Maryland State Delegate Herman Taylor (l) presented a business award to 22 awardees at the Minority Business Enterprise Awards at the National Harbor on Fri., Oct. 2. Awardees included Denise Rolark Barnes (second from left), publisher of the Washington Informer Newspaper; with Delegate Veronica Turner, chair, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland; and Obie Patterson, president, Maryland Black Caucus Foundation. Photo by Maurice G. Fitzgerald
The advancement of small and minority businesses was the goal of the community members gathered at the Minority Business Awards Reception on Fri., Oct. 2 at the National Harbor in Prince Georgeâ€™s County. The Washington Informer publisher Denise Rolark Barnes was among the 22 honorees at the reception.
â€œThe greatest source of job creation is small businesses and I believe we have a president and a Congress dedicated to growing this economy,â€ said Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D- District 4). â€œI believe we are on the cusp of job creation in the global economy.â€
The Awards Reception was sponsored by the Maryland Black Caucus Foundation and the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. Delegate Herman Taylor (D- District 14) served as the host for the event.
â€œWe take the lifting up of Black businesses very seriously, and we continue to fight for our fair share of dollars in our community,â€ Taylor said. â€œWe are looking for more than a level playing field; we need to start advancing on that field.â€
Taylor also indicated that he is â€œtesting the watersâ€ for a possible run for Congress in Marylandâ€™s 4th District.
One major area in which minority participation is lacking is the gaming industry. Despite some initial opposition to bringing slot parlors into the state, a referendum was passed during the November elections that paved the way for slot machines.