First Lady Yumi Ho­gan rec­og­nizes out­stand­ing lo­cal busi­nesses

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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.

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