May is the Month of Opportunity!

"Shark Tank" Casting Call  Returns to Salisbury University, May 9th

Pitch your idea to the producers of ABC's Shark Tank. All entrants will tape a short video that will be sent to the Shark Tank casting offices. The casting call/auditions will be held at Perdue Hall, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Md. Interested parties must pre-register by calling (410) 742-4747, ext. 346. Event sponsored by Salisbury University & the MD Small Business Development Center, Maryland Capital Enterprises and WMDT-TV47. Additional information can be found online.

31st Annual MD Small Business Week Awards Luncheon, May 15th

Interpreted in starting your own business? Looking for new customers? Maybe you could use a loan for a new equipment purchase or working capital? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you don't want to miss the 31st Annual MD Small Business Week Awards Luncheon on May 15th. This is a unique opportunity to network with other small business owners, government contractors, government representatives, small business resource providers. Many of the SBA's top lenders will be there as well. This is your chance to network with busy bankers who can be hard to find by phone. Attend and promote your product or service to fellow attendees Past attendees have sealed deals during this very event!

Friday, May 15, 2015, 11am - 1:30pm

11am: Registration, Trade Show & Networking

11:45am - 1:30pm: Ceremony/Awards Presentations

Location: Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn, Md.

Join us as we celebrate the Maryland winners of SBA’s 2015 National Small Business Week Awards Program and the winners of The Chamber Challenge.

Meet the winners and hear their inspiring stories. Network with over 500 attendees, including: fellow small business owners, SBA certified lenders, state and local government representatives, chamber of commerce representatives and small business resource providers. Bring lots of business cards - you'll need them! This is your chance to meet  the decision makers at area banks and rub elbows with your Congressional delegations.

This year's exhibitors include: SBA, SCORE-Counselors to America's Small Business, the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development,  Bay Bank,  Bowman & Co., CPA PC, Strategic Banking Partners, the Baltimore Business Journal, DigiGENICS and Select Specialty. Additional exhibitors to be announced.

Register Online! Tickets are $60 each or a table of 10 is $600. For more information or to register, visit the event website at or contact or 410-244-3337.

SBA's participation is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person of entity. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. Contact Rachel Howard, 410-244-3337 or Co-Sponsorship Agreement #15-0373-85.

Check out the full calendar of events online.