More than 30 people attended the second Back 2 Business, a Small Business Administration Day event held in partnership with the District of Columbia Housing Authority.
The event, presented virtually on September 25, featured resources and professional services that assist entrepreneurs and business owners start and grow their businesses in D.C. All of the programs that were discussed are offered at no cost to residents.
“DCHA and its EnVision Center are committed to creating platforms to provide opportunities and to help our residents achieve self-sufficiency,” said Brian K. Harris, director of the Office of Resident Services. “The services and resources provided in this session all help individuals hurdle barriers to entrepreneurship.”
The host of panelists covered how to register for a business license in D.C. to how to obtain Small Business Administration loans. Each panelist listed what services they provide from career counseling, to grants, to how to become a D.C. government contractor, and marketing assistance.
Thank you to the panelists who included Joy Douglas from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ Small Business Resource Center; Virginia Roure and Shannon Taylor from the Department of Small and Local Business Development’s Innovative & Equitable Development division; Javier Sanchez from the Latino Economic Development Center; Lyals Battle and Rasul Sha’ir of the Washington Area Community Investment Fund; R. Denise Everson and Alexandria Smith of Thinkbox’ Sustainable Communities Project; Nirav Rajpara of the Small Business Administration; and Lyndsie Dandridge of DCHA’s Property Management Operations.
For more information, a list of resources discussed, or to view a recording of the presentation, please contact Natashia Brisco at firstname.lastname@example.org.