Learn How to Expand Your Minority Business

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Article by: Mona M. Rock, rockmm@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—Collaborate with decision makers, learn about upcoming business opportunities and share best practices at the MBE Procurement and Business Development Conference:Opening Doors to New Opportunities, April 26, 8:15 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Camelot by Martin’s in Upper Marlboro, MD. Sponsored by the Center for Minority Business Development at Prince George’s Community College, the event is designed to help increase the workforce through business opportunities and jobs.  

The one-day conference will begin with two roundtable discussions and allow attendees an opportunity to define the challenges procurement professionals and businesses face with improving programs. At the end of the morning sessions, participants will take part in skill building workshops and networking opportunities. The event will conclude with a conversation about lessons learned and a road map for success.  

Prince George’s Community College established the Center for Minority Business Development in 2009 through a $5 million grant from the Peterson Companies to increase the number of minority business enterprises and strengthen their ability to compete in Prince George’s County. 

“Our organization’s mission is to work with local minority businesses to expand their capabilities, business opportunities and knowledge about the industry,” says Carl E. Brown, Jr., executive director of Center for Minority Business Development at Prince George’s Community College. “The MBE conference offers companies an opportunity to meet one-on-one with some of our areas leading business experts in an intimate setting,” he said. 

Presenters, panelists and facilitators include representatives from the United States Small Business Administration, Montgomery County Government’s Office of Business Relations and Compliance, as well as local construction, financial, restaurant and marketing firms. Sponsors are Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission; Prince George's Community College Foundation; MD/DC Minority Supplier Development Council; Prince George's Community College Department of Workforce Development; and Governors Office of Minority Affairs.  

As an added bonus, procurement and purchasing officials that attend the entire conference will receive point six hours towards recertification from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council. Register for the conference online at www.cmbd.biz. 

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.  


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