Building Metro Washington Weekly - December 12, 2017 Click To Learn More








DC RECOGNIZED AS 2017 TOP 10 CLIMATE ACTION CITY Washington, DC was one of ten cities honored at the fifth annual C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards ceremony, recognizing the world’s most inspiring and innovative cities tackling climate change. The awards ceremony, which took place at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago, highlighted 10 urban sustainability projects from around the world that represent the most ambitious and innovative efforts by cities to tackle climate change. As one of two cities to win the Cities4Tomorrow award, DC was selected to win for its Climate Ready DC plan, which establishes a long-term commitment to climate resiliency that will impact the city’s transportation, buildings, neighborhood design and policy structure. more > 

DDOT PUBLIC MEETING REMINDER: LONG BRIDGE PROJECT  The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invite the public to review and comment on the alternatives to be evaluated in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Long Bridge project, as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). more > 

DC: CITY-WIDE SIDEWALK RESTORATION PROJECTS  DDOT will be conducting sidewalk and other project restoration over the next two weeks, potentially impacting your projects. more > 



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JAN 12 REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR WOMEN BUILDING WASHINGTON’S SHEBUILDS ABC’s Women Building Washington and Rebuilding Together Montgomery County are partnering to make a difference for local low-income, women-led households by raising support for and executing a hands-on project that is led by and directly benefits women during Women in Construction Week 2018.  more >


American Global, LLC 

Gerard Leib 


CMR Alliance

Tim Rail


Versatile Drywall, LLC

Adan Sanchez


BlueLine Rental 

Bob Majkut 


 Bost & Filtrex, LLC

Michael Horigan 


Meyer Consulting Engineers Corporation 

Tom Ouska 


Miller Construction, Inc. 

Jacob Miller 


Connally Contracting Corporation

Marianne Connally 







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CONSTRUCTION BACKLOG SURGES TO SET RECORD IN THIRD QUARTER Providing more evidence of a strengthening economy, ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) set a record as it expanded to 9.45 months during the third quarter of 2017, up 9.8 percent from the second quarter to the longest backlog reading in the eight-year history of the series.  CBI is up by 0.8 months, or 9.2 percent, on a year-over-year basis. more > 

CONSTRUCTION JOBS NUMBERS REBOUND IN NOVEMBER The nation’s construction sector added 24,000 net new jobs in November, representing a 0.3 percent month-over-month increase, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. more > 

CONSTRUCTION CONFIDENCE INDEX FINDS CONTRACTORS UPBEAT The majority of commercial and industrial contractors are confident about sales growth, profits and staffing levels heading into 2018, according to the latest ABC Construction Confidence Index. Despite rising construction labor and materials costs, 55 percent of contractors expect their profit margins to expand in the first half of 2018. more > 

