2020 DC BizChat Summer Series

Washington, DC

2020 DC BizChat Summer Series

The summer BizChat series is WDCEP’s signature workshop series that supports local businesses by providing expert advice, resources, and practical solutions.

Our workshop series is centered around specialized topics designed to help businesses cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and delivered by thought leaders and local business owners. The workshop series is sponsored by Capital One and hosted by WDCEP in partnership with various business support organizations in DC.




Connecting Virtually: Digital and Social Strategies for Marketing your Business

DATE: Wednesday, July 8
TIME: 1:00 pm EDT

Digital marketing and social media aren’t just for B2C businesses: they are also powerful tools that can help B2B businesses grow their revenue. In our first Biz Chat of the Summer Series, we will focus on “Digital and Social Strategies for B2B Marketing.” You will learn:

  • Three core marketing strategies for today and how to prioritize just one
  • Lessons from successful business owners who engage their contacts on LinkedIn
  • Free tools and resources that can help your business leverage technology


Anthony Shop

Anthony Shop, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Social Driver
LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Website


Manny Cosme

Manny Cosme, CEO and President, CFO Services Group
LinkedIn | Facebook | Website


Tanya Maynigo

Tanya Maynigo, Founder + CEO, Craft Kombucha
Twitter | Instagram | Website




To view the recording of this Biz Chat, click here.

Mergers, Acquisitions & Worker Buyouts for Liquidity, Growth, and Exit: A Small to Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Roundtable

DATE: Wednesday, July 29
TIME: 1:00 pm EDT

DC Biz Chat 2Are you an owner of a small or medium-sized enterprise who is looking to grow? Or do you want to move on to the next stage of your life or career but aren’t sure how to exit? Join the Washington DC Economic Partnership, The Washington Area Community Investment Fund, Greater Washington Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Democracy at Work Institute on Wednesday, July 29th at 1:00 pm EDT as we talk with three local business leaders who have leveraged Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Employee Buyout strategies to capitalize, grow, and exit their businesses.


Todd Leverette

Todd Leverette, Program Manager, Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI)
LinkedIn  |  Website


Gina Schaefer

Gina Schaefer, Co-Founder, and CEO, 12 Ace Hardware stores located in DMV
LinkedIn  |  Website


Pedro Alfonso

Pedro Alfonso, Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Dynamic Concepts, Inc.
LinkedIn  |  Website


Steve Sorkin

Steve Storkan, Executive Director, Employee Ownership Expansion Network (“EOX”)



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To view the recording of this Biz Chat, click here.

Access to Capital: Crowdfunding

DATE: Wednesday, August 19
TIME: 1:00 pm EDT
LOCATION: Online – Register for Link

DC Biz Chat 3Several businesses in the District have successfully utilized crowdfunding platforms to raise capital to fund starting or expanding their business. Join us for our summer BizChat series as we discuss the how businesses can utilize crowdfunding to raise capital. You’ll learn:

  • Different platforms you can use to raise capital
  • Strategies to run a successful campaign
  • Lessons from business owner who have successfully raised capital


Max Friedman

Max Friedman, CEO, Givebutter
LinkedIn | Website


Bryan Franklin

Bryan Franklin, Program Officer, LISC
LinkedIn | Website


Topiltzin GomezTopiltzin Gomez, Chief of Staff, Honeycomb Credit
LinkedIn | Website


Ben JamesBen James, Founder/Local Hash Guy, Stone’s Throw Hash
LinkedIn | Website




To view the recording of this Biz Chat, click here.
The presentation for this event can be found here.