“Connecting Large & Small Businesses to Work Together.”
By Doni Glover, Publisher
(BALTIMORE – May 12, 2023) – There is no feeling for me like walking into a room full of business people. Pierre Stewart, one of the most excellent networkers on planet Earth, taught me a long time ago how to maneuver in a room with nearly a thousand people. You have a ‘3-minute rule’.
Whatever cannot be communicated in that period automatically gets a follow-up date. The goal, after all, is to touch as many key people in the room as possible and then leave, re-group, and begin the follow-up stage.
Today, I got the opportunity to not only cover the event but meet – as always – some new people and see some people from years past.
It’s like putting a kid in a toy store. There are CEOs of major companies in the region. There are small business owners galore. There are heads of agencies, like Chris Lundy, Esq. from Baltimore City.
The Small Business Administration is generally always present. There are bankers, developers, trucking company owners, and every business service imaginable present.
It’s the Maryland-Washington Minority Companies Association headed by Wayne and Pat Frazier. The bar is high. Their capable team is ready and waiting.
It is simply a marvelous demonstration of the power of the Black business community in Maryland and Washington, DC. This capitol region is a ‘mecca’ for Black and brown business owners. This area may have more Black entrepreneurs than anywhere else in the nation. Baltimore. Randallstown. Gorgeous Prince George’s County. Southern Maryland. Washington, D.C. Northern Virginia, including Arlington.
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MWMCA Company History
In 2002, MD Washington Minority Contractors Association, Inc. (MWMCA) originated to advocate for minority and women construction trade contractors because so much work was being completed without the utilization of said firms. Eleven (11) years later, in 2013, MWMCA evolved into MD Washington Minority Companies Association and expanded its scope of work to include all types of companies: trade contractors, suppliers, and service providers. MWMCA has a unique offering of services with one mission in mind, “Connecting Large & Small Businesses to Work Together.”
MWMCA has been extremely busy over the years with offering its many services, while remaining on the frontline too, including, hosting events to bring recognition and work opportunities to the minority and women business community; providing compliance and workforce development services to ensure that minority and women-owned firms have the tools they need and are receiving the training and information to do an outstanding job; testifying on bills, including some that have successfully become laws, in Congress and in the Maryland General Assembly that affect small, minority- and women-owned firms; assisting with creating policy for public utilities and simultaneously serving as Exelon/BGE’s consultant to supplier diversity so minority and women-owned firms can be involved in more work with the region’s largest public utility companies that provide our gas and electric generation in addition to our transmission and distribution services; working with gaming facilities to ensure that minority and women-owned firms are providing goods and services to casinos for their ongoing operations; meeting with healthcare policymakers to ensure that M/WBE professional, maintenance, intellectual services, and information technology providers have a chance of winning more work with the approval of the Affordable Healthcare Act; encouraging joint ventures on projects to help smaller contracting firms gain opportunities in the vast amount of building projects that are being undertaken in the mid-Atlantic region from school construction to Fortune 500 companies building their headquarters within the region; monitoring major transportation projects so that minority and women-owned highway, tunnel, bridge, and rail contractors get opportunities to work on the Purple Line, Red Line, airport, seaport, and I-95 projects.
Why We Are Unique
At MWMCA we tailor our services to the client whether it is a small business or a prime company. Yes, we have a core group of services that we offer, but we listen to our client and identify what their needs are and prioritize them. This process ensures that we are accomplishing what is most important to the client.
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