District and Federal Contracting
One of the unique opportunities afforded to Washingtonians is the plethora of contracting opportunities, due to the presence of not only local government, but also Federal government. This workgroup, which will work under the direction of proposed co-chairs Pedro Alphonso of Dynamic Concepts, Inc. and Garry Curtis of Hager Sharp Inc., aims to help DC contractors maximize their contract work.
In 2011, this workgroup will work with the Small Business Administration and the Federal Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) and the local Office of Contracts and Procurement (OCP) to identify contracting opportunities for Chamber members via an online tool. Through these strategic partnerships, it will be the job of this workgroup to establish new relationships and build on existing ones with various agencies in the city. This workgroup will also host a ½ day program reviewing opportunities for local contracts as well as the process to secure contractual opportunities.
Access to Capital
Here at the DC Chamber, we are committed to 'delivering the Capital'; not just from a tourist perspective but also from an entrepreneurial one. As such, we have started a workgroup to do just that for entrepreneurs in the city. This workgroup aims to boost economic development by promoting entrepreneurial development that will enhance the District's business climate and drive job growth.
By promoting and supporting the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) loan program and Certified Capital Companies (CAPCO) venture capital program, we hope to spur economic growth as well as attract and retain companies in the District of Columbia. This group will also provide advisory services to assist businesses in their efforts to grow and expand. This especially includes startups! The workgroup will help to position them to successfully compete in today's economic environment.