WASHINGTON, February, 2019 – Congress Heights Community Training & Development Corporation (CHCTDC) started an initiative dedicated to increasing the number of viable Ward 7 and Ward 8 Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) by launching this month an Entrepreneurs CBE Boot Camp.

The Boot Camp is designed as an opportunity to develop and support participants’ business’ development and growth. This multi-week, FREE course teaches participants and their team how to manage their firm/business; to secure CBE certification from DC Government; and to sell or win work opportunities in the highly competitive CBE market place. This immersive program is designed to impart practical advice and develop actionable skills for emerging and socially and economically disadvantaged Ward 7 and 8 entrepreneurs. 

Each boot camp session does a deep dive into a subject area that founders of most early-stage companies and business owners need to navigate in order to succeed, grow and make money. 

“This initiative is long overdue and necessary for our small business technical assistance clients.”,said Wendell Quann, CHCTDC’s Director of Small Business Programs. “Ensuring that Wards 7 and 8’s socially and economically disadvantaged small business owners are included in DC’s procurement and contracting opportunities is a priority for us.” “We have found that African-American business owners East of the River appear to be disproportionately excluded or waived out of DC’s procurement contracting opportunities.”, Quann concluded.

FREE small business technical assistance and program designed to provide local, small and disadvantaged business enterprises (LSDBEs) with equal access to economic and procurement opportunities by educating and training them. The aim is to increase the number of CBE’s and ensure these businesses are prepared and prosper. 

“CBE certification to expand contracting opportunities for small and local businesses by giving preference to certified business enterprises (CBEs)” said Monica Ray, Executive Director of CHCTDC. “DC government has many opportunities for public contracts and with this Boot Camp, we can better ensure that our Ward 7 and 8 small and local businesses are first in line for those government contracts”.

As the District embarks on several large infrastructure and construction projects, it is critically important to keep as many dollars as possible within the District and maximize CBE and SBE participation to provide them with additional economic benefits in Wards 7 and 8. 

Through its CBE Boot Camp, CHCTDC is training over 75 entrepreneurs to create viable CBE certified businesses. The Boot Camp sessions are held on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Malcolm X Opportunity Center, 2nd Floor, 1351 Alabama Avenue SE, Washington DC 20032. The Boot Camp is a 6 Sessions camp held on February 13, 20 and 27th and March 6, 13 and 20th 2019. The culminating event of the Boot Camp is a Pitch Competition that will be held on Saturday April 13, 2019. 

For further information, contact:

Ebony Kirby

3215 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE

Washington, DC 20032

Office: (202) 563-5200 

Email: ebony@chctdc.org