own business? This class provides a basic overview of what you need to know in order to decide whether business ownership is right for you. Topics include feasibility, financial and loan possibilities, pitfalls to avoid, starting a business plan, and additional training and resources you will need to ensure your business is successful! Registration is available using the link below 

       
       
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020

    • Moving Business to the Future: Metro's Virtual Conference by Metro Office of Procurement and Materials​ Time: 9:00a - 1:00p Location: Online Details:

      Metro has billions of dollars dedicated to infrastructure projects and programs. Dedicated dollars equal dedicated opportunities. Attend this FREE event to:

      • Meet Metro Procurement officials seeking to do business with you.

      • Populate your pipeline with upcoming contract opportunities (e.g. IT, Construction and much more).

      • Get Metro DBE Certification information and assistance.

      After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual conference.

      This event will be recorded. By registering for this event, you are hereby consenting to be recorded.

       
       
    • SDBC Webinar: Trademark Basics:What Every Small Business Owner Should Know Now-Not Later Time: 10:00a - 11:30a Location: Online Details:

      Webinar Overview

      • How trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names, and business name registrations all differ.
      • Why any new business should select a trademark that will be both federally registrable and legally protectable, highlighting factors critical when choosing a mark.
      • The importance of doing a complete search and whether to use an attorney. -
      • What to do if another trademark owner sends a "cease-and-desist" letter.
      • How to apply to seek federal registration and the role of the USPTO.
      • How to avoid "scams" perpetrated by companies that request fees for services not required by the USPTO. -
      • What happens after registration?

      Presenter, Craig Morris, Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Alexandria, Virginia. Currently, he is the Managing Attorney for Trademark Educational Outreach.

       
       
    • SBDC Webinar: Winning The Local SEO Search Game Time: 1:00p - 2:30p Location: Online Details:

      Dennis Ottey – President of Dott Digital Marketing will present on what must be done to rank in Google. Dennis is a skilled presenter with more than 20 years’ experience in business marketing and will outline the methods that has every one of Dott Digital Marketing’s clients top ranked on Google. If you want your business to be found online, don’t miss this seminar!

       
       
    • Evening Monthly Mixer By Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce​ Time: 5:30p - 7:00p Location: Online Details:

      Join The Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce On September 17th for the Evening Monthly Mixer at your

      Home/Office

      5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

      FREE for all to attend

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      A Zoom link will be sent out 30 minutes prior to the start of the event to all those who have registered.onnect with other business owners in our region.

       
       
  • Friday, September 18, 2020

    • City of Baltimore Small Business Resource Center: Create a Winning Business Plan Time: 10:00a - 12:30p Location: Park Circle Office Park 3000 Druid Park Drive Suite 3000B Baltimore, MD 21215 Details:

      Are you thinking of starting your own business? Our business plan writing workshop will help you gather your ideas and get them down on paper. Your completed plan will serve as a guide and give you direction on what steps you need to take to start and manage your business and provide an invaluable tool in applying for additional funding. The instructor, Paul Taylor, Executive Director, Small Business Resource Center will also explain in detail how to arrive at solid meaningful figures for the Cash Flow Projection element of your plan. Each of the various components of a business plan will be covered.

      Cost: Free

       

       
       
  • Saturday, September 19, 2020

    • MDTA: Getting Your Foot in the Door Time: 9:00a - 11:30a Location: Online Details:

      The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Division of Civil Rights and Fair Practices (CRFP) is hosting its first virtual, “Getting Your Foot In The Door” Outreach event.  This virtual event will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.   This year’s theme is “Women Owned Businesses: Bridging the Gap.”  The goal of this event is to educate and inform both Prime and Subcontractors on doing business with MDTA and Maryland state government.

      Registration for this event is via EventBrite.  To register, please click on the link below.