FREE WEBINARS DEC 12  AIA Contract Documents: 3:00-4:00pm


E-News Brief from the Mayor's Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development Click To Learn More



~~~~~~~~~~~~~Featured Upcoming Events~~~~~~~~~~~~



Ready, Set, GROW! Access to Capital Forum hosted by 

Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs


Tuesday, December 12, 2017


9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Governor’s Coordinating Offices, 100 Community Place 


1st Floor Conference Room, Crownsville, MD 21032

This unique workshop features state and federal experts to discuss various funding streams available to the small business community. You will learn the required qualifications of lenders when providing funding for start-up, emerging, and growing businesses

To view participants/panelists list and register, click here



Dollars & Sense – Financing to Maximize Business Profits & Personal Wealth Workshop sponsored by BB&T, Operation Win In Life CDC and Meridian Management Group, Inc. (MMG)


Thursday, December 14, 2017


8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture 


830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

This workshop will feature two 2 hour sessions, one focusing on The Cost of Alternative Lenders to the Small Business Community and the other focusing on BB&T’s Where Personal Finances Meet Business Finances curriculum.  Both sessions will be designed to increase small and minority entrepreneurs’ knowledge of existing financial planning and financing resources available through BB&T and MMG to enhance their capacity to grow their businesses.

To view flier, click here

To register, click here:  or call 410-333-4270.



Entrepreneur Development Day hosted by The Presidents’ RoundTable, Inc. (PRT) in conjunction with PRT Reach Foundation

Monday, December 18, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

University of Maryland Baltimore County, The University Center (Building 34)

Ballroom, Top Floor, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Join the Presidents’ RoundTable and PRT Foundation for a one-day Supplier Diversity Development Business Education Program for minority business owners, to help them grow and sustain their businesses. The program would provide business education and technical coaching from experts in marketing, finance, business planning, and more.

To view flier, click here

To purchase tickets, click here: 

For more information, contact Mollie Jackson at 410-480-730 or email:


Breakfast Briefing: A Business Response to the Opioid Epidemic hosted by Greater Baltimore Committee

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Greater Baltimore Committee, 111 S. Calvert Street, Suite 1700

Baltimore, MD 21202

Join Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen and her Special Advisor for Opioid Policy, Evan Behrle, for a conversation about how businesses and the business community can help fight the opioid epidemic, while supporting affected employees.

To register, click here 

For event information, contact Sophia Silbergeld at 410-727-2820


For a list of more upcoming events, click here




Featured Contracting Opportunities




Skid Steer Loaders (Baltimore City Department of General Services)


Solicitation Due Date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

For more information, click here



Light Towers and Solar Powered Boards (Baltimore City Department of General Services)

Solicitation Due Date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

For more information, click here



Citywide Violation Towing Services (Baltimore City Department of Transportation)


Solicitation Due Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

For more information, click here



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Event announcements from the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Click To Learn More

Chamber Events


Vendele a la Mente de tu Cliente y Optimizar la Presencia Digital de tu Negocio

December 9, 2017 | 9:00am – 12:00pm GWHCC Resource Center | 930 Kennedy St NW Suite 250, Washington DC 20002 

Join us to learn how to close sales at this free workshop for Spanish speaking entrepreneurs in the area. Space is limited. Click here to register.

Un taller completamente gratuito para los empresarios de habla hispana del área. Aprende a cerrar más ventas. Cupos limitados. Inscribete aqui.


Holiday Fiesta

December 12, 2017 | 6:00pm — 8:30pm The Beacon Hotel | 1615 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Join us as we say Adios! to 2017 and bring in a bright and successful 2018 at our Holiday Fiesta! GWHCC is proud to partner with Unidos por Puerto Rico—DMV, an organization providing relief efforts to our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. Boxes for donations of non-electronic toys and pledge cards will be available at the Holiday Fiesta to support those affected by Hurricane Maria.

As space is limited, please register to confirm your attendance at your earliest convenience. Click here to register.


Insurance Matters For Small Business

January 11, 2018 | 9:00am — 10:30am GWHCC Resource Center | 930 Kennedy St NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20011

Protect your small business. Have the right insurance in place. Join us to learn about which types of insurance are useful for your business. Click here to register.


Member Events

Teen Celebration Expo and Showcase

January 27, 2018 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm Mid Atlantic Community Church | 2485 Davidsonville Rd., Gambrills, MD 21054

The Teen Celebration Expo and Showcase is a charitable event where hundreds of teens and their family members will have the opportunity to meet vendors who provide services for special events such as prom, homecoming and Sweet 16s. Click here to register.

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SBA Announcements December 11, 2017 Click To Learn More







Your Feedback is Important

Do you have ideas on how the SBA can better serve you and the small business community? SBA invites you to complete a 10-15 minute survey to help assess your small business needs and your satisfaction with SBA programs. Your feedback will help reshape the way SBA does business.

Launch the Survey



5 Things to Know about Year-End Bonuses

Are you considering giving end-of-year bonuses to your employees? Bonuses are an important way to retain great talent. But there are considerations you should make as you prepare bonuses that are right for your company.

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Small Business Owners Share Challenges of Hiring Employees and Gig Workers

