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FROM DC TO AFRICA: Growing Local, Going Global

DC Mayor's Office on African Affairs

Friday, April 6, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Growing Local and Going Global:

Expanding your Business through Local, Federal and International Opportunities



The DC Mayor's Office on African Affairs is hosting a Business Summit that presents exciting opportunities to network and learn about resources for growing your business and for doing business in Africa. Your business will never be the same again.


DC Businesses and Aspiring Entrepreneurs, it is time to Break Your Borders and Enlarge Your Frontiers


Topic Highlights:

What you Need to Go Global

Accessing Capital for Local and International Business

Contracting and Procurement Opportunities

Doing Business in DC


Date: April 6th, 2012

Time: 8.30am - 4.00pm

Venue: 441 4th Street NW

11th Floor Conference Room


So what are you waiting for? SEIZE YOUR MOMENT!!!


 Breakfast and Lunch will be served*





Growing Local, Going Global:

Expanding your Business through Local, Federal and International Opportunities



09:00-10:30am  Networking Breakfast


10:30-11:00am   Welcoming Remarks





10:30-11:00am   Panel of Local, Federal and Nonprofit Agencies                                             

§  Department of Local and Small Business Development (DSLBD)

§  Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP)

§  Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) 

§  US Small Business Administration District Office (SBA- DC Office)

§  Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

§  DC Chamber of Commerce (DCCC) & DCC Foundation (DCCCF)

§Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP)

§Washington DC Women’s Business Center (DCWBC)



11:00-12:00pm  Breakout Sessions (3 Tracks)


Track 1: What You Need to do Business in DC

Track 2: Accessing Capital for Growing Your Business Domestically

Track 3: Local & Federal Contracting Opportunities


12:00-1:00pm     Networking Lunch



                               & OPPORTUNITIES    

 §  Export DC/ STEP Program (DSLBD)

§  US Small Business Administration (SBA-Trade Office)

§  Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

§  Ex-Im Bank

§  Department of Commerce/US Export Assistance Center (USEAC)


1:00-2:00pm       Going Global: Why and How


2:00-2:45pm       Trade and Business Opportunities: Buyers & Demand


2:45-3:00pm       Break


3:00-3:45pm       Accessing Capital for International Trade & Investments


3:45-4:00pm       Closing Remarks  


Have questions about FROM DC TO AFRICA: Growing Local, Going Global ? Contact DC Mayor's Office on African Affairs

When & Where

441 4th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Friday, April 6, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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DC Mayor's Office on African Affairs

The mission of the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (OAA) is to ensure that the full range of health, education, employment, social services, safety, business and economic development information, services and opportunities are accessible to the District’s African immigrant communities. By serving as the liaison between the District’s African immigrant communities, District government agencies and the Mayor, OAA aims to:

  1. Improve the quality of life of the District’s diverse African born constituencies and their children;
  2. Increase civic and public engagement in the District’s African immigrant communities; and
  3. Support community development.


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  News and Updates
2012-03-20 07:10:06
2012-03-22 09:46:13


“This bill ( a bipartisan legislation titled, The Increasing American Jobs through Greater Exports to Africa Act of 2012) is the right bill to enact in these uniquely challenging times for the United States and its ability to generate further economic growth. The US has talked....about Africa as being the next trade and investment frontier. Now is the time for taking action in moving forward!”- U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush


"Today African diasporans in the United States are seeking ways to invest in Africa to further economic and social development across the Continent. Passage of this bill will provide many of the tools necessary to successfully channel the Diaspora's potential for development into Africa, while creating American jobs and opportunity in some of the fastest growing markets of the twenty-first century" - Ms. Liesl Riddle, PhD


“African Immigrant buying power in the USA is an estimated 45 billion dollars (in relative terms – will be the 6th largest African economy). African Immigrant Capital in Minnesota is also significant – for example buying power of the Somalis is an estimated 216 million dollars, Ethiopians 203 million dollars, Nigerians 71 million dollars, Kenyan 167 million dollars, Liberians 142 million dollars and smaller communities like the Cameroonian community have an estimated buying power of 6 million dollars.” (Ethnic Trends)


2012-03-30 15:36:53


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