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First Lady Yumi Hogan Recognizes Outstanding Local Businesses

Small Businesses Connect with State Buyers at Ready, Set, GROW Workshop in Baltimore County

ANNAPOLIS, MD – First Lady Yumi Hogan joined the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs in Baltimore County yesterday for the Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop held at Oregon Ridge Park, where she awarded Governor’s Citations to four outstanding local businesses.

The workshop is conducted at locations around the state in an effort to connect procurement officers with small business vendors. Participants were given an overview of the Small Business Reserve and Minority Business Enterprise programs along with insightful tips for navigating the State’s procurement process.

“Maryland is truly open for business, and that includes small, minority, and women owned companies,” said First Lady Yumi Hogan. “I am honored to be part of the Ready, Set, GROW! workshop and meet the small business owners who are driving our economy.”

Buyers from five state agencies and two Baltimore County purchasing units shared details on what they are buying now as well as what is in the pipeline. Then participants met with vendors one-on-one during the open networking session.

“The state contracting arena can be tough to navigate,” said Jimmy Rhee, special secretary of the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs. “With this traveling workshop, we help to ensure that the process is completely open, accessible, and transparent.”

The Baltimore County workshop focused on the construction industry, and First Lady Yumi Hogan presented Governor’s Citations to four Baltimore County businesses. The recipients are:

  • BOH Properties, LLC
  • Eastwood Painting & Contracting, Inc.
  • Guardrails, etc., Inc.
  • Omni Elevator Co., Inc.

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