Hiring for small businesses has been on the rise over the past year, but it is not without its challenges. In a new report from SCORE, small business owners share their experiences and obstacles when hiring employees and contractors.

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 Finding and Attracting Investors

This self-paced training exercise provides an introduction to finding and attracting investors. Topics include determining the need for outside financing, defining what an investor is and where to find them, and explaining the investment process and understanding investor expectations.

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National Cyber Security Alliance Webinar: How to Protect Key Assets and Data

December 12, 2017 2:00pm ET/11:00am PT

Join the SBA and National Cyber Security Alliance webinar to keep your business safe and secure online. Get tips on how to protect key assets and data.



Zenefits + Expensify LIVE Webinar: Planning for Growth; How to Add Headcount while Staying Lean

December 13, 2017 1:00pm ET/10:00am PT

Growing your team in 2018?  Join the CEO of Expensify and Zenefits’ Head of Talent for a live webinar on how to scale your business while remaining cost conscience. One early tip? You don’t need expensive tech, endless tools and a huge hiring team to do so. David Barrett and Woody Garrett will weigh in on how to: 

  • Prioritize hiring needs 
  • Maximize the interview process 
  • Utilize tools and technology that can ease your workload 



SCORE LIVE Webinar: 20 Things No One Tells Millennials about Entrepreneurship

December 28, 2017 1:00pm ET/10:00am PT

With the successes of Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel, it’s easy for millennials to become enchanted by the idea of becoming an entrepreneur. Their dreams are becoming reality—according to recent studies, millennials are starting businesses at younger ages than previous generations.

During this webinar produced by SCORE, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Ashley Williams will share eye-opening truths that she learned as a millennial entrepreneur in hopes to empower millennials looking to start a company.

You will learn how to:

  • Create an action plan for your idea
  • Surround yourself with the best possible team
  • Test your idea in the market
  • Develop the perseverance needed for success




For over 50 years, National Small Business Week has served as our nation’s salute to small business owners. SBA is currently accepting nominations for a variety of awards, including SBA’s signature award, the National Small Business Person of the Year.

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The SBA is hiring to fill temporary positions to provide aid to those affected by the recent hurricanes. Check out the list of positions open at this time on the disaster section of the website.

Apply Today 





VET-Force Issues Forum at VA Small Bus Conference - Dec 6th Click To Learn More






Hosted by

Department of Labor (DOL)

Veterans Employment & Training Service (VETS)

In Association with the

Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization










Francis Perkins

200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.

(3rd & C Street Entrance)

Washington, DC


Friday, December 15, 2017

10 am – 12 pm 

Cafeteria Lunch Accessible

Also See Announcements Below


This is a Free event targeted to Veteran & Service Disabled Veteran Business Owners.    NOTE:  You MUST register to attend.




To Participate in the Forum by Phone:


(641) 715-3605

Code = 877589#


Note:  Please use *6 to mute your phone when listening and press *6 again to unmute your phone when speaking 








GSA – Making IT Easier for VOBs/SDVOBs

to get on Schedule 70

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IT Certification Training Programs



Cisco CCNA 

Microsoft Office

Network+   Security+ 

Comptia A+ (Hardware/Software)


Working Professionals – Upgrade Your Skills


Funding Available for Veterans and 

Unemployed / Under-employed 

MD & DC Residents 


CONTACT: or 202 365-0582




Minority Business Development Agency Announcements November 2017 Click To Learn More




Celebrating a Season of Gratitude

What if Thanksgiving were every day of the year? It’s not a very far-fetched idea when we trust in and employ the power of gratitude. In the words of writer William Arthur Ward, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”




Make a Big Difference in Your Community by Shopping Small Nov. 25

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Last year, there were 112 million consumers “shopping small” on Saturday spending more than $15.4 billion. Please join MBDA on Twitter and tag the small business you’ll be shopping at this Saturday using @USMBDA and #SmallBizSat.




Webinar: Soaring High with Business Financial Literacy

On Tuesday, December 5, the Minority Business Development Agency, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Small Business Administration are hosting a webinar to bring you the most important aspects of Financial Business Literacy. Learn what areas of finance every business owner must know and how to access related Federal Government resources to guide you along the way. Topics such as product strategy, consumer education, business deterrents, alternative funding mechanisms and cybersecurity will also be discussed.



Another Way to Support Military Veterans

MBDA has made veteran-owned businesses a priority by increasing support for these firms through its nationwide network of MBDA Business Centers, and this support is necessary. Today, there are 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses in the U.S., of which 21 percent are owned by African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, American Indians, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. These 521,000 minority veteran-owned businesses represent 6.5 percent of all minority-owned firms.



MBDA Helps Engineering Company with $3.1 Million Business Acquisition

The Minneapolis MBDA Business Center was instrumental in helping us achieve the goals of the previous owner and myself,” said Steven R. Carleton, owner of Progressive Consulting Engineers. “They understood the intent of a ‘win-win’ scenario and helped us come together and find a way to make the transaction a success.” Carleton’s statement reflects the type of results achieved by the nationwide network of MBDA Business Centers for minority-owned businesses all over the country—mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, and more.



