Small Biz Bulletin September 2017

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Small Biz Bulletin - September 2017

Jimmy Rhee

Message from Special Secretary Rhee

Small businesses have a unique opportunity to weigh-in on the development of federal regulations which directly impact them. The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public input to identify which of its regulations have become obsolete, unnecessary, ineffective, or burdensome to small businesses. The process of changing existing rules and regulations is quite elaborate and this kind of opportunity does not come along every day. I strongly encourage you to be part of the process by thoroughly reviewing the RFI and submitting a formal comment by the deadline of Monday, October 16, 2017.

Request for Information - Reducing Unnecessary Regulation


Jimmy Rhee

Special Secretary 

For Your Business

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Lt. Governor Rutherford Keynotes Ready, Set, GROW!

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford will be the keynote speaker of the next Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop held on Thursday, September 21 in Silver Spring. This event travels across the state connecting small businesses with buyers from state agencies who share what they are looking for right now and what's in the pipeline. You'll also meet resource partners and organizations that can help your small business thrive. Join us for this free networking and business development event.


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Mastering eMaryland Marketplace

The state's online bid board is managed by the Department of General Services (DGS). All vendors interested in doing business with the state of Maryland should be registered in eMaryland Marketplace. Email notifications are sent to registered vendors when a new solicitation is posted that matches your products and services. In order to optimize the system to work for you, it's important that your profile is up-to-date at all times and that the commodity codes you entered are a perfect match. The DGS website offers instruction guides on topics such as Updating Organization Information, Adding, Deleting, Updating Users, Understanding Commodity Serivce Codes, Identifying Bid Opportunities, Submitting a Bid, and more. Bookmark this page because it's a valuable tool to first time users as well as long-term vendors.
eMaryland Marketplace User Links


SBA National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

Recent national weather events are a great reminder for small businesses to be prepared for everything and anything! September is National Preparedness Month. Preparing your business for a disaster is much more than mapping out a fire escape route, particularly when it comes to meeting the unique challenges of natural disasters. Visit the Small Business Administration's website for tips on planning, implementing, and improving your company's disaster preparedness plan so you can keep your focus on the day-to-day needs of your business.
Preparing for Emergencies

Small Business Events

Most business development takes place outside the office. We maintain a robust calendar of events on our website. We update it daily, so be sure to check back often. Here are just a few of the upcoming events:

09/23/2017 - The Entrepreneur Launchpad: Tools to Build Your Small Business
09/25/2017 - Technical Training Classroom: Anatomy of a Bid
09/25/2017 - Technical Training Classroom: MBE Certification
10/06/2017 - Maryland Manufacturing Day
10/18/2017 - Meet the Primes

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