Vincent B. Orange, Sr., President and CEO

March 6, 2017

  News Updates
   Tina Reed, Staff Reporter, WBJ | Industry News, Health Care | Feb 28, 2017

Douglas Fruehling, Editor-in-Chief, WBJ | Government & Regulations |  Feb 23, 2017
Taking Inventory: D.C.'s paid family leave nightmare just won't end

Call for  Nomin ati ons
Each year the DC Chamber of Commerce honors the success of small businesses who have contributed to the business and economic growth of our community. The event gathers local politicians, corporations, civic leaders and successful businesses to celebrate the small business owner.

Interested in nominating a small business, business person or young entrepreneur? Learn more (Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2017)

Make plans to join us on Tuesday, May 9 for this annual celebration and stay posted for event updates.
DC Chamber in the Community

"Hidden Figures" Screening Supports DC Youth
Sponsors: JMA Solutions and Corrections Consulting  
Event Coordinator: Lelia Pray
In recognition of Black History Month, the DC Chamber of Commerce hosted a special screening of the Academy Award nominated film, " Hidden Figures," on February 26. The sponsored event was attended by more than 100 women and girls residing in the District and included the opportunity for attendees to interact with and hear the inspiring stories of two local visionaries, Jan Adams, founder of JMA Solutions and Second Vice Chair of the Chamber's Board of Directors and Lisa Cohen, a notable D.C.-based author and children's rights advocate who serves as the Chamber's Board Secretary.
DC Chamber Welcomes Students from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Program

On March 2, the DC Chamber welcomed 40 high school students participating in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) program. NFTE, originally established to address the growing rate of high school dropouts, has since evolved into a national program focused on equipping young people with tools and attitudes to overcome adversity and address future personal, economic, community and global challenges.

NFTE has worked with more than 700,000 young people from low-income communities in programs across the U.S. and around the world. NFTE operates their successful curriculum in 23 locations in 10 countries and continues to expand - sharing and spreading the transformative power of entrepreneurship. To learn more about Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship visit
Inner City Capital Connections Comes to the District

The Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) initiative will launch in Washington, D.C., in partnership with The Catholic University of America, as a part of the fall 2017 academic semester.  
ICCC is a national program that helps small businesses build capacity for sustainable growth in revenue, profitability and employment. Entrepreneurs participate in a comprehensive curriculum that combines targeted executive education with mentoring and matching them with potential capital sources and investors. 

What are the general guidelines for the small business candidates?
  • Annual company revenues of at least $500,000 per year;
  • In operations for at least 2 years;
  • Readiness/commitment of the CEO; and
  • Geographic location inside the Capital Beltway.

For more information on the nomination process, visit

The nomination deadline is March 31, 2017.

If you would like to be considered as a DC Chamber of Commerce nominee , contact Margaret Singleton via email at or call 202-638-7336 by March 20, 2017. 
Upcoming Events 

March 15
9:30 am -
11:30 am
5 Reasons Why LinkedIn is Essential for your Sales, Career and Business Success, plus implementation tips.
March 15
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
DC Chamber Lunch & Learn:  Increasing Your Company's Online Visibility Using LinkedIn
Sponsored by DC SBDC & Wells Fargo
Social media has quickly become a critical business tool. As the world's largest professional network, LinkedIn can broaden your company's visibility, if you know how to utilize it. Learn the keys to improving your online presence and messaging. 
March 17
8:00 am -
10:30 am

2730 Martin Luther King Ave., SE

The Chamber hears and discusses issues related to the District's economy monthly as a part of its economic forums. Typically, forums include informational presentations or hosts panel discussions on key topics.
April 9
1:00 pm -
5:00 pm

Anacostia River Festival
Presented by: The National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park 
For a taste of local D.C., come celebrate the Anacostia River and take a canoe out to explore the River, ride in our bike parade, play lawn games with your family and experience Southeast D.C.'s local arts scene at this special FREE event. 

This year's event celebrates biking in the District with trail rides, safety classes, quick bike tune ups and special bike activities for all ages. For additional information visit 

All events noted are complimentary for members of the DC Chamber of Commerce.
Special pricing is available to nonmembers. Tickets and/or email registration is required.
Please refer to full event descriptions for applicable registration information.
Janelle Morris, Vice President
Membership and Business Development
506 9th Street, NW,  Washington, DC 20004
Email: | Phone: (202) 347-7201