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By George R. La Noue | March 5, 2000
ON DEC. 17, Federal District Judge Andre M. Davis, an African-American and a Clinton appointee, ruled that the decade-old Baltimore Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program was illegal. After a terse order, he promised to write his final opinion shortly, but he also ruled that discovery could stay open for another six months. This suggested that his mind was not closed to new evidence and that the injunction could be revised. The hammer came down eight weeks later. On Feb. 16, the judge ruled again, ending the speculation about waiting for new evidence, and closed down the MBE program permanently.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2013
Maryland plans to steer to minority and women-owned businesses 29 percent of the nearly $8 billion a year it spends on contracts, increasing a target that was already among the most aggressive in the nation, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said Monday. The new goal - an increase from the current 25 percent - would if attained have a profound impact on boosting minority-owned construction firms, IT contractors, engineers and other companies in Maryland that have historically struggled to land state government contracts, supporters said.
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July 2, 2001
County, state officials to talk about new purchasing initiatives Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens will join officials from the Anne Arundel County Purchasing Office and the Maryland Department of General Services to explain new purchasing initiatives. The event, which will be held at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie on July 17, will be presented in cooperation with the North Arundel Chamber of Commerce, the Minority Business Enterprise Committee and the Korean Society of Maryland.
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September 15, 2011
Minority and Disadvantage Business Enterprise Certification - Learn about the State's Minority Business Enterprise program and the certification process from an MDOT specialist. Attendees will be introduced to the application process and obtain answers to questions about how to navigate through the certification process. Program requirements and qualification criteria will be explained. Mon., Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-noon, 11 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore. $35. 410-837-4928. LeTip of Howard County: Business Networking and Tips - LeTip of Howard County: Business Networking and Tips invites attendees to bring business cards for networking opportunities.
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December 22, 2003
Souza Agency hires two new employees The Souza Agency, an Annapolis marketing communications firm, has hired two employees. Jimmy Swierczewski, a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's imaging and digital arts program, joined Souza in September and heads the digital-arts team. He has expertise in digital video, animation and interactive Web design. Before joining Souza he was associate producer, creative director and audio mixer for an independent feature film, Ghostwatcher, that won the Maryland Fantastic Film Festival's Best Film award this year.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,sun reporter | March 9, 2007
Isis withdraws from program The head of a firm fast-tracked for state certification as a minority business has withdrawn her company from the program. But the probe of Maryland's minority business enterprise system continues. Carol L. Hirschburg, a longtime Republican strategist, had asked that her company, Isis Technology Consulting LLC, be removed from Maryland's Minority Business Enterprise program March 1, the same day The Sun detailed her efforts to get a $12 million slice of a three-year, $110 million technology contract with the state Department of Human Resources.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | April 9, 2004
In the face of intense lobbying by Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and minority business leaders, a House committee passed legislation yesterday that would direct 10 percent of all state contracting dollars to small businesses. The measure is part of an effort by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s administration to revamp the state's Minority Business Enterprise Program. Steele and several dozen business and community leaders gathered early yesterday outside the State House for a rally, during which they called on lawmakers to act on the legislation.
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March 4, 1994
Annapolis police arrested a 22-year-old Annapolis woman yesterday and charged her with battery and possession of drugs.Deshera L. Franklin of the first block of Heritage Court was being held in the county jail on $10,000 bond.Police said they saw the alleged battery victim, 31-year-old Joy James of the first block of Pleasant St., running down Clay Street with scissors in her hand, chasing another woman.Police said that when they stopped her she was bleeding under her eye and told them she had been hit by a bottle.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN REPORTER | May 25, 2007
Maryland Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari said yesterday that he has revamped the leadership of the Minority Business Enterprise Program to bring it "more accountability and transparency" after complaints and a recent audit highlighted troubles with the state office. Porcari had determined that some companies might have been improperly certified for the program that aims to bolster companies run by women and minorities. He has said that one company was approved through a "cynical manipulation" of the process.
