In an abundance of care for all participants, speakers and staff, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Synergy: A Business Networking and Career Fair.


With the ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we want you to know the safety of Maryland Aviation Administration’s Synergy: Business Networking and Career Fair participants is of utmost importance to us.


We understand the importance and impact Synergy has on businesses across our state, and we are working diligently to reschedule.


Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you soon.


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Created by the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Aviation Administration to formulate economic SYNERGY between BWI Marshall Airport and its community.

About the Business Networking & Information Sessions

Welcome to Synergy, A Business Networking and Career Fair. The Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) is open for business. This Synergy Business Networking event is designed to connect your business with our decision makers and resources at BWI Marshall Airport. When you leave Synergy, you will be equipped with knowledge of current and upcoming contracting opportunities with the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Maryland Aviation Administration and how to do business with the State of Maryland. BWI Marshall and Martin State Airports are economic engines that create contract opportunities and business strategies to help you gain valuable information and grow your business.


This event holds true to the Synergy concept, that the value and performance of companies combined is greater than the value of each one separately. Synergy responds to major issues that small and minority-owned businesses most often face in airport-related procurement. This networking opportunity provides access to decision makers, prime contractors and subcontractors, and forecasts information on the direction of the airport.


Synergy will feature a series of FREE innovative information sessions for aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned business professionals on Minority Business Enterprise programs, financing, contracting opportunities, preparing for bids, access to capital and more!




About the Career Fair

The afternoon is dedicated to the Synergy Career Fair, in partnership with Fraport Maryland, will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The Synergy Career Fair presents a unique opportunity for prospective candidates to meet with hiring managers and learn about opportunities with the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA). The Maryland Workforce Exchange, Fraport USA, and the MAA will be among the many employers onsite offering service, management and hospitality-based opportunities.

Plan to:


  • Register for the Synergy Career Fair.
  • Dress professionally.
  • Update and bring plenty of resumes.
  • Learn about internship opportunities (college  students).
  • Research companies that are attending the event.
  • Practice your pitch. Share your experience and tell why you’re the best candidate.
  • Network and follow up.



Are you an employer interested in hiring Maryland’s talented residents? Call us at (202) 640-4451 or email us at for more information.

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    Keynote Speakers

    We are bringing the finest industry experts to speak

    1. RickySmithSrSmaller
    Ricky D. Smith, Sr.,
    Executive Director of the Maryland Aviation Administration

    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Ricky Dorell Smith as Executive Director of the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) on July 10, 2015. Mr. Smith is responsible for the planning, operation, and management of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall), Martin State Airport, and regional aviation activities for the State of Maryland.

    1. Lt. Gov Boyd Rutherford Official Portrait
    Boyd Rutherford,
    Lieutenant Governor of the State of Maryland

    Boyd Rutherford is the ninth lieutenant governor of the State of Maryland. He was elected to office with Governor Larry Hogan in 2014, and re-elected in 2018. He is the first Republican lieutenant governor to ever be re-elected in Maryland.

    SYNERGYBWI Schedule

    Business Networking & Information Sessions


    8:00-9:00am Registration Opens - Lobby

    A full complementary continental breakfast will be provided for business networking attendees.

    9:00-9:30am Opening Plenary Session - Salon E

    Plenary Session

    The opening plenary session will feature remarks from Ricky D. Smith, Executive Director, Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Aviation Administration and keynote remarks from Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.


    9:45-10:45am Business Information Sessions 1 (concurrent sessions)

    Accessing Capital and Growing your Business – Maryland Room

    With the exception of the SBA, these lending institutions outlined below, provide a unique insight and history in funding small minority owned businesses in the Baltimore/Washington area. Some of the issues and ideas that could be discussed: What innovative steps are they taking to embrace technology and better service future clients, including what new banking trends are in the near future. Are their lending application processes becoming more streamlined favoring technology? Keeping in mind lenders are known to be conservative, will they consider providing/offering a smart lending app. Lastly, the SBA plays an important role in funding small & minority owned businesses, as it has funding programs guaranteeing through lending institution or banks, requested funds on their various programs.



