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 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Career Fair presents a unique opportunity for prospective candidates to meet with hiring employers and 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.
Are you an employer interested in hiring Maryland’s talented residents? Call us at (202) 640-4451 or email us at email@example.com for more information.
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.
A full complementary continental breakfast will be provided for business networking attendees.
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…
The Seven Wealthy Habits of Successful CEO’s – Washington Room
What do CEO’s that scale beyond the seven-figure threshold know that most businesses don’t?
As a financial advisor and then consultant to small business owners, Deborah Owens saw firsthand that business owners who scale and grow their businesses think, act and manage their businesses differently than sole proprietors that barely make ends meet. In this workshop, business owners will learn the strategies and tactics that they can use to help their business go farther, faster.
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 operate in the airport. They include food and beverage, retail and service businesses that sell goods and services to the traveling public. 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.
Innovative Marketing Strategies – Washington Room
Does your business have what it takes to win a contract? 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 strategies are most effective for your company? How do you communicate to your target markets about your products and services? Are you seeing a ROI on your marketing efforts? What creative elements are worth your investment? Are you using all your resources and tools to market your business? Learn how to use website, social media and networking to your advantage.
Synergy business networking attendees are encouraged to attend and connect with one another, discuss information gained during the sessions and engage with BWI executives.
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.
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.
“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