2021 Small Business & Economic Development Summit

Virtual Event - Friday, May 7, 2021
9 AM to 1:30 PM

The DC Chamber of Commerce Small Business & Economic Development Summit will convene leaders from across local & federal governments and the small business industry for a deep dive on the state and recovery of the District of Columbia’s small business industry and what the future vision, policy and programs for all businesses (Start-Up, Med-Large and Growth, and international during and future of Covid-19).  We will explore how to open a business, access to capital -traditional and non-traditional- access to federal and local agencies, certifications with corporate America, federal and local government and networking and matchmaking (B2B).

The 2021 DC Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit will address the most important challenges facing the District of Columbia’s small business community and also the opportunities for growth.  The event will present three (3) panels and will have a networking/matchmaking throughout the event.

  1. Business Recovery: This panel is intended for all size businesses with the purpose of providing information about consequences and opportunities for re-opening under Covid-19, the expectations and progress at the local and federal levels, including equity, diversity and inclusion across the small business workforce and the impact and reality of incorporating technology and cyber security (hacking measures from basic to intermediate) within your business.
  2. Start and Fund Your Business: This panel is intended for businesses and individuals that are looking to start and fund their business. We will cover traditional and non-traditional lending, DC based collateral programs, how to do a business plan and types of businesses.
  3. Growing your Business: This panel is intended for businesses that are looking for growth opportunities, including International Trade and getting certified with local and federal government and corporate America.

Program Agenda:

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 am - 9:45 am
The Power of Small Business

9:45 am - 10:00 am
Networking Session

10:00 am - 10:45 am
Business Recovery: Workshop A

10:45 am - 11:00 am
Sponsor Ads & Announcements

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Start and Fund your Business: Workshop B

11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Enhance Your Business with Sports Betting

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Growing your Business: Workshop C

12:45 pm - 12:50 pm
Introduction of Honorees

12:50 pm - 1:10 pm
Awardee Remarks

1:10 pm - 1:30 pm
Networking and Matchmaking

1:30 pm
Closing Remarks


Our Sponsors

Event Co-Sponsors

Session Sponsors

Business Engagement Sponsor

Business Intelligence Sponsor

Speaker Sponsor

Awards Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Square Peg Technologies, LLC

City National Bank

JLAN Solutions