This was an event provided by The Small, Local and Minority Business Enterprise Office of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (http://www.wsscwater.com/home/jsp/content/slmbe-program.faces). Upon arrival, we were able to speak to several minority business development leaders who provided us with applications to their organizations to not only add specific certifications to our company name, but to also add us to a list of minority business owners which increases the visibility of our services. Each woman leader we spoke with was able to answer our questions in a straightforward manner and invited us to keep in touch if we needed any further assistance. We became more aware of all the minority business oriented resources that are available to us and learned about the importance of utilizing them for finding more business, more especially with government contractors.
We were then led into the auditorium where we listened to several Women Business Owners who shared their experiences about getting to where they are today. The most memorable one was by speaker Ana Recio Harvey, the current Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership, SBA. She decided to start her own translation company after being a translation consultant. It began with a small group translating English to Spanish, but as demand for other languages increased, it grew into 75 employees who translate 25 languages to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. She mentioned that in the early stages, she had no idea how to run a business and felt so overwhelmed with all the responsibilities she had taken on. It took her many years to learn how to manage a business, but through it all she finally achieved quite the success.