Solutions for Empowerment
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), is proud to highlight our Capital and Mid-Atlantic Region Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRC) for co-hosting one of the United States Black Chambers Community Economic Development Corporation’s (USBC) annual “USBC Solutions Series” in Baltimore, MD.
Local Small Business Owner (Left), Craig Campbell, Mid-Atlantic SBTRC Project Director (Right)
The USBC Solutions Series provided small business attendees with vital business development information by industry subject matter experts in the fields of banking and procurement. Over 100 attendees were present at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for the event in Baltimore, MD. The program was designed to connect business owners with new information, tools and resources to help facilitate business growth through a panel discussion format.
USBC Solutions Series’ first panel discussion focused on access to capital. The panel provided perspectives from traditional, nontraditional, and future capital access programs and resources. Business owners had the opportunity to meet with national and local financing experts to determine the best possible strategy for acquiring business capital. The panel was well represented by experts from BB&T Bank, Wells Fargo, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority, City of Baltimore Small Business Resource Center, and the Minority Business Development Agency.
The second panel discussion focused on contracting best practices. This panel provided critical information on how to successfully navigate through the procurement process. Attendees heard from procurement experts from the federal, state and local levels of government concerning small business contracting trends. This panel was also well represented by speakers from The 413 Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration, Securemedy, Incorporated, and the Baltimore County Office of Budget & Finance Purchasing Division.
The USBC serves as OSDBU’s Capital Region SBTRC while The Enterprise Center serves as OSDBU’s Mid-Atlantic Region SBTRC. OSDBU’s Capital and Mid-Atlantic Region SBTRCs administers small business assistance programs and provides technical assistance to small businesses throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C. For more information on the SBTRCs and their services, please visit their websites here.