!Tinico Talks!
Networking events for April 21-25!!!



Virtual- Government contract negotiations


FL- Use events to grow your business


MA- Opening doors to federal government contracting


MT- Accounting and finance in the small business


TX- Encore entrepreneur mentor day

Food for the mind!!!


I’m in love with places I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met!!

Networking events for April 14-18!!!

General Service Administration- www.gsa.gov


VA- 3rd annual Escrap Collection Norfolk


GA- GSA’s GRITS II local telecommunication service contract (virtual) training

DC- ICAM information sharing day and vendor expo 2014

DC- Disposal 101- GSA Xcess training

CO- Local Integrated Service Agreement (LISA) vendor day

GA- GSA’s reverse auction for vendor (virtual) training course


VA- E-Waste event sponsored by GSA NCR property management


CA- GSA “Get read for Earth Day” workshop

NY- How to do business with NYC, DOE and GSA


Last October I was conversing with my mother in regards of my new idea at the time, an interactive business online page. She in return gave me the idea of starting my on blog. A few days later I did research and created !Tinico Talks! Six months later I still have the same passion and enthusiasm for the blog as I did when it began. Who knows what is in store for the next six months or years even but I know as long as I continue to give my all to this the sky is the limit. Many blessings to all of you for supporting and I look forward to being apart of your future business success!!!

Business event with DDOT!!!

2014 DDOT DBE Summit

An opportunity to hear about upcoming DDOT projects and network with prime contractors in Heavy Construction and Civil Engineering and DDOT Administrations as well as with other DBE firms. Concurrent sessions on Construction, Architecture and Engineering, and Understanding DDOT Organization; please specify which you will attend. Matchmaking opportunities will be scheduled at the event. You will be asked to sign up with Eventbrite (free) in order to register.

Lunch will be provided; free parking is available.

For more information, contact Mike Licht (202-645-8626  Mike.Licht@dc.gov) or Linda Fennell (202-645-8620 Linda.Fennell@dc.gov).

Business event with the National Association of Minority Contractors!!!

2014 Meet the Generals Expo”

An outreach forum featuring General Contractors and Municipalities with projects in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area to provide information and subcontracting opportunities for:

 District Certified Business Enterprises (CBE)

 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority/District Department of

Transportation (WMATA/DDOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

 Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Minority and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (M/DBE)

 Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority/Virginia Department of Transportation (MWAA/VDOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Small Business Administration (SBA) and other agency/organization certifications:

 Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

 Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

 Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

 Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (VOBE)

 Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE)

 Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone)


Friday, April 25, 2014

Gallaudet University’s Kellogg Conference Center Hotel

800 Florida Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20002

8:30 am—9:00 am — Registration and Refreshments

9:00 am—12:00 noon — Meet the Generals Expo

Admission: Free to the Public

REGISTER ONLINE: www.namcdc.org

Food for the mind

Spread love- Take 6

May’s mini Forum- 5-12-14

"Each one teach one": !Mentoring!

On the road towards entrepreneurial success one might seek the help and guidance of a mentor. In this forum I will discuss what to look for I a mentor as well as how to obtain one. Questions, comments, and words of wisdom are highly encouraged!!!

"Nice to meet ya": A guide to networking!!!

Networking, its as important to the growth of a business as drinking water is important to the human body. For a firm to prosper it must meet people that will help with the prosperity and that’s where networking comes in. Without it a company will have little chance of growing and succeeding in today’s business world.

Before a business owner begins to network make sure you have these 3 essentials:

  • Business cards
  • Capability Statement/ Pamphlet
  • Website

We all know what a business card is but when creating them its best to keep it simple. On the front have the firm’s name, address, phone number, and email address. If the firm has a slogan or any special certifications place those on the back. Its fine to incorporate some fanciness but don’t let the decorations overpower the content. The business card is apart of a firm’s introduction so make sure its professional looking as possible. Websites such as Vistaprint and Overnight Prints allows you to create cards for little to no money and has an array of styles to choose from. A capability statement/ pamphlet is a mini profile of the firm. Its usually a page long consisting of a brief description of the business. In the description discuss the purpose of the business, its niche, and any accolades or accomplishments that its received so far. Starting out some business might not have a website but eventually will create one in the future. A website is virtual capability statement giving other businesses more insight into a firm. Keep it professional highlighting what makes the firm stand out from the rest. Sites like GoDaddy.com can help you create a domain name (www.-.com) as well as a webpage. Also you can pick up free instructional books from your local library that can show you how to create a website as well.

