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Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs Helps Small Businesses Compete with Confidence

Technical Training Classroom Offers Expanded Curriculum

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs hosted the Technical Training Classroom yesterday, which provides insight into navigating Maryland’s detailed procurement processes. The event, which took place in Crownsville, drew 125 small business owners and entrepreneurs across the state.

“We have a lot of insightful information to share with firms that are learning how to do business in Maryland’s procurement arena,” said Jimmy Rhee, special secretary of the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs. “We started this initiative in 2016, offering eight classes that year, but given the significant interest, we have doubled the amount of sessions.”

The Technical Training Classroom is a small group format of 40-60 “students.” Staff from the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs teach most of the classes with help from the Department of General Services and the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Last year, 700 participants attended the 18 classes, all of which focused on various aspects of the state’s procurement process, particularly as it relates to the inclusion of small, minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses.

In 2018, 22 classes will be offered and the curriculum is being expanded to include proposal writing, estimating, bookkeeping, and marketing.

“Competition is tough. Our goal is to help small businesses compete with confidence in both the public and private sectors,” said Secretary Rhee.

Technical Training Classroom sessions are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Governor’s Coordinating Offices located at 100 Community Place in Crownsville. Registration is free, but seating is limited. Visit goMDsmallbiz.maryland.gov to view the 2018 Technical Training Classroom schedule.

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