[photo, 100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland] Chair (chosen by Governor): Jimmy H. Rhee, Special Secretary of Small, Minority, & Women Business Affairs

Appointed by Governor: Miriam L. Brewer; Brindisi Chan; Debra E. Keller-Greene; John D. Lewis; Courtney A. McCalla; Karen E. Pecora-Barbour; Maria A. Waller.

Appointed by Senate President: C. Anthony Muse

Appointed by House Speaker: Benjamin T. Brooks, Sr.

Appointed by Chair, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc.: Edith J. Patterson; Barbara A. Robinson.

Ex officio: Brian E. Frosh, Attorney General; Celester A. (Les) Hall, Jr., designee of Secretary of Commerce; Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation; Jimmy H. Rhee, Special Secretary of Small, Minority, & Women Business Affairs.

Staff: James R. King, Jr.

100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland, July 2016. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

c/o Office of Small, Minority, & Women Business Affairs
100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21202
(410) 767-4654
e-mail: james.kingjr@maryland.gov

Report to Governor & General Assembly due Dec. 31, 2017 (Chapter 480, Acts of 2016).

In June 2016, the Task Force to Investigate the Challenges of and Opportunities for Minorities in Business was established (Chapter 480, Acts of 2016).

The Task Force is investigating discriminatory practices against minority- and women-owned businesses, including such discrimination against franchisees by franchisors. Further, issues concerned with access to working capital by small, minority and women-owned businesses are being reviewed and examined by the Task Force. These issues include working capital needs; availability of working capital and barriers to it; and what State resources are available to such businesses. Finally, the Task Force is examining and assessing incentives for business entities that employ ex-felons.

Authorization for the Task Force ends June 30, 2018.

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