July 18, 2012
On Wednesday, July 11th, the WDCEP hosted their monthly DoingBusiness2.0 speaker series, which brought together over 40 business owners seeking information on how to acquire government contracts. DC-based businesses are highly favored when the Federal and DC Governments need contracting. There are several resources and programs available to DC-based businesses to assist vendors to identify business opportunities in the District and help them through the process.
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Harold Pettigrew, Director of the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) kicked off the panel by discussing DSLBD’s Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) program. The CBE program evaluates businesses headquartered in the District to determine their eligibility to become a Certified Business Enterprise. The CBE program provides contracting preference for local businesses so they can better compete in contract and procurement opportunities with the District of Columbia.
View DSLBD’s presentation
Davey Wiggs and Elsie Price at U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), discussed the role the SBA plays in federal contracting procurement, and gave an overview of their Business Development and Contracting Programs. The SBA (1) negotiates annual procurement goals with each Federal agency and issues a scorecard, (2) provides counseling and training, and (3) provides various certification programs, including the HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program, 8(a) Business Development Program, Small Disadvantaged Business, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business, and Women-Owned Small Business.
View SBA’s presentation
Presentations | Doing Business with Government
Learn more about how to how to do business with the government: view past DoingBusiness2.0 video presentations and download the Doing Business in DC Guide.