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Deaf Business Summit

**To view the press release, please see: http://odhh.maryland.gov/press-releases/deaf-business-summit-2017/.**

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

100 Community Place (Conference Room A/B)
Crownsville, MD 21032

The Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is hosting a business summit for Deaf and hard of hearing business owners in Maryland. The summit’s theme, Deaf Ecosystem: Maryland’s Open for Business, is a continuation of the Office’s efforts to support and strengthen Deaf and hard of hearing owned businesses. The event will allow Deaf and hard of hearing business owners to connect with key state entities, learn about different aspects of business ownership and enterprise available in Maryland, and network with state officials and programs. Light continental breakfast, full lunch, and a business reception will be provided.

Hurry and register now! There are limited spots available for the event. Register hereAs of April 25, only a few spots remain!

Limited sponsorship opportunities available! Find out how your company can sponsor the event – see sponsorship packages here.


TENTATIVE AGENDA

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration & Light Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Opening Remarks; Director Kelby N. Brick

9:15 – 9:20 a.m. – Break

9:20 – 10:05 a.m. – Workshop #1 and Workshop #2

Workshop #1 – Small Business Resources in the State of Maryland

Workshop #2 – Small Business Administration (SBA) Basics

10:05 – 10:15 a.m. – Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. – Workshop #3 and Workshop #4

Workshop #3 – Doing Business in the State of Maryland

Workshop #4 – Bank Financing for Small Business Owners

11:00 – 11:10 a.m. – Break

11:10 – 12:00 p.m. – Experienced Deaf and Hard of Hearing Business Owners Panel

12:00 – 12:15 p.m. – Get Lunch

12:15 – 12:45 p.m. – Luncheon Keynote Speaker; Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. – Workshop #5 and Workshop #6

Workshop #5- Maryland Business Registration and Licensing Procedures

Workshop #6- Commercial Leasing for Small Business Owners

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. – Break

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. – Randall Nixon, Small Business Ombudsman

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. – Feedback session with Randall Nixon, Small Business Ombudsman

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Business Reception


FEATURED SPEAKERS

Kelby Brick, Director of the Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Randall Nixon, Small Business Ombudsman

Boyd K. Rutherford, Lt. Governor


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Vlog announcing the event’s date and registration information

Vlog discussing the event’s planned agenda

Vlog announcing registration deadline (April 28, 2017). As of April 25, only a few spots remain!

 


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