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ProBiz 2015 Small Business Procurement Conference

National Business League

Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

ProBiz 2015 Small Business Procurement Conference

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Advance Purchase
General admission to all seminars, exhibits & box lunch
Ended $75.00 $2.87
Regular Registration   more info Ended $85.00 $3.12
Includes four registrations, ad (up to 5x7), exhibit table, match-making sessions,and box lunches
Ended $500.00 $0.00
Gold Sponsor
Full Page ad in Program Booklet, name on event sign, exhibit table, one item in gift bag and five registrations
Ended $2,500.00 $0.00
Silver Sponsor   more info Ended $1,500.00 $0.00
Full Page Ad
Full page ad in Program booklet and two registrations
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Small Business Exhibitor
Exhibit table, two registrations, admission to all seminars, match-making sessions
Ended $200.00 $5.99
Small Business Exhibitor
Exhibit table, two registrations, admission to all seminars and match-making sessions.
Ended $250.00 $7.24
Government & Non-profit Exhibitor
Exhibit table, two registrations, admission to all seminars and match-making.
Ended $150.00 $4.74
Government Procurement Officials
Free admission to all seminars and exhibits. $55.00 box lunch charge.(Optional)
Ended Free $0.00

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July 16, 2015 at FHI 360 Conference Center: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009

For more information, please call 202-730-5765

ProBiz 2014 is the most Significant Small and Minority Business Procurement Conference in the Mid-Atlantic Region, to be held Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Washington, DC, sponsored by the National Business League of Greater Washington, a regional chapter of the National Business League, founded by Dr. Booker T. Washington in 1900. In the past , the annual event has welcomed over 1,000 attendees and over 100 exhibitors. ProBiz is a great opportunity for public and private sector procurement officials to engage with competent and capable small and minority contractors. The main event is the day-long exposition with information-packed concurrent seminars and workshops featuring the leading experts in every field of procurement, information technology opportunities, construction development, finance, marketing intelligence, certification, export-import, supplies and commodities, services, staffing and much more. Federal, local government expenditures, and global trade contribute over $10 Billion dollars annually to the region's economy. Business-to-Business marketing opportunities through networking open up fresh access to revenues for many small businesses. In the world of commerce, "Building Relationships For Success" is your competitive edge.

[No charge for registered government procurement officials with verified/identified agency]






ProBiz 2014 Conference Schedule of Activities


7:00 AM                       Registration Opens

8:00 – 8:30 AM             Opening Ceremony Remarks: Honorary Co-Chairs:

Elected Officials: Hon. Vincent Orange, DC Councilmember

ProBiz Co-Chairs: James Staton, OCP. Dr. Malcolm Beech, ProBiz Director, President, NBLGW, Ronald Evans, NBL National President


8:30 AM                       Keynote Speaker:TBA


Seminars                     Room  A         (Regency –B)                                     

9:00 – 9:50                    Procurement Roundtable Local Services Opportunities    

James Staton, Director, Moderator        

                                    DC Office of Contracting & Procurement                     

                                    Joan Hummons, Reza Hassan, Marvin Manassa


                                    Room B           (Bunker Hill)

9:00 – 9:50                    Construction Opportunities

                                    Charlie Partridge, PEPCO, Moderator

                                    Korey Gray, DC Water,

JW Lanum, Associate Director, DGS

                                    Kyle McPherson, Estimator, Ft. Myer Construction

                                    Lisa Gregory, DDOT


10:00 AM – 3:00 PM     Match-Making Sessions for pre-registered 10 min appointments                                                           (Next to Bunker Hill)


                                    Room A

10:00 – 10:50                 Federal Opportunities-I        

                                    Malda Brown, Small Business Administration, Moderator            

                                    Devera. Redmond, Dept. of Transportation

Diane Sant, Nuclear Regulatory Commission,

Luwanna Clark, Federal Bureau of Investigation



                                    Room B

10:00 – 10:50                 DC OCTO – Future Technologies

                                    Kim Harwell, GovPurchase, Moderator

David Bishop, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, and

Jan Whitener, Enterprise Contracts Management Services


                                    Room A

11:00 – 11:50                 Federal Marketing Intelligence        

                                    Jamie Bratten, EZGovOpps                   

                                    Room B

11:00 – 11:50                 DC Healthcare Services

Arianna Quinones-Miranda, Chief of Staff

                                    Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services

                                    Jerry Carter, Child & Family Services

                                    Wendell Atkinson, Dept. of Human Services

                                    Dr. John Thompson, Office on Aging

                                    Camille Williams, Office on Aging


12:00 – 12:45                                                  Lunch Break

                                    Room A

1:00 – 1:50                    Teaming & Sub-Contracts                

                                    Waymon Guinn, SBTC Prog Mgr, Moderator     

                                    Janice Davis, Esq.                                            

