State procurement process classes schedule for small, minority- and women-owned businesses announced

Women-owned Business
Posted at 1:23 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 13:23:00-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The 2019 Technical Training Classroom schedule designed to introduce minority- and women-owned small businesses to the state procurement process was announced by the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women Business Affairs Thursday.

The classes focus on teaching business owners how to navigate the state procurement process and how they can improve operational efficiencies for their companies. The 22 sessions are offered at no cost to attendees. Those interested in enrolling can find out more and register online.

Though classes are free, seating is limited so registration is required. The classes are scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month of the new year at the Governor’s Coordinating Offices at 100 Community Place in Crownsville. There will be a morning and afternoon session on each scheduled day.

Subject-matter-experts from within state agencies will provide half the programming. Topics such as the state and federal procurement process, eMarylandMarkplace tools, prevailing and living wage laws, and subcontractor rights and responsibilities within the Minority Business Enterprise Program will be covered. Instructors will review proposal writing, marketing techniques, contract and price analysis, negotiation skills, and cash flow management. Representatives from the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Department of General Services, and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation join the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women Business Affairs in this educational outreach effort.

“Maryland Commerce is pleased to be a part of this important program, as we want to make sure Maryland's entrepreneurs and small business owners have the tools and the training they need for their companies to succeed,” Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill said in a statement. “This program is a great resource for our small business community.”