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Progress Report June 27, 2014

1. See you in Chicago: But if you don’t make your hotel reservation this weekend you will be disappointed in the high price you will pay. Call the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers and ask for the NBCC rate of $189.  1-800-325-3535 with the group code NBG10C. Or go here: The dates are July 10-12 and more information is at

2.  A Big Opportunity from HUD: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is pleased to announce the national expansion of the Section 3 Business Registry, which had been piloted previously in Detroit, New Orleans, Miami, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.   The Section 3 Business Registry allows businesses that meet one of the definitions of a Section 3 Business Concern to self-certify their status with HUD.  It also offers a searchable online database of self-certified Section 3 business concerns that can be used by government agencies, Public Housing Authorities, developers, contractors and non-profits to notify Section 3 business concerns about the availability of local HUD-funded contracts. HUD anticipates that the Section 3 Business Registry will help increase the visibility of Section 3 business concerns and provide them better access to HUD-funded contracting opportunities in their communities.  Additionally, the registry is a valuable tool to help recipients of coveredHUD funding achieve compliance with the requirements of Section 3.   Please learn more about HUD’s Section 3 Business Registry. 

3.  A Tour Opportunity:  CITGO and AFPM cordially invite you to tour the CITGO Lemont Refinery.  This is in conjunction with our 22nd Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Please rsvp to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?subject=I'm%20going%20to%20the%20refinery">:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4.  Doing Business with the FCC:  The FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO) will host a Supplier Diversity Conference and Workshop focusing on private sector business opportunities for small, minority, and women-owned businesses. This important event will be held at FCC headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW Washington, DC on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 10:30 am until 4:30 pm in the Commission Meeting Room. All persons interested in attending this informative event in person are asked to register by contacting OCBO at (202) 418-0990 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Persons interested in participating via the internet may do so by logging on to Reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities are available upon request.

5.  Employment Announcement in Chicago:  For the unemployed 18 – 30 year olds in Chicago your Mayor has made an important announcement for you.  STICK IT!