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Economic Development Corporation Participates In U.S. General Services Administration Women In Business Summit To Form A 'More Perfect Union'

(l. to r.: Prince George's Councilmember Karen Toles; Shaunta P. Johnson, Deputy Director of Operations, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business; Kisha Logan, EDC Small Business Services Manager (speaking)Suitland, MD, March 18, 2016 - Today, EDC Small Business Services Manager Kisha Logan participated in a panel discussion at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) National Capital Region's Small Business Event entitled, "Working to Form a More Perfect Union - Perfecting Wins for Small Business". The GSA hosted this event in honor of Women's History Month to bring regional federal and State leaders together to share strategies for increasing procurement opportunities. The all-women panel included top executives from the GSA Special Services Division, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business, the CEO of the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, the Principal of the Elocen Group - a GSA contractor, and Ms. Logan; the only local panelists on the Prince George's County.

"Today was another great opportunity for the Economic Development Corporation to network with our federal partners and local companies and showcase the tools that small, minority and women-owned businesses have at their disposal through the Prince George's Economic Development Corporation," said Ms. Logan. "From our own networking events such as 'Thirsty for Business Thursdays' and federal agency procurement forums, to our business accelerator, certification and training programs designed for small, minority and women-owned companies to get out and meet their colleagues, their competitors and government agencies, my office is available to help local companies raise their business footprint in Prince George's County. Yesterday's competitor could become tomorrow's partner on a procurement contract. But if you don't network to learn about what the industry is in need of, there is no way to enlarge your pipeline and grow your business."

Prince George's County Councilmember Karen Toles (Dist. 7) served as the co-moderator for the Perfecting Wins for Small Business Panel, along with Julia Hudson, the Regional Administrator of the GSA National Capital Region where the panelists stressed the importance of women being prepared in the marketplace. Although women own 35% of all U.S. firms, they secure only 4% of the revenues. Forums such as this one help women-owned businesses in particular to form the more perfect union by providing the information and tools needed to remove barriers small businesses often face when trying to grow.

"Today was a phenomenal event, especially since it is taking place during Women's History Month. It brought together our State, Federal and local partners including the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation who plays a key role in assisting small businesses become a part of our economic strategy," said Councilmember Toles. "As women, we need to "perfect" our small businesses throughout the entire year, not just during Women's History Month. So, I appreciate the partnership with our Economic Development Corporation and their participation on the panel to highlight what we are doing in Prince George's County. We know there is more work to do to "perfect our union", but today was the start of many more meaningful conversations and I'm glad to be a part of it."