President Donald J. Trump Recognizes Minority-Owned Businesses




On Oct. 24, 2017, President Trump welcomed the recipients of the National Minority Enterprise Development Week Awards.  The awards program celebrated and recognized the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leaders in advancing global minority business enterprise.


VDOT-Save the Date TDAC 4th Quarter Meeting December 6, 2017 Click To Learn More




Flagger Certification Training

When Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST Add to Calendar


BOWD Center

6020 Elko Tract Road Sandston, VA 23150


Driving Directions

Dear (Contact First Name),

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Business Opportunity and Workforce Development (BOWD) Center is pleased to announce Flagger Certification Training for all DBE firms certified in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, anyone who performs flagging operations on its right-of-way is required to be flagger certified. This training is administered free of charge. The training consists of viewing a video and successfully passing a written examination. Upon passing the written examination, you will be issued a certification card that is valid for two (2) years from the date of the examination. Two (2) training sessions will be held Wednesday, January 3, 2018. The first session begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. The second session begins at 2:30 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Each session is limited to 24 individuals.

Register Now!







Business Opportunity and Workforce Development (BOWD) Center

6020 Elko Tract Road

Sandston, VA 23150

Phone:  804-328-3002

VDOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency contact VDOT’s Civil Rights Division at 804-786-2085.

Celebrate Iconic Service Leaders at the Iconic 9th Asian Chamber Gala December 6, 2017 Click To Learn More


You Are Invited! 

Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce  MID ATLANTIC REGION  & Virginia Asian Foundation  Proudly Host:

RENEWAL The 9th Annual Asian Chamber Gala

Wednesday December 6, 2017  5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 






Register now


Please join us at An iconic evening celebrating iconic service leaders…

….. and other Mid Atlantic Region area business, government leaders, and diplomats for the 9th Annual Asian Chamber Gala on December 6, 2017.

We would love for you to join us at the Five Star Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. 

This is an intimate and exclusive event.  It is a platform intended to foster conversation among our corporate sponsors and philanthropists on how service influence social change.

Announcing one of our Many Top 2017 Service Leaders: NEW

LaMar Williams  SWaM Advocate Virginia Department of Transportation Champion of Business Diversity Award 2017

Connect with the most powerful corporate decision makers from Fortune 100 and 500, Inc. Fast 50, and philanthropists.   Meet dozens of inspirational decision makers and stalwart leaders from Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads.

Our iconic Gala delivers powerful attendees and high-quality, well known companies, and high ranking government leaders which means more powerful connections and  business development opportunities for you.

Special Speaker: His Excellency Ambassador Pisan Manawapat, the 44th Thai Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America.  He worked closely with then Chief Minister Narendra Modi of India and helped introduce Thai investment into Gujarat.

Keynote Speaker: We are also honored to greet Stephen Moret, the President of Virginia Economic Development, Virginia powerful marketing agency.

Enjoy our extraordinary Asian cultural performance and our Student Scholarship program presentation.

Proceeds to benefit Virginia statewide leadership awards, our annual student scholarship program, and to empower Asian American entrepreneurs and communities, the makers, the doers, and dreamers creating their own destinies and achieving uncommon things. 

Who will you meet?  You will meet:

  • High-Level Prospects — 85% of attendees are CEOs, COOS, VPs, law makers, and decision makers or executive managers.
  • Regional Buyers from the Mid Atlantic Region — 90% of  attendees are from Virginia, DC, and Maryland
  • Decision Makers with Purchasing Power — 85% of project owner attendees recommend, specify, or make the final buying decision in a business transaction.

Read more about our both Speakers here.  

Rsvp Now!   

Building Metro Washington Weekly - November 21, 2017 Click To Learn More









PRINCE GEORGE’S  COUNTY PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT RESOLUTION SENT BACK TO COMMITTEE CR-97, which would have encouraged the use of Project Labor Agreements on Prince George’s County projects, was referred back to committee, effectively killing the resolution for the remainder of the year. ABC expressed strong opposition and spoke with the Chairman of the Council, Dereck Leon Davis, who agreed with ABC’s position and helped to block the bill from moving forward.  This resolution could be reintroduced again in the new year. 

DC HOLIDAY SUSPENSION OF WORK In observance of Thanksgiving Day, there will be an extended suspension of work in DC from 12:00pm Wednesday, November 22  through Friday, November 24. Lane closures will not be allowed for non-emergency work in roadways and sidewalks within the District’s Right-of-Way, including manhole access and construction-related deliveries. Approved activities may resume beginning Saturday, November 25 during permitted work hours.












NOV 30-DEC 2   32-HOUR BACKFLOW CERTIFICATION AND RECERTIFICATION In this 32-hour, 3-day class, participants will develop a working knowledge of the causes and principles of backflow and backflow prevention. Recognizing proper backflow prevention assembly application and operation is stressed. Complete understanding and the ability to perform accepted field-test procedures for all backflow prevention assemblies is required for successful completion. Need recertification? Join us on December 2nd to be recertified for three years.   more >









  • Miscellaneous Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Services, Dulles Airport (100% LDBE) – November 29, 2017
  • Miscellaneous Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Services, Dulles Airport (50% LDBE) – November 29, 2017
  • Ballasts, National and Dulles Airports – November 29, 2017
  • Refurbish Mobile Lounge and Plane Mate Seats, Dulles Airport – November 30, 2017