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By Ben Pillow and Ben Pillow,Baltimoresun.com Staff | April 27, 2004
Touting a commitment "to level the playing field" for state businesses, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. today signed into law 170 pieces of legislation, including "brownfields" and minority business enterprise reform, as well as historic preservation tax credits. "Today, we take significant steps in the right direction to level the playing field for Maryland businesses and continue to strengthen Maryland's economic future through revitalization of unused facilities and older communities," Ehrlich said in a statement.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN REPORTER | May 25, 2007
Maryland Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari said yesterday that he has revamped the leadership of the Minority Business Enterprise Program to bring it "more accountability and transparency" after complaints and a recent audit highlighted troubles with the state office. Porcari had determined that some companies might have been improperly certified for the program that aims to bolster companies run by women and minorities. He has said that one company was approved through a "cynical manipulation" of the process.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,sun reporter | May 20, 2007
State auditors are examining BWI's concessions manager and the minority-owned shops and restaurants participating in a program designed to help them prosper, after mixed results, lawsuits and tenant complaints. Some minority business owners say the airport and concessions manager BAA Maryland Inc. became so focused on building a large shopping mall inside the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport that it hurt their ability to earn a larger share of the millions spent there.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,sun reporter | March 9, 2007
Isis withdraws from program The head of a firm fast-tracked for state certification as a minority business has withdrawn her company from the program. But the probe of Maryland's minority business enterprise system continues. Carol L. Hirschburg, a longtime Republican strategist, had asked that her company, Isis Technology Consulting LLC, be removed from Maryland's Minority Business Enterprise program March 1, the same day The Sun detailed her efforts to get a $12 million slice of a three-year, $110 million technology contract with the state Department of Human Resources.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2005
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. scrambled to calm growing anger yesterday over his comments earlier this week about one day ending Maryland's program to increase minority participation in state contracts. In one closed-door meeting after another, Ehrlich tried to assure lawmakers - many of whom plan to voice their concerns at a noon news conference today - that he is committed to the state's Minority Business Enterprise program and has worked to expand it. "The comments arose out of [Comptroller William Donald Schaefer's]
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | October 6, 2004
Minority contractors are protesting the state's choice of a firm to study Maryland's use of minority- and women-owned businesses, saying it bypassed a well-qualified and cheaper company that is owned by a black woman. The contractors further criticized the state's choice of National Economic Research Associates Inc. of White Plains, N.Y., saying that company played a key role in designing Chicago's minority business enterprise program, which was struck down last year by a federal judge who said it was not properly tailored to remedy past discrimination.
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By Ben Pillow and Ben Pillow,Baltimoresun.com Staff | April 27, 2004
Touting a commitment "to level the playing field" for state businesses, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. today signed into law 170 pieces of legislation, including "brownfields" and minority business enterprise reform, as well as historic preservation tax credits. "Today, we take significant steps in the right direction to level the playing field for Maryland businesses and continue to strengthen Maryland's economic future through revitalization of unused facilities and older communities," Ehrlich said in a statement.
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July 9, 2001
Traffic changes start on portion of Elm Road today Starting today, roadway changes near Baltimore-Washington International Airport will affect people using Elm Road to return rental cars and for access to BWI and the Sheraton International Hotel. Travelers will use a newly constructed portion of Elm Road with traffic in both directions until September, when the parallel portion of Elm Road will be constructed. The construction is part of BWI's $1.8 billion expansion program. Information about construction and traffic pattern will be updated and is available at 1-800- I-FLY-BWI or by listening to 1040-AM when driving within a five-mile radius of the airport.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | October 6, 2004
Minority contractors are protesting the state's choice of a firm to study Maryland's use of minority- and women-owned businesses, saying it bypassed a well-qualified and cheaper company that is owned by a black woman. The contractors further criticized the state's choice of National Economic Research Associates Inc. of White Plains, N.Y., saying that company played a key role in designing Chicago's minority business enterprise program, which was struck down last year by a federal judge who said it was not properly tailored to remedy past discrimination.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | April 9, 2004
In the face of intense lobbying by Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and minority business leaders, a House committee passed legislation yesterday that would direct 10 percent of all state contracting dollars to small businesses. The measure is part of an effort by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s administration to revamp the state's Minority Business Enterprise Program. Steele and several dozen business and community leaders gathered early yesterday outside the State House for a rally, during which they called on lawmakers to act on the legislation.
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By Todd Beamon and Todd Beamon,Baltimoresun.com Staff | February 27, 2004
ANNAPOLIS -- Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced an overhaul of Maryland's minority business practices, including the signing of three executive orders that would create programs to foster relationships with businesses and redesign procurement systems. "We knew that the present system was implemented in good faith," Ehrlich said at a news conference at the State House in Annapolis. "But we know that that system has deep flaws." The 50 recommendations presented in a report from the 18-member panel -- the Governor's Commission on Minority Business Enterprise Reform -- seek to increase contracting opportunities for minority businesses while centralizing access to information and improving opportunities to receive capital.
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