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July 27 Evening Event to Highlight Prequalification Process 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that the County is hosting an evening workshop on its prequalification and procurement processes to help smaller firms — especially minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprises — bid on County contracts for professional services and capital construction.

“We want to encourage companies new to the government contracting arena to get involved in County projects like upgrading our schools and infrastructure and enhancing our waterways and parks,” Kamenetz said. The County Executive will speak at the workshop, providing details and updates on the County’s prequalification process.

July 27 Workshop to Help Potential Bidders Become Prequalified for County Contracts

The event, which will take place on Thursday, July 27 at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, features a 4 p.m. networking reception followed by a 5 p.m. program and break-out sessions by project category. The workshop is geared toward busy contractors, offering them the opportunity to learn about the prequalification process, potential contracting opportunities, surety bonding requirements, and more.

For additional information about the Prequalification Overview and Revisions Workshop, interested businesses may contact Carla Tucker, Minority and Small Business Marketing Manager, Baltimore County Government at or call (410) 887- 3119.

Fifteen small, minority and veteran-owned businesses have been awarded $1.66 million in loans from the Baltimore County Boost fund, a flexible financing resource for entrepreneurs. 

“The Boost Fund supports promising small businesses as they add jobs, expand facilities, invest in new equipment and move to their next stage of growth. We are especially pleased that this group includes six women-owned businesses, four minority-owned businesses and two veteran-owned businesses,” said Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz. 

More than $3.1 million in Boost Fund loans have been approved to 27 companies since the program launched in late 2014. Added together, these small businesses employ 484 people.

Loans customized for each business 

The Boost Fund, managed by the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, can lend qualified small businesses in the region between $50,000 and $250,000 for start-up and gap funding, building and leasehold improvements, business and equipment acquisition, commercial real estate acquisition, and working capital.

Boost Fund loans are flexible, with a reduced down payment and interest rates set at or below market rates.  Payment plans are customized to meet the cash flow needs of each business.

Loan funding comes from the Maryland Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Loan Fund, which was established with revenue from Maryland casinos.

Loans support businesses from Towson to Randallstown and Dundalk 

Baltimore County Boost loans have been approved to the following companies:

East Coast Dyes, Inc.  East Coast Dyes in Towson designs, manufactures and distributes lacrosse heads, mesh, shafts, lacrosse balls and other accessories.

Bob’s Overhead Door Repair & Service, Inc. Established in 1984, the company provides sales, service and installation of overhead doors, garage doors and door openers for commercial and residential customers.

Charles Village Pub & Wagner 5 LLC  Charles Village Pub in downtown Towson has purchased and renovated a former bank building and is adding a new deck area at the rear of their existing property.

Devaney & Associates, Inc. The company is a full-service advertising firm with clients include Stanley Black and Decker, T. Rowe Price, Dewalt, AT&T and Merriweather Post Pavilion. 

Elizabeth Klebe DVM, LLC  A start-up veterinary practice that will focus on serving private horse owners, race horse owners, fox hunters on small family farms and large training and boarding facilities.

Exclusive Motors, LLC  Makia Properties, LLC owns and manages the property located at 10100 Liberty Road in Randallstown. The property will be occupied by Exclusive Motorcars, LLC a used car dealership.

KLR Real Estate, Inc. (KLR) Founded in 2002, KLR Real Estate, Inc. is a full service real estate broker, property management and construction management firm..

Little Crystal Bijoux, LLC Little Crystal Bijoux, LLC was established in 2013. The company designs, manufactures and retails custom made jewelry. The business operates a small shop in the Dundalk Village Shopping Center.

Rosedale Printing, Inc. – Minuteman Press  The company operates as a Minuteman Press franchise in Rosedale.

Schiavi, Wallace & Rowe, PC A full service CPA firm that provides specialized accounting and consulting services exclusively to the healthcare industry.

Site Support Services, Inc. The company provides sales, service and installation of HVAC systems that are used in IT environments.  

Sparks Dynamics, LLC  The company develops software systems that monitor the energy, security and operating status of industrial equipment.

Urban Design, Inc. (Aetna Shirt Company)  The Aetna Shirt Company in Essex manufactures formal dress shirts for the Navy and Air Force and custom medical lab coats and scrubs. The company recently entered into an agreement with a Japanese retailer that will sell shirts that are manufactured by Urban Design and sold under the retailer’s brand name. 

Suite of business assistance services

“The Boost Fund is a valuable addition to the County’s business resources, which include free employee recruitment and training programs, site selection assistance, and a suite of financing options. Baltimore County stands ready to support companies when they are ready to expand and add jobs,” said Will Anderson, director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development.

For more information on the Boost Fund or to apply for a loan, visit Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development at or call 410-887-8000.

Make it Happen for Your Businesslogo

It’s hard knowing what’s out there. That’s why we’ve developed an event where you can learn about all the tools available to make your business grow.

Meet key people from the federal, state and local level that can help make it happen for your business.

Free One-Stop Shop Business Event

Join us for this free one-stop shop business event.

Check out the event’s agenda, space is limited, register today! 

Get business help with:

  • Accessing capital 
  • Bidding on government contracts 
  • Accessing export markets 
  • Certifying MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE 
  • Tapping into talent pools 
  • Building a plan to grow 

Time and Location

Smart Business Event - WEST
November 17, 2015
12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

CCBC Owings Mills, Fifth Floor
10300 Grand Central Avenue
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

Can’t make this one?

Smart Business Events for Central and East Baltimore County are in the works to be held in January and February.  

Revised September 26, 2016