January 2013

Volume 2 Issue 1

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Calvert Dollars and Sense

Business & Consumer News

Published compliments of
the Calvert County Minority Business Alliance

Business Tidbits or Business News

System for Award Management (SAM) Replaces Central Contractor Registry (CCR)
The System for Award Management (SAM) is combining all federal grants and procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. This consolidation is being done in phases. full article

MD Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program Update
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) announced that the Personal Net Worth (PNW) cap applied to the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program will increase from $1,577,746 to $1,615,663 effective January 1, 2013.

MDOT's Office of Minority Business Enterprise is the State's official certification agency. To learn more about certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and/or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), call 410-865-1269 or click on the Minority Business Enterprise Tab at

Sequestration: Where Do We Stand?
Late on January 1, Congress enacted a bipartisan measure, The American Taxpayer Relief Act (H.R. 8), to avoid the fiscal cliff. The deal, which was agreed to by the White House and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Senate Minority Leader, primarily tackles tax measures. Deliberate action on spending reduction! s, inclu ding sequestration and Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations levels is expected in March. According to initial analysis, the enacted deal affects PTA priorities in the following ways: full article

The Fiscal Cliff: Where Do We Stand?
On Tuesday, January 1st, Congress passed a major legislation addressing the pending fiscal cliff. Below is a summary of the main features of the American Taxpayer Relief Act full article

Member Services

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Important Dates

  • January 15, 2013 - College of Southern MD Career Starters Program - 4:30pm-6pm - College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus
  • January 17, 2013 - Center for Trades and Energy Training (Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing and Welding) - 4:30pm-6pm - College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus
  • January 17, 2013 -  The 2nd Annual - WBE/MBE/DBE  "Night In Annapolis"5 PM - 9 PM - Lowe House Office Building, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 - Visit CCMBA's website for more information. To RSVP click here.

  • February 5, 2013 -  Andrews Air Force Base Small Business Conference - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM -Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility, MD- For more information, Contact: Mr. Willie Haney (Small Bus Specialist) ( 240-612-5671. To register, click here.
Spotlight Member

Member Spotlight

Eric Franklin, President

Congratulation to Eric Franklin, ERIMAX, Inc. President and CCMBA Board Chair.

Gazette Net
“People-centric” is how many describe Eric W. Franklin, owing to his work in workforce and business development, his employee-oriented operations and even his building of a home in which employees could share an office wing. Franklin, 51, is CEO of Erimax, an information technology and acquisition management company in Largo that handles large-scale contracts for the federal government. The 11-year-old business just graduated from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program in 2011; that program was created to help small and disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace, offering services such as mentoring, procurement and financial assistance, and training. ..Read full article

2013 Presidential
Inauguration Tickets

The 57th Presidential Inauguration Swearing-in Ceremonies will be held at the Capitol on Monday, January 21, 2013.For additional information, please visit and check back frequently since it will be updated as more information becomes available.

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CCMBA's Board Members includes Chair of the Board, Eric Franklin, President ERIMAX, Inc.; Gayle Reid, Reid Bus Service;, Edsel Brown, Jr., Edsel Brown, Jr. Financial Advisors; and Michael Moore, Mike’s House of Style, and Mable Smith.  The CCMBA officers are President, Dawn L. Tucker, Lord and Tucker Management Consultants; Angela Waul, Waul Enterprises; Natalie Holland, Treasurer, Cutty’s Rock and Ribs, Inc.; and Shanell Nero, Hooked on Nero.  CCMBA Committee Chairs include Communications Chair, Sharon Wallace, Wallace Creations; James Gray Jr., Systems Network Alliance and Government, Business, and Policy Chair, Frank Taylor; and Social Media Coordinator James Gray.

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