It was privatizing all that is public creating this new platform of minority contractor and we need to break this corruption of awarding---whether through Baltimore Board of Estimates----through Maryland Public Works----through Baltimore Development Corporation. They all distort how this system is supposed to work.
Here you see where Maryland and Baltimore distort these minority contractor laws more by extending them to corporate non-profits and they do that because they are only allowing non-profits be created to control any local economy development--making sure it is only TEMPORARY ACCORDING TO FUNDING.
Of course O'Malley---the raging 1% Wall Street global corporate neo-liberal/neo-con that does anything he is told by the 1% POSES PROGRESSIVE in selling yet another very, very, very bad labor policy as good for low-income business owners.
A majority of $3 billion for minority contracting goes to 100 companies. If that $3 billion was simply placed into a SBA loan fund----it would have created small business economies in each Baltimore community.
Among the minority: Many Maryland MBE contracts going to nonprofits
Minority: Some question whether nonprofits should qualify for MBE status
Apr 1, 2011, 6:00am EDT Updated Mar 31, 2011, 4:07pm
Scott Dance StaffBizspace Spotlight
Maryland paid nearly $800 million to 20 contractors through the state’s minority business program over much of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s first term. But almost a third of that money went to nonprofits that help people with disabilities, not the minority- and women-owned companies the program was originally intended to boost.
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Of the total $3 billion paid through the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program in that time, some 60 percent went to 100 of the 5,000 MBE-certified companies. State law mandates spending 25 percent of contracting dollars with MBE companies.
Anyone going to a Baltimore Board of Estimates meeting these several years would have heard the changing dynamics of minority status awarding from black to Latino----and now Asian as minorities. Latino contractors gained strength in awards out west----now coming to east coast states ----as a minority to black citizens. Of course over those few decades Latinos are now no longer the minority and now Asian and South Pacific nation immigrants are.
Black contractors in Baltimore have almost been completely eliminated from all but minor awards----and Latino contractors have consolidated most growth to a small percentage of people. Those Latino corporations getting these awards are generally Latino corporations already existing on the west coast.
These few years has seen this dynamic change as Asian contractors are the new minority contractor taking more of awards from Latino businesses. Meanwhile, Baltimore and Maryland are seeing population dynamics where Latino, Asian populations are growing---black and white populations are falling being pushed out of state or city looking for work. This is how Texas changed its International Economic Zone city HOUSTON to that same population dynamic.
Meanwhile, Texas's major export is white labor being sent to other cities to work ---as Texans coming to Baltimore to take jobs awarded to corporations outside of Maryland.
Asian contract awards do not depend as much on government contract awards because global corporations hire Asian workers directly especially at high-skill level. The global rich from Latin America and Asia have been allowed to be those 5% businesses getting these contracting awards.
WHO THINKS ANY OF THIS IS GOOD BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC POLICY? 5% to the 1% for now----they soon will join the 99% in this mess.
Trans Pacific Trade Pact will not allow these minority rights laws so they will use them this coming decade to advance Asian populations to build immigrant density for global corporate campuses and global factory labor pool----taking US workers with them.
Minority contracts fall for first time in decade
By Danielle Ivory May 13, 2012
U.S. government contracts to black-and Hispanic-owned small businesses fell last year for the first time in a decade, declining at a sharper rate than awards to all companies.
Contracts to the black-owned firms dropped 8 percent to $7.12 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, compared with fiscal 2010. Awards to Hispanic-owned businesses decreased 7 percent to $7.89 billion, according to federal procurement data.
Contracts to the two minority groups fell at a faster pace than all contracts, which dipped 1 percent as the U.S. government slowed spending to help reduce the federal deficit. The gap may reflect stiffer competition over a shrinking pool of revenue and the recession’s greater impact on black and Hispanic firms.
“When the masses catch a cold, we get pneumonia,’’ said Harry Alford, president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce in Washington.
