On October 11, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., MWBC hosted an in-person networking event exclusively for Rockville businesses. Named Rockville B2B Connection, this inaugural event convened fellow business owners and community leaders to learn about ways MWBC supports local businesses, connect with representatives of M&T Bank, and hear special guest speaker, Kaori Hirakawa, of One Language, LLC, as she discussed the topic: Is English a gateway or a barrier?

Based on her experience serving as the language access manager for Montgomery County, Kaori made a huge discovery regarding public communications–the enormous difficulties local governments experienced when sharing essential information in multiple languages with our region’s diverse community members. She founded her company to help organizations identify and correct systemic and incidental communication issues that are embedded throughout their processes and systems, which gives her unique insights into this issue.
In addition to presenter remarks, conversations, and networking, our current cohort of Shop Local vendors showcased their products to help raise visibility of their businesses and the Shop Local Retail Incubator Program. Shop Local is one of the many ways MWBC supports local, women-owned enterprises who often graduate the program and move into their own brick and mortar locations. 
A light breakfast was provided by our generous presenter: M&T Bank. We thank them for their support of MWBC and Maryland’s small businesses.  

This special event successfully connected businesses located in the City of Rockville with each other and offered them additional support resources to assist their business development and growth. 
Look for future Rockville B2B Connection events to be scheduled in 2023. 

Keynote speaker Kaori Hirakawa, of One Language, LLC, discussed the topic: Is English a gateway or a barrier?


Shop Local retailers attended to showcase their products and raise visibility of our retail incubator program.

Guest speakers promoted the small business support offered by MWBC and other local partners, including M&T Bank. 


Attendees enjoy networking and learning about MWBC’s counseling and resource support offered to women entrepreneurs and small businesses in Maryland.