5-10-11: Minority Businesshttp://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wypr/local-wypr-967998.mp3]
Like many states, Maryland sets aside a percentage of its contracts to be awarded to firms owned by women and minorities. For minority-owned firms, it’s about 25 percent. In Maryland specifically, a percentage of that percentage is set aside specifically for African-American and women owned firms. But legislation passed by the General Assembly and scheduled to be signed today by Gov. O’Malley’s signature would remove those “sub goals. ”
That worries some women and minority business owners. We talk with Luwanda Jenkins, Special Secretary for the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs, and Monyka Berrocosa, Public Outreach Chair of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Baltimore Regional Chapter, and founder and owner of My City 4 Her.
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