As a coordinating office within the Executive Department, the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs​ connects the small, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses to greater economic opportunities while implementing and monitoring three socioeconomic procurement programs across 70 units of state government.

From left: Melonie Johnson, President and COO of MGM National Harbor, Florence Amate, President and CEO of Laisar Management Group, and Y. Maria Martinez, Special Secretary of Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs.

“I am extremely honored, humbled, and filled with gratitude to have received a Governor’s Citation from Governor Wes Moore at the Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Event hosted by MGM National Harbor on June 18th, 2024. A heartfelt thank you to Special Secretary Y. Maria Martinez of the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs and President and COO Melonie Johnson of MGM National Harbor for this recognition.

I was proud to stand alongside six other entrepreneurs who were also recognized with the Governor’s Citation. Congratulations to my fellow recipients:

Calderon Enterprises (Ines Calderon), Root Branch Media Group (Dr. Vonnya Pettigrew, HonD), D&T Welding Corporation (Tammy Lunn), Techmark Corporation (Rebecca Heaton), Chosen Therapeutic Services (Tywanna Hamilton), Falcon Solutions (Edwin Hirsch).” – Florence Amate, President and CEO, Laisar Management Group.

    June 18, 2024 – GOSBA appreciates the 150 small, minority, women, and veteran business owners who attended our Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop today at MGM National Harbor. Some great connections were made with our 18 state procurement units, 3 Prince George’s County procurement units, and 5 resource partners.

    Congratulations to the 7 honorees who were recognized with a Governor’s Citation for their contributions to Maryland’s small business economy.

    Calderon Enterprises
    Chosen Therapeutic Services
    D&T Welding Contractor, LLC
    Falcon Solutions
    Laisar Management Group
    Root Branch Media Group
    Techmark Corporation


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