  • Design/Build Stormwater Management Facilities – December 6, 2017
  • LED Linear Tubes, Dulles Airport – December 7, 2017
  • Claims Analysis Services – December 12, 2017
  • Datacenter Colocation and Associated Support Services – December 13, 2017
  • Taxilane B Reconstruction & Widening, West Section, Dulles Airport – December 13, 2017
  • General Construction Task Order Services, Dulles Airport (100% LDBE) – December 15, 2017
  • General Construction Task Order Services, Dulles Airport (50% LDBE) – December 15, 2017
  • Design/Build Metrorail Station Windscreens, Dulles Airport – December 20, 2017

    Click here for additional information on these current opportunities


  • Environmental Remediation Services, National and Dulles Airports – November 21, 2017
  • Mobile Aircraft Ground Power Units and PCAir Units, Dulles Airport – November 22, 2017
  • Waterproofing System Maintenance & Repair, National Airport – November 22, 2017
  • Task Architectural / Engineering Design Services, National and Dulles Airports – November 28, 2017
  • Airfield Paint Removal Services, Dulles Airport – November 30, 2017

    Click here for additional information on these upcoming opportunities


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easyRENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY! Renew your ABC of Metro Washington membership today! It’s as easy as ABC. Really.  more >










PCC has completed the US Holocaust Museum Conservation and Collection Center storage facility. more >



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AIA CONTRACT DOCUMENTS offers pre-drafted agreements and forms to define the roles and terms involved in a project ensuring all parties are aware of expectations. With nearly 200 of the most trusted and widely accepted contracts and forms in the industry, there’s a document to fit any project. Check out ABC discounts today. 








Construction input prices remained unchanged on a monthly basis in October, according to analysis of today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics release by Associated Builders and Contractors. Overall construction input prices have expanded 4.3 percent year over year, while nonresidential input prices have expanded 4.1 percent since October 2016. Crude petroleum prices rose 6.6 percent for the month and are up 7.7 percent for the year. No other input manifested significant price growth in October. more >


NOV 28  DOL Training on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors: 2:00-3:00pm

DEC 6  2017 Regulatory Roundup: 2:00-3:00pm

DEC 12  AIA Contract Documents: 3:00-4:00pm


NOV 27 Last Day of Early Bird Registration for ABC National Convention

SBA Educational Announcements Click To Learn More



Are you SBA’s next big winner? Submit your nomination today for the National Small Business Week Awards. For more than 50 years, the SBA has honored American small businesses, including many household names like Ben & Jerry’s and Tom’s of Maine. Find out how you can apply for the 2018 awards.

Submit a Nomination 


Blog:  How to Market for Small Business Saturday


Small Business Saturday is just around the corner. Learn how to prepare your business to best benefit from this annual, nation-wide event.

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Blog:  What Makes an Ongoing Business Forecast Realistic?


Realistic forecasting is valuable for any ongoing business. But how can you make sure your forecast is realistic? What should you look for? Here are some tips to keep in mind.

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Blog:  How to Start a Craft Business


Have you considered turning your crafting hobby into a part-time or full-time business? Here’s what you need to know if you want to start a business in crafting.


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SBA offers a variety of online training courses that cover topics from starting and managing a business to government contracting. Take advantage of these free courses today.


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The SBA is hiring to fill temporary positions to provide aid to those affected by the recent hurricanes. Check out the list of positions currently open on the disaster section of the Website.


Apply Today


ABC of Metro Washington Holiday Reception December 7, 2017 Click To Learn More

merryJoin us at the ABC of Metro Washington Holiday Reception


Join us for one of the most anticipated events of the year! Jingle and mingle with friends and colleagues at Manor Country Club. 

This event sells out every year, so R.S.V.P. early. 

If you were unable to participate in the July Salvation Army Toy Drive,  please bring an unwrapped toy for a child in need  and give the gift of the holidays.

Manor Country Club

14901 Carrolton Road Rockville, MD   6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

$125 through December 7th

$150 after December 7th 

Register Here

ABC Building Metro Weekly October 31, 2017 Click To Learn More



ABC is reviewing legislation that was introduced last session that would have altered the amount of weight that can be carried by various size dump trucks. The legislation was overwhelmingly defeated but may return in 2018. Contact Bob Zinsmeister if you have any comments or recommendations.  more >

TEMPORARY PARKING RESTRICTIONS IN DC Beginning tomorrow, November 1, there will be temporary parking restrictions for the construction of the new Second District parking garage at the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The parking restrictions are expected to be in place for approximately eight months.   more >




Holiday Reception

Join us for one of the most anticipated events of the year! Jingle and mingle with friends and colleagues at Manor Country Club. This event sells out every year, so R.S.V.P. early.

If you were unable to participate in the July Salvation Army Toy Drive, please bring an unwrapped toy for a child in need and give the gift of the holidays.

Manor Country Club 14901 Carrolton Road Rockville, MD

December 13, 2017 6:00 – 9:00pm

$125 through December 7 $150 after December 7 Please note that a reservation constitutes a financial commitment unless cancellation is made no later than noon on December 8. Substitutions are accepted at any time.chapter news

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS All Star Flooring Inc. Joseph Nusraty 301-595-9300

Anglemyer Construction Jim Anglemyer 202-364-5164

Clyde McHenry, Inc. Gina Williams 301-864-6550

Consolidated Waterproofing Contractors, Inc. Jon Fry 301-595-2559

District Contracting Group, Inc. Jeffrey S. Dawson 202-349-3811

