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    Request for Qualifications, Affirmations and Bids for
    Janitorial Services

    The Parking Authority of Baltimore City (PABC)  is issuing this request for qualifications, affirmations, and bids (“RFB”) seeking competitive bids from interested parties their administrative office located at 211 N. Paca Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

    The scope of services, content of bids, and vendor selection process are summarized in the RFB.  To download RFB, click here: https://parking.baltimorecity.gov/sites/default/files/PABC%20Janitorial%20Services%20RFP%20March%2011%202024.pdf

    Bids must be received at the PABC offices no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2024.

    All responses must be sealed and have “PABC Janitorial Services” clearly marked on the outside of the package.

    Mail or Hand Deliver To:
    Parking Authority of Baltimore City
    Attn: Contract Administrator – RFB No: HR-03-2024
    211 N. Paca Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201

    Governor Wes Moore Announces $10 Million for Small Business Grants

    Governor Wes Moore announced $10 million for small business and community development grants through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Project Restore 2.0 and Business Boost grant programs.

    The funding will activate vacant spaces in business corridors, support small businesses with start-up or expansion funds, create jobs, and increase local economic activity.

    Project Restore 2.0 will provide $8 million to designated Main Streets, Arts and Entertainment Districts, and other economic development organizations in a designated Sustainable Community.

    Grants of up to $300,000 per applicant will go to organizations that have identified priority vacant storefronts or buildings in local business districts. Those organizations would then sub-grant the funding to businesses for rental assistance, renovation and equipment to activate those vacant spaces.

    Business Boost’s first round of grant funding will be $2 million directly awarded to eligible small business owners in amounts between $20,000 and $50,000. The businesses have to be new or expanding and located in designated Sustainable Communities.

    To apply, click here

    Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, April 24th.

    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 https://usblackchambers.org/lendistry/. 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 cbatraininginstitute.org
    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 training@creditbuildersalliance.org if you have any questions.

    Baltimore Business Journal is Looking for Nominations!

    Baltimore Business Journal will honor top women leaders in Greater Baltimore for the 2024 Enterprising Women of Excellence Awards.

    To find about eligibility and submit nominations, click here: https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/nomination/87692/2024/baltimore-business-journal-enterprising-women-of-excellence-2024#/

    Deadline for nominations: Friday, May 24th. The event will be held on Thursday, August 1st.

    Controlling the Information Narrative About Your Business Webinar
    hosted by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
    Thursday, April 4, 2024
    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Learn what small business information is, why it matters for your business, and how you can use it to your advantage. This webinar will discuss how data companies are collecting information about your business, why it is frequently wrong or out of date, and how it affects your access to things like small business loans, credit cards, and insurance.

    See attached flier

    To register, click here

    Filing Season 2024 Information, Resources and More! Webinar Conducted by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Virtual Event hosted by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
    Tuesday, April 9, 2024
    10:00 a.m.  – 11:00 a.m.

    This webinar will consist of the latest updates on 1040 tax filling, small businesses as well as self-employed individuals. Find out what you need to know to make tax filing easier in 2024. Information on tax credits, resources, deductions and finding help using the Interactive Tax Assistant. This tool will assist in determining if you eligible are for tax credits and deductions, including Earned Income Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits. Also resources for businesses, such as Choosing a Tax Preparer, Employee Retention Credit, Business Online Account and Business Data Security.

    To view flier, click here

    To register, click here


    State of Downtown Breakfast
    Hosted by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Presented by
    Gallagher, Evelius & Jones
    Wednesday, April 10, 2024
    8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel  
    202 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

    The breakfast will mark the release of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore’s State of Downtown Report.

    Keynote Speaker: Tracy Hadden Loh, Fellow, The Brooking Institution

    Special guests Governor Wes Moore and Mayor Brandon M. Scott.

    To register, click here

    13th Celebrating Women Who Move The Nation Awards Breakfast hosted by Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)
    Wednesday, April 10, 2024
    8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery
    8th Street NW & G St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    The ceremony will recognize the outstanding contributions of women leading and advancing America’s transportation industry.

    To view flier, click here

    To register, click here

    Central Maryland Chamber’s Awards Gala Presented by
    Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland
    Monday, April 15, 2024
    6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Live! Casino & Hotel, 7002 Arundel Mills Circle, Suite 777  Hanover, MD 21076

    The awards gala will honor the outstanding accomplishments of the Central Maryland Region's most dedicated civil servants and chamber members and volunteers.

    To register, click here

     Face-Time with Primes hosted by Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) Office of Boards and Commissions
    Tuesday, April 16, 2024
     6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
     B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD  21223

    Join DPW and small businesses to connect with City and State agencies, prime consultants and contractors for opportunities. 

    To view flier, click here

    RSVP by Tuesday, April 9th to obc.consultants@baltimorecity.gov or obc.contractors@baltimorecity.gov

    If you have questions, call 410-396-6883.

    Meet the Primes – Connecting Small Business to Opportunities In Person Event hosted by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
    Tuesday, April 30, 2024
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    Metro Building at New Carrollton, Lobby Conference Room
    4100 Garden City Drive, Hyattsville, MD 20785

    Connect with WMATA’s prime contractors for networking and collaboration. Explore opportunities, share insights, and be a part of the synergy driving innovation within the small business community.

    To view flier, click here

    For more event details and to register, click here

    21st Spring Breakfast Meeting and Business Showcase Expo
    Friday, May 10, 2024
    7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Road Baltimore, MD 21244

    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   Spring Breakfast Meeting/Awards Program

    7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Business Showcase Expo

    To view flier, click here

    For more information, click here

    To view list of honorees, click here

    To purchase tickets, click here

    For a list of more upcoming events, click here
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