Program Description The USBC Solutions Series is an annual five-city national business development tour, co-hosted by the USBC and a participating member chamber of commerce in each particular city. The program is designed to connect the business owners in each city with new information, tools and resources to help facilitate business growth. Each Solutions Series event typically runs about a half-day with three main panel sessions focusing on: Access to Capital, Contracting, and Entrepreneur Training. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to speak directly with national and local representatives of some of America’s top companies seeking to do more business with African American firms. Past panel participants have been Wells Fargo, Google, American Express, Native American Contractors Association (NACA), IBM and more. Washington, DC Program Agenda 7:30am – Registration Opens 8:00am – Program Begins 8:05am – Welcome Remarks – Ron Busby, President, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. 8:10am – Welcome Remarks – Krystal Brumfield, VP, DC Chamber of Commerce 8:15am – Welcome Remarks – Antonio Doss, District Director, Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, SBA 8:30am – Access to Capital Panel Description: What is the number one concern for any small business owner in the United States? Access to Capital. Attendees will learn what it takes to find, and acquire, the capital required to start, manage, and grow their businesses. Our “Access to Capital” panel discussion provides perspectives from traditional, non-traditional, and future capital access programs and resources. Business owners have the opportunity to meet with national and local financing experts to determine the best possible strategy for acquiring business capital. 9:30am – Panel Concludes & Short break 9:45am – Contracting Panel Description: What does it take for a small business owner to win a corporate contract? What about the federal government? Our “Contracting” panel will discuss the best strategies for companies to bid, and win contracting opportunities. Navigating the procurement space has always been a challenge for a small business owner with limited time and resources. This panel will give the answers needed to maximize their efforts. Attendees hear from procurement experts in corporate America as well as federal, state, or local government concerning small business contracting trends and best practices. 10:45am – Panel Concludes & Break 11:00am – Entrepreneur Training Panel Description: Learning is a life-long process, especially for entrepreneurs. With the ever-changing business industry, and rapid advances in technology, it has become increasingly apparent that staying marketable, tech savvy, and efficient mean “open” or “closed” for the small business owner. Our Entrepreneur Training panel convenes business experts from some of American’s largest tech companies to help attendees learn what it takes to stay ahead of the game, and to not fall behind the digital divide. 12:00pm – Event Wrap-up & Networking
At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action — collections of marketing activities that help a small business or organization to achieve its goals and objectives. One important campaign type that many nonprofits and small businesses have used, but would like to learn more about, revolves around Events. When you run an event you want to make sure that you leave ample time for the promotional activities that will drive your registrations, and you want to create and provide an optimal online registration experience. If you have run events or are considering running events, and you’d like to build on your knowledge of these two important elements of running a successful event, this session is for you. Please note: this session will not be addressing best practices around event planning topics like venue selection, planning event entertainment or dining options, running fundraising activities like live or silent auctions, etc. It is focused on helping the audience promote their event and streamline the online registration process. Attendees of this presentation will learn: – The different types of event you might run – Setting a goal for your event – Promotion of your event (including a sample promotional timeline and activities) – Set up an effective online registration process – Post-event activities you can’t forget Join us and learn some great new strategies to help you promote your next event and set up an online registration process that helps your event succeed.
The Health and Wellness Committee Invites You to a Conversation with… Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt Director, DC Department of Health In her role as Health Director, Dr. Nesbitt leads Mayor Muriel Bowser’s health and wellness initiative, FitDC, and serves in key leadership roles addressing critical public health issues, innovation in healthcare delivery and its impact on costs and needs of special populations. She became Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health in Washington, DC in January 2015. Prior to her role in DC, Dr. Nesbitt served as the Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness where she led initiatives focused on Affordable Care Act implementation, health equity, and violence prevention. She was appointed by the Governor to the Kentucky’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. In addition to her professional activities, Dr. Nesbitt is a published author and served as an executive editor of Population Health: Management, Policy, and Technology, First Edition. She is an active member of the District of Columbia’s State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council and the Commonwealth Fund Health Care Delivery System Reform Program National Advisory Group. Dr. Nesbitt is a board-certified family physician and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan, medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and a Master of Public Health in Health Care Management and Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health.