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Chairman, Steven Jumper, Director, Public Affairs, Washington Gas Company
Malcolm E. Beech, Sr., Co-Publisher and Editor, American Eagle News (Founder,
Minority Business Coalition)
Government (Ex Officio) Members:
Jacques Abadie, District of Columbia Chief Procurement Officer
Mayor’s Task Force on Local, Small & Disadvantaged Business Opportunity Development
Mayor’s Press Conference
By focusing the Task Forces efforts on these three very important business sectors, you’ve demonstrated again your understanding of just how important local, small and disadvantaged businesses are to the economic well being our city.
Many of us understand the significance of the small business community to a local economy. We know that small businesses create 2 out of every 3 jobs. That they produce 39% of the nation’s Gross National Product and that small businesses are responsible for bringing to market more than one half of the nation’s technological innovations.
Your administration should be commended for facilitating over $1.2 billion in contracts to local, small and disadvantaged businesses in the past three years, for making bold improvements in the business certification process and for creating a robust on-line destination for those interested in doing business with local, small and disadvantaged businesses.
Even with these and many other advancement, you have expressed a desire to do more to enhance opportunities for local, small and disadvantaged businesses in the District of Columbia. I believe that this Task Force will be instrumental in helping you reach this goal.
The Task Force will focus its efforts on four major areas: Procurement, Compliance and Enforcement, Advocacy and Business and Technical Support. The task force will divide its work into these four key components, and engage the best thinking from a host of stakeholders both inside and outside government.
The task force members that have been assembled bring years of experience and insight into many of the issues that we will be addressing. Many have devoted much of their lives working to level the playing field for small and disadvantaged businesses and others have devoted their time building successful businesses in this wonderful city. Thank you all for agreeing to serve on the task force. I respect and honor each and every one of you and look forward to working with you in the months ahead.
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