Minority Business Vision

The Frederick County Minority Business Vision (MBV) was established in 2015 as an initiative to assist minority businesses. The Frederick County Office of Economic Development has taken the lead on this initiative and works with local and state partners to provide resources, educational opportunities, and networking events for minority, veteran or women-owned businesses throughout the year.

The Comcast RISE program will initially be available for Black business owners. Beginning November 28, 2020, all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) business owners will be eligible to apply for Comcast RISE.

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Diversity and Inclusion Business Directory

Networking Events

2021 Diversity and Inclusion Networking Events

OED holds monthly networking events geared towards helping minorities start a business and helping minority-owned businesses grow. Events include experts on topics such as marketing, finances, procurement, real estate, exit strategy and more. Exciting business connections are always happening at the networking events – Come check it out!

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Educational Opportunities

Frederick County Minority Business Executive Development Program 

Program Partners

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development has partnered with Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University to offer the Executive Development Program to enhance and acquire new tools and techniques to further develop skills in Business Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Promotion and Advertising, Organizational Leadership and Organizational Management. 

This course is designed for mid-level and senior management executives and business owners representing small, medium and large businesses. 

Class of 2020

Frederick County Future Minority Business Leaders Program 


Established in 2017 by the Frederick County Office of Economic Development as way to help grow minority business leaders through resources, networking and business education that inspires future leaders. Meet Frederick County’s Minority Business Leaders.

Class of 2019

Class of 2018

Class of 2017

Business Leader Spotlight

Jay Mason – Go Get It!

Theresa Harrison – Where Our Story Begins

Jason Lee – The Business Journey of a Frederick Native

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Xavier Bruce

Michelle Nusum-Smith Runner-up in ROOT Video Pitch Competition

Community Spotlight: Chris Foreman

Timika Thrasher, Thomas Houze, and Marielle Avila

Walter Hood, Ivana Shuck, and Tawanda Bailey

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Keep Up Social Justice Book List

Theme: Motivation and Leadership

“Trademark Like a Boss: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Protecting Your Brand”
This book shows entrepreneurs and business owners how to trademark their names, logos, and/or slogans without spending thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees.
Author: Radiance W. Harris
Submitted by Radiance W. Harris, Esq
Availability: Amazon and for order at local book stores.

“Uplift Your Damn Self! A Black Veteran’s Guide for In-Powerment: 8 Rules to Make a Strategic Energetic Transition”
This book is for people who forge their own paths, who don’t belong in the narrow confines of a particular town or vocation, who still struggle to connect with people or idealogies.
Author Dr. Xavier Bruce
Submitted by Dr. Xavier Bruce, Owner Uplift Energy Coaching LLC, 2019 FCFMBL Valedictorian
Availability: Amazon

“Truly Blessed”
This book is both a richly tailored history of Pendergrass’s musical roots---and an unflinching look at what it is like being disabled.
Authors: Teddy Pendergast and Patricia Romanowski
Submitted by Sherman Coleman, Frederick County Office of Economic Development
Availability: Amazon and for order at local book stores.

“Expect to Win: 10 proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace”
This book is for anyone looking for the tools to help them handle the common challenges we all face at some point in our careers.
Author: Carla A Harris
Submitted by Amanda Lee, Frederick County Office of Economic Development
Availability: Amazon and for order at local book stores.

“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”
Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. The book chronicles her life from age 3 through age 16, recounting an unsettled and sometimes traumatic childhood.
Author: Maya Angelou
Submitted by Dawn Onley, Onley Communications
Availability: FCPL, Amazon, and local book stores.

Be sure to check out Frederick County Public Library’s Building Bridges Booklist: FCPL books exploring anti-racism for all ages.

The Smithsonian Institute has put together 158 Resources to understanding racism in America.  

Maryland Minority-Owned Business Resources


For more information about any Minority Business Vision programs, events, or to be added to the Business Directory, call 301-600-2137.