From Harford Community College:
Harford Community College was the venue for the [Minority Business Enterprise] MBE University Conference held by Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown on May 23 to support Maryland’s minority and women-owned businesses and to highlight the State’s progress with minority business enterprises. The conference was one of seven in a series of conferences that have traveled around the State offering training, opportunities and information on the tools necessary for minority and women-owned businesses to expand, create jobs, and thrive.
Nearly 200 people attended the Harford County conference that focused on emerging markets and positioning small and minority businesses with public/private sector opportunities. Dr. Dennis Golladay, Harford Community College President; Andrew Bertamini, President, Wachovia Bank; JoAnn Lingner, Vice President, Supply Chain, BGE; Karen Campbell, Vice President for External Affairs, Verizon; and Denise Caranaggio, Deputy Director, Harford County Office of Economic Development were among those in attendance.
Participants attended workshops that provided information on the new legislative changes to the MBE Program, procurement opportunities with State and local governments, small business healthcare tax credits, access to capital, MBE certification process, BRAC and emerging markets opportunities.
MBE University sponsors and partners included Harford Community College, Harford County Office of Economic Development, Wachovia Bank, Verizon, and BGE.
MBE University was created in collaboration with the State’s minority business coordinating agencies and the Governor’s Office. For more information on this initiative, contact the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs, 410-767-8232 or visit www.mdminoritybusiness.com .