LARGO, Md.—Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) will deliver the keynote address at the MBE Procurement and Business Development Conference: Opening Doors to New Opportunities, April 26, 8:30 a.m., at the Camelot by Martin’s in Upper Marlboro, Md. Brown will speak about efforts to support minority businesses in Maryland and the important role owners play in the economic viability of the state. 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.
Brown was elected alongside Gov. Martin O’Malley in 2006 and reelected in 2010. He leads the O’Malley-Brown administration’s work to expand and improve health care, support economic development, help victims of domestic violence, increase access to higher education and provide veterans with better services and resources. Prior to serving as lieutenant governor, Brown represented Prince George’s County for two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates and assumed the position of majority whip. A colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, he is the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq.
Presenters, panelists and facilitators at the conference 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. Conference partnerships consist of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Prince George’s Community College, Maryland District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Prince George's Community College and the Prince George's Community College Foundation, Inc. Sponsors are The Peterson Companies, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Exceed Corporation, Maryland Governor's Office of Minority Affairs, Associated Builders & Contractors of Metro Washington, Estime’ Enterprises, Inc., Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Chick-fil-A and Women Entrepreneurs Partnering for Profit.
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. To register for the conference, visit 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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