Governor Hogan Celebrates National Women’s History Month During Small Business Procurement Workshop


— Governor Larry Hogan will celebrate National Women’s History Month by presenting citations to small business owners from Prince George’s County during the Ready, Set, GROW! workshop held at MGM National Harbor on Thursday, March 22.

“There are great opportunities within the state contracting marketplace,” said Jimmy Rhee, special secretary of the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs. “We created Ready, Set, GROW! to share insights and ensure that we are being open, accessible, and transparent to the entire small business community, including those firms owned by minorities, women, and veterans.”

The Ready, Set, GROW procurement connections workshop series is held at locations around the state by the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs. This workshop highlights that the Hogan Administration is Open for Business by connecting the vendor community with buyers from various state agencies.

During the program, participants get an overview of the procurement process and learn how to access the state’s contracting pipeline. Buyers from the participating agencies identify the products and services they typically buy, focusing on opportunities that exist right now. Vendors can meet with buyers one-on-one during the open networking session. Representatives from a variety of small business organizations also participate, providing access to free and low-cost organizational, financial, and managerial resources.

“Maryland is home to more than 200,000 women-owned businesses,” said Secretary Rhee. “Governor Hogan is a staunch advocate of gender equality and having him present citations to local women business owners will be a major highlight of the program.”

There is no cost to attend the Ready, Set, GROW! workshop on March 22 which begins at 9:30 A.M. Advance registration is required and seating is limited. Visit to register online.