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ProBiz Conference Targets $10 Billion In Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Washington, D.C.--- The 15th Anniversary ProBiz Entrepreneurial Conference is designed for small businesses seeking connections with local communities, government agencies, major contractors, Latin American and African countries. Internationally acclaimed speaker, Dr. Willie Jolley will kick-off ProBiz on July 20th at 8:30 AM at the Sheraton Hotel, 8777 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, MD., to highlight the $10 billion in available contracts for area small businesses. Register today at to get involved. ProBiz is presented by the National Business League, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County, and the African American Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County with participation from the Minority Business Economic Council, DC’s Office of Contracting and Procurement, Montgomery County Procurement, Prince George’s County Central Services, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Gov Purchase, Industrial Bank, Africa Business League - America, African Travel Association as well as the Embassy of Zambia.

Dr. Malcolm Beech, Director of ProBiz 2017 says, “this conference is a great opportunity to build relationships that will strengthen entrepreneurial capacity and capability in our communities.” In addition to the wide variety of exhibitors, we will have 10 strong, information-packed seminars on federal and local opportunities, WSSC opportunities, Access to Capital, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Proposal Writing, GSA Schedules, Women Veteran Opportunities, Engaging Africa and Latin America in Tourism and Trade, as well as how to be successful in government and private sector contracting directly from the decision-makers in addition to community groups and agency representatives. New this year, the Small Business Awards Luncheon hosted by Herman Taylor, President, MBEC will honor outstanding leaders in advocacy and entrepreneurship including Pedro Alfonso, Dynamic Concepts, Patricia Mitchell, Industrial Bank, Towanda R. Livingston, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, and Loretta Caldwell, LS Caldwell & Associates.

            GovPurchase President, Kim Harwell says, “we welcome the participation of federal and local agencies, organizations, including, US Treasury, DoD, USAID, GSA, Smithsonian Institution, NASA, Social Security Administration, Africa Travel Association, Veterans Administration, USDA, EXIM Bank, Women’s Veterans Business Solutions, Randolph Law Firm, Allstate Insurance, Coalition for Non-Profit Housing and Community Development, and PEPCO. The one-on-one exhibit sessions will give small businesses the opportunity to meet face-to-face with procurement decision-makers.”

            Carmen Larsen, President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County says, “this is a wonderful opportunity to connect with local officials like MC Council President Roger Berliner, PG District Nine Councilmember Mel Franklin, MC Councilmember George Leventhal, Montgomery County Director of Procurement, Cherrie Branson, and DC Director of Contracting George Shutter .”

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ProBiz Conference Schedule

 Schedule (Tentative 7-14-17)

8:30   Opening Ceremonies
Dr. Willie Jolley

9:30   Exhibit Hall Opens

Seminars Begin                      
Room A   WSSC   

             Towanda R. Livingston, Director                Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion

Room B Strategic Planning                                         Lee Hargrove, Contract Infinity, Mod
            Roderick Johnson, Allstate Insurance
         Lonnette Bryan, GSA Federal Solutions

            Danielle Hart, Randolph Law

10:30    Federal Opportunities #1                     
           Wayne McDonald, SSA, Moderator
 Social Security Administration                       
  Janique Hudson, DoD                                        Department of Defense                                 
  Kevin Davis, USAID

10:30 AM   Marketing & Proposals

Kim Harwell, GovPurchase

Edward Wofford, CRP, Inc.

11:30  Local Opportunities #1   

  DeVance Walker, Montgomery County

 Charlie Partridge, PEPCO                
DC Office of Contracting 

Patricia Blow, City of Rockville
Zack Komes, CNHED                                       

 11:30  Access To Capital
  Waymon Guinn, Moderator
  Robert Moreno, MBDA, Baltimore Center
  Stephen Monroe, Liquid Capital
   Shelly Gross-Wade, FSC First                       

12:30   Awards Luncheon –

MC Herman Taylor, MBEC

  Awardees:      Pedro Alfonso, DCI
                          Towanda Livingston, WSSC
                    Patricia Mitchell, Industrial Bank

 Loretta Caldwell, L.S. Caldwell & Associates

2:00         Federal Opportunities #2          
               Lyles Battle, NCRC, Moderator     

              Jennifer Perez, NASA

​               HUD

​              Smithsonian 

 2:00  Women Veterans Business Solutions

          Cynthia Mason-Posey, VA OSDBU
          Cathy Santos, 
  Laura Artis, Civility Management Solutions
 Bianca Henderson, Federal Contracting Expert
 Lisa Robinson, My Independence At Home  Sharon D. Green, Alethes Consulting LLC

3:00   Engaging Africa & Latin American in Tourism & Trade                
David Saunders, VIP, Inc, Moderator               
Naledi Khado, Africa Travel Association                   
 Charity Zulu-Mkandawire, Zambian Embassy
Carmen Larsen, President, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce                   
Tammy Maxwell Export-Import Bank                  

Juan Pajuelo , Athena Corporate Advisors 

3:00  Local Opportunities #2

MBDA DC Center

Prince Georges County

City of Rockville