DC Small Biz Week 2017

The first week of May is National Small Business Week! CNHED is proud to work with our government agencies and the small business community to organize and promote events and activities in celebration of small business for the District’s own DC Small Biz Week 2017!

Whether you’re a small business, a supporter, or an organization providing assistance to small business, you can join in the week’s coordinated activities by signing up below.

Overview of the week’s events:

MONDAY MAY 1, 2017

SB Works: Learning Opportunities @ 5 Points Business Center
SB Works (2316 Rhode Island Ave, NE)
Small Business Special Events presented by SB Works and DSLBD. Experts will be on hand to answer all your business needs.
1) Small Business Assistance Programs and Funding Opportunities
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Learn about all the opportunities for new and existing businesses in the District. Register here: http://bit.ly/2pdu3bM
2) Advisor in Residence: Legal Assistance and Contract Review
10 am – 4 pm
Get answers to your questions about legal matters related to your small business.

DCSEU Workshop: Small Business Energy Efficiency
12:00 – 1:30pm
DCSEU (80 M Street SE, Suite 310)
Join the DCSEU and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) to learn how you can shrink your energy bills to help grow your DC business. Attendees will learn about DCSEU rebates and the importance of energy auditing and green leasing. Businesses who have successfully navigated the energy efficiency options will share their lessons learned with the audience. Register here: http://bit.ly/2ooRiRa

DISB’s Financial Opportunities for Small Business Presentation and Q&A
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
DCRA’s Small Business Resource Center (1100 4th St. SW)
Workshop co-hosted by DCRA in concert with the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB).


Kickoff of DC Small Biz Week at Maketto 

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Maketto (1351 H Street N.E)
CNHED and DSLBD will officially kick-off of Small Biz Week to recognize, support and promote the District’s small businesses and the many organizations that work with businesses through every phase of their development – start-up, existing and growth. We’re also showcasing Maketto, this year’s DC Small Business Launch Host. Attendees will be participate in raffle!

*Sponsored in part by HSBC

Canvass the Corridors

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Just after the Kickoff, volunteers will disperse throughout the District’s neighborhood commercial corridors to connect with small business storefronts to share information and resources available. Please sign up (above) to join a Canvas brigade!

DC Biz Cafe Office Hours: Free Small Business Consults

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Union Kitchen Grocery (1251 9th St, NW)
Meet with Erica Moore, WDCEP Small Business & Entrepreneurship Manager, Kelly McPharlin, Union Kitchen Marketing Manager and Andy Brown, founder of Eat Pizza, a Union Kitchen Accelerator Member. Andy is working closely with Union Kitchen to develop and accelerate his frozen pizza company, which just launched at both locations of Union Kitchen Grocery. Come support a local small business and learn about WDCEP’s unique access to the local government, service providers, industry experts, and general business support and resources that can help businesses at all stages. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to set up a time to meet, email emoore@wdcep.com.

SB Works Advisor in Residence: Construction and Building Issues with Steel Management Group
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
SB Works (2316 Rhode Island Ave, NE)
Bring your construction, estimate, and project management questions to get answers by an experienced consultant along with all the contractor referrals you may need. Register here: http://bit.ly/2pWDYAi

DCRA Pop-Up: Certified Business Enterprise Presentation and Q&A
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs lobby (1100 4th St SW)
Stop by CNHED’s resource table in the lobby and attend DCRA’s presentation for Certified Business Enterprises to obtain technical assistance and other resources for your small business. Experts will be on hand to address your business needs and link you with organizations that can mentor you to the next level.

The Hive: entreIQ Program Kick-Off
6:00 – 9:00 pm
The Hive 2.0 (1231-B Good Hope Rd SE)
Registration Fee: $250 (for 14 months of programming with kick-off on 5/02)
Join entreIQ and The Hive  for its first of seven weeks of workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners, in underserved communities in the District. After the workshops, participants receive 12 group coaching sessions for 12 months. A similar program is being held by Emory Beacon of Light, Inc. starting on 5/11. You must apply in advance to participate with this program at www.entreiq.com.

DCWBC Workshop: Let’s Plan
6:00 – 8:30 pm
DC Women’s Business Center (740 15th Street, NW)
Registration Fee: $10
“Let’s Plan” is a two- to three-hour seminar for women interested in starting businesses who have no experience with completing a business plan. This session of 25 – 30 women will demonstrate how to brainstorm a feasible business concept based on class input. Register here: http://bit.ly/2pYNV3e


2017 Small Business Award Ceremony
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
NTSB Conference Center, 420 10th Street, SW
Registration fee: $25 per person.
Join the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, Maryland Women Business Center, and SCORE as we celebrate the contributions and success of our local small businesses during National Small Business Week. A morning networking breakfast will precede the awards to SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year for the District, MD, and NOVA, as well as 8(a) Graduate of the Year, Small Prime Contract of the Year and Small Business Subcontractor of Year. Advance registration and pre-payment is required.(No payments at door). Register here:  http://conta.cc/2oxGXx7

