The Maryland Department of General Services – in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation, and the University System of Maryland – recently hosted their Fifth Annual Business Opportunities & Entrepreneurial Training Summit for Small, Minority, Women, & Veteran-Owned Businesses. The summit is the premier event for small, local, and minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses in Maryland, attracting over 500 businesses from across the state.
“Our administration is committed to connecting small, local, minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses to resources that will help them grow, succeed, and create even more jobs for Marylanders,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “These businesses are the backbone of our economy and their continued growth is vital to the economic future of our state.”
Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford opened the conference to address more than 500 small business owners. The lieutenant governor highlighted the administration’s focus on making Maryland more “Open for Business” through the efforts of the Office of State Procurement and the eMaryland Marketplace Advantage, the state’s new e-procurement platform.
“This summit will help ensure that small, local, women-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned business get their fair share of the billions of dollars in contracts that the state has to offer,” said Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. “This is the perfect opportunity for those businesses to “Get Connected” with state project managers.”
Maryland is committed to expanding opportunities for businesses to connect with state decision makers and project managers to learn about upcoming contracting opportunities. Together, the Departments of Transportation, General Services, and the University System offer over $3 billion in contracting opportunities. The summit also offered a variety of training workshops and panel discussions for registered attendees.
General Services’ Office of State Procurement held a special session about the benefits of the new eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA) and how businesses can use the system to participate in contracting opportunities. eMMA experts will be available to provide an overview of system functions including vendor registration, profile maintenance, and how to respond to solicitations.
For more information on the sold-out summit, visit Maryland’s Department of General Services website.
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