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Introducing the Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter

Friday, August 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
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MDHCC Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter

The MDHCC’s Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter (GBRC) will serve as an extension of the chamber’s Business Advocacy and Mentorship program, BAM!. Available to existing members, BAM! advocates for small and mid-sized business members and mentors them towards increased business opportunities. Furthermore, the program facilitates connections between MDHCC’s larger corporate members and its small business owners to provide access for better subcontracting opportunities, one-on-one mentoring, advocacy, and networking.  

As a highlight of the program, GBRC plans will focus on the “mentorship” component for its participants.  In collaboration with the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, a targeted matched mentorship will start with a 6 month pilot program identifying the needs of the small-mid sized business (protégé) and mapping out goals for a two-year period.  The pilot program will focus on helping businesses scale and become more competitive in the contracting environment, build a better understanding for prime and subcontractor expectations, and leverage a professional working relationship that will serve as guiding compass for the protégé.  

Corina Morga, the GBRC’s President, added, “Both the State of Maryland and Baltimore City have workforce development initiatives to increase minority subcontractor participation, and there is a ‘misconception’ with small businesses that state/city certification implies doing business directly with the government.  This is intimidating and can be negatively perceived by small business owners who have limited resources.  Having a mentor will assist certified small and midsize businesses meet prime contractor sub goals.  It’s a win/win for everyone.”
 
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the MDHCC will launch the GBRC on September 21, 2017 at Open Works in Baltimore, Maryland.

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