District Construction Corporation Walid Zaineldeen 202-412-2717

Dumour Services Jackie Perkins 202-509-1140

Continental Contractors Marcia Warner 410-263-1871

Narman West Magdaleno Avia 703-906-4681

PlanGrid Pete Murray 301-264-8555

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County Christina Johnson 301-947-9400

SMART Secruity Pros Shawn Scarlata 301-955-9782





We are #abcproud of our 2017 Chapter Safety Award winners! Congratulations to the following:

    Anchor Construction Corporation  Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC  Bausum & Ducket Electric, LLC     Forrester Construction     Harkins Builders, Inc.     Hawkins Electrical Service, Inc.     BF Joy, LLC     Mechanical Engineering & Construction Corporation     Monarch Construction, Inc.     Shapiro & Duncan, Inc.


GSA - Making IT Easier for VOBs/SDVOBs to get on Schedule 70 Click To Learn More


Making it Easier – IT Schedule 70 Startup Springboard


The IT Schedule 70 Startup Springboard initiative focuses on innovative IT companies with less than two (2) years of experience. The goal of this initiative is to get the latest innovative technologies into the hands of federal agencies faster by getting emerging technology companies onto IT Schedule 70, the government’s largest IT contract vehicle. This initiative makes a key change to IT Schedule 70’s contractor requirements. It now allows these innovative companies to use the professional experience of their executives and key personnel as a substitute for having 2 years of corporate experience, providing them their first foray into the IT Schedule 70 Program. This initiative will make it easier for these companies to get access to over $15 billion in annual federal, state and local IT opportunities. In addition, it will establish a pathway for all highly qualified IT companies to join IT Schedule 70 and give more small businesses access to these opportunities.


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Vets Group Training Academy Click To Learn More




IT Certification Training Programs


Cisco CCNA 

Network+   Security+ 

Comptia A+ (Hardware/Software)

Cyber Security

Working Professionals – Upgrade Your Skills

Funding Available for Unemployed or Under-employed 

MD * DC * VA Residents

Special Programs for Military Veterans and their Spouses

CONTACT: or 202 822-0011

National Veterans Small Business Engagement December 5th-7th, 2017 Click To Learn More


National Veterans Small Business Engagement


St. Louis, Mo.

December 5-7th



NVSBE directly connects VOSBs with PDMs from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), other federal agencies, state government, as well as commercial firms with procurement needs. NVSBE also affords PDMs the opportunity to conduct hands-on market research and view product demonstrations all under one roof.


Communities of Interest (COI)


In order to facilitate and encourage targeted networking and peer-to-peer dialogue, participants are grouped in color-coded Communities of Interest (COI). The four COIs, derived from the North American Industry Classification System codes are:

  • Medical Supplies and Services – Red
  • Information Technology Supplies and Services – Green
  • Facilities Supplies and Services – Blue
  • Other Supplies and Services – Yellow

Following the COI color during the engagement will lead you to activities and sessions directly related to your business interest that share commonalities and interdependencies

Ways to Engage

In its seventh year, NVSBE continues to prove the most effective way to directly connect VOSBs with potential buyers from the federal, state and commercial marketplaces.


Congratulations to SBA'S InnovateHER Business Challenge Winners Click To Learn More

Congratulations to SBA’s InnovateHER Business Challenge winners! 

  • 1st place: Jenna Ryan with Uqora, LLC
  • 2nd place: Jessica Dehn with Dino Drop In 
  • 3rd place: Alexa Jones with TheraB Medical


CONGRATULATIONS to CEO Loretta Caldwell for being selected as a recipient of the 2017 DC Chamber of Commerce's Chamber's Champion Small Business Award- Click Here To Learn More

Chamber of commerce

We at the DC Chamber of Commerce are tremendously grateful to everyone who sponsored, participated in and contributed to the 2017 Small Business & Economic Development Summit on May 9th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

This unique summit serves to provide the DC Chamber’s growing membership with the opportunity to engage a diverse group of business leaders with government agencies, financial institutions, alternative lenders and diversity suppliers throughout the region. Our annual Small Business & Economic Development Summit also recognizes six (6) awardees for their dedication and commitment to the business community. As we continue to expand our reach we will provide even more opportunities for our members to grow their network.

Because of the unwavering support and generosity of our partners the 2017 Small Business & Economic Development Summit was a huge success. This is a powerful testament of the strength of our members and their commitment to our mission to be the voice of business, most valuable resource and leading advocate for businesses throughout the District of Columbia.

The Small Business Awards recognizes business growth, community involvement and innovative efforts in the District of Columbia. Recipients were named in six categories:

Small Business Person of the Year – Robert Kinsler, DC Fray

Robert Kinsler is the visionary behind United Social Sports, an innovative small business enterprise providing recreational sports programs to adults throughout the District.  Kinsler’s mission to #neverstopplaying, fueled the company’s rapid growth and a rebranding campaign. Now named DC Fray, Kinsler’s innovative concept has evolved beyond sports to include events, social gatherings, travel, and fitness. DC Fray, independently owned and operated in Ward 5, employs a dozen full-time and seasonal part-time employees and is set to explode in several jurisdictions across the nation. Under Kinsler’s leadership, DC Fray was named one of the Inc. 5000’s fastest growing companies in 2016. Through DC Fray’s sports leagues and event services, Robert Kinsler’s company has served over 300,000 area participants and dozens of local companies, all of which have resulted in a large economic impact on the local economy.  The company has generated nearly $10 million in revenue since its founding and far surpassed that level of general economic impact through its vendor and partnership relationships.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Abiud Zerubabel

