Appreciating Calvert’s Minority Businesses

Calvert County’s 14th Annual Business Appreciation Week is May 6-9, a week filled with events that highlight the importance of the business community to the overall fabric of the county. The week includes multiple visits to businesses by the county commissioners and several special events.

The kickoff event, on Monday, May 6 is sponsored by the Calvert County Minority Business Alliance (CCMBA) along with the county’s Department of Economic Development, an indication of the significant role that minority
enterprises play within the overall business infrastructure.

In recognition of minority businesses significance, The County Times sat down with three of CCMBA’s leaders to discuss the organization and the role played by minorities in the business community. Current President Bryant Parker, immediate past president Dawn Tucker and one of their founders, Michael Moore participated in the April 29 interview.

Parker is a Calvert County native and a 1984 Northern High School graduate. He operates Elite Martial Arts Academy in Owings. “We started in 1992 here in Calvert County, as a martial arts center for kids, youth and adults. And we’re still here,” he said, noting it was his school that brought Taekwondo to the county. He said he is a protege of former county commissioner Pat Nutter.

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