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.

Frederick County Minority Business Directory


Networking Events

2020 Minority Business Vision Networking Events

The MBV 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 MBV Networking – Come check it out!

Dates TBD


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 

Alumni

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

Read More Here


Keep Up Social Justice Book List

“Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans”
For those wishing to fight ignorance with intelligence and racism with facts, information from government sources and published studies.
Author: Fari Chideya
Submitted by Michele Nusum-Smith, The Word Woman Owner, 2017 FCFMBL Alumni
Availability: Used Book Stores

“The Refractive Thinker” Volume X (Chapter 2)
Join General Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF ret. and contributing scholars as they discuss research regarding effective business strategies for the defense sector.
Author Dr. Xavier Bruce
Submitted by Dr. Xavier Bruce, Owner Uplift Energy Coaching LLC, 2019 FCFMBL Valedictorian
Availability: Amazon

“The Color of Money: Black Banks and The Racial Wealth Gap”
The Color of Money seeks to explain the stubborn persistence of the racial wealth gap by focusing on the generators of wealth in the black community: black banks.
Author: Mehsa Baradaran
Submitted by Jay Mason, 2018 FCFMBL Alumni
Availability: FCPL, Amazon, and for order at local book stores.

“Holding Fast to Dreams”
An education leader relates how his experiences with the civil rights movement led him to develop programs promoting educational success for African Americans and others.
Author: Freeman Hrabowski III
Submitted by Jay Mason 2018 FCFMBL Alumni
Availability:  Amazon and for order at local book stores.

“Just Mercy: The Story of Justice and Redemption”
#1 New York Times Bestseller • Now a major motion picture. • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
Author:  Bryan Stevenson
Submitted by Dawn Onley, Owner of Onley Communications, 2019 FCFMBL Alumni
Availability: FCPL, Amazon, and for order at local book stores.

“The Fire Next Time”
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today.  
Author:  James Baldwin
Submitted by Dawn Onley, Owner of Onley Communications, 2019 FCFMBL Alumni
Availability: FCPL, Amazon, and for order at local book stores.

“The Audacity of Hope”
#1 New York Times Bestseller • Barack Obama’s lucid vision of America’s place in the world and call for a new kind of politics that builds upon our shared understandings as Americans, based on his years in the Senate
Author: Barack Obama
Submitted by Sherman Coleman, OED Business Development Specialist
Availability: FCPL, Amazon, and for order at local book stores.

“The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership​”
An intimate discussion of Rev Al’s personal evolution from street activist, pulpit provocateur and civil rights leader to the man he is today - one hundred pounds slimmer, and according to the New York Observer “the most thoughtful voice on cable.”
Author: Reverend Al Sharpton
Submitted by Sherman Coleman, OED Business Development Specialist
Availability: FCPL, Amazon, and for order at local book stores.

“Puddnhead Wilson : And, Those Extraordinary Twins”
A story carried by themes of racism, Southern customs, and questions of identity. On the surface it is a witty and satirical tale but as one digs deeper a biting social commentary of racial inequality can be found.​
Author:  Mark Twain
Submitted by David Brooks, Owner Brooks Behavioral Services, 2019 FCFMBL Alumni
Availability: FCPL, Amazon, and for order at local book stores.

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey
Through the arc of her own life, Senator Harris communicates a vision of shared struggle, shared purpose, and shared values and grapples with complex issues that affect America and the world at large.
Author: Kamala Harris
Submitted by Sherman Coleman, OED Business Development Specialist
Availability: FCPL, Amazon, and for order at 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


Contact

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