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District of Columbia Honors Local Small Businesses in 1st Awards Program on Behalf of Local Government

July 30, 2008 - Washington D.C. Coalition for Capital

Today, the Washington, DC Economic Partnership hosted the 2008 BusinessPremier Small Business Awards to demonstrate the District's commitment to fostering and acknowledging local business talent. Steve Moore, President & CEO of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership is proud that his organization developed such an initiative because he believes, "[s]mall businesses here in DC deserve recognition. They are the personality of our neighborhoods, they are highly creative, and they give back to the community in many way...an event like this, where we say thank you, is long overdue."

Representatives from all levels of District Government including the Congress of the United States of America, the Executive Office of the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia, joined to celebrate small businesses whose contributions have led to the District's current economic strength. "We at the Department of Small and Local Business Development, who support our city's small and local businesses through our many services, are excited to sponsor an event dedicated to recognizing the District's small businesses and all that they and their employees do for the vitality and prosperity of our city," remarked Nicole Becton, Acting Director for the Department of Small & Local Business Development.

The first of an annual program on behalf of the District, the goal of this initiative is to encourage entrepreneurship and to demonstrate the District's commitment to the growth of existing DC-based small businesses. More than 300 entrepreneurs, government officials and business executives attended to honor the 2008 BusinessPremier Award recipients -- listed below with category:

100-Year Old Business -- The National Capital Bank of Washington
Small Business -- Q-Industries
Small Business Initiative -- Latino Economic Development Corporation

As an added component to the program, the Partnership released its 2008 Doing Business in Washington, DCguide book, equipped with two new chapters to further educate aspiring and existing entrepreneurs on ways to grow or expand their business operations. Nearly twenty-thousand copies of this guide, the organizations most highly sought after publication, will be published in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Korean.