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SBA Participates in Business Sunday

Published: April 1, 2014 Updated: April 1, 2014

This weekend, SBA and the Department of Commerce Centers for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships joined forces with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and BusinessUSA to launch the first Business Sunday event in Washington, DC at the 19th Street Baptist Church.

Business Sunday is a program focused on promoting local economic growth and job creation by connecting congregations and communities with the valuable business development resources offered by the Federal Government.

Close to 300 business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders came together for the first Business Sunday, packing the fellowship hall at 19th Street Baptist Church. The event included greetings from Melissa Rogers, Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, as well as presentations from SBA, MBDA and BusinessUSA on how to access important technical assistance, business counseling, loans and other practical resources. Participants also had the opportunity to sign up for health insurance for their business or themselves through the DC Health Benefit Exchange. Following the event attendees stayed for more than an hour to network and speak individually with Commerce and SBA staff.

Business Sunday is a reflection of President Obama’s and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s shared commitment to strengthening our economy by empowering our people – our business owners, entrepreneurs, community development organizations, faith-based groups and others – to effect positive change at the local level. We look forward to continued collaboration with our partners to keep this work moving forward.

About the Author:

Sarah Bard
Sarah Bard is the Director of Faith Based and Community Initiatives.


I believe this an excellent opportunity for everyone in DC and the local community to work in a consolidated effort towards creating awareness, new businesses, strengthening existing businesses as well as new job creation and developing financial stability within an existing community. Excellent article
Well its a great way to bring young entrepreneurs to work towards betterment of small business. I believe refinement in business scenario needs to be worked out, so that future generation can easily get into the market with a good business plan in mind.

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