Plan, Execute, Win : Former SBA Deputy Administrator, Marie C. Johns, Keynotes 2nd Annual Procurement Conference Aimed at Minority Business Owners

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Entrepreneur and Former Deputy Administrator, Marie C. Johns, will speak at the Center for Minority Business Development’s annual conference.

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“By leveling the playing field, those professionals that have traditionally been underrepresented can begin to compete at a higher level, which can catapult their enterprises into new realms of success,” said Carl E. Brown, executive director of CMBD.

The Center for Minority Business Development (CMBD) announced today that Marie C. Johns, the former U. S. Small Business Administration’s Deputy Administrator, will give the keynote address at their 2nd Annual Procurement Conference on Thursday, September 19th at 9:00 a. m. at the Camelot by Martin’s in Upper Marlboro, Md. Focusing on the theme “Cliff Hangers: Understanding When You Have Reached the Edge”, the CMBD endeavors to educate small and minority-owned businesses on the benefits of building strong coalitions and alliances, as well as real-world strategies to reach optimal success.

Marie C. Johns was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009 to serve as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Following her Senate confirmation, she was responsible for management of the nearly $1 billion agency, as well as development of SBA programs and policies, including leading the effort to implement the more than 60 provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. In 2011, her initiatives resulted in lending more than $30 billion to more than 60,000 small businesses—a record in SBA history. An entrepreneur, Johns is also the founder of L & L Consulting, LLC.

In addition to the keynote speaker presentation, attendees will engage in workshops and breakout sessions specifically structured to educate business owners about securing contracts, increasing workplace efficiency and leveraging resources. A distinguished list of panelists and presenters representing some of Washington’s top firms and agencies are confirmed including: Washington Concepts, Inc., Best, LLC, Davis & Steele, G.S. Proctor & Associates, Coalition for Government Procurement, Supplier Development and Diversity Division, MDOT, J Biggins Consulting, Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs, Former Maryland State Delegate, Gilbane Company, EXCEED Corporation, MindFinders, Inc., Road Map Consulting, LLC and Chen Law.

“This conference is designed to maximize the small business owner’s time with informational workshops and networking opportunities,” says Carl E. Brown, executive director, CMBD. “By leveling the playing field, those professionals that have traditionally been underrepresented can begin to compete at a higher level which can catapult their enterprises into new realms of success.”

Prince George’s Community College established the Center for Minority Business Development in 2009 through a $5 million grant from the Peterson Companies to increase the number of minority-owned business enterprises and strengthen their ability to compete in Prince George’s County.

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Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at

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