The Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce Foundation (SMMCOCFDN) was established. It is a 501 © (3) organization.
The SMMCOCFDN submitted three (3) Grant Proposals to the Rural Maryland Council (RMC). Phase I of all three proposals were accepted. We are awaiting the final decisions. John Huggins is the lead technical representative.
Our submittals include:
- MAEDRF submission to, in selected areas in the Tri-County area, conduct broadband demand surveys, develop an analysis report of the returned surveys and conduct high-level wireless/fiber engineering in preparation for identifying, as least one town or area that meets the criteria for submitting a USDA Farm Bill Broadband Loan request, before the end of the submittal period – Sept 30, 2017.
- RMPIF submission to facilitate the development of sustainable business owner/CEO Training Program; supporting the Tri-County area
- RMPIF submission to also supports broadband surveys, development of detailed fiber & wireless broadband network engineering, competitive analysis, detailed business financials to support submittal of a viable proposal for a successful submittal to the USDA Farm Bill Broadband Loan and/or Economic Development Administration funding programs. The higher funding request with this submission; would allow us to obtain administrative, accounting and other support required to get all the critical inputs required for the USDA broadband loan (up to $10 Million) and/or Economic Development Administration funding (up to $300K) program submissions done.