First Lady Yumi Hogan recognizes outstanding local businesses
First Lady Yumi Hogan joined the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs in Baltimore County last month to honor several local businesses, including Eastwood Painting & Contracting on 5th Avenue and Guardrails, Inc. on North Point Boulevard.
Hogan awarded Governor’s Citations to the businesses as part of the Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop held at Oregon Ridge Park.
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 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.”
For more information about the Ready, Set, GROW! program, please click http://www.goma.maryland. gov/Pages/Ready-Set-GROW.aspx.