- Exciting guest speakers
- Business success strategies
- Access to procurement contacts
FOCUS ON FOUR AREAS OF GROWING YOUR BUSINESS:
- Get It Right! Improving Service Delivery
- Get Known! Telling a Better Business Story
- Get Connected! From Interest to Making the Sale
- Get Funded! Understanding Financial Options
Register for the full day session including lunch, or just the morning or afternoon sessions, with or without lunch.
8 A.M. - NOON / KEYNOTE AND PRESENTATIONS
Boyd K. Rutherford, Lt. Governor of Maryland
Prior to becoming Lt. Governor, Boyd Rutherford served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services responsible for more than $900 million in annual contract awards, and later served as Assistant Secretary for Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Sonya Hand, Director of Strategy & Marketing, Skayl, LLC
Get It Right: Discover Your Path to Success
It takes just the right balance between charting your own path and standing on the shoulders of others to make your business a success. Sonya Hand, a self-professed serial entrepreneur, will explore the best times for each, including some “implement today” best practices certain to make the journey a smoother one.
Steve Lowe, President and Owner, 127 Creative & SURCH
Get Known: Breaking Through the Noise
Creating your business story and getting it heard is no easy task and one that is often left out in business planning. Steve Lowe will discuss successful strategies to get your business name and products known and heard in the segment of the market you are targeting.
Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary, Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs
Get Connected: Winning State Business
Winning business from the State of Maryland is not as complicated as you may think. Jimmy Rhee will walk you through the process of how to enter into the procurement process and win business. In the afternoon session, you will have the opportunity to speak with procurements officers from the Department of General Services, the Maryland State Highway Administration and the Maryland Transit Administration, among others.
Timothy L. Smoot,Sr. Vice President & CFO, Meridian Management Group, Inc.
Get Funded: It Takes Money to Make Money
Every small business needs to understand the various financing options that are available to them. Tim Smoot will explain the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority program, what it means for small businesses and how critically important it is to be well prepared when seeking financing assistance. In the afternoon session, you will have the opportunity to speak with Smoot as well as local banks including Farmers & Merchants Bank, Sandy Spring Bank, M&T Bank, Carroll Community Bank, and NSWB Bank
NOON – 1 P.M. / LUNCH
Provided by Miller, Resources for Entrepreneurs
1 – 4 P.M. / NETWORKING AND PROCUREMENT FAIR
Network and connect with state and local procurement officers.
Connect with local banks and small business fund managers, including M&T Bank, Sandy Spring Bank, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Carroll Community Bank and Meridian Management Group