ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs hosted the Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop at Carroll Community College today, marking the first time the event has been in Carroll County. This business development program helps small, minority, women, and veteran business owners connect to state and local government buyers. Held in collaboration with Miller Resources for Entrepreneurs, the event drew over 40 small business owners and entrepreneurs.
“This single event will have a lasting impact on the Carroll County businesses here today,” said Jimmy Rhee, special secretary of the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs. “They now have the tools necessary to compete with confidence in the highly-competitive arena of government contracting.”
The Ready, Set, GROW! workshop highlighted insightful tips for navigating the procurement process and accessing the contracting pipeline. Buyers from various state agencies, Carroll County government, and Carroll Community College identified what they are looking for right now, and what they expect to buy in the future. During the open networking session, vendors were able to meet the buyers as well as resource partners from organization providing managerial and financial resources to small business owners.
“The College values our strong partnership with Special Secretary Rhee and the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs,” stated Dr. James D. Ball, president of Carroll Community College. “We always appreciate the opportunity to convene State and local resources on our campus to provide local businesses and entrepreneurs even greater access to the resources they need to grow and thrive.”
During the workshop, three local entrepreneurs received a Governor’s Citation in recognition of their contributions to Maryland’s small business community and the community at large:
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