New Workshops & Call for Nominations

Baltimore District Office  - November 8, 2019

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New Workshops


Veteran Business Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 12N-1:30pm

The U. S. Small Business Administration’s Baltimore District Office is hosting a Veterans Small Business Information session. This event will offer current and aspiring veteran business owners information on financing and doing business with the Veterans Health Administration. Discussion will include: • Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Integrated Service Network 5 (VISN 5), and Network Contracting Office 5 (NCO 5) • NCO 5 • Mission Statement & Procurement Approach • Procurement Teams • How Does NCO 5 Buy? • Marketing to NCO 5 • Contract Financing

Location: Arbutus Branch Library, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus, MD 21227

Free, but advance registration is requested. Register online. 

Government Contracting Certifications

Thursday, Nov. 14th, 10-11:30am

Join us to learn about the benefits and application process of the SBA's 8(a) Business Development Government Contracting Program, HUBZone Certification, Woman-Owned Small Business Certification, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Certification, All Small Mentor-Protege Program and Joint Ventures. Space is limited - sign up today. NOTE: Photo identification is required to enter the building.

Location: SBA Baltimore District Office, 100 S. Charles St., Ste. 1201, Baltimore, MD 21201

Free, but advance registration is requested. Register online.


National Small Business Week Awards. Hashtag #SmallBusinessWeek

Now Accepting Nominations

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Baltimore District Office is accepting nominations for the successful small business person who might become Maryland’s 2020 “Small Business Person of the Year” and compete for the national title during National Small Business Week, May 3-9, 2020. Nominees are also sought for Small Business Exporter of the Year and a variety of local award categories. The submission deadline is Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

“This is an excellent opportunity to promote your own business, a client or even an employee. It’s your chance to be recognized for all of your hard work and entrepreneurial spirit,” remarked SBA Baltimore District Director Steve Umberger.

Small Business Person of the Year nominees are judged on a variety of criteria, including staying power, growth in employment and sales, innovation of product or service and evidence of contributions to the community.

Local award categories include: Financial Services Champion, Home-Based Small Business, Minority-Owned Small Business, Veteran-Owned Small Business, Woman-Owned Small Business, Family-Owned Small Business, Entrepreneurial Success, Small Business Exporter, Young Entrepreneur, Rising Star Student Entrepreneur and three industry awards, the Accountant Champion, Insurance Advocate and Attorney Advocate.

Nominations can be made by an individual or an organization. The Maryland program accepts nominations for individuals or businesses operating within the City of Baltimore and all Maryland counties except Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, which are accepted through SBA’s Washington Metro Area District Office. Winners will be announced in late March 2020 and will be honored at the 36th Annual MD Small Business Week Awards Luncheon in Woodlawn, Md. on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Click here  to obtain nomination criteria and submission guidelines or email