Small and Minority Business Officer


Salary: Depends on Qualifications

OPENING DATE: 06/17/22

CLOSING DATE: 07/01/22 12:00 AM

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is seeking a highly skilled and
experienced Small and Minority Business Officer for the further development of an inclusive and
equitable economy in Howard County, Maryland.  This individual must be able to work
collaboratively, professionally and competently in a fast-paced, high-performance, and multi-
disciplined work environment. In this role, this individual will build connections and relationships
within the business community and facilitate opportunities for business growth and capital investment
with a specific concentration on small and minority businesses.


  • Provide vision in partnership with Managing Director of Business Development regarding
    strategies to grow and strengthen Howard County’s small business community in an inclusive
    and diverse way
    Create opportunities for small and minority business expansion and attraction
    Manage relationships with key stakeholders in the business community
    Serve as a voice of HCEDA at all public venues, articulating the organization’s vision,
    mission, and strategy to all constituency groups; creating strong linkages with community
    residents and groups so the highest degree of impact can be achieved through the most
    effective use of resources
    Implement small and minority business support, outreach, community engagement and
    relationship management events as appropriate
    Meet regularly with client companies to assist with expansion or relocation opportunities and
    provide coaching/education and facilitate connections to resources to accelerate their growth
    Provide technical assistance to local businesses through response to inquiries, outreach, and
    connecting businesses to state and local resources
    Input and maintain accurate data into reporting software to reflect workplan activities as
    outlined in the organization’s Strategic Plan
    Work both collaboratively and independently with business development team, and partners
    to complete nonrecurring and ongoing projects as assigned
    Lead, manage, and/or serve on various committees, both internal to HCEDA, county
    departments and/or external in the community representing HCEDA interests


  • Previous experience working with minority businesses preferred
    Verified commitment to serving the needs of underrepresented groups
    Extensive experience interfacing with internal and external stakeholders and diverse clientele
    Respect for and genuine interest in advancing the growth of small and minority-based
    businesses in Howard County
    Comfortable in fast-paced environment and ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
    3+ years of proven, successful track record of business retention and attraction activities in
    an economic development office preferably at the local (county or municipality level)
    Working knowledge of State of MD economic development programs and resources
    Knowledgeable of the principles and practices of economic development and the general
    business community
    Demonstrated experience with economic development, deal structure development and
    Exceptional attention to detail, and the ability to demonstrate strong communication,
    organizational, time management, writing, mathematic and problem-solving skills
    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other professionals and
    community leaders
    Demonstrate enthusiasm, professionalism, and willingness to work as a team. Must be able
    to prioritize work load, handle pressure and meet deadlines
    Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Windows Software, knowledge of
    Salesforce and CoStar preferred but not required, and basic mobile technologies. Able to
    learn reporting software platforms


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • 3-5 years of experience in economic development, community development, government, or
    small business

Qualified candidates should send resumes, cover letter and salary expectations to the attention of
Ms. Kimmie at  No phone calls please.

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