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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 & Information Sessions

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 to attend information sessions on the power of social media, networking and interviewing. Maryland Aviation Administration, Maryland Workforce Exchange and Fraport USA will be among the many employers onsite offering service, management and hospitality-based opportunities. Don’t miss your chance to get a resume makeover.

Plan to:


  • Register for the Synergy Career Fair and Information Sessions.
  • 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 events@mygreenapple.com 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.

2. Kathryn Freeland Photo
Kathryn Freeland
Chief Executive Officer of A-TEK, Inc.

Kathryn B. Freeland is Chief Executive Officer of A-TEK, Inc., a Virginia based woman-owned small business that provides Enterprise IT, Cyber Security, Cyber Data, Analytics, Scientific Analysis, and Application Development solutions, services, and staffing to Federal Government agencies across multiple mission areas including Homeland Security, Healthcare, Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and Life Sciences.


Business Networking & Information Sessions


7:00-8:00am Registration Opens - Lobby

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

8:00-9:00am 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 Kathryn B. Freeland, M.B.A, Chief Executive Officer, A-TEK, Inc.


9:00-10:00am Business Information Sessions 1 (concurrent sessions)

Maryland MBE Program – A Historical Perspective – Maryland Room

It’s hard to know where you are going if you don’t understand where you have been. Gain a greater comprehension of the history and progress of the Maryland Business Enterprise program over the past 40 years. Learn what this program means to the small and minority business community and the State of Maryland.


Accessing Capital and Growing Your Business – Delaware Room

Several participating lending institutions will provide unique insight and history in funding small, minority owned businesses in the Baltimore/Washington area. There will be an interactive discussion on the future of technology in the lending process. Expect to learn innovative steps being taken to embrace technology, streamline processes and better service future clients, including new banking trends. Also, don’t miss a great discussion on how the Small Business Administration can help grow your business.



Airport Concessions – Everything you need to know about obtaining and operating an airport concession – Pennsylvania 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.



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.



10:15-11:15am Business Information Sessions 2 (concurrent sessions)

The Importance of Small Business Representation – Delaware Room

These organizations work with various minority owned businesses and their respective communities. This forum will explore their services, including what they do, what opportunities they offer to their members and what challenges confront small and minority businesses today.



Minority/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification – Maryland 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.



How to Submit a Winning Bid and successfully perform the contract “Avoid the Fatal Flaws” – Pennsylvania Room

You won the contract; now it’s time to successfully perform!
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.



11:30-12:00pm 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.

12:00-1:00pm 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. Inspired by the success and demand of this Information Session during Synergy 17 and Synergy 18, the luncheon is guaranteed to be a success.


1:00-4:00pm 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.

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

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Career Fair & Information Sessions


1:00-2:00pm Career Information Session 1 (concurrent sessions)

The Power of Networking – Making meaningful connections – Maryland Room

There’s an art to networking and this session will show you how it’s done. Join us for an interactive networking session to help elevate your connections, learn how to work a room and leave the session with tips on creating a lasting impression. Learn how the power of community can help you take the next step in your career. There are many ways to land a career and networking should be at the top of your list.



Social Media’s Role in Employment & Strategies for Using it to Your Advantage – Delaware Room
The importance of social media has sky-rocketed over the past decade. Most companies, and individuals, have a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn. With the use of social media increasing, do you know how to use it to your advantage? Did you know that your social media presence can weed you out of a desired job? It’s important to understand and learn how to use these platforms to your advantage when searching for a job. This workshop will teach participants: 1. Why social media became such a widely used tool for employers/employees; 2. Platforms for professional networking versus platforms for personal information; 3. How to increase one’s internet visibility; 4. How to use social media to create a professional network; 5. How to avoid the dangers of social media.



1:00-4:00pm Synergy Career Fair – Salon A

Visit with local companies ready to hire! Also take advantage of the Resume Check-Up – Building a Winning Resume

Visit the Resume Check-Up area to give your resume a boost. Learn current resume trends and how they can help or harm your resume, writing strategies used in effective resumes, and techniques on formatting. Resumes are powerful tools that assist you in getting the interview and landing the job. Join us and allow the information to transform your resume!

Checkout our Career Exhibitors

2018 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) 859-7329