Join us for an exciting day of networking and learning.

The DC SBDC Business Summit’s primary goal is to encourage and promote effective networking and engagement between government agencies, large business, and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, HUBZone, and women-owned businesses through both attendee and exhibitor opportunities and resources.  Additionally, the event serves as an educational forum with workshops facilitated by seasoned professionals providing information and recommendations on best practices for business success.

Session 1: Being Prepared for Your Business Lender

This workshop includes banking experts from various banking and lending institutions who will provide their insight and experience on how business owners can best prepare and be ready when seeking business financing. Experts will also provide guidance on the best lending options based on business needs, requirements and situation.

Moderator: Ms. Schnearia Ashley, Vice President Small Business Development, BB&T Bank

Panelist: Mr. Brian Seliber, Business Banking Relationship Manager, M&T Bank

Session 2: 15 Reasons Simplified Acquisitions Should be in Small Business Pipeline

If you’re doing business with the Federal Government (or trying to) you should consider these streamlined purchases that account for billions in goods and services.  A Simplified Acquisition is a purchase conducted by a federal agency under FAR Part 13 that leverages streamlined rules meant to lessen the administrative burden on Government and Industry when it comes to procurement activities.  Using this method, more than 60 federal agencies, boards and commissions at locations around the country (and the world) obligate billions each year to purchase of a variety of goods and services, primarily from small business concerns.

Facilitator:  Guy Timberlake, Chief Visionary Officer, The American Small Business Coalition

Session 3: Doing Business with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

This workshop will provide business owners with marketing ideas and concepts to ensure that you maximize your time and efforts, not only to the Missile Defense Agency, but to other DoD Agencies as well.  The facilitator will discuss upcoming opportunities with MDA from a prime and sub contract level and other marketing opportunities within the Department of Defense.

Facilitator:  Mr. Lee Rosenberg, Director for Small Business Programs for the Missile Defense Agency

Session 4: Best Practices in Business Capture

What does it take for a small business owner to win a government contract?  Our experts will discuss the best strategies and processes 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 workshop will give the needed answers to maximize the available time and efforts of the business owner and their staff.  Attendees will hear from procurement experts concerning small business contracting trends and best practices in the current business climate.

Topical Expert:  Mr. Larry Carver, CEO of The Veteran Group

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