Main Street Matters: Jobs, Wages, & the Small Business Economy
8:00 – 10:00am
The Newseum, 3rd Floor (555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW)
Join The Hill magazine for a discussion with key leaders of the House and Senate small business committees, business owners and leading economists for a conversation about job creation, wages and the kinds of policies that can help small firms thrive in the United States. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2nSnaJH

CHTDC Workshop: Marketing Your Small Business
6:00 – 7:30pm
Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center (3200 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue SE)
Join Congress Heights Training and Development Corporation’s monthly small business education seminar, co-hosted with DSLBD. Register: http://bit.ly/2pXC5Ds


Minority Business Leaders: Secrets of Success
8:00 – 10:00am
Howard University Interdisciplinary Research Building (2201 Georgia Ave NW)
Join the Washington Business Journal for a lively morning discussion with a diverse group of Howard University alumni business leaders, including honorees from our Minority Business Leader Awards program, to share insights from their experiences, and how they were able to navigate their way to success. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2oYLJr3

Mini Clinic Pop-Up: Tips on Getting Your Business Loan Ready
10 am – 1 pm (Roundtable panel starts at 11:00 am)
Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, Frank D. Reeves Center (2000 14th St. NW, Ste. 206)
Small businesses will share tips and information on the key essentials on how to become loan ready, what community lenders are looking for in applicants and common pitfalls to avoid in the process.

Storefront/Façade Improvement Programs with DC Facades
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Find out about grant opportunities to help improve your business location’s signage, storefront, or facade and work with DC’s leading facade management firm. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2p3Mxvj

DC Biz Cafe Office Hours
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sala Thai, 4020 Minnesota Ave NE
Come support a local small business and learn about Washington DC Economic Partnership’s (WDCEP) unique access to the local government, service providers, industry experts, and general business support and resources that can help businesses at all stages. Meet with WDCEP’s Derek Ford, Senior VP – Emerging Neighborhoods and Erica Moore, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Manager. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to set up a time to meet, email emoore@wdcep.com. WDCEP will do its best to accommodate drop-ins. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2pDwaXt

The Hive 2.0 FREE Open House
The Hive 2.0 (1231-B Good Hope Rd SE)
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us at the Hive for a day of coworking and networking with light refreshments. We are also promoting the patronage of local businesses for lunch.

DCRA Business Speed Coaching
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
DCRA Small Business Resource Center (110 4th St. SW)
Get one-on-one business advise and assistance from representatives of the DCRA! Register here: http://bit.ly/2ocasJy

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Carnegie Library (801 K Street, NW)
Join Mayor Bowser and the District government to kick off the 3rd annual #innoMAYtion, a month-long initiative showcasing local innovators and entrepreneurs who are making DC a global model of inclusive innovation. Register here: http://bit.ly/2qwM4CM

FRIDAY MAY 5, 2017

DC Ideas Fest!
May 5 & 6
Carnegie Library (801 K Street)
Dozens of events, including workshops, performances, presentations and films, all focused on seeking solutions to the challenges all 21st century cities face now but with a specific focus on DC. Join influencers, activists, creators and innovators to explore how do we create an inclusive economy? How do we use arts and culture as a force for innovation? How do we prepare a new generation for the enormous challenges of sustainable energy, climate change, education, increasing globalization and urbanization?

Opening Remarks by CNHED’s President & CEO Steve Glaude Co-Creating the District
May 5, 10 am
Steve will address the challenges of broad-based disparities between DC’s populations and what they mean for the work that all of us do in trying to achieve a DC that thrives for all.  Register here: http://bit.ly/2pLN99d

Annual POWER UP DC Forum: Insights into Small Business Success
8:00 am – 10:00 am
The Fairmont Hotel (2401 M St NW )
Registration fee: $30 per person.
DC Health Link and the Washington Business Journal are pleased to partner on the second annual POWERUP DC breakfast, designed to give small business owners and the companies that serve them the insights that they need for success. Hear research on the state of small business; what keeps small business owners up at night; and what is their outlook for the year? Register here: http://bit.ly/2pYT5bZ

What’s in the Federal Budget for Small Business 
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) policy webinar. Register here: http://bit.ly/2qAn9eY

DC Small Biz Week Closing Celebration
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Ronald Reagan Building, Woodrow Wilson Plaza (1300 Pennsylvania Ave)
DSLBD is hosting an event to close out the weeklong events and activities with a celebration! Register here: http://bit.ly/2pmIvy2




Pop up shop featuring “I’m So D.C.” Apparel
3:00 – 6:00 pm
The C.A.T.WALK Boutique  (1000 H Street N.E.)

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