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4th Annual POWERUP DC National Small Business Week Forum

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Small Business BIG IMPACT: Start, Grow, Sustain and Prosper

The 4th Annual POWERUP DC National Small Business Week Forum is designed to provide small businesses and non-profits with information, tools, resources and services to support their startup and growth into prospering enterprises. The forum will focus specifically on one of the greatest needs of entrepreneurs, access to capital to start, grow and prosper. It will also focus on procurement opportunities in both the private and government sectors, certification and licensing, emerging industries, business trends as well as funding and capacity-building for non-profit entities. Additionally, participants will learn about the benefits of the ACA and health insurance options through DC Health Link, the District's online health insurance marketplace.

Small businesses are major contributors to the strength of the American economy. Every year they employ more than half the private work force nationally, create new jobs, and drive a majority of American innovations as well as increase U.S. competitiveness. The small businesses of Washington, DC are no exception and it is important to support their growth as they contribute to our local economy and community. "POWERUP DC" will provide access to various business support systems and networking opportunities through a range of cutting edge seminars, panel discussions, and focused presentations from experts in business.

May 7, 2019

Tuesday | 8:00am - 2:00pm | Add to Calendar

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20004
Metro Station: Federal Triangle | Get Directions

Featured Luncheon Speaker

Liz Sara, Chairwoman
National Women’s Business Council

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2018 – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is pleased to welcome Liz Sara as Chairperson of the Council. On Monday, July 23, 2018, President Donald J. Trump appointed Ms. Sara, of the District of Columbia, to serve a three-year term. Ms. Sara will bring with her 30 years of achievement as an entrepreneur, business owner, and small business champion.

“Women are a vital driver of our nation’s economy, and I am thrilled that Liz will be lending her experience and savvy business leadership as she serves as Chairperson of the Council,” said SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. “Our priority is to ensure the federal government is deploying the critical resources entrepreneurs need to successfully launch small businesses and grow them.”

“I am excited to work with the Council and the teams at NWBC and SBA to help women founders blaze more trails and get the support, resources and funding they need to succeed,” Ms. Sara comments. “Leveraging my network, experience and hands-on work with entrepreneurs, I am confident we can all make a positive impact on helping women founders successfully navigate the challenges of starting and growing their business. I’m honored to be selected for this role.”

NWBC Executive Director, Nina Roque added, “I am very pleased by the appointment of Liz as Chairperson of the Council. With her leadership and entrepreneurial expertise, I am confident that together, we will elevate the voices of women business owners and entrepreneurs across this country.”

Ms. Sara is the Founder and President of Best Marketing, LLC, where she consults for more than 90 small businesses in the high-tech sector, and serves as a chief business advisor to entrepreneurs in creating and executing go-to market strategies. Previously, she played a principal role as Co-founder of SpaceWorks, an eCommerce software company, where she facilitated its startup and growth to nearly $25 million in revenue.

Ms. Sara recently completed her term as the first female Board Chair of the Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Ms. Sara is also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the Smith School of Business. She is an angel investor, a mentor to startup CEOs through many incubators and accelerators, and a frequent author and conference speaker on topics related to entrepreneurship and business.

Ms. Sara holds her Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York and her Master’s degree from the University of Maryland.

Small Business Braintrust Participating Partners

  • Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce (CHAMPS)
  • DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
  • DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB)
  • DC Department of Small and Local Business Development
  • DC Small Business Development Center Network Howard University
  • Department of Housing and Community Development (DC DCHD)
  • DC Main Streets Program
  • DC Women’s Business Center
  • Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)
  • Life Asset
  • Great Streets Program
  • The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships (Serve DC)
  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
  • Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA)
  • Mayor Office on Latino Affairs
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Washington Area Community Investment (WACIF)
  • Washington DC Economic Partnership