Black Entrepreneurs

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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February 28, 2023

This year’s theme is “Building an Ecosystem for Black Entrepreneurs”. This conference is designed to explore the opportunities of how talented and highly motivated public and private sector leaders can play a larger role in building an ecosystem that fosters growth for Black-owned businesses. We will conduct important discussions on improving accountability and transparency and ensure effectiveness of supplier diversity programs.

2023 Theme: Building and Eco- System for Black Entrepreneurs
Learn about Maryland’s increased efforts to maximize procurement contract dollars to certified MBE’s and an update on the state’s $198 million in new business funding.

6 pm - 9 pm | The Westin Annapolis
100 Westgate Circle, 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

2023 Special Guests

Wes Moore

Govenor of

Jheanelle Wilkins

Chair, Legislative
Black Caucus of MD

Brooke Lierman

Comptroller of Maryland

Brooke Lierman

Comptroller of Maryland

Event Program

6:00 pm

Reception & Networking

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

6:50 pm

Welcome MBE Night Founder & Chairwoman Wilkins

Herman Taylor - Founder, MBE Night & Program Chair
Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins - Chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus

7:00 pm

Recognition of Dignitaries

Herman Taylor - Founder, MBE Night & Program Chair

7:18 pm

Introduction of the Govenor of Maryland

Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins - Chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus

7:20 pm


Govenor of Maryland Wes Moore

7:30 pm

Board of Public Works

    8:10 pm

    Access to Capital and the Success of MBEs
    Moderated by Del. N. Scott Phillips

    • Stanley Tucker, Meridian Management Group

    • Troy LaMaile-Stovall, TEDCO

      Detra Miller, M&T Bank 

    8:50 pm

    Special Acknowledgements/ Closing

    Herman Taylor - Founder, MBE Night & Program Chair

    Organizations We've Partnered With