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POWERUP DC 2020 Small Business Forum

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am

Small Business A NEW ERA: Resilience and Opportunity

5th Annual POWERUP DC

Each year since its inception in 2015, POWERUP DC has been a valuable resource for many in the DC small business community. Hosted by DC Health Link, its business partners, media partners, and the DC Health Link Small Business Brain Trust, POWERUP DC was developed to celebrate and support the small business community by providing enriching business resources and networking opportunities through a range of cutting edge seminars, special events and focused presentations. During POWERUP DC, government and private sector representatives present the latest business trends and opportunities for small businesses.

POWERUP DC was also designed to recognize the major contributions small businesses make to strengthen the national and local economy. Every year, small businesses employ more than half of the private work force nationally, create new jobs, drive a majority of American innovation, and increase U.S. competitiveness. The small business community of Washington, DC is no exception and it is important to support their growth and to help them in turn to support their employees.

The presence of the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way business is conducted in the District of Columbia and throughout the country. The 5th Annual POWERUP DC will be presented in a different format and style — a FREE virtual forum on an interactive platform (Zoom). The format is designed to provide small businesses, women-owned businesses, non-profits and young entrepreneurs with information, tools, resources and opportunities to be resilient as they reimagine and innovate ways of doing business in a new era. Opportunities to support the revitalization and stability of small businesses through COVID-19 will also be shared along with updates on DC Health Link’s response to COVID-19.


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

10:00am - 11:30am | Add to Calendar

The virtual interactive forum will be condensed to a 1.5 hour information session with the following format:

  • Opening Session: The Impact of COVID-19 and Resources for Small Businesses
  • Three concurrent breakout sessions
    • Focus on Women - COVID-19: The Impact on Women-Owned Small Businesses, Now What?
    • Youth Entrepreneurs - Starting Your Business During COVID-19
    • Small Business Development - Insights and Resources to Navigate Uncertain Times
  • Closing Session – Retooling, Recalibrating for Reopening
  • Closing Remarks

The business forum will highlight small businesses that have interesting and successful operational pivots to remain viable during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will highlight what women and very young entrepreneurs bring to the community with their small business ideas. Finally, panelists will be engaged in a discussion around strategies for resilience, recalibrating and escalating operations in the discovery of a new era and a new normal in the marketplace.

Small Business Brain Trust Participating Partners

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