MBE Night in Annapolis will be an exciting opportunity to network with state legislators and agency officials and gain access to opportunities in procurement and funding.

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April 28, 2022

2022 will be a critical year in the state of Maryland. With a gubernatorial election ahead and several ongoing leadership changes across the state, our goal is to create a more inclusive and equitable environment for the minority business community.

2022 Theme: Contracts & Capital
MBE Night in Annapolis will feature keynote speeches, updates on key legislation, and access to resources to equip attendees for success.

6 pm - 9 pm | DoubleTree Annapolis
210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, MD 21401

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MBE Night

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Night in Annapolis was founded by former Delegate Herman Taylor in 2009 in partnership with state officials and civic/business membership organizations to bring more underrepresented groups to Annapolis to connect with their legislators, state agencies, and the state procurement process.

In 2019, the event was relaunched in partnership with Delegate Jazz Lewis and Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, Delegate Darryl Barnes.

History of MBE Legislation

2022 Special Guests

Adrienne Jones

Maryland Speaker
of the House

Darryl Barnes

Chair, Legislative
Black Caucus of MD

jazz Lewis

Chair, House Democratic Caucus

Event Program

6:00 pm

Reception & Networking

Several exhibitor tables will be available throughout the event to provide information on state resources for MBEs.

7:00 pm

Introduction of MBE Night Founder & Program Chair

Master of Ceremonies, Sean Stinnett
Deputy Director, Baltimore City MWOBD

7:03 pm

Importance & History of MBE Night

Herman Taylor - Founder, MBE Night & Program Chair

7:08 pm

Introduction of Maryland House Speaker

Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins - First Vice Chair, Legislative Black Caucus

7:10 pm


Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones

7:15 pm

Federal Presentation – U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • Antonio Doss - Deputy Associate Administrator, SBA

  • Larry Web - District Director - SBA Washington Metropolitan Area District       

  • Stephen Umberger - District Director, SBA Baltimore District

7:25 pm

Special Acknowledgements

Herman Taylor - Founder, MBE Night & Program Chair

7:30 pm

2022 Session Legislative Wrap-up

  • Delegate Darryl Barnes – Chairman, Legislative Black Caucus

  • Delegate Jazz Lewis – Chairman, House Democratic Caucus

7:45 pm

Award Presentation

8:00 pm

Procurement Panel Discussion
Moderated by Sean Stinnett – Deputy Director, Baltimore City MWOBD

  • Secretary Jimmy Rhee – Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs

  • Deputy Secretary R. Earl Lewis, Jr. – Maryland Department of Transportation

    Altha Weaver – MBE & SBR Liaison Officer, Maryland Stadium Authority

8:20 pm

Capital Panel Discussion
Moderated by Shelly Gross-Wade – President, FSC First

  • Jeffrey Miles – Vice President, Truist Bank

  • James Peterson, Jr. – Vice President, Small Business Ambassador, M&T Bank

  • Troy LeMaile-Stovall – CEO, TEDCO

  • Stanley Tucker – President, Meridian Management Group

8:50 pm


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