Baltimore City offers Minority Business Fair; schedules minority vendor development series

Two major events for minority and women-owned businesses in Baltimore City have been scheduled for April by the Mayor’s Office of Minority Business Development.

The 5th annual Mayor’s Minority and Women’s Business Outreach Fair will be held on April 10 at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. Later in the month on April 22 the city will begin its 2006 Vender Development Series for minority and women-owned businesses.

Supporting the development of minority and women-owned businesses in the region is a top strategic priority for the Greater Baltimore Committee. The Mayor’s Office of Minority Business Development is a partner in the GBC’s “Bridging the Gap” initiative.

At the April 10 Minority and Women’s Business Outreach Fair, from 8 a.m. – noon at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, businesses will have an opportunity to network with city agencies and the private sector to increase procurement opportunities with the City of Baltimore. Admission and parking is free. For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office of Minority Business Development at (410) 396-3818.

The seminar series that begins on April 22 will feature seven seminars between then and June 10 on topics ranging from “How to Market to City Agencies” to “Project Management for City Contracts.” Other topics include “Using Technology to Access City Opportunities,” “How to Respond to Bid Documents,” “Bonding and Credit Worthiness for City Contracts,” and “Accounting Practices and Invoicing for City Contracts.”

The seminars will be held on Saturdays at City Hall from 9 a.m. – noon. Cost to attend the entire seminar series is $150. Individual seminars can be attended at a cost of $25 each.

For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office of Minority Business Development at (410) 396-3818.

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