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

invites you to reserve a space for our upcoming 

T.I.P.S. Small Business Webinar Series

(Training & Insights for Procurement Success)

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Strategies for Digital Marketing

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Would you like to boost your business through digital media? Join us for a robust overview of the essential aspects of marketing in today's digital environment. By learning how to engage customers in a digital landscape, you can build brand awareness, set yourself as an industry thought leader, and place your business at the forefront when the customer is ready to buy. This presentation includes online research tools and tips on how to use them effectively. You will walk away with the essential steps to develop a personalized marketing strategy and an integrated marketing communication plan.

Who should attend? Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners and entrepreneurs who want to improve their digital marketing skills.

Your instructor is Lisa J. Colavito, MSMM / Outreach & Retention Specialist, Continuing Education and Workforce Development / Adjunct Professor of Communication, College of Southern Maryland. 

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Anatomy of a Bid

Thursday, June 27, 2024

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Do you want to learn more about how to review a state of Maryland bid? Understanding how the state of Maryland structures its bids is critical to having success in the state procurement arena. If you're a small, minority, women and/or veteran-owned business and are interested in performing as a prime contractor, join us for a detailed look at the elements of a bid package.

Who should attend? Small, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses interested in learning how to successfully participate as a prime contractor in the state's procurement arena.

Your instructor: Pattie Tracey, Chief Procurement Officer, Maryland Comptrollers Office

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What you need to know:

  • There is no cost to attend.
  • Advance registration is required. Attendees receive a unique link to join the event.
  • This session will be recorded; by registering, you are consenting to be recorded. 
  • 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
  • Special Accommodation requests should be made 14 days in advance to


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 (

Events Calendar

Training, networking, and business development events are taking place across the state. Here is a highlight of some of the events coming up this month.

Visit the Events page of our website to view a complete list of small business events.

06/06/2024 - 40th Anniversary - Maryland Small Business Awards
06/12/2024 - Standing Out in a Crowded Marketplace
06/13/2024 - Profitable Pricing: How Do I Price My Goods & Services
06/17/2024 - WOSB & EDWOSB Certification & Doing Business with the Federal Government
06/20/2024 - Access to Funding - Speed Lending Event
06/25/2024 - Managing Risk: Business Insurance Basics for Small Businesses
06/26/2024 - Starting a Nonprofit Organization
06/27/2024 - How to use SBA Export Finance Solutions to Grow International Sales


The USBC National Conference & 15th Anniversary Celebration is just around the corner, and we want YOU to be part of this landmark event! Join us to celebrate 15 years of empowering Black businesses and communities.

We've recently added new, dynamic speakers and an inspiring agenda filled with valuable insights and opportunities. This is your chance to network, learn, and grow with some of the Black business community's most influential leaders and innovators.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity. Register now and be part of the celebration!

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Baltimore City Mayor's Office

Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce (GBBCC) Gets New Resource to Boost Opportunities for Local Underserved Entrepreneurs

Lendistry, in partnership with the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) unveiled a groundbreaking initiative aimed at leveling the financial playing field for black, women, and veteran-owned small businesses. This venture marks a significant stride in equipping these enterprises with much-needed access to capital, specially crafted to meet their distinct needs and goals. As part of the national network of local black community serving chambers, the Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce (GBBCC) will gain access to this new resource to assist the local underserved entrepreneurs that they serve.

This new USBC Lending Portal, powered by Lendistry, will emerge as a crucial resource for underserved small businesses in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan area. Key advantages of the USBC Lending Portal Powered by Lendistry include:

  • Rapid financing availability, with funds accessible in as little as five days
  • Extended loan terms of up to 10 years
  • Competitive, market-friendly interest rates
  • Loan amounts ranging from $25,000 to $5 million.

 For further details and to access the USBC Lending Portal Powered by Lendistry, visit Use the Chambers Lending Portal to Select GBBCC.

To read press release, click here

Free Staff Training Opportunity from Credit Builders Alliance

Credit Builders Alliance has a limited, free opportunity to take their “Credit as an Asset” and “Credit as an Asset: Small Business” training courses online and on-demand. That means you take the take course online at your own pace and on your own schedule. This is a training for non-profit organizations that are seeking to work with clients on credit buildings, with a particular focus on credit building for diverse entrepreneurs.

With the support of Kaiser Permanente, this is a first come, first serve opportunity offered at no cost (up to a $525 value) to you. There are a limited number of spots so register today and use code kp25-vpcod

Join fellow coaches, counselors, and lenders in building your credit knowledge from one of these on-demand trainings options: 

1) Credit as an Asset  

2) Credit as an Asset: Small Business

3) Credit as an Asset and Credit as an Asset: Small Business Bundle

To register for either training:   

  1. Visit
  2. Login/Create an account.  
  3. Wait 1 – 2 business days for your account to be approved if you haven’t already created one.  
  4. Once your account is approved or if you have an existing Training Institute account, register for Credit as an Asset or Credit as an Asset: Small Business or The Bundle  
  5. Use code kp25-vpcod at checkout.  

Complete the course to receive your certificate and free access to consumer-facing curricula to use in your community.  

Please reach out to if you have any questions.

For a list of more upcoming events, click here
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