Timberlyn Smith, owner of Mustardseed Cultural and Environmental Services in Kansas City, Mo., said she began worrying last year after she saw fewer government requests for proposals in her line of work. Her company assesses the environmental impact of projects such as air traffic control towers and roads.
(The Washington Post/Source: Procurement data compiled by Bloomberg)
At information sessions for small businesses, she said she was surprised to see representatives from corporations. “Big businesses are taking a lot of smaller crumbs we were able to get before the recession,’’ said Smith, who is black.
Michael Pena, who owns a small business in North Bend, Wash., said he thought being Hispanic would help him get more government work. That hasn’t happened, he said.
“There’s large competition with the big boys,’’ said Pena, owner of ImmunoSolutions, which trains military personnel on how to deal with potential bioterrorist attacks.
Small businesses are generally defined by the government as having fewer than 500 employees or less than $7 million in average annual sales.
Their awards fell 5 percent last year, though there were a few bright spots. Contracts to businesses owned by Asian and Pacific Islanders rose about 1 percent. Awards to Alaskan Native-owned firms, which benefit from a program that reserves contracts for them, jumped 5 percent.
Some black and Hispanic firms qualify for a federal program that sets aside work for small, economically and socially disadvantaged businesses. No contracts are reserved specifically for either minority group.
No ‘leg up’The absence of these set-aside programs may help explain the dip in awards for some minority groups, said James McCullough, who leads the government contracts practice at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson in Washington.
“They don’t have that leg up, so the downturn in the economy since 2008 is just pounding them,’’ he said.
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The government also has goals for awards to small, disadvantaged businesses, though it doesn’t have separate targets for ethnic groups within that category, said John Shoraka, the Small Business Administration’s associate administrator for government contracting and business development.
Small, disadvantaged businesses won about $34 billion in contracts last year, or 8 percent of the $433 billion in eligible awards, exceeding a 5 percent target set by the government, according to federal data posted online.
Even so, Robert Burton, former acting administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said some groups in that category “are clearly struggling more than others.’’
“That decline is dramatic,’’ Burton, now a partner at the law firm Venable in Washington, said. “The government needs to take a close look at this.’’
Baltimore Development has allowed the city's economy be held hostage by outside corporate players and workers for decades. This is why Baltimore has such a high unemployment rate---not just for black citizens but for white as well. The pipeline of Baltimore's wealth and assets to MONTGOMERY COUNTY has been well documented------their Chamber of Commerce has gotten fat from contracting awards for work done in Baltimore. This is as well were the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is strong with business leaders moving their branches into Maryland. This is where employment agencies are tasked with training immigrant labor for workplace employment and then a distribution line sends via Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce to contact awards all over the state----but heavily in Baltimore. This is now true for Asian businesses and Asian immigrant labor.
While Baltimore has had a growing immigrant citizen population----it has never integrated well these communities. Now, those longer-residing immigrant citizens are watching as global immigrant workforces are being brought to take global corporate campus jobs and can see where job resources will falter for Latino workers as has been the case for all other populations in Baltimore.
All of this comes from Wall Street Baltimore Development and its economic strategy of bringing labor costs to that of International Economic Zones overseas---and to assure no local, small business economies are allowed to grow in Baltimore communities.
REMEMBER---JOHNS HOPKINS NOW HAS ITS GLOBAL CORPORATE CAMPUS EXTENDED TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY THESE SEVERAL YEARS AND IS CONTROLLING THESE POLICIES.
'Having uncovered significant financial discrepancies, the Board hired a new Executive Director to trouble-shoot the operational challenges the Chamber was facing and to help restore The Chamber’s reputation'.
2012 Strategic Goals
The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce must:
- Create Financial Sustainability- Deliver Sustainable sales and profits.
- Enhance Member Success- Deliver products and services that enhance members’ success.
- Build Community- Build community among member and with the Montgomery County community at large.