Now that you have the essentials down its time to network. There are two types of networking: Face to Face and Virtual. When doing a face to face bring with you a lot of cards and pamphlets and have a prepared “Elevator Speech“. The term elevator speech means presenting oneself in the amount of time it takes an elevator to go from one floor to another. When your day of networking is over a great idea is to send a friendly reminder email to everyone you received a business card from. Doing this lets them know that you are serious in regards to working with them. Virtual is a great form of networking because it allows one to reach more people than one would reach face to face. Websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Linkden allows people to create free accounts that can be used as platforms for business promotion.

Networking is essential for the growth of a firm. Without it one would not be able to succeed in today’s business world.

Events from NOVA Black Chamber of Commerce!!!
NVBCC Business Essentials  4/10  

Building Sustainable Business for a Changing


Join NVBCC for this Multichamber Event with the Asian American Chamber of Commerce and The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
WHEN: April 10
WHERE: Tysons Corner, VA
NVBCC After Hours 4/16 Biz Mixer
Join entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals from across the region to network, make strategic connections, and build relationships with potential partners — The Business of Business. At each NVBCC After Hours Business Mixer, you’ll make valuable contacts to develop and grow your business.   
Sponsorships opportunities are available throughout the year. Would you like to put your business in the spotlight? Contact us at (703) 879-2770.
WHEN: April 16  
WHERE: Fairfax, VA
SAVE-THE-DATE 4/16  NVBCC Scholarship Award Reception   
NVBCC will award an area high school student a scholarship for college as part of our commitment to enrich our community.
We  see education as one of the means of achieving this and encouraging and  nurturing aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners.  Join Us! 
WHEN: April 16
WHERE: Fairfax, VA
Global Expansion through Exporting - New Markets, New Opportunities      
Global expansion through exporting into rapidly growing economies can lead to increased sales and revenue.  If you are looking to enter the export market for the first time or to expand your export activities, into other parts of the world, this is an excellent opportunity for you to initiate or refine an export growth strategy.  Aimed at helping businesses expand into overseas markets, the workshop will provide guidance on global business development best practices, risk mitigation, the legal and financial implications of exporting, strategies for leveraging state and federal resources, and tips on how to find funding.
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WHEN: April 30
WHERE: Vienna, VA
The SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership Presents: The Women-Owned Business Federal Contract Program Office Hours    
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership is pleased to announce “Office Hours” to educate the public and the SBA’s resource partners on the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program. The Office Hours will begin on Thursday, March 20th and will continue through Thursday, May 1st. Office hours will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 pm to 3 pm, eastern daylight time. The call-in number is: 888-858-2144, and the access code is 5117913. To view the slide presentation, log on to: https//www.connectmeeting.att.com and enter the call-in number for the Meeting Number, and the access code for the Code. 
WHEN: Mar 20  - May 1
Washington, DC Chapter of the National Naval Officers Association 
26th Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet     
The Washington, DC Chapter of the National Naval Officers Association will be holding its 26th Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet on Saturday, 03 May 2014, from 1800 - 2200 at the Washington Navy Yard Catering and Conference Center, Bldg. 211.  This is one event you truly do not want to miss!!  This year’s theme is “Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders” and the awards banquet speaker is Admiral Michelle Howard, the Navy’s first female 4-Star Admiral and first black female to attain the ranks of 2-Star, 3-Star, and 4-Star in the U.S. Navy. 
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WHEN: May 3
WHERE: Washington