Prince George’s Community College’s Center for Minority Business Development (CMBD) will hold a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Procurement and Business Development Conference April 26 to discuss procurement challenges, improve programs, build skills and develop networking opportunities.

“Our organization’s mission is to work with local minority businesses to expand their capabilities, business opportunities and knowledge about the industry,” said Carl E. Brown, Jr., executive director of Center for Minority Business Development at Prince George’s Community College. “The MBE conference offers companies an opportunity to meet one-on-one with some of our areas leading business experts in an intimate setting.”

The CMBD is one of the county’s breeding grounds for growing business. It was founded through the help of a $5 million grant from the Peterson Companies to help create more minority businesses to bid on work at National Harbor. Since its creation the CMBD has made great strides in increasing minority businesses and helping those businesses secure contracts.

One of CMBD’s more successful programs is its accelerator program, which gives businesses the tools they need to grow. By tailoring program to the need of each individual business, the CMBD provides consulting, assessment and business development to businesses. All the businesses have to do in return is commit to doing community service, commit to the program and complete the assignments they are given.

“This really is a win-win for the county by recognizing the number of minority businesses we have in Prince George’s County and what those businesses can add relative to the quality of life in the county,” told the AFRO.

There’s also the Entrepreneurial Development Program which trains business owners on how to improve their management skills. The program provides small business owners access to successful and seasoned business owners. The program has scheduled workshops on March 20 in New Carrolton and March 22 in Bowie.

Workforce Development, another program that would probably affect the most county employees, creates courses for county residents who want to work but need extra training. The program provides training in blue collar jobs such as carpentry, HVAC, landscaping and grounds keeping, welding, electrical wiring and construction management. It also provides training for commercial drivers licensing.

The conference next month will run from 8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m. Procurement and purchasing officials that attend the entire conference will receive point six hours towards recertification from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council.
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George Barnette

Special to the AFRO