Good Morning Sunshine!

I hope you weathered the storm well. I don’t know about you, but I have a renewed appreciation for my electricity being on. Kudos to the Choptank Electric team and their helpful outage map that kept me informed even in the dark!  Here’s new info to help you succeed in business.  Nancy

Do you seek new business opportunities?  The Maryland Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program provides prime contracting opportunities for small businesses that are ready, willing and able to perform on state-funded contracts. In the last fiscal year, Maryland paid over $477 million to certified SBR firms. The program applies to 66 designated agencies and departments that are required to spend at least 15 percent of their total fiscal year procurement expenditures with certified SBR vendors. Once a contract is designated to the SBR Program, only certified firms can win the award. Today, there are less than 4,000 vendors in the SBR Program. Vendors who meet the eligibility standards and complete an online process can become certified in one day. There is no cost to participate in the SBR Program. Visit the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs online to learn more.

Webinar - Rediscovering Your Brand Mid-Pandemic – Thurs, Aug 6th 9:00am

How has Covid-19 affected your customers? Now is a perfect time to reexamine and rediscover your brand. Covid-19 has impacted your customers in some way, and this free webinar will give you strategies for revisiting your business' mission and reevaluating how to serve customers. Brought to you by Maryland Capital Enterprises and SBDC. Register Here

HR Updates to Returning to Work in the Coronavirus Age - Tuesday, August 11th at 12:00pm presented by Maryland SBDC. Join this interactive webinar to get your Human Resource questions answered. Register here:

10-10-10 – You are invited to take just 10 minutes to answer 10 questions that will have a 10 year impact. What is at risk if you don’t respond?  Each person who doesn’t respond to the Census represents a loss of nearly $20,000 in funds that could have gone to your local schools, healthcare services, first responders, roads, and parks. It is easy to make a lasting positive impact on your community. Complete the Census online, by phone or through the mail.

An interesting read: Here's Target's 3-step plan to beat Amazon's Prime Day this year. --Inc.

Here's How to Lead Your Sales Ops Teams in a Pandemic – Selling Power Article

Inspiration: Stop trying to calm the storm.  Instead calm yourself.  The storm will pass. ~ Anonymous

Thank you for all that you continue to do to help others. Please stay safe and healthy!

Md. Dept of Commerce Update: 8/8/20