DoingBusiness2.0: Doing Business with Government

August 7, 2013

District of Columbia businesses are highly favored when the federal and DC governments need contracting. Both governments have offices or administrations that do all of their commercial contracting for them and other special programs for small economically disadvantaged businesses. There are an abundance of opportunities for businesses, big and small, to do business with the government, especially with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense. The federal government’s demand has been an economic engine that helps fuel the region’s job and population growth.

On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, the Doing Business 2.0 series will convene a panel of distinguished speakers who will present information on how business owners can acquire government contracts.


Robert Summers serves as the Interim Director for the District of Columbia’s Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). Robert will discuss DSLBD’s Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) program which provides contracting preference for local businesses so they can better compete in contract and procurement opportunities with the District of Columbia.

David Bell is the President of Bell Architects which is a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE). David will be speaking about the benefits a business obtains from becoming a District Certified Business Entity.

Ralph Buchanan is a Business Opportunity Specialist at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Ralph will discuss the role the SBA plays in federal contracting procurement and will also be giving an overview of their Business Development and Contracting Programs.

Judith Stackhouse-Jordan serves as a Small Business Specialist and is the Subcontracting Program Manager at GSA’s National Capital Region, Small Business Utilization Center (SBUC). She will be speaking about the process of getting on the GSA schedule and contracting opportunities.

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