                                    Candice Miles, SBTC Business Dev Specialist   


                                    Room B

                                    Global Opportunities in Africa

                                    Fred Oladeinde, Moderator, Foundation for Democracy in Africa

                                    Babacar Beye, Economic & Trade Minister, Embassy of Senegal

                                    William Fanjoy, Export USA

                                    Bill Houck, SBA


                                    Room A

2:00 – 2:50                    Capital Access & Business Finance                        

                                    Michael Bing, Moderator, Director, DCMBDA                        

                                    Rod Johnson, Vice President, Industrial Bank                 

                                    Gayle Dorsey, Hitachi Government Finance Services                  

                                    Jeff Banks, Vice President, Bank of Georgetown                                                           

                                    Room B

                                    Federal Opportunities – II

                                    Wayne McDonald, SSA, Moderator

                                    Judith Stackhouse-Jordan, GSA

                                    Rudy Watley, Smithsonian Institution

                                    Roberta Richardson, Defense Intelligence Agency

                                    Maile Parker, Director of Procurement CSOSA


                                    Room A

3:00 – 3:50                    Local Opportunities-- II                    

Dr DeVance Walker, Moderator, Montgomery County Eco Dev

Betty Toulson, WMATA,


Kellyann Few, Fort Meade BASE Business Initiative


Room B

Certification & Technical Assistance

Lyals Battle, Moderator, DC MBDA

Ralph Buchanan, SBA

Ted Archer, DSLBD

Milton Goodman, DC PTAC

Have questions about ProBiz 2015 Small Business Procurement Conference? Contact National Business League

When & Where

FHI360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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National Business League

National Business League Overview

Building Wealth in Our Community


Founded in 1900 by Dr. Booker T. Washington, the National Business League (NBL) is a national federation of business owners, individuals, firms, companies, and associations engaged in business ventures and enterprises with members and chapters in 37 states and the District of Columbia. The NBL has been a strong comprehensive program of self-help and self-sufficiency, since its inception. The mission of the National Business League has been to enhance opportunities and expand Black and African Diaspora-owned businesses in the United States and abroad, hire community members, and build wealth through entrepreneurship

The NBL has been recognized as a forerunner in the progressive business movement. It was the NBL’s spearheading of the “parity” issue and development of program initiatives which led to the creation of the U. S. Small Business Administration and the Equal Opportunity Loan Programs for minorities. In addition, the NBL was instrumental in affecting the establishment of the first national program of Small Business Development Centers to provide management and technical assistance to small business owners.  The NBL influenced the President’s Task Force on Minority Business Enterprise, which resulted in what was known as Executive Order 11458 which set up the Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) now the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.


The NBL also introduced the concept of regional Purchasing Council Programs. Additionally, the League was the catalyst assisting in the establishment of a host of minority trade associations, that have grown out of the NBL; including the following: the National Funeral Directors Association, the National Bankers Association, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the Nation Insurance Association, the National Bar Association, the National Medical Association, the National Dental Association, and the Booker T. Washington Foundation.


We stand on the shoulders of the past presidents: 1st Dr. Booker T. Washington; 2nd James C. Napier; 3rd Robert Moten, 4th C.C. Spaulding; 5th Dr. J.E. Walker; 6th Roscoe E. Dungee, 7th Dr. A.G. Gaston; 8th Horace Suddath; 9th Dr. Frederick Patterson; 10th Dr. Berkeley G. Burrell,; 11th Dr. Theodore R. Hagans; 12th Arthur Teele,;13th Sherman Copelin, 14th W.Ronald Evans and our current president, Dr. Malcolm Beech, a Washington, D.C. publisher and developer.


115 years ago, Dr. Washington said:

“No people ever got upon its feet and obtained the respect and confidence of the world – which did not lay its foundation in successful business enterprises. Business, commerce and the ownership of property do not embrace all interest of our people. But one cannot find today a race that has not had as its foundation, ownership of the soil, in the bank accounts, in habits of thrift and economy and in business enterprise.”


General NBL Programmatic Themes

1)      Advocacy – Federal & Local Government & Private Sector Procurement Contracting

2)      Africa and African Diaspora Trade & Investment Linkages: Export-Import

3)      Urban Youth Entrepreneurship Training in high schools & National Student Business League chapters in US colleges and universities

4)      5% Solution – Buy from Black-owned Businesses Consumer Program

5)      Re-entry Assistance: Entrepreneurship Training

6)      Capital Formation: Credit Unions, Venture Capital &Revolving Loan Funds


NBLGW Priority Programs:


1)      Entrepreneurship Training:

ProBiz Success Track – Core Competency Certificate

Youth Entrepreneurship Experience

Ex-Offender Entrepreneurship Training & Job Placement

2)      Community Empowerment & Access to Capital

Community Development Corporation

Venture Capital Fund

Credit Union

3)      Procurement Advocacy & Technical Assistance

ProBiz Procurement Business Development Conference


Mentor-Protégé Program

Small Business Virtual Incubator

Executive Coaching

Teaming & Joint Ventures



4)      Africa & African Diaspora Global Trade & Investment

Africa Growth & Opportunity Act

Crowne Jewel, LTD

East African SME Business Development Program – Pilot



Planned NBLGW Activities for 2015-2016


Monthly Networking Receptions with speaker (except March & July)


Quarterly online webinars on technical assistance topics


Quarterly in-house seminars on technical assistance topics


Annual ProBiz Procurement Conference – July


Annual Holiday Party


Annual CBC Salute to Black Business Reception


Annual Diversity Awards Banquet – March/April

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