    Minority/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification – Delaware Room

    Find out if certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), and/or Small Business Enterprise (SBE) is right for your business. The Application Assistance Workshop demystifies the certification process and provides valuable information to firms considering certification as a strategy to grow their business. The workshop covers the benefits of certification, four steps to certification, the five certification eligibility standards, and other key certification information. This information session empowers participants to better position themselves to move through the certification process with confidence.



    Innovative Marketing Strategies: Does your business have what it takes to win a contract? – Pennsylvania Room

    Business growth is contingent upon innovative marketing strategies. Learn how to stand out in a crowd using innovative marketing strategies that take your business to the next level.  What marketing is most effective for your company? How do you communicate to your target markets about your products and services? Are you seeing an ROI on your marketing efforts? What creative elements are worth your investment? Are you using all your resources and tools to market your business? Web site, social media, networking…



    11:00-12:00pm Business Information Sessions 2 (concurrent sessions)

    Accessing Resources To Win Contracts – Maryland Room

    These organizations work with various minority owned businesses and their respective communities and the challenges confronting them today. This forum is about ensuring the attendees of the event learn about the resources and services available through these organizations offering to assist small and minority owned businesses in “Accessing Resources To Win Contracts”, including but not limited to what they do, what are the resources and opportunities they offer to Small and Minority Owned Businesses in the Baltimore/Washington region.



    Exploring Airport Concessions Opportunities – Delaware Room

    Airport concessions are businesses that include food and beverage, retail and services that sell goods and services to the traveling public here in BWI Airport. Minority and women-owned businesses must be certified as Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBEs) by the Maryland Department of Transportation to operate these concessions and/or participate in them in order for MAA to claim participation credit. This panel will discuss certification, the types of concessions operating at BWI Marshall and the process through which concessionaires are selected.



    How to Submit a responsive Government Bid and Avoid the Fatal Flaws…You Won the contract; now time to successfully perform! – Pennsylvania Room

    Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Aviation Administration’s Procurement Officers and Contract Managers will discuss relevant procurement and Contract compliance. Instructors will provide tips and resources to help avoid the most common pitfalls – “fatal flaws,” explain how to properly submit the required paperwork/forms and discuss contract management expectations.




    12:00-12:20pm Power Networking Session - Salon - E

    Synergy business networking attendees are encouraged to attend and connect with one another, discuss information gained during the sessions and engage with BWI executives.

    12:30-1:30pm Luncheon-Upcoming Contracting Opportunities Panel - Salon E

    Power Hour: Business Connections Luncheon

    The centerpiece of the day will be the Upcoming Contracting Opportunities panel, hosted during the luncheon. Entrepreneurs will learn how to do business with MAA and hear about open contract opportunities.



    1:30–4:00PM Meet the Primes Prescheduled Meetings– Maryland & Delaware Rooms

    Business matchmaking is an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch their products and services in brief, business-to-business meetings coordinated with current MAA contractors looking to increase their supplier lists.

    1:30-4:00pm Pre-scheduled Speed Lending Meetings – Pennsylvania Room

    Speed lending is a great option for starting your small business. Get in front of funding institutions/banks friendly towards working with and funding small and minority-owned businesses. Interested attendees will give a 60-second business pitch on why they are looking for funding and a featured funder will make an onsite decision as to whether to go on to the next step or not.

    1:30-4:00pm Synergy Business Exhibit – Salon G

    Checkout our Business Exhibitors

    Career Fair


    1:00-4:00pm Synergy Career Fair in Partnership with Fraport Maryland – Salon A

    Checkout our Career Exhibitors

    2019 Recap Video



    “I highly recommend this event for any business, regardless of their status, or for job seekers looking for their next opportunity. There is something for everyone at this event.”



    –Enyianna Anthony, PMP
    President & CEO, Anthony Management Group



    Contact Us


    For questions about the event, call the BWI Marshall Airport Marketing office at 410-859-7626