The Cordish Companies' Maryland Live! Casino and the Md. Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA) Host Record Number of Participants During Semi-Annual Minority Outreach Fair

More Than 650 Registrants from Small, Minority and Women-owned Businesses Met with Prime Companies to Discuss Contract Opportunities

Dec 02, 2015, 18:26 ET from The Cordish Companies

HANOVER, Md., Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A record 650 registrants from small, minority and women-owned businesses converged today at The Cordish Companies' Maryland Live! Casino to meet with dozens of prime companies interested in doing business with them during the semi-annual MINORITY OUTREACH FAIR, hosted by Maryland Live! and the Md. Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA).

The collaborative partnership between The Cordish Companies and the MWMCA has produced regular minority outreach events, where attendees have the opportunity to meet with prime entities, including other Maryland casinos, construction companies, government agencies, public utilities, and suppliers, who provide information on current and upcoming work and/or contract opportunities.

Approximately 45 prime companies, including the Maryland Port Administration, Casino at Ocean Downs, National Security Agency, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Clark Construction Group, Hollywood Casino, Gilbane Building Company, Rocky Gap Casino & Resort, Governor's Office of Minority Affairs, PNC Bank, Bank of America, Hensel Phelps, Whiting-Turner, the MD Dept. of Transportation, Tutor Perini Building Corp., the MD Dept. of Human Resources and the MD Lottery & Gaming Control Agency, among others, participated in today's event, which also included 1:1 Matchmaking Sessions.

The Cordish Companies has always received high praise and recognition from the MWMCA for its ongoing support of minority and women-owned firms.

"We're very proud of our history and partnership with The Cordish Companies, who have provided opportunities to MBE/WBE businesses that no other private company or casino in the State of Maryland has done before," said Wayne Frazier, President of the MWMCA, which serves as Maryland Live!'s certified MBE minority outreach coordinator. "They are always willing to be creative and inclusive to make sure that minority and women-owned firms are utilized in their day to day operations."

"The Cordish Companies is committed to being a leader in providing economic opportunity to minority, women and veteran-owned businesses and residents in the communities in which we operate," stated Zed Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Cordish. "Our commitment includes not only providing direct opportunities in our own businesses, but also assisting MBE/WBE/VBE companies and individuals in reaching out to the business community in general. We believe our efforts help strengthen communities and look forward to continuing and expanding these types of outreach events."

To date, more than 3,000 MBE and prime vendors have connected through the minority outreach fairs at Maryland Live! Casino with approximately 30% of participating MBEs securing business from the contacts they made.

An attendee at today's event - Tony Hill, Managing Partner, Edwards & Hill Office Furniture, in Annapolis Junction, MD – stated, "The impact of these minority outreach fairs is far-reaching. I literally have grown my business as a direct result of my partnership with Maryland Live! Casino. They want you to be successful. They want you to be prepared. They are a good partner in business, as well as to the community they serve."

The next Minority Outreach Fair is scheduled for June 2016. Visit www.mwmca.org for information.

Vendors must register their business with the State of Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency to be eligible for business opportunities with Maryland Live! Casino.

About The Cordish Companies
The Cordish Companies' origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Real Estate Development, Gaming & Hospitality, Entertainment Management and International Urban Planning & Development. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. Prime examples are The Cordish Companies' prominent role in the redevelopment of Baltimore's world famous Inner Harbor; Philadelphia, PA; Atlantic City, NJ; Charleston, SC; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY; Kansas City, MO and St. Louis, MO. In addition, The Cordish Companies has developed and operates multiple highly acclaimed entertainment destinations throughout the United States which welcome over 50 million visitors per year and are the most visited destinations in their respective regions. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family's core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit www.cordish.com.

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About Maryland Live! Casino
Maryland Live! Casino is conveniently located at the Arundel Mills Mall, halfway between Baltimore and Washington, directly off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at Arundel Mills Blvd. and Route 100 in Hanover, MD (Anne Arundel County), with easy access off I-95 at Route 100. Open 24/7, the $500+ million Maryland Live! Casino is one of the largest commercial casinos in the country with more than 200 live action table games, including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, Pai Gow, and a Poker Room; approximately 4,000 of the latest slot machines; and two High Limit rooms. A variety of irresistible dining options include Bobby's Burger Palace, from celebrated chef Bobby Flay; The Cheesecake Factory®; Phillips® Seafood; the Zagat-rated #1 steakhouse The Prime Rib®; the multi-station Live! Buffet; Noodles, featuring traditional Ramen noodles, banh mi sandwiches and pho soups; Luk Fu, serving authentic South East Asian cuisine; and Morty's Delicatessen, a traditional New York-style deli. A sizzling nightlife, including live entertainment at Rams Head Center Stage and the unique, interactive R Bar, completes the world-class gaming and entertainment experience. Other first-class amenities include the Shop Live! retail store; a bus lounge, and a secure covered 5,000-space parking garage with valet service, free self-parking and direct elevator access to the casino floor. Maryland Live! is owned and operated by a company that is affiliated with The Cordish Companies. Call 855-5MD-LIVE (855-563-5483); or visit www.marylandlivecasino.com or www.myliveonlinecasino.com. Follow Maryland Live! Casino on Facebook and Twitter. For employment opportunities, visit www.jobsatmarylandlivecasino.com.

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