At the age of seventeen Abiud Zerubabel began his entrepreneurial career in college with a property management business, which led to master leasing from landlords and subleasing to students. The success of his business created one million dollars in revenue before the age of twenty-one. In 2013 his development company, UIG, was named one of the five fastest growing real estate firms in DC by Inc. Magazine, a phenomenal feat for any young entrepreneur. In 2016 Abiud’s latest venture Acumen Capital ranked number two on the Inc. 5000’s list of the fastest growing companies in DC. Recently,, an independent non-profit organization, named Abiud’s company as a top 5 Black-owned company on its “Fastest-Growing Companies in America” list.

Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run -DC (GOTR-DC) provides preteen girls (grades 3-8) an innovative, mentor-­based afterschool program combining an evidence-based character development curriculum with running instruction. At GOTR-DC, they inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through research based curricula which include dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.


Small Business Champion of the Year – Department of Small and Local Business Development

The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) supports the development, economic growth, and retention of District-based businesses, and promotes economic development throughout the District’s commercial corridors. DSLBD is dedicated to maximizing Small Business Enterprise (SBE) participation while linking SBEs to contracting and procurement opportunities. Among their many accomplishments DSLBD helped launch the DC Business Center, a website providing DC business owners direct access to the District of Columbia’s government.  The website offers a wealth of information on the city’s procurement opportunities; and the key regulatory and support agencies for small businesses. DSLBD’s oversight also extends to the District’s $1 Billion expendable budget, of which $564 Million will be spent with SBEs in this fiscal year.  Please visit for more information.


Women in Business Champion of the Year – Loretta Caldwell

L. S. Caldwell & Associates, Inc. (LSC) is considered to be one of the foremost firms in the country specializing in the development, implementation, and administration of Contracting, Employment and Community Awareness Compliance Programs. Founder, President and CEO, Loretta S. Caldwell, has been recognized by the Federal Government and the District of Columbia for her contributions to economic development. During her tenure with the U. S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Center (MBDC) in Washington DC, Caldwell was praised for her business development initiatives and for her work in supporting the growth of women entrepreneurs. In 2016, the U. S. Department of Commerce recognized LSC as a strong advocate and developer of successful business solutions. They awarded LSC the contract to operate the Baltimore, Maryland MBDC, providing contracting, financing and technical solutions to mid-size minority and women business owners. Under her leadership, LSC is responsible for the research, development and subsequent creation of Compliance Programs for major corporations and municipalities. By ensuring compliance on major development projects, the firm has literally created thousands of jobs and made possible millions of contract awards to small, minority and women owned businesses.

Small Business of the Year – CRP, Incorporated

Since 1988, CRP has demonstrated the ability to successfully compete with other DC-based firms for Federal contracts and it is a distinction which underscores their leadership in this area among DC businesses.  As a leader in Federal contracting in the DC business community, CRP has evolved into a multifaceted, multi-million dollar professional services and management consulting firm with an expanding list of Federal clients. Under the leadership of Dr. Carolyn Rudd, CRP was among the nation’s first minority-owned firms to provide an array of technical support services to the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From the early 1990s to 2102, CRP evolved as one of the principal partners to SAMHSA, providing a portfolio of technical and programmatic services in support of the agency’s strategic and policy priorities.  These mission-critical areas ranged from co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, behavioral health of returning veterans and underage and methamphetamine prevention to building the evaluation capacity of SAMHSA grantees and addressing the behavioral health needs of Tribal and other priority populations.

The DC Chamber is one of the largest and top-rated Chambers in the Washington region. For over 78 years, we have been the champion of local business-large and small-providing passionate advocacy, valuable networking opportunities, and enlightening educational programs.

Current L. S. Caldwell & Associates, Inc. project, West End Square 50 Fire Station Now Open - Praised by Mayor Bowser- Click To Learn More

Friday, May 12, 2017

New Mixed-Use Development Brings New Fire Station and More Affordable Housing to Foggy Bottom Neighborhood

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser and city officials celebrated the opening of West End Square 50, the new mixed-use development and home of DC Fire and EMS Engine No. 1 in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Ward 2. The new 110,000 square-foot, nine-story development is a unique multi-use building with a 15,000 square-foot state-of-the art fire station, 52 units of affordable housing for households at or below 60 percent Area Median Income (AMI), three Permanent Supportive Housing units for households at or below 30 percent AMI, and six market-rate residential units.

“My Administration continues to prove that it is possible to build affordable housing in established neighborhoods and steps away from coveted amenities,” said Mayor Bowser. “This unique project is the result of extraordinary collaboration between DC Government agencies and our partners, and now that it is open, Washington, DC is safer, stronger, and more affordable.”

Local public investments for the development of West End Square 50 included: $4.3 million in Housing Production Trust Funds from the Department of Housing and Community Development, over $13 million in combined long and short-term bonds from the Department of Health Care Finance (DCHFA), and $7 million from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

