Doris Spencer, President of SMBCC

President’s Message

This has been an extremely busy time for The Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (SMMCOC). During January through April, the primary focus was the 2016 Legislative Session; monitoring legislation applicable to minority business in the State of Maryland.  The SMMCOC spent time in Annapolis speaking with Legislators on specific bills, wrote letters to the Legislators and provided verbal and written testimony, where applicable.   Concurrently, the SMMCOC and a number of other State and regional partners, collaborated to plan “The Southern Maryland Energy and Procurement Expo: Exploring the Future of the Energy Sector”. The event occurred on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for Business and Industry (BI), located on the campus of the College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, Maryland. Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford was the Keynote Speaker and Delegate Sally Jameson, District 28, Charles County and Michael Leslie, Director of Energy & Sustainability, Maryland Department of Commerce participated as Moderators of the three (3) Panel Discussions on, which addressed current energy trends, utility infrastructure improvements underway in Southern Maryland and workforce needs. Participants enjoyed the Panel Discussions, featuring leaders of local utilities, suppliers and government officials describing emerging energy sector opportunities. Lt. Governor Rutherford provided the keynote address during lunch.

The event was a huge success!

For more information about the Southern Maryland Energy and Procurement Expo download a copy of the Energy and Procurement Expo Program Book , which is on the SMMCOC website www.smmcoc.org.