Director of the SBA Metropolitan Area District Office to Address Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Members and 8(a) Certified Companies

Oct 14, 2011, 15:46 ET from Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bridget Bean, Director of the Small Business Administration's Washington Metropolitan Area District Office will be the keynote speaker of a business reception with 8(a) Certified Companies, hosted by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC).

The 8(a) Business Development Program exists to help small, disadvantaged businesses to compete.  "This program opens doors for minority-owned local companies to gain access to the federal market," Bridget Bean states. "Furthermore, 8(a) certified firms increase their chances in obtaining government contracts by teaming up with other companies. There are many success stories to celebrate and our office will continue working towards creating many more."

This is the third year that GWHCC and the SBA local office have collaborated to celebrate the success of 8(a) Certified companies in the region. "Our annual reception with 8(a) companies is one of the key networking opportunities that the Chamber brings to our members," Angela Franco, GWHCC President & CEO affirms. "Thriving 8(a) companies and the entrepreneurs that drive their success are a source of inspiration for others looking forward to growing their companies. We are very pleased to join forces with the SBA Washington Office once again to promote the building of meaningful business connections."

The Chamber would like to thank event sponsor Lanigan, Ryan Malcolm & Doyle, P.C., a consulting and CPA firm, for their support in making this event possible. "Our 8(a) clients derive great benefit from the SBA's 8(a) program," David Malcolm, founding partner at the firm comments. "Bridget Bean's team is a crucial resource for 8(a) entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses and prosper."

The reception will be held on Wednesday, October 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the Dupont Circle Hotel (1500 New Hampshire Ave NW) in Washington, DC. To learn more about this event, please visit

About the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a membership driven organization that supports the economic development of the Greater Washington metropolitan area by facilitating the success of Latino and other minority-owned businesses and the communities they serve through networking, advocacy, education and access to capital. The Chamber was founded in 1976 and is a 501(C) 6 organization. For additional information visit our website

SOURCE Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce