DC Small Business Week 2019

The first full week of May is National Small Business Week, and 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 Business Week 2019!

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

To download a digital version of the promotional program discount card, click here.

Small Business Events Throughout the Week:

To view a downloadable pdf, click here.

MONDAY MAY 6, 2019

Kickoff of DC Small Business Week at Busboys and Poets

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Busboys and Poets (2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE)

CNHED and our host committee for Small Business Week are excited to announce Andy Shallal, local business owner and leader, as the DC Small Business Week Champion. Shallal will host the kickoff of DC Small Business Week to recognize and celebrate DC’s small businesses and their impact on our economy and community at his newly opened Busboys and Poets in Anacostia on Monday, May 6th from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. Click here to register. And be sure to stick around after the event to help us canvass corridors!
*Sponsored in part by HSBC Bank, N.A.

Canvass the Corridors 

12:00 PM – 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.

Small Business: The Heart of DC Promotional Program

Sunday-Saturday during DC Small Business Week, May 5 – May 11

Get a discount during Small Biz week from participating local small businesses by presenting the promotional card (print or digital) throughout the week. Click here for the Heart of DC Promotional Program card! 

CHASE for Business BizMobile

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Howard University Center, Parking Lot (2225 Georgia Ave NW)

Expert business advice is coming to you; don’t miss this opportunity. Join us for a complimentary 20-minute one-on-one consultations with industry experts. Topics that focus on areas like marketing, finance and more. Register Here: http://www.chasebizmobile.com/

Amazon Web Services’ Small Business Networking Mixer

5:30 PM- 8:30 PM
Amazon Web Services Rooftop (601 New Jersey Ave NW)

All DC small businesses are invited, however this event is targeting IT businesses, procurement professionals and decisions makers with IT-related needs. Register Here: http://bit.ly/2IFSuJp

How to start a Home Baking Business in DC

6:00 PM- 7:30 PM
Capitol View Neighborhood Library, Meeting Room 1 (5001 Central Ave SE)

Would you like to make extra income selling homemade baked goods? Selling homemade foods that do not require refrigeration-like cookies, cakes, and jam- is a great way for entrepreneurs to get started small in their own homes without having to spend thousands of dollars on a commercial kitchen space. In this workshop we’ll learn how to start a cottage food business, and the efforts to expand DC’s cottage food law to make it easier to run a cottage food business. Register Here!

Business Succession Planning and Employee Ownership

6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
THEARC: Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (1901 Mississippi Ave, SE)

Are you a small business owner considering retirement? This free workshop will focus on business succession planning and explore the possibility of selling your business to your employees. You’ll also learn about the two most common forms of broad-based employee ownership: worker cooperatives and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). The session will include a discussion of the process by which a sale to employees commonly occurs. Register Here: https://bit.ly/2XKl2Vs

TUESDAY MAY 7, 2019

Annual POWER UP DC Forum: Small Business – BIG IMPACT: Start, Grow, Sustain and Prosper 

8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW)
Fee: $45 per person

This event is designed to provide small businesses and non-profits with information, tools, resources and services to support their startup and growth into successful, sustaining enterprises and much more. “POWERUP DC” will provide cutting edge business workshops, one-on-one matchmaking, as well as networking with financial lenders and business experts. The forum will also focus on one of the greatest needs of entrepreneurs, access to capital to start, grow, sustain and prosper their businesses. Additionally, participants will learn about the benefits of the ACA and health insurance options through DC Health Link, the District’s online health insurance marketplace. Register here!

2-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week (DAY 1) 

The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association will host a free, 2-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. Participate in all the webinars or pick and choose the topics you like. You will also have the opportunity to meet other business owners and chat with industry experts. The Virtual Conference offers all the best parts of an in-person conference, but without the hassle of traveling. Register here!

11:00 am –The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses – Join Visa’s Principal U.S. Economist,, Michael Brown, as he shares economic updates, income growth, the labor market, consumer spending and more.

12:30 pm – SBA funding Programs Explained – This insightful webinar, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, will explain the SBA funding programs and how small businesses can benefit from them.

2:00 pm – The Culture Imperative: Drive Growth with Customer Obsession – During this webinar sponsored by Chase for Business, you will learn how to deliver a differentiated consumer experience to drive business growth and more.

3:30 pm – Creating Effective Online Ads – In this webinar sponsored by Google, you’ll discover how online ads can help your business connect to new customers, promote special offers and grow brand awareness.

Health and Wellness Expo (part of Market Week 2019) 

4:00pm – 7:00pm
C Street Plaza, (777 C St SE)

As part of the third annual Market Week, Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) is hosting Health and Wellness Expo to celebrate the businesses and offices that work to keep Capitol Hill engaged and educated. Register here!

WEDNESDAY MAY 8, 2019

Small Business Advocacy Day: Wednesday, May 8th

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW)

Join us to help advocate for the local small business community. We value our small businesses because they contribute to DC’s economy, commercial corridors, workforce, and culture of the District. It’s an opportunity for ALL of us to gather to discuss our small business budget priorities, then attend one-on-one meetings with DC Councilmembers and/or their staff on Wednesday, May 8th from 10 AM to Noon at the John A. Wilson Building. Click here to RSVP.

U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) 2019 Small Business Awards Luncheon

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Martin’s Crosswinds, (7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt)
Fee: $50.00 (Advance registration and pre-payment is required)

The Washington Metropolitan Area District Office (WMADO) of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) presents its annual Small Business Awards Ceremony to recognize the vital contributions and many successes of the National Capital Region’s most outstanding small business owners, lending partners, and other economic development stakeholders. Antonio Doss, WMADO’s District Director and SBA Acting Administrator Christopher Pilkerton will offer opening remarks. This year’s program recognizes awardees across 12 categories, each of whom adds exemplary value and vibrancy to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and beyond. To learn more about National Small Business Week, please visit www.sba.gov/nsbw. Register here!

