The buzz in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC during the 2016 Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference (“CBC”) was a constant sound of activity. Attendees whirled around the building, presenters shared their insight, exhibitors displayed their wares and chatter amongst the networkers was routine.
Now you ask – what does all of this activity have to do with running a business? Here are three reasons women in business should attend the CBC:
You name the interest and you are bound to have an expert in the building to speak to. The attendees at the CBC are diverse in professions, industries, and varied fields of expertise. The rare thing about the CBC is the access that you have to chat with a wide range of thought leaders, trailblazers, and professionals. Bring lots of business cards and plenty of conversation.
Events at the CBC run the gamut: seminars, panel discussions, roundtables, luncheons, and receptions. Some of the topics discussed include health disparities, crime prevention, women in tech, wealth creation, marketing, business matters, and other cutting-edge subjects. Experts in their respective fields present information and provide a plethora of ideas that can aid you in the operation of your business.
A quick stroll through the convention center during the CBC provides a glimpse into the many possibilities that are available to women in business. For example, if you are a tech guru, own a printing company, or are looking to do business with the government, the CBC is the place for you. The exhibit hall had several federal agencies in attendance and they offered information on their supplier programs (certified small business, minority- and women-owned businesses). Many agencies had contracting managers available for you to chat with on the spot.
While the bustling activity brings excitement, the real asset of the CBC year after year is the roster of those in attendance. It is a smorgasbord of who’s who in American politics, business, medicine, law, technology, entertainment, and community leadership.
Now that you know what benefits you can get from attending the CBC, get your bags ready for next year. Until then, keep working on your entrepreneurial ventures and make it happen.