OAA Hosts "From DC to Africa" Growing Local, Going Global" Business Seminar
WASHINGTON, D.C. April 6th, 2012 – The Office on
African Affairs’ business seminar: “DC to Africa: Growing Local, Going Global”
held on Friday, April 6, at the Citywide Conference Center at One Judiciary
Square brought over 250 business owners, entrepreneurs, government officials,
community members and nrofit leaders, and provided a powerful visual of the
dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit of the District’s business community. The
purpose of the seminar was to bring business owners and entrepreneurs in the
District in direct contact with local government and federal agencies, and
other relevant organizatithat offer critical information, technical
assistance and resources for both seasoned and aspiring entrepreneurs wishing
to start or expand their business in DC, or go global through export
initiatives and trade ortunities in Africa.
OAA to Host African Youth Town Hall with Mayor Gray
What's New With Your Mayor?
Mayor Vincent C. Gray Swears In New Commission on African Affairs
DC.) – On Wednesday, April 11th, over 100 community members
representing the broad diversity of the District’s African community filled the
Mayor’s Briefing room (G-9) at the John A. Wilson Building on Pennsylvania Avenue to
usher in 10 new appointees to the Commission on African Affairs to be sworn in
by Mayor Gray. The event was kicked off with an energetic welcome and introduction
by the Office on African Affairs (OAA) Director Ngozi Nmezi who thanked the
Mayor for his ardent and evident commitment to the District’s African
communities, and his tireless effort to build One City, in which all residents –
irrespective of differences - are guaranteed quality of life.
The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray Announces June 2012 Economic Development Trip to China
Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced that he and key members of his economic-development team will travel to China in late June.“To build a diversified New Economy for the District that is less dependent on the federal government, we must increase the District’s profile in the global marketplace,” said Mayor Gray. “This trip will help our local businesses better compete around the world and create jhere at home.”
ExportDC is a new initiative launched by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) designed to increase the number of DC small businesses that export, grow the dollar value of exports from District businesses, and coordinate trade missions for qualified District-based businesses.
ExportDC is partially funded by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant, a three-year pilot program launched by the President’s Small Business Jobs Act.
Find out how can your business participate here
Register for Federal Government Contracting
Federal, state and local governments offer businesses the opportunity to sell billions of dollars worth of products and services. Many government agencies require that some percentage of their procurements be set aside for small businesses. Once you have classified your company based on the established size standards
, you are ready to begin registering to do business with the government. Follow these easy steps to obtain the registration you need to begin bidding on government proposals.
Goldman Sach 10,000 Businesses
Goldman Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to business education, financial capital, and business support services. The program is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to this combination of education, capital and support services best addresses barriers to growth.
April is Sexual Assault Prevention Month
The DC Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program is there to help. Our program provides comprehensive nursing care to adult victims (18 and older) of rape and sexual assault. The program is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Exams are performed by nurses with specialized education in medical forensic evidence collection. Services include medical care, testing and treatment for STIs/HIV and pregnancy, and referrals to counseling, crime victim compensation, follow-up care and other resources. These services are provided FREE of cost.
Nigeria: Diasporas Are the Most Educated Immigrants in the United States
The recent revelation by the US Bureau of Statistics that Nigerians are the most educated immigrant community in the United States did not come to me as a surprise. It is a fact many of us who have been blessed to have dealt with elements within the corporate and public sectors of the American society have known for a long time. According to published statistics, Nigerian immigrants have overtaken Asian immigrants-the Indians and Pakistanis who had previously occupied that spot as the most educated immigrant community in the United States.
Peaceful Election Senegal: Solidifying the Democratic Process One Country at a Time
Following elections in Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Liberia, Niger, and Zambia, Africa is clearly solidifying the democratic process on the continent one country at a time. There will undoubtedly be setbacks like the coup d'état in neighboring Mali, but the overall trend in Africa is positive. The credibility of democratic processes in these countries has led to a democracy dividend with peaceful elections being rewarded by the international community and the private sector through increased investments in durable infrastructure that directly contribute to faster growth.
The Funding Alert is a weekly electronic publication produced by the Office of Partnerships and Grant Services that highlights competitive grant opportunities and related resource announcements for eligible community, faith-based, and 501 (c) (3) nonprofits organizations, as well as local government agencies. The grant funding announcements generally come from district, federal, and foundation grant making entities. The Funding Alert provides information about the Grant Information Resource Center (GIRC) and District Grants Clearinghouse.The publication also has a link to the District Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP)’solicitation ortunities
Grants.gov is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community. Find out about Grants.gov and determine if you are eligible for grant opportunities offered on this site.
Proposal Writing Workshop
The Foundation Center of Washington DC will be presenting a workshop at the Deanwood Library, 1350 49th. St. N.E Washington, DC 20019, Monday, May 7 on proposal writing for nonprofit organization. The class is free and is the one that is taught at the Foundation library/learning centeron K St.
AIDS Food and Nutrition Programs Grant
M.A.C. announces funds for programs that provide food and nutrition or housing services to people living with HIV and AIDS.
The DC Department of Human Resource (DCHR) helps District agencies meet their staffing requirements to ensure the highest level of customer service to our residents. The information on these pages can help you start a career in the District government.
Apply for DC government jobs here
Path2Work: A One City • One Hire Job Seeker’s Symposium
On Saturday, April 14, 2012, thousands of unemployed District residents are expected to attend the Path2Work: A One City • One Hire Job Seeker’s Symposium at the Washington Convention Center, sponsored by the Department of Employment Services (DOES), in partnership with Mayor Vincent C. Gray.The purpose of the event is to motivate thousands of unemployed District residents who in many instances have given up hope and provide them with information and a Path2Work that will help them secure gainful employment, including connecting pre-screened, qualified job seekers to employers who have current and upcoming job vacancies within their organizations.
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Time: 9 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Washington Convention Center
DOES Hot Jobs
The following job openings are among the many currently listed with the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) Job Bank as of April 4.
Rolling in Resources
Federal Business Opportunities
If you are ready to bid on federal contracts, there are a couple of ways to get started. One is to submit your business profile to a database that federal agencies use to locate contractors. This approach is like sending your resume to a company, hoping to find a job.The other method is to research existing opportunities using resources made available by the federal government.
Neighborhood Budget Town Halls
Ward 7 - FY2013 Budget Briefing
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Deanwood Community Center – 49th and Quarles Streets, NE
Ward 2 - FY2013 Budget Briefing
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Historic Charles Sumner School and Archives – 17th Street, NW
Ward 4 - FY2013 Budget Briefing
Date: Monday, April 23, 2012
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Brightwood Elementary School – 1300 Nicholson Street, NW