The Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce
Seven years has gone by fast for the Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce (SMMCOC), the regional voice for small, minority, women and veteran owned businesses. We are different from other Chambers as we are an All-Volunteer, Regional Chamber, representing Calvert County, Charles County, St. Mary’s County and Southern Prince George’s County. We are represented on the Southern Maryland Economic Development Association (SMEDA), the Southern Maryland Tri-County Council Workforce Investment Board, the Charles County Chamber Military Alliance Council and Partners with the Southern Maryland Economic Development Departments. Having a seat at the table in order to make a difference matters!
We are also different in that we don’t believe in duplication of efforts. The College of Southern Maryland’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has the resources and expertise to assist businesses needing assistance. As such, the SMMCOC refers its members to the CSM SDBC for assistance. We focus on policy and legislation that has an impact on Small Businesses and provide verbal and written testimony during the Legislative Sessions in Annapolis. As determined needed, the SMMCOC also develops and submits Proposed Legislation for consideration.
There are ninety-one (91) SMMCOC members.
The Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
In 2016, the SMMCOC established the Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a 501 © (3) organization.
In 2016, in partnership with Last Mile Broadband of Maryland LLC, the Foundation applied for and was awarded a grant from the Rural Maryland Council to facilitate the development, marketing, distribution, receipt and the analysis of Southern Maryland Counties Broadband Demand Surveys.
In 2019, in partnership with BEACON at Salisbury University, the Foundation applied for and was awarded a grant from the Rural Maryland Council to facilitate Saving and Creating Small Business Jobs in Rural Maryland. “Saving and Creating Small Business Jobs in Rural Maryland” is a project to support public policy decisions makers in making better informed “Job Creation” and “Job Retention” policy decisions.
In 2019, in Partnership with Lifestyles and the Southern Maryland Tri-County Council, coordinated the Southern Maryland Community Development Week event.