Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month-Interview with Nestor Gavidia

From September 15 through October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month highlights the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors come from the Spanish-speaking world. In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we interviewed one of Maryland Women’s Business Center’s newest team members, Nestor Gavidia, about his role at MWBC. When did you join Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) and why? I joined the MWBC in September 2020 with a goal of supporting entrepreneurs and businesses, especially in the childcare industry.  I have expertise in CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) B2B sales and marketing in the U.S. and internationally. I have worked with retail chains, distributors/wholesalers, importers/exporters, brokers and e-commerce businesses in the food industry. I conducted market research and product sourcing domestically and internationally, including Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama.   My professional goals are aligned with MWBC’s mission to help start, sustain, and grow women-owned enterprises. What is your…

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Mid-Year Business Assessment & SBA Certification Processes

Mid-Year Business Assessment & SBA Certification Processes The year is halfway over! It’s time to think about ways you can reflect, assess and finish the remainder of the year prepared and strong, including a new SBA certification process for small businesses. The certification process for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSBs) will begin to change as SBA implements Congress’ changes to the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program (WOSB Federal Contracting Program), as put forth in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Why is this important?  These new regulations make it easier for qualified small businesses to participate in the WOSB Federal Contracting Program by improving your customer experience. At the same time, the SBA is strengthening oversight and maintaining the integrity of the certification process. Once the new WOSB Federal Contracting Program, here are a few regulations that will go into effect: SBA will provide…

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