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Mayor’s Task Force on Local, Small and Disadvantaged Business Development
March 20, 2002




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Mayor Williams, Steve Jumper, Washington Gas

Jumper remarks

On March 20, 2002, Mayor Anthony A. Williams announced the membership of the Mayor’s Task Force on Local, Small and Disadvantaged Business Development. The duties and responsibilities of the task force duplicate those of the Local Business Opportunity Commission and the Office of Local Business.


Public Members:

Chairman, Steven Jumper, Director, Public Affairs, Washington Gas Company

Malcolm E. Beech, Sr., Co-Publisher and Editor, American Eagle News (Founder, Minority Business Coalition)
Williams Black, Senior Vice President, Fleishman-Hillard, Inc.
Kathleen Walsh Carr, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Adams National Bank
Frederick D. Cooke, Jr., Partner, Rubin, Winston, Diercks, Harris & Cooke
Maudine R. Cooper, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Greater Washington Urban League
Henry Guilford, P.E., Chief Executive Officer, Gilford Corporation
Barbara B. Lang, President and Chief Executive Officer, D.C. Chamber of Commerce
Pedro Lujan, Owner, Hellers Bakery and Avignone Freres
Jeanette P. Mobley, President and Co-Founder, JPM Group, a human resources consulting firm
Robert Peck, President, The Greater Washington Board of Trade
Knox Tull, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jackson & Tull, Inc.

Government (Ex Officio) Members:

Jacques Abadie, District of Columbia Chief Procurement Officer
Ted Carter, Chief of Staff, Office of the District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer
Kelvin Robinson, Chief of Price to the Mayor of the District of Columbia

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Remarks by Steve Jumper

Mayor’s Task Force on Local, Small & Disadvantaged Business Opportunity Development

Mayor’s Press Conference
March 20, 2002

First let me applaud you Mayor Williams for establishing this task force to look at the very important issues surrounding the attraction, retention and promotion of local, small & disadvantaged businesses in the District of Columbia.

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.

Thank you

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