In 2010 The Montgomery County, VA Chamber of Commerce found itself at an important crossroads. Having uncovered significant financial discrepancies, the Board hired a new Executive Director to trouble-shoot the operational challenges the Chamber was facing and to help restore The Chamber’s reputation. To move forward on this mission, the Board of Directors held a half-day retreat at the Blacksburg Country Club on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 to create a new strategic framework for 2011, and beyond. The specific goal of the retreat was to:
Creat a long-term strategic framework and identify three key priority initiatives for 2011-2012 for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce that build on:
- Who we are
- What we do
- Why we matter…so we create sustainable advantage
A brainstorm session resulted in the name, Project RISE. Project Rise’s goal is to develop a strategic plan for 2011 and beyond that is:
- Is RELEVANT to the Chamber’s target audience
- INFLUENCES business leaders and the broader community
- Delivers SUSTAINABLE growth
- Generates commitment to flawless EXECUTION
The process for establishing a new strategic framework began with a focused review of the Chamber’s target audience creating understanding of how the Chamber could best meet their needs. Once the opportunities for meeting target audience needs were established, the group moved on to the development of a new Chamber Architecture, which cumminuted in the development of a news position (or essence), which is captured here:
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Enhancing Members’ Success and Building Community
The loses of employment that has the participation in workforce labor stats at an all time modern history low include the loss of workplace employment gains by women from 1960s on. It also is reflected in women business ownership and executive positions across all industries.
It is no coincidence since International Economic Zone policies and global corporations do not recognize US labor laws and therefor equal protection rights for women and that goes for small business administration loans and minority women contract awards. As black male contractor business ownership declined last decade---so will all women and especially citizens of color ----
Women do not fair well in far-right authoritarian, militaristic dictatorships as is being installed by Clinton/Bush/Obama Wall Street global pols as they rebrand to 1% Wall Street Libertarian Marxism. Women are always pushed to the bottom of societal structures and this includes workplace. Overseas women in International Economic Zones are pushed into global corporate factories and today as Race to the Top and corporate K-12 is installed------vocational pre-K to career college is already tracking girls vocationally into the lower-tiered vocations that will lead to this global factory placement.
In Maryland and Baltimore women minority contract awards are following the same dynamics as above---these business owners and CEOs are tied to global corporate branches in states across the nation and their duties are often tied to installing global workforce structures......This is a black, white, brown women problem folks---everyone in and no one out of global labor pool policies.
Baltimore Development Corporation and its board are installing all these global workforce policies with goals that will remove women from business ownership and leadership next decade especially under this vulture capitalist/ANGEL investment firm structure------
THE VERY POLICY THAT WILL KILL THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN NEXT DECADE.
New Study Shows Decline In Women Entrepreneurs
New data shows for the first time in 20 years fewer women are starting businesses
by Carolyn M. Brown Posted: May 18, 2015
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Up until recently women have been starting businesses at a higher rate than men for the last 20 years. The share of new businesses started by women fell last year to its second lowest level in nearly two decades, a sign that the entrepreneurial gender gap widened last year, according to an annual index of startup activity that will be released later this month by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City, Missouri, nonprofit, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Women opened just 36.8% of new U.S. businesses in 2014, the new data reveals. That is down from an average of 40.7% over the last 19 years—and almost at the low point of 36.7% reached in 2007. In all, men started an average of roughly 337,000 U.S. businesses a month last year, up 21% from 2013, Women, by contrast, launched an average of just 196,000 businesses a month in 2014, about the same as in 2013.
What’s more, studies show that women tend to create home-based mirco businesses and personal service based businesses, while men starting businesses are entering construction and contracting fields.
The drop in startup activity has been particularly sharp among young women. For example, the average number of businesses started by U.S. women ages 20 to 34 fell nearly 27% since 1996, according to the Kauffman data. Startup activity by men under age 35 fell just 3% during this same period. Among those ages 35 to 44, startup activity fell 20% for women since 1996, while it rose 16% for men in that age group.