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Mayor Bowser Launches Small Business Program with Airports Authority

Friday, October 23, 2015
Initiative will focus on ways to increase DC small business participation in MWAA opportunities

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an agreement between the Government of the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), signifying both parties’ commitment to increase the number of District based small businesses that participate in MWAA contracting opportunities.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy, creating jobs, contributing to our tax base, and providing vital services to District residents,” said Mayor Bowser.  “When they succeed, more people have pathways to the middle class. That is why my Administration is committed to giving small businesses the resources and partnerships they need to grow, and to thrive.”

The joint certification program launched at today’s signing ceremony streamlines the Certified Business Enterprise program, operated by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), and MWAA’s small business certification process to make it easier for District based businesses to qualify for MWAA procurement opportunities.

“We are taking an innovative approach to open doors for small businesses in the District. This partnership with MWAA gives DC businesses access to over $200 million in opportunities and furthers our mission to foster economic growth, development, and retention of DC based businesses,” said DSLBD Director Ana Harvey.

Prior to the signing ceremony, MWAA representatives led an information session for District based small businesses to review the certification requirements, highlight current business opportunities, and discuss opportunities  to strategically position DC businesses for success.