Resources & Partners

At the Capital Region MBDA Business Center, we partner with organizations throughout the region to help minority-owned businesses thrive.


Our partnerships include the following:

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View the Maryland Procurement Forecast

What does the state of Maryland plan to buy this fiscal year? Find out on the Procurement Forecast tab of the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs’website. This powerful business development tool contains more than 1,300 possible opportunities across 70 state agencies/ departments.


ALL local and regional vendors are encouraged to search the  eMaryland Marketplace website for current and upcoming procurement opportunities from around the state! Vendors are sought in numerous trades, services and areas. Here are a few current opportunities:


DON’T FORGET: The State of Maryland has funding programs  that could help your business!



Central Vendor Registration System (CVRS)

If your business provides goods, services and/or construction-related services that may be sought by Montgomery County, REGISTER in our CVRS!

LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES – be sure to also complete the section that pops up saying “Your business may be eligible for the Montgomery County Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP) ” to see if your business meets our LSBRP requirements. If so, apply to the LSBRP to gain access to the 20% of eligible procurement dollars reserved for LSBRP-certified firms only.

MBDA Center Events

  • 01/18/2018 – Export Essentials Co-Hosted with the MBDA Capital Region Center:

Join the Export-Import Bank (EXIM), the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), Capital Region Minority Supplier Diversity Council (CRMSDC) and the D.C. Women’s Business Center to learn how to finance exports and grow your business internationally. At our event, we will discuss how your business can: find foreign buyers and international partners, access capital to finance your export sales, and reduce risk with export credit insurance.


There is no fee. For more information and to register:


Location: NCRC, 3rd Floor Auditorium

740 15th Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20005

Date and Time: January 18, 2018 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

General Events – The Look Ahead

5/1/2018-PowerUp DC 2018:

The 3rd Annual POWERUP DC National Small Business Week Forum is designed to provide small businesses and non-profits with information, tools, resources and services to support their startup and growth into prospering enterprises. The forum will focus specifically on one of the greatest needs of entrepreneurs, access to capital to start, grow and prosper. It will also focus on procurement opportunities in both the private and government sectors, certification and licensing, emerging industries, business trends as well as funding and capacity-building for non-profit entities. Additionally, the participants will learn about the benefits of the ACA and health insurance options for small businesses through DC Health Link, the District’s online health insurance marketplace.


There is a $35 fee. For more information and to register:


Location: Fairmont Washington D.C.,


2401 M Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20037

Date and Time: May 1, 2018 8:00AM – 1:30PM


5/2/2018 – CRMSDC Pre-Certification Briefing:

Attend briefings to learn more about getting MBE certified through the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council.


For more information:


Location: CRMSDC Office

10750 Columbia Pike Suite 200

Silver Spring, MD 20901

Dates: May 2, 2018


5/4/2018-Women at the Top of Government Contracting:

Join the Northern Virginia Chamber for the annual Women in Government Contracting program focused on successful women in the region’s most influential industry.  These high-level executives will provide their unique perspectives on the outlooks for some of the top government contractors in the DC Area, the nation, and the sector as a whole.


Attendee takeaways:


Insights into the role of mentorship

Executive leadership

The balance between personal and professional success

The initiative needed to gain a seat at the table

The growing importance of diversity in the workplace


Fees vary. For more information and to register:

George Mason University (Founder’s Hall)
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22201

Date and Time: May 4, 2018 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM


5/10/2018 – 2018 HUD HUBZone Small Business Conference:

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) and Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) are co-sponsoring a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Small Business Conference at the HUD Headquarters Building in Washington, DC.


The conference will provide businesses, both new and experienced, access to information on the laws, rules, and regulations that govern the HUBZone Program. Additionally, businesses will have an opportunity to meet with key HUD staff and contracting officers/specialists to discuss their capabilities and learn about upcoming potential procurement opportunities. Also, in attendance other Federal Agency partners, representatives from some of HUD’s prime contractors and supporting organizations.


HUBZone businesses are highly encouraged to participate; however, this event is open to all businesses.


There is no fee. For more information and to register:


Location: U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

451 7th Street SW

Washington, DC 20410
Date and Time: May 10, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


5/10/2018 – Global Opportunities for Virginia Exporters:

Meet with Virginia’s in-country trade representatives from Colombia, Czech Republic and Romania, Morocco and South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Southeast Asia, and United Arab Emirates at a global opportunities networking event. Learn how Virginia’s Global Network consultants can assist your company in increasing its international sales as they discuss:


  • Leading Sectors for U.S. Products and Services
  • Valuable insights on the realities of selling into their country
  • Recommendations for success


Northern Virginia companies who have participated in Virginia’s Trade Missions and International Business Development programs will also be there to discuss:


  • Why they participated in a trade mission
  • How to prepare for success
  • Benefits to their bottom line by engaging Virginia’s international trade resources


There is no fee. For more information and to register:


Location: Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

7900 Westpark Drive

Suite A550

Tysons, VA 22102
Date and Time: May 10, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM


5/11/2018-15th Annual 2018 Business Showcase Expo:  

Small business representatives can meet with prime firms privately for up to 10 minutes during Matchmaking Meeting Sessions. Participating Matchmaking Host Companies include prime contractors, healthcare facilities, utility companies, public and private education, government entities, and more. Registered participants will be emailed once the Matchmaking Meeting Schedule is officially released in March 2018.


Fees vary. For more information and to register:


Location: Martin’s West
6817 Dogwood Road
Baltimore, MD 21244

Date and Time: May 11, 2018 7:30AM – 12:30PM


5/15/2018 –2018 National AAPI Business Summit:  

Join the Minority Business Development Agency to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the 2018 National AAPI Business Summit: Opening Doors to New Opportunities. Join members of the Asian American & Pacific Islander business community for a day of informative discussion and collaboration.


There is no fee. For more information and to register:


Location: U.S. Department of Commerce – Minority Business Development Agency

1401 Constitution Ave, NW

Washington, DC, 20230

Date and Time: May 15, 2018 9:00AM – 5:00PM


5/18/2018 – Pathway to Growth Procurement Conference: 

MCCC GovConNet Procurement Conference gives over 800 attendees the unique opportunity to gain valuable insights and meet directly with key purchasing agents from a variety of prime contractors and federal, state, and local government agencies.


Fees vary. For more information and to register:


Location: The Universities at Shady Grove

Gudelsky Drive

Rockville, MD 20850

Date and Time: May 18, 2018 – 7:30AM – 3:00PM


5/30/2018-Health & Human Services Pathway to Success:

This event will bring together business and government for a discussion about emerging technologies including artificial intelligence that will change how the Department of Health & Human Services will acquire goods and services in the future.


It will provide a targeted opportunity for businesses and HHS contracting professionals to be part of an interactive discussion with key government officials. Find out how HHS “Buys Smarter” using technology today and in the future to streamline and introduce new efficiencies to its acquisition process.


There will also be an Exhibit Hall where attendees can speak with large prime contractors who have excellent records teaming and subcontracting to other companies. HHS Small Business Specialists from CMS, FDA and NIH will also be available to meet with attendees.


Fees vary. For more information and to register:


Location: Silver Spring Civic Building

1 Veterans Plaza

Silver Spring, MD 20910

Date and Time: May 30, 2018 10:00AM – 2:00PM