2-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week (DAY 2) 

The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association will host a free, 2-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. Participate in all the webinars or pick and choose the topics you like. You will also have the opportunity to meet other business owners and chat with industry experts. The Virtual Conference offers all the best parts of an in-person conference, but without the hassle of traveling. Register here!

11:00 am –Making Sense of Online Marketing – In this session sponsored by Constant Contact, you’ll learn the foundational elements to help you get the word out about your business.

12:30 pm — How to Do Business with the Federal Government- This webinar, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business
Administration, will give you an overview of SBA small business program eligibilities and small business tools to assist in gaining access to federal procurements.

2:00 pm –Mastering Control of Your Cash Flow- This informative webinar, sponsored by Square, will help you find ways to manage your business’s cash flow and access capital to help it keep running smoothly.

3:30 pm — Disasters Happen: How to Prepare Your Business and Recover – This webinar, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, will provide tips on basic steps you should take to prepare, recover and mitigate so that your business is resilient.

M&T Bank’s Small Business Networking Mix   

5:00 pm – 8300 pm
UNCF’s Rooftop (1805 7th St NW)

All DC small businesses are invited, however we are targeting Construction businesses and Real Estate Developers, procurement professionals and decisions makers with construction-related needs Register here.

THURSDAY MAY 9, 2019

Coffee and Co-Working Day (part of Market Week 2019)  

10:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Eastern Market Farmer’s Line (227 7th St SE)

As part of our third annual Market Week, Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) is hosting Coffee and Co-working Day to bring together the businesses and professionals on the EMMS corridor that keep Capitol Hill buzzing. Join us for outdoor workspace under the Eastern Market Farmer’s Line with power and wifi, coffee demos and tastings with local roasters, desk reset yoga, a self-guided Corridor Cafe Crawl, and more. Register here.

10:00 am – Coffee Tasting and Decoding Coffee Descriptors Class (Small Planes Coffee)
1:30 pm – Desk Reset Yoga (Realignment Studio)

Inaugural DC Caterers’ Challenge: Thursday, May 9th

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
DCHFA (815 Florida Ave NW)

District caterers– this one’s for YOU! This lighthearted and fun-filled event is a terrific way for members and friends of CNHED (or partners and stakeholders) to come together to recognize, celebrate, promote and support small catering businesses. Like you, CNHED uses caterers for our meetings and events throughout the year, and we know that many of these small businesses stay “hungry” for more opportunities and to increase their visibility. Come join us to support and encourage these culinary crusaders while sampling some of their best dishes! #NomNomNom. Thursday, May 9th from Noon to 3 PM at the DC Housing Finance Agency. Click here to RSVP.

Let’s Plan for Entrepreneurs 

6:20 pm – 9:00 pm
Fee: $20.00
DC Women Business Center (740 15th St NW, 3rd Floor)

A two to three hour workshop if you are starting a business or want to go back to the drawing board to complete a roadmap for operating a business. Participants will learn how to brainstorm a feasible business concept and a working business plan. Gain a comprehensive business plan outline and knowledge of what goes in a viable business plan. Register here.

FRIDAY MAY 10, 2019

2019 Small Business & Economic Development Summit/ DC Chamber of Commerce 

8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fee: $65/members and $80/non-members
Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW)

The DC Chamber of Commerce summit is great opportunity to gain new business, build your network, acquire new ideas & learn new skills! Register here.

10:00 am and 11:15 am –The Business of Sports Betting in the Nation’s Capital

10:00 am and 11:15 pm – How to Do Business with Retail Outlets

10:00 am and 11:15 am — Mastering Control of Your Cash Flow

10:00 am and 11:15 am — Bond Your Business, Loan Fund Access and DC BizCAP

10:00 am and 11:15 am — Access to Capital

10:00 am and 11:15 am — United States Small Business Administration: How to procure with the Federal Government

10:00 am and 11:15 am – Key Economic Development Projects in DC Neighborhoods

SATURDAY MAY 11, 2019

Small Business: The Heart of DC Promotional Program 

Sunday-Saturday during DC Small Business Week, May 5 – May 11

Visit, Eat, Shop & Save! Get a discount when you present your rewards card (physical or digital image) at any of the 40+ participating small business. Visit www.cnhed@org for a list of participating small businesses.

Post DC Small Business Week Events  

THURSDAY MAY 23, 2019

Chinatown Coffee Company

9:00 am – 10:30 am
475 H Street NW

Join the business resource group for women entrepreneurs doing business in DC over some coffee and light fare and mind opening conversations. Avoid dips in your journey over Strong coffee and conversation. Connect and expand your network and therefore your net worth. Register Here.

Let’s Plan for Entrepreneurs 

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
DC Women’s Business Center (740 15th St NW, 3rd Floor)

A two to three hour workshop if you are starting a business or want to go back to the drawing board to complete a roadmap for operating a business. Participants will learn how to brainstorm a feasible business concept and a working business plan. Gain a comprehensive business plan outline and knowledge of what goes in a viable business plan. Register Here.

THURSDAY MAY 30, 2019

Women Owned Small Business Working Group 

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
DC Women’s Business Center (740 15th St NW, 3rd Floor)

This is a two-day, 10 hour training course. Participants will gain insight into how federal government and corporate contracting works, get certified as a WOSB, learn about the types of solicitations and highlight the differences and discuss effective contract capture management strategies and business development. This workshop will prepare women business owners to pursue corporate and federal government contracting as a certified Woman Owned Small Business. Register Here.

Small Business Week 2019 is brought to you in part by HSBC Bank, USA, N.A.

 

Thanks to our official Media Partner On Tap Magazine!

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