“This one-of-a-kind project highlights how District agencies can successfully work together in a public-private partnership to deliver a project that will benefit more DC communities,” said Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner. “We will continue to invest in projects that make our economy stronger, more inclusive, and more innovative across the District.”

In November of 2014, the safety team at Engine 1 moved into a temporary house at 2110 L Street, NW, and construction on the new station began seven months later. The new Engine 1 is LEED Silver Certified and includes sleeping and living quarters, locker rooms, and a fitness center.

“While this beautiful building is viewed as a firehouse by most, it is considered a home away from home for several FEMS members who will now have access to some of the most energy efficient, updated amenities found in any firehouse across the country,” said DC Fire and EMS Assistant Chief Edward Mills.

Through a competitive solicitation process, the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development selected Eastbanc to develop the two District-owned parcels, Squares 37 and 50. West End Square 37, opening this fall, will be a 325,000 square-foot multi-use building with 7,500 square-feet of ground floor retail space including a café, a 20,000 square-foot West End Library, and 164 housing units.

“We are able to produce affordable housing in downtown DC thanks to creative thinking and funding tools like the Housing Production Trust Fund,” said DHCD Director Polly Donaldson. “Thinking outside of the box resulted in a project that is putting residents into high-quality homes that are close to amenities, transit, and crucial safety services like this new fire station.”

The Bowser Administration remains dedicated to improving public safety and producing, preserving, and protecting affordable housing in all eight wards. Last month, Mayor Bowser presented “DC Values in Action: A Roadmap to Inclusive Prosperity,” DC’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget and Financial Plan, which includes another $100 million contribution to the Housing Production Trust Fund, a $10 million investment in a new Housing Preservation Fund, $87.7 million for the purchase of new FEMS fleet vehicles, and $45 million for the construction of a new fleet maintenance facility.

Improvements to the Certified Business Enterprise Application Process- Click To Learn More

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HANOVER, MD (JANUARY 1, 2017) – The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) announced that the Personal Net Worth (PNW) cap applied to the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program will increase from $1,674,928 to $1,692,682 effective January 1, 2017.

As required by Maryland law, the State’s MBE Program adjusts its PNW cap annually based on the Consumer Price Index.  MDOT, as the official certification agency for the State, is responsible for calculating the annual cap.  The PNW cap applies to any disadvantaged owner whose ownership interest in a firm is relied upon for certification in the MBE Program and all MBE certification decisions rendered between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017.  In addition to the PNW cap, firms must meet eligibility requirements for minority status, ownership, control and size.

The PNW cap in place for the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is not affected.  Accordingly, the DBE cap on personal net worth remains $1,320,000.

MDOT is committed to ensuring that small minority-and women owned businesses have the opportunity to participate fully and fairly in the procurement process. 

For information about MBE/DBE certification, contact OMBE at 410-865-1269 or visit the Minority Disadvantaged Business Enterprise tab at


CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Loretta Caldwell for being selected as a Hero of Washington D.C.- Click Here To Learn More

Excerpt from Councilmember Brandon Todd’s Ward 4 newsletter below:

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Report Explores Changing Nature of Entrepreneurship in America- Click To Learn More


Report Explores Changing Nature of Entrepreneurship in America  [Click here to access the report]

The Kauffman Foundation has released a new report that introduces three mega trends that are fundamentally reshaping entrepreneurship in America. The new demographics of entrepreneurship reveals that under-representation of minority groups and women hurts the economy by reducing the number of businesses and jobs they would create.


Montgomery County, Maryland Earned Sick And Safe Leave Law- Click To Learn More


EEOC Raises Fine for Noncompliance with Notice-posting Requirements- Click To Learn More

On June 2, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a final rule increasing the penalty for failure to post notices of worker rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondisclosure Act (GINA).  Under the final rule, the maximum fine for failure to comply with these notice-posting requirements rises from $210 to $525 per violation.

The rule adjusts the fine for inflation in compliance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.  This act requires the EEOC to make yearly adjustments to the maximum civil monetary penalty.

The increased penalty applies to both covered private employers and federal contractors and goes into effect on July 5.

Key Provisions of the Final Rule- The New Overtime Rule-Click To Learn More

The Final Rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for EAP workers to be exempt. Specifically, the Final Rule:

  1. Sets the standard salary level at the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census Region, currently the South, which is $913 per week or $47,476 annually for a full-year worker;
  2. Sets the total annual compensation requirement for highly compensated employees (HCE) subject to a minimal duties test to the annual equivalent of the 90th percentile of full-time salaried workers nationally, which is $134,004; and
  3. Establishes a mechanism for automatically updating the salary and compensation levels every three years to maintain the levels at the above percentiles and to ensure that they continue to provide useful and effective tests for exemption.

Additionally, the Final Rule amends the salary basis test to allow employers to use non-discretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) to satisfy up to 10 percent of the new standard salary level. The Final Rule makes no changes to the duties tests.

Effective Date

The effective date of the Final Rule is December 1, 2016.