August 15, 2017
What’s Up at the MWBC?
This summer has been action-packed for Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) with the launch of new programming and our 14th annual StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition in full swing!
In July, MWBC kicked off a procurement program funded by Citi Community Development to increase the number of women entrepreneurs within the State of Maryland who are eligible to bid on procurement contracts. The six-week Montgomery County series began on July 26, and workshops are held at the MWBC’s Rockville office.
The six-week Prince George’s County procurement series began on August 14, and workshops will be held at Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation’s (PGCEDC) office. PGCEDC is a sponsor and promotional partner for the Prince George’s County series.
Each session will be led by experts which include the following MWBC resource partners: Maryland Department of Transportation, Prince George’s Community College, City of Rockville, Office of Central Services, NASA, Bowie State University, U.S. Small Business Administration, Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, State of Maryland (MDOT), Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA), and Montgomery College’s Procurement Department.
Private sector companies will also be able to share their success stories with attendees, and it’s a great networking opportunity.
The series will cover many aspects of successfully pursuing and winning procurement contracts, and will end with a bonus Matchmaking Session: Meet the Prime Contractors & Procurement Officers in December.
Additionally, as the 14th annual StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition heats up, we’ve whittled the field down to 11 semi-finalists. As always, the businesses run the gamut from hair care and niche legal services to STEM educational services and eco-friendly childcare.
On August 8, Shulman Rogers hosted semi-finalists for a financial workshop organized by new StartRight! sponsor, HSBC. Then, the semi-finalists attended the StartRight! luncheon at Shulman Rogers where they presented their pitches to sponsors for constructive feedback. Later that afternoon, semi-finalists recorded their 30-second elevator pitches for our Pick the Pitch Competition. Entrepreneurship is a marathon not a sprint, and our semi-finalists’ endurance was put to the test that day!
Please support our StartRight! semi-finalists by voting for your favorite “Pick the Pitch” video between Monday, August 14-Friday, August 18. And, wish our semi-finalists luck on Wednesday, August 16 when they conduct final oral presentations for our panel of judges.
We hope you’ll join us at the Power Conference on September 7, 2017 when we announce this year’s StartRight! winners.
—Jacqueline Lara, MWBC Marketing Director