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November 2018




Congratulations to SOFO, Business Hall of Fame Winner 

SOFO-Forest Drive Corridor will be honored at this year's Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce's Business Hall of Fame Awards Dinner as Nonprofit of the Year. This award is presented to an Anne Arundel County organization that has demonstrated strong efforts to successfully pursue its mission and improve the quality of life and business in Anne Arundel County. SOFO continually works toward giving businesses along Forest Drive a unified voice to collaborate in the efforts of advocacy, branding, networking and building the strongest commercial climate to encourage economic success for this unique section of the Annapolis business community. Congratulations! 

Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Block Party in the Design District

As part of the ancient Mexican tradition of honoring the dead with festivals and lively celebrations, the City of Annapolis and Center of Help will host the first annual Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Friday, November 2, from 5 p.m. to midnight in the Annapolis Design District, along Edgewood and Margaret Avenues. 

Small Business Saturday Needs Neighborhood Champions 

Small Business Saturday on November 24 brings people together to celebrate the places they love each year — from local bike shops to boutiques to bakeries. Organize and host an event to help your community celebrate on November 24.  

Become an Annapolis Business Supporter for the USS Sioux City Commissioning

Sign your business up today to show your support for the USS Sioux City, which will bring thousands to Annapolis over the course of the week of November 11-17. All crewmembers, families and visitors from Sioux City, Iowa will be given silicone wristbands that will identify them while in Annapolis and make them eligible for discounts at participating businesses in Annapolis. The Business Support Supporter opportunity is not only for downtown businesses, but all businesses in Annapolis! 

Maryland’s FY2019 Procurement Forecast Available Online  

This powerful business development database contains more than 1,300 possible opportunities across 70 state agencies/departments. It is searchable for both new and recurring purchases of $100,000 and more, although many agencies also include projected contracts between $15,000 and $99,000. Multiple search options to help you locate both new and recurring items, including task orders issued under master contracts.

Support Available for Small Businesses Providing Paid Sick Leave

Small businesses in Maryland that provide paid sick and safe leave to their employees are now be able to apply for a refundable tax credit administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce. The Small Business Relief Tax Credit offers businesses that meet certain criteria a state income tax credit of up to $500 per employee and $7,000 per small business for every year in which they qualify.

Maryland Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Tax Credit Now Accepting Applications

Designed to attract investment in Maryland cybersecurity companies—venture capitalists, angel investors, and others investing at least $25,000 in a Qualified Maryland Cybersecurity Company (QMCC) may be eligible for a refundable tax credit for 33% of the investment.

New Website Connects Businesses to Workforce Development Tools

Governor Larry Hogan recently unveiled the Maryland Workforce Expressway, a new website that connects businesses to the full array of state workforce development resources, including education, training, and other services:

14 Ways to Celebrate a Magical Holiday Season in Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

Magical! That’s the word that best describes Annapolis and Anne Arundel County during the holidays. A host of events for the young and young at heart makes it easy for everyone to get into the spirit of the season. To help you celebrate, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County has pulled together a handy list of 14 holiday happenings the whole family can enjoy. 

Annapolis Named One of the Best State Capitals to Live In 

SmartAsset published its 2018 edition of the ranking of the quality of life in state capital cities. Cities were compared across metrics like discretionary income, unemployment rate, dining and entertainment establishment rate, violent crime rate and property crime rate. Annapolis is ranked #12.   

Procurement Opportunities 

Miscellaneous Water and Sewer Tasks 

The Central Purchasing Office of the City of Annapolis is accepting sealed Statements of Qualifications for construction services for water distribution and sewer collection system tasks and related services until 2:00 pm, Thursday, November 15, 2018. The scope of services includes, but is not limited to, replacement or installation of water and sewer lines, valves, manholes, services and appurtenances in residential, commercial, and/or historic city districts.

Repair and Repaint Interior and Exterior Surfaces Jefferson Standpipe 

The Central Purchasing Office of the City of Annapolis is accepting sealed bids for painting services until 2:00 pm Tuesday, December 4, 2018. The scope of work includes, but is not limited to, cleaning and repainting of interior surfaces; cleaning and repainting of exterior surfaces with containment, installation of new roof safety railing, roof manhole, ladder safe-climbing devices, and vent screening; including other miscellaneous repairs and incidental items.



Congratulations to our city's newest business:

Bowler Pons Solutions Consultants, LLC
CAMP Management
Heartspace Acupuncture
Hotel Annapolis
Winnie Bruce Photography

Congratulations to businesses celebrating their two-year anniversary:

Elevate Life
New Leaf Massage
Sadona of Annapolis Salon and Spa 

Other businesses milestones:

Hats in the Belfry is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year 

Upcoming Events and Trainings

SCORE Workshop: Creating Your Company's Brand

November 3, 9:00 am
Anne Arundel Community College,101 College Parkway, Florestano Bldg Conf Room 116, Arnold

Cost: $30 

AAACCC Seminar: What's Wrong With My Website? 
November 8, 8:00-9:30 am
AAACCC Conference Room,134 Holiday Court; Suite 316,Annapolis
Cost: $10 members/$25 non-members 

SCORE Small Business Success Virtual Conference
November 8, 11:00 am-5:00 pm 
Cost: Free 

SCORE Workshop: How to Start and Manage Your New Business
November 9, 9:30 am
M&T Bank Annapolis,170 Jennifer Road, Suite 300, Annapolis
Cost: $50 

AACC Regional Conference: Contemporary Issues in Business and Law
November 16, 8:00 am-1:00 pm
Anne Arundel Community College,101 College Parkway, Cade Center for Fine Arts, Arnold 
Cost: $50  

Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs: Networking to get Noticed
November 27, 10:00 am 
100 Community Place, Crownsville

Cost: Free 



Maryland's Minority Business Enterprise Program

Established in 1978, Maryland's Minority Business Enterprise Program is the oldest in the country. The MBE/DBE program was established to ensure that small, minority- and women-owned firms had the opportunity to participate fully and fairly in both state and United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) federally funded projects. Certified firms appear in MDOT's Online Directory of Certified Firms.
If your firm is certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), professional references are a critical evaluation factor. Adding such references—past performance examples relevant to the work you want to perform—is simple. Just complete and submit the Reference Data form to the Office of Minority Business Enterprise to have your directory listing updated with this critical information. Be sure to update them every year or so.
Please visit the "Certifications and Forms" page for information on the certification programs and required documentation. Application assistance workshops are also held the First Tuesday of every month at MDOT Headquarters, 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD.
Program Contact: Sabrina Bass, 410-865-1240,

Publications and Resources


Quick Links

Annapolis Economic Development Division, 410-260-2200
Hollis Minor, Economic Development Manager, 
Hope Stewart, SMBE Liaison, 

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