MWMCA to Host Its 7th Annual Spring Breakfast; Gov. O’Malley and Other Influential Leaders To Be Honored

MWMCA will host its annual Spring Breakfast/Annual Meeting at Martin's West on May 14.

MWMCA will host its annual Spring Breakfast/Annual Meeting at Martin's West on May 14.

Maryland’s premier advocate for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) inclusion, Md. Washington Minority Contractors’ Association, Inc (MWMCA), will on Friday, May 14, host its 7th Annual Spring Breakfast/Annual Meeting.

L-R: Gov. Martin O'Malley & Ibrahim Dabo. Gov. O'Malley will received the “Most Distinguished Leader of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise” Award

L-R: Gov. Martin O'Malley & Ibrahim Dabo. Gov. O'Malley will receive the “Most Distinguished Leader of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise” Award

The theme for this year’s event is “ONE MARYLAND, #1 In America For Minority Business.”

Among this year’s 12 honorees are Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland, who will receive the “Most Distinguished Leader of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise” Award.

Catherine E. Pugh, State Senator, District 40, Baltimore City, has been named “Legislator of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”; and Andra Cain, President, Cain Contracting, Inc., has been named “Minority Business Enterprise of the Year”.

Luwanda Jenkins, Special Secretary, Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs, has been named “Most Supportive Government Agency for Minority Business Enterprise”.

L-R: Sen. Catherine Pugh & Ibrahim Dabo. Sen. Pugh will receive the “Legislator of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

L-R: Sen. Catherine Pugh & Ibrahim Dabo. Sen. Pugh will receive the “Legislator of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

“MWMCA plays a very, very important connecting role for minority-owned businesses in our State.

“In this time, where we are powering through this national and global recession, it is critically important for us to be connected to information, technical assistance, and the opportunities that allow us to start growing the economic power in our State,” said Gov. O’Malley.

Gov. O’Malley added that minority businesses are a very, very important part of our economic development strategy in Maryland.

“The fact that we have a diverse contractor and subcontractor pool means that we are far more competitive than other States in attracting federal investment for the important national missions that go on within Maryland, and were it not for the minority businesses, those dollars would not be coming to Maryland,” Gov. O’Malley said.

L-R: Ibrahim Dabo & Wayne Frazier, Sr., president of MWMCA

L-R: Ibrahim Dabo & Wayne Frazier, Sr., president of MWMCA

Wayne Frazier, Sr., president of MWMCA said: “Having Governor O’Malley and The Cordish Company in the same room at the same time discussing the future of our State in regards to gaming is a very powerful occurrence.”

The Cordish Company, which was recently awarded a two billion-dollar Las Vegas sports and entertainment complex development, will present a video plan of a major project they will undertake in developing Maryland’s first entertainment and casino complex at Arundel Mills.

L-R: Luwanda Jenkins & Ibrahim Dabo. Secretary Jenkins will receive the Most Supportive Government Agency for Minority Business Enterprise”

L-R: Luwanda Jenkins & Ibrahim Dabo. Secretary Jenkins will receive the "Most Supportive Government Agency for Minority Business Enterprise” Award

Andra Cain, president of Cain Contracting, Inc., continues to excel.

“Cain Contracting takes MBE participation very seriously. Not only do we hold General Contractors to a higher standard, we also hold ourselves to that standard,” Cain said. 

Sharing advice with other Minority Business Enterprises, Mr. Cain said: “The best advice I can give to other MBEs you have to sustain, know where you stand, and your limitations and qualifications.

“Build your resume; and the most important thing I can tell you is that you cannot start out on the $10 million-dollar projects. Start where you are comfortable and build your business from there.”

More than 1,000 guests from private and government agency sectors have already registered to attend MWMCA’s breakfast, which has been dubbed as the biggest networking event of the year.

There will be a vendor expo before and after the event, which has been slated for 7:30am to 11:00am at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21244. For more information, visit http://www.mwmca.org/home.

The complete 2010 honoree listings are as follows:

Baltimore County Public Schools

“Public School District of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

L-R: Andra Cain & Ibrahim Dabo. Mr. Cain will receive the “Minority Business Enterprise of the Year” Award

L-R: Andra Cain & Ibrahim Dabo. Mr. Cain will receive the “Minority Business Enterprise of the Year” Award

Andra Cain

President

Cain Contracting, Inc.

“Minority Business Enterprise of the Year”

Concrete General, Inc.

“Prime Contractor of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

Luwanda Jenkins

Special Secretary

Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs

“Most Supportive Government Agency for Minority Business Enterprise”

Frances Borzymowski

President

Fleet Electric, Inc.

“Lifetime Achievement Award for Minority Business Enterprise”

Beverley K. Swaim-Staley

Secretary

 Maryland Department of Transportation

“Most Inclusive Government Leader of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

 Mansco Perry, III, CFA

 Maryland State Retirement and Pension System

“Most Inclusive Investment Officer of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

 Governor Martin O’Malley

“Most Distinguished Leader of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

 Pepco Holdings, Inc.

“Most Inclusive Utility Company of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

 PNC Bank

“Financial Institution of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

 State Senator Catherine E. Pugh

“Legislator of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

 Kinsley Construction
“Prime Contractor of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

Also See:
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· University of Maryland Medical System Has Strengthened Ties with Minorities, Says COO Herbert Buchanan
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. “Future 50” Executives Honored at SmartCEO’s Star-studded Awards Gala in Baltimore
. Minority Businesses Prepare For Multi-million Dollar Gaming Industry In Maryland

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