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Minority business owners sought for award

August 06, 2006

BALTIMORE - The Governor's Office on Minority Affairs (OMA) and The Daily Record have launched an awards program to salute and highlight Maryland's minority and women business owners who, through their innovation, sacrifice, and dedication, provide exceptional products and services that fuel the state's economy.

"This is our way of thanking Maryland's entrepreneurs for their daily sacrifices, courage and successes," said Secretary Sharon Roberson Pinder. "We encourage the nomination of business owners who are making a difference and deserve the highest recognition."

Nominees must be Maryland-based minority or women business owners who demonstrate outstanding achievement in four key areas: business development, client satisfaction, professional affiliations and community outreach. Nominees must be in good standing with the State of Maryland and have been in operation for at least three years.

Nominations are due no later than Wednesday, Aug. 16.

A panel of judges will review applications and select the winners, who will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, in Adelphi, on Friday, Oct. 27. Winners will be featured in a special magazine in The Daily Record, and promoted around the state by the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs.

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For more information about the awards program, the nomination process or to obtain a nomination form, please log on to www.TopMBE.com.

Nomination forms also may be picked up and returned to The Daily Record at 11 E. Saratoga St., Baltimore, MD 21202.

For more information on the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs visit www.mdminoritybusiness.com.

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