DC Small Business Center to Host International Trade Seminar for Local Small Businesses

On Monday, May 06, 2013, The DC Small Business Development Center --a collaborative initiative of Howard University, the Small Business Administration, and District of Columbia small business community stakeholders and SunTrust Banks Inc. will co-host Exporting 101: Finance options for small businesses. The half-day event, is an international trade financing seminar for local small businesses and entrepreneurs currently exporting or interested in selling products and services to overseas markets.

The purpose of this event is to increase businesses’ knowledge of exporting opportunities by presenting export financing options including public and private sources of working capital, buyer financing, international trade loans, and financial risk protection.  Experts in small business trade and finance from U.S. trade agencies and SunTrust Banks Inc.'s International Division will discuss various options that will help participants get the most out of their businesses. They will also have the opportunity to network with these experts and other small businesses and entrepreneurs taking advantage of international markets, and to receive no-cost technical assistance from The DC Small Business Development Center Network staff.

The event will be held on May 6, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM at SunTrust Bank (1445 New York Ave., NW Washington, DC 20005). Registration is free and limited to DC-area businesses and entrepreneurs.

Select here to register for Exporting 101Space is limited, register now.

DC Small Business Center to Host Turner School of Construction Management

Washington, DC, February 13, 2013– The 2013 Turner School of Construction Management (TSCM) , its largest program in the area to date  will be hosted by the DC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Howard University.  Turner developed an 8-week curriculum to provide management training and certification to potential subcontractors.  Beginning on March 13 and running through May 1, the Turner School will provide educational opportunities to over 150 companies in the Greater Washington, DC area.

Since 1969, the Turner School of Construction Management has strived to expand the opportunities available to growing businesses. Turner is partnering with the DC Small Business Development Center --a collaborative initiative of Howard University, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and District of Columbia small business community stakeholders—to increase the prospects of growth for small, local contractors by teaching them how to successfully bid, propose to, and work with a company the size of Turner. The hope is for the TSCM to better prepare the subcontractor market to win and conduct work in the Washington, DC area.

With that goal in mind, each course of the program is taught by Turner staff and select industry partners who have spent years in the field and are regarded as subject-matter experts. This year’s topics include field operations, accounting & banking, construction estimating, safety and sales & marketing. Since its inception, the program has helped attendees build networks, form long-term business relationships, and establish successful joint ventures to win contracts with Turner and other industry leaders. The DC Small Business Development Center Network will continue to provide no-cost technical assistance to the attendees.

Last year, the District of Columbia SBDC served over 400 small businesses throughout the city; recent clients have received almost $4 million in capital formation. The DC SBDC Network is a member of the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC).

To register for the 2013 Turner School of Construction Management, please visit our event website here.  Registration ends March 12.

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District of Columbia Small Business Development Center Network Receives National Accreditation

WASHINGTON (September 19, 2012) – The District of Columbia Small Business Development Center (DC SBDC) has recently been accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers, the national accreditation agency.

 

A partnership with the Howard University, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the
District of Columbia SBDC educates small business owners and potential owners on how to successfully start, operate, expand or buy and sell small businesses. The Howard University School of Business houses the headquarters of the District of Columbia SBDC.

 

Review team members from Association of Small Business Development Centers reviewed office operations and interviewed District of Columbia SBDC Network staff members, advisory board members, Dr. Barron Harvey, dean of the Howard University School of Business, and Deputy District Director of the Small Business Administration Theodore Holloman.

 

Ronald Walker, chairman of District of Columbia SBDC Advisory Board, said attaining national accreditation was essential to maintaining high-quality economic development services. Dr. Harvey commended the center for gaining national accreditation.

 

“Congratulations to DC SBDC network for their fine efforts to make this important accreditation possible and for their continued high quality work to assist District based small businesses,” Dr. Harvey said.

 

Last year, the District of Columbia SBDC served over 400 small businesses throughout the city; recent clients have received almost $4 million in capital formation.

 

The DC SBDC Network is an outreach program of Howard University, working in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), other District of Columbia universities, and community organizations, to provide free management and technical assistance and affordable training in all phases of business development to District of Columbia-based small businesses

 

For more information about the DC SBDC, contact Gladys Kamau at (202) 806-1550 or gladys.kamau@howard.edu

 

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Updated 4/19/2013 1:07:48 PM