February 15, 2017
Vincent B. Orange, Sr., President and CEO
Membership Spotlight
2017 Minority Business Leader Awards

DC Chamber of Commerce Members among Honorees

Four members of the DC Chamber will receive the 2017 Minority Business Leader Award: Jan Adams, Kelly Brinkley, LaTara Harris and Juan Jara.

The 2017 Minority Business Leader Awards are set for March 23rd from 6-9 p.m. at MGM National Harbor. More information on the event can be found here.

Selected from nominations by a panel of judges and Washington Business Journal staff, the prestigious award celebrates the region's top minority business owners and executives, each exemplifying a dedication to ethics, giving and leadership.

Read more and look for a special section in the March 24 print edition of the Washington Business Journal profiling all of the honorees.  
Small Business and Economic Development Summit and Awards Ceremony

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.
Public Meeting Announcements

DC Council Committee of the Whole Roundtable
The DC Council's Committee of the Whole has scheduled a Public Oversight Roundtable to discuss critical issues related to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). Click here for detailed information.
Date: Tuesday February 21, 2017 | Start Time: Noon
Location: John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Room 500, 
Washington, DC 20004
Members of the DC Chamber interested in testifying should email their name and contact information to cow@dccouncil.us by Thursday, February 16

Budget Engagement Forums with the Mayor
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced that she will host three Budget Engagement Forums throughout the District on February 25th, 27th and 29th. The forums, which will be open to the press and the public, are designed to solicit public comments and input as the Bowser Administration shapes priorities and investments. Click here for a complete listing of forums scheduled.

DC Council Committee Oversight Hearings
Each committee of the DC Council will have an oversight hearing on agencies under its purview to discuss the executive agencies' performance, FY 2016 and FY 2017 to date.  Click here to view the full listing of agency oversight hearings.
Eric Rodgers, Chief of Staff
Department of Small and Local Business Development
Event Updates
ICYMI: A packed house for the first "Morning Fix" of the year!
DC Chamber hosts the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)

The Chamber's first "Morning Fix" of the year, held on January 31 in partnership with  the Department of Small and Local 
Business Development (DSLBD) was a "standing room only" event. With more than 70 members of the DC Chamber and participants from certified business enterprises,  the event highlighted best practices in navigating the procurement process - which allocates more than $500 million in contract opportunities to small businesses in the District. DLSBD representatives shared resources from the Small Business Enterprises Opportunity Guide  ( Green Book ) and details on the procurement opportunities allocated to small businesses. 

For more information on procurement opportunities visit CBEConnect.dc.gov .

Eric Shaw, Director
DC Office of Planning
ICYMI: Dozens gather for roundtable with DC Planning Director
New initiatives, Upcoming plan revisions discussed

On February 8, the DC Chamber hosted DC Planning Director Eric Shaw to engage participants around major initiatives and upcoming revisions to the DC Comprehensive Plan - 
the framework that guides future growth and 
development in the city.

The DC comprehensive plan addresses a wide range of topics integral to the business community, including land use, development, housing, transportation, environmental protection, historic preservation, and more.

Key Points
  • The District of Columbia is adding nearly 1,000 residents to its population per month, and developing neighborhoods rapidly.
  • Two-thirds of the city's workforce commutes into DC from beyond our eight wards. How does this impact the city's infrastructure? How does this growth connect to the city's priorities and the needs of the private sector? 
The DC Office of Planning will open up the amendment process to incorporate public comments and the City's current plans into one comprehensive plan in March. It will be important to make sure that any revisions to the comprehensive plan do not limit existing entrepreneurs or negatively affect the established retail corridors. Learn more about the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process and how businesses fit into future plans.
Upcoming Events 

February 22
9:30 am -
10:30 am

Ready to discover all the ways your Chamber  membership works for you? Join us to learn more about your membership, meet our staff, and build relationships with your fellow Chamber members!
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.

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: info@dcchamber.org | Phone: (202) 347-7201