Pinder chosen by governor to promote minority business

April 28, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Sharon R. Pinder of West Friendship was named special secretary, Governor's Office of Minority Affairs as part of legislation signed into law by the governor yesterday that is intended to promote small and minority businesses.

Pinder has been executive director since January 2003 of the state Office of Minority Affairs, which helps businesses owned by women and minorities earn state contracts. In her new post, she will also lead an advisory group of small business leaders and legislators established in February, called the Governor's Council for Historically Under-utilized Businesses.

Pinder earned a master's degree in technology management from the University of Maryland. She has worked for Fortune 500 companies and as a minority business entrepreneur.

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