The Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin is collaborating with the Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs to connect with more small businesses in Worcester County.

(Sept. 20, 2019) Small and minority-owned businesses have an opportunity to connect with Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin.

The Maryland Governor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women Business Affairs has announced the second year of small business outreach events with three Maryland casinos, one of which is Ocean Downs. 

The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. Registration is free. 

At the event, owners of small businessness and certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) firms can learn how to do business with Ocean Downs. They can meet buyers and learn what Ocean Downs is buying now and in the future. 

“They’re going to let people meet one-on-one with the buyers that connect with the small business buyers,” Alison Tavik, director of communications and outreach for the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs, said. 

Some of these contracted services are food and beverage, administrative purchasing, gaming supplies or information technology. Tavik said personal contact and face-to-face meetings between local businesses is vital. 

“We all like to do business with people we know and trust and like,” Tavik said. “This is the first step to starting to build those kind of relationships. It’s very hard for small businesses on their own.” 

Tavik hopes the event will break down barriers for small minority-owned businesses. She explained that the event began when Ocean Downs asked two years ago how it could connect with more minority-owned businesses. 

Together, they brainstormed the event and looped in two other casinos, the Rocky Gap Casino and Resort in Cumberland and the Hollywood Casino in Perryville. These connections are important because each casino must do a certain percentage of business with minority-owned businesses, according to Tavik. 

Registration will close at noon on Thursday, Sept. 24. There is no restriction for the number of attendees. 

“Depending on your small business, there may be opportunities that you don’t even know exist,” Tavik said. “This is a great opportunity to figure that out.” 

Tavik said that the event is a good deal for small businesses because they can make an informed decision for only an hour of their time. 

For more information about the event, visit or call Ocean Downs at 410-641-0600.

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