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The District of Columbia Housing Authority is calling all small and local businesses in D.C. to its fourth annual Vendor Contracting Opportunities Expo.

The expo is an excellent opportunity for businesses to learn more about DCHA and the range of services needed – from painters to professional services to maintenance and repairs. 

“We want the local business community to know who we are and what we do,” said Lorry Bonds, director of the Office of Administrative Services. “We want to welcome them to the table to work with us.” 

The event will be held on Thursday, January 14th from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. at 800 Florida Avenue, N.E., the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University. 

“Not only will small businesses be able to network amongst themselves and DCHA Construction Contractors, they will understand the variety of supplies and services the housing authority needs,” said Kimberly Allen, procurement manager.

Agency representatives will explain how DCHA stands out from other District housing departments and how our contracting procurement process works. But, this year’s focus will be on the businesses networking with each other.

DCHA’s Operations staff also will be on hand to discuss the many services required on a regular basis – from catering to printing to emergency plumbing services. Administrative Services staff will assist with how to complete the DCHA Bidders Application to sign up and receive notifications for all DCHA solicitations.   This year’s presentation will spotlight the new DCHA website complete with navigation to the sections on Doing Business with DCHA, Solicitations, and the Online Bidder’s Application.

A highlight for this year is the Office of Resident Services’ feature on Section 3 Success Stories. The Section 3 program requires vendors to make strong efforts to provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low- or very-low income residents.  DCHA’s Section 3 program is growing and current hires range from construction workers to law firm administrative workers.

“We are excited because we are changing the focus,” Bonds said. “There will be a little less time spent presenting to the audience and more time for attendees to network and build business relationships.”

For more information or to RSVP, please contact dchavendorevent@dchousing.org or 202-535-1212.

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