Minority Veteran Business Connections: Maryland
You’re a minority vet with a small business. You know from your years in the military that civilian contractors often have lucrative contracts – a financial boon in these economic times. But how do you make those connections for yourself?
Last month, in La Plata, Maryland – the southern part of the state and a newer bedroom community for DC – was the Southern Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce’s Procurement Matchmaking Small Business Expo. Companies, contractors, financial institutions, as well as local, state and federal government agencies took part. According to Doris J. Cammack-Spencer, president and CEO of the chamber, the goal was to educate members on contract opportunities, helping them have the capacity to bid on large-scale contracts and offering the resources, information to enhance black owners’ ability to compete, per www.somdnews.com.
Participating businesses included Verizon, CSM’s Small Business and Technology Development Center, Charles County Economic Development Department, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Calvert County Minority Business Alliance, Meridian Management Group, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, G.S. Proctor and Associates, Lord and Tucker Management Consultants, office of U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Program, SPC Consulting, Mulberry Regal Management Consulting, Financial Strategies LLC, M&T Bank and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Sponsors included Charles County government, DBED, Exelon, Facchina Construction Co., Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, MedStar Health, Pepco, SMECO, Verizon and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.