Progress Report February 19, 2013

1. Changing of the Chairs: On March 4, 2013 during 12:30 – 2:00PM at the Acadiana Restaurant, 901 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC, the NBCC will install our 7th Chairperson.  Larry Ivory will step down from his brilliant term and hand the gavel over to lifetime member Dorothy Leavell.  Come and celebrate this wonderful occasion.  Network with Larry and Dorothy and participating members, Hill staffers, invited Congressional members plus enjoy the fine Louisianan cuisine.  There is no fee for this event but participants must register in advance.  To register contact Kay DeBow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  See you there!

2. America’s Small Business Summit: Consider coming to the largest business summit held in Washington, DC.  Lead sponsor is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with co-sponsors NBCC, Latino Coalition and NAWBO.  Fantastic speakers, matchmaking opportunities with some of the largest corporations and federal agencies in the world, plus business oriented workshops and exhibits – this is the place to be during April 29 – May 1. NBCC members can register at a discounted rate ($165 savings!).  Your business growth is about to get “large”.

 3. Verizon Launches $10 Million: In a quest to find innovative solutions to some of our biggest challenges, Verizon is putting up $10 million to those innovators/inventors, etc. who can meet these challenges.

 4. Section 3 of the HUD Act: Each year billions of dollars in urban development are directed to Section 3 residents (people living in public housing or under the poverty level) and Section 3 businesses (companies who hire Section 3 residents).  Section 3 residents are supposed to get 30% of all new jobs coming from HUD funding.  Section 3 businesses are supposed to get 10% of all contracts coming from HUD funding.  Billions of dollars in opportunity and everybody ignores this law.  Read this law and demand your local authorities to enforce it.  If properly enforced unemployment levels will start shrinking in our inner cities and business growth will become a reality.  Got a Section 3 problem?  Contact the NBCC national office.

 5. NBCC Testifies before the US Commission on Civil Rights: Here is a summary of testimony given by NBCC President/CEO Harry C. Alford before the USCCR on February 8, 2013.