This event was hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (http://www.nvtc.org/) and focused on small businesses looking for opportunities to work with government contractors. There were 15 booths that had a mix of Federal, State, and Local agencies, each of which had a plethora of contacts and resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs to find an entry into a government contract. I was lucky to have the time to speak to each exhibitor and asked them for advice on how BWC could establish a reputation to stand out above the rest of those already on the CCR website with the same services.
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.
This event was provided by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which we are proudly members of (www.gwhcc.org). What a moving and life changing experience this was! Every kind of business imaginable attended; start-ups, established companies seeking to grow further, veterans sharing their words of wisdom, international organizations, and even individuals looking for the courage to begin something on their own. We had our very own booth with a table full of BWC marketing materials as well as a delicious plate of alfajores. Each person who approached us had a story to tell and needed advice on how to take what they created to the next level.