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Insights into Small Business Success

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Empowering tips on building your business, best practices, and what impacts the bottom line

The forum is designed to provide small business owners with insights into what is needed for success. The WBJ will present research on the state of small business, what keeps small business owners up at night and their outlook for the year ahead. Participants will gain industry knowledge on how to impact the bottom line, learn the ins and outs of the small business marketplace and discover best business practices.

The forum will also feature a panel of distinguished DC Health Link small business customers who will share their experiences and provide empowerment tips on building and growing small businesses. The DC Health Link panelists will include owners from the Telecommunications Development Corporation (TDC), UrbanStems and Compass Coffee. Following the forum, the WBJ will publish an 8 page review of the event.


Friday, May 5, 2017
8:00 am – 10:00 am
(Continental breakfast to be served)
Fairmont Hotel (Georgetown)
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037


Jessie Shaw (Keynote Speaker)

Vice President of Research, American City Business Journals

Roger Richmond

Principal, Telecommunications Development Corp (@TelcomDC)

Michael Haft & Harrison Suarez

Founders, Compass Coffee LLC (@CompassCoffeeDC)

Jereme Holiman

Cofounder, UrbanStems (@SendUrbanStems)

Small Business Braintrust Participating Partners

  • Coalition for Non Profit Housing and Economic Development
  • Comcast Cable
  • Congress Heights Training and Development Corporation
  • Crystal Insurance
  • DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
  • DC Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking
  • DC Department of Small and Local Business Development
  • DC Mayor’s Office of Partnerships and Grant Services
  • DC Small Business Center Howard University
  • The Latino Economic Development Corporation
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Washington DC Economic Partnership