DC Health Link Gives DC Small Businesses a Big Boost at the 7th Annual POWERUPDC

7th Annual Small Business Forum offers crucial support for the DC small business community by providing resources for recovering and recalibrating from the COVID-19 pandemic

DC Health Link in partnership with the Washington Business Journal, the Washington Informer, DC Chamber of Commerce, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, and the POWERUP DC Small Business Brain Trust partners is hosting POWERUPDC 2021, a virtual small business forum.

The 7th Annual POWERUP DC National Small Business Forum —"Recovering and Recalibrating for Success in a New Era”— will focus on how small businesses can adapt and succeed amid and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The format of the virtual session is designed to provide small businesses, women-owned businesses, non-profit organizations, faith-based institutions along with youth and young adult entrepreneurs with information, tools, tips, and opportunities to be resilient as they re-imagine and innovate ways of doing business in a new—and still changing—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 ongoing response to COVID-19, including working with DC small businesses to utilize the current COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period to ensure their employees get covered and stay covered during the pandemic.

DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Executive Director Mila Kofman will provide opening and closing remarks for the forum. U.S. Small Business Administration Assistant Administrator Natalie Cofield will deliver the keynote address and share insights on how small businesses can hit the strategic reset button post COVID-19 and the measures SBA is implementing to support small businesses.

The speaker lineup includes distinguished business leaders:

  • Natalie Cofield, Assistant Administrator, Office of Women’s Business Ownership, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • John Falcicchio, Deputy Mayor, Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
  • Karima Woods, Acting Commissioner, DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB)
  • Kristi Whitfield, Director, DC Department of Small and Local Business Development
  • Antonio Doss, Director, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington Metropolitan Area District Office
  • Rev. Kendrick E. Curry Ph.D., Senior Pastor, Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church
  • Charles Motte, Associate Director, DC Small Business Development Center Network
  • Lanta Evans-Motte, Founder & VP, Literacy Institute for Financial Enrichment (LIFE), Financial Advisor, Raymond James Financial Services
  • Tameka Young, Founder, National Association of Kidpreneurs
  • Tammira Lucas, CEO of The Cube, Co-Founder of Moms as Entrepreneurs, Author, Speaker, Philanthropist and Professor
  • Sybongile Cook, Director, Business Development and Strategy, DMPED
  • Richeen Palmer, Project Administrator, PayPal

New for this year’s POWERUP DC includes a panel featuring national youth entrepreneur leaders will provide young people with tools and insights on how to turn business concepts into successful realities. Additionally, women empowerment experts will provide mothers with tips and resources to turn a business concept into a reality.

Along with the speed-networking session where business experts will provide information and business coaching and mentoring in the areas of Access to Capital/Financial Resilience, Digital Branding, Marketing, and Advertising, Brokerage: Finding Your Space, and the Value of Business Coaching /Business Mentoring. Local businesses owners who will share their inspiring COVID-19 resiliency stories including Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher, Washington Informer Newspaper; Michael Akin, Founder and President of Link Strategic Partners; and Bonnie Love, Creative-In-Charge & Co-owners of D2D Creative.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 10:00am—1:30pm
FREE Registration (Zoom Platform)

To register for POWERUPDC 2021, go to https://www.dchealthlink.com/powerupdc2021/submit

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” is an initiative developed by DC Health Link to 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.

DC Health Link’s small business partners are the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC), the DC Chamber of Commerce (DCCC), and the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). DC Health Link Small Business Brain Trust participating partners are the Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce (CHAMPS), 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 (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’s Office On Latino Affairs (MOLA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Washington Area Community Investment (WACIF), and Washington DC Economic Partnership.


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