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Rhee Honored as Small Business Advocate

2018 President’s Award for Advocacy Presented to Governor’s Special Secretary

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary of the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs, received the 2018 President’s Award for Advocacy from the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC) last night. The award was presented during the Leaders & Legends Award Ceremony held at MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County. Over 400 business leaders and entrepreneurs attended the ceremony.


“Special Secretary Jimmy Rhee is passionate about his service to the minority business community,” said CRMSDC President & CEO Sharon Pinder. “He inspires entrepreneurs and works to ensure that our small businesses have the resources they need to be successful.”


The President’s Award for Advocacy honors individuals who have enhanced the growth of the minority business enterprise community through leadership and vision, ensuring that socially- and economically-disadvantaged business owners are included in state-funded procurement and contracting opportunities.


“I couldn’t be more honored,” said Special Secretary Rhee. “I’m flattered and humbled to be recognized in this manner from people for whom I have the utmost respect.”
Secretary Rhee joined the Hogan Administration in January 2015. As one of Governor Hogan’s Coordinating Offices, the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs connects the small business community, including firms owned by minorities and women, to greater economic opportunities. His responsibilities include direct oversight of the state’s Minority Business Enterprise and Small Business Reserve procurement programs across 70 agencies.


Secretary Rhee, a former small business owner, has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in enterprise creation, growth, and change management with an extensive record of directing challenging turn-around situations ranging from manufacturing to software companies.