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County Executive Ball to Host Howard County’s First Small Business Summit 

October 14, 2019

Media Contact: 
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022

County Executive partners with Economic Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce to provide resources and networking opportunity for County’s small, minority, women, and veteran owned businesses

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will join the Howard County Economic Development Authority and Howard County Chamber of Commerce to host the inaugural Small Business Summit on Tuesday October 15 at the Holiday Inn Columbia East. Small, women, minority or veteran owned businesses are invited to learn more about how to bid and win small business contracts with the government and private industry. 

“We want to expand opportunity for our small, minority, women and veteran owned businesses to innovate and thrive here in Howard County, and beyond” said Ball. “After meeting with many of these businesses, we learned that improved communication, information and resources were needed by these companies. Therefore, it was important to me that we create the first “Small Business Summit” to help them succeed. The Howard County government spends an average of $220 million annually on various goods and services. We can help our businesses and entrepreneurs more by engaging them and looking for ways to fulfill our needs by companies right in our own back yard.”

The summit will be divided into two breakout groups for startups with less than three years of operations and a growth track for businesses with more than three years of operations. Sessions cover topics including funding, procurement procedures, marketing and growth strategies. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to network with other businesses, contracting officers and other government representatives, as well as to develop relationships with potential partners.

WHO:
County Executive Calvin Ball
Howard County Chamber of Commerce
Howard County Economic Development Authority

WHAT:
2019 County Executive’s Small Business Summit  

WHEN:
Tuesday October 15,  7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Holiday Inn Columbia East
7900 Washington Boulevard, Jessup
 

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