Today, Government Affairs Director, Awesta Sarkash, submitted a letter to the DC Council's Committee on Health and Business & Economic Development opposing B24-0305, the Professional Employer Oganization Registration Act of 2021. This bill would require professional employer organizations that offer health insurance in the District to register with the Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking. This bill would have negative impacts on the marketplace—and consequently on small businesses that already struggle with healthcare costs.
The Washington Area Community Investment Fund, Inc. (Wacif) is one of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area’s leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) focused on small business development. Wacif’s mission is to increase equity and economic opportunity in underserved communities in the Washington, D.C. area by investing knowledge, social, and financial capital in low-and-moderate-income entrepreneurs. To learn more about Wacif’s mission, visit www.wacif.org.
Freelance cameraman, cinematographer and Emmy award winner Erich Roland first learned his craft by his father’s side. For many years, he worked freelance until July of 2004, when he decided to expand his passion into a small business. He used his own personal inventory, which includes premier motion picture and photography equipment, to rent audio and visual equipment to customers, and DC-Camera was born.
As Small Business Majority’s Government Affairs Assistant, Quintin assists with policy and government affairs efforts in Washington D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic region. He has worked within multiple levels of government ranging from the Connecticut Secretary of State’s Office, to the U.S. House of Representatives, to the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service. Quintin received his Master’s in Professional Studies from the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University.
The pandemic has been an isolating time for everyone, but especially for seniors. Fortunately, D.C. entrepreneur Carleigh Berryman had already started testing a solution to engage seniors socially and mentally when the pandemic led to the shutdown of nursing homes and retirement communities across the country.
Labyrinth Games and Puzzles is a family-friendly, community-focused store featuring a wide selection of non-electronic, specialty games, puzzles, and mazes in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, D.C. While the store is loved by children and legislative staffers alike, Kathleen Donahue faced an impossible situation just like everyone else when the COVID-19 crisis began, and she was forced to quickly pivot her business to keep it alive.
Awesta Sarkash directs Small Business Majority’s policy and government affairs efforts in our nation's capital and the Mid-Atlantic region.
The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) is a 30-year old trade association whose mission is promoting the vitality, diversity and prosperity of independent bookselling as essential to the life of our communities and crucial to the dissemination of ideas in our society. We provide members with a variety of educational workshops, marketing materials, and networking opportunities while advocating for fairness in the retail marketplace and touting the economic and qualitative benefits of supporting locally-owned businesses in one's community.
The East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) is a unique cross-sector partnership of private, public and nonprofit leaders in the East Bay counties of Alameda and Contra Costa, helping to make the East Bay one of the most dynamic, globally competitive and sustainable business environments in the world.