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Local Small and Minority Businesses Urged to Meet the Primes

Annapolis, MD (10-8-13) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announces that the City’s Small Minority Business Enterprise (SMBE), as a partner of Baltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee, is hosting a free opportunity to showcase local business to the prime bidder community on October 16.

The Meet the Primes Event will take place at the Maryland State Fairgrounds-Exhibition Hall in Timonium from 8 a.m. to noon.  More than 100 primes currently working with member agencies will be there.

“In this turbulent economy, it is imperative that we continue to offer more options and opportunities to support the growth of these businesses in Annapolis,” Mayor Cohen said. “Events like this allow local small and minority businesses to take advantage of the numerous strategic partnerships available through our SMBE.”

Annapolis SMBE, under the leadership of Coordinator Consuella Caudill, is committed to increasing the opportunities for participation of existing and new small, minority-owned businesses, and women-owned businesses located in the City of Annapolis to ensure diversity in its procurement activities.  

The Small/Minority Business Enterprise Program conducts outreach efforts to identify and register small, women and minority businesses interested in supplying goods and services to the City. These businesses are encouraged to respond to all Invitations for Bids and Requests for Proposals at

For more information on the event, contact Bob Ball at or Carla Tucker at For more information on SMBE opportunities, contact