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The Department of General Services Announces "The Launch Pad" Initiative

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Where Small Business and Big Ideas Take Off


February 21, 2017


James Partlow (DGS) – (202) 431-3373; [email protected]

(WASHINGTON, DC) — Today, the Department of General Services (DGS) is happy to announce “The Launch Pad”. The Launch Pad is a new opportunity for DGS to engage local Certified Business Enterprises (CBE) through an innovative concept that works towards Mayor Bowser’s city-wide initiative of creating pathways to the middle class.

In response to public requests for increased engagement with CBEs, DGS has created an opportunity for businesses to receive a small contract awards with District Government for innovative ideas tied to city-wide development.

Following a concept similar to the nationally televised show “Shark Tank,” local CBEs get the chance to bring their talents to fruition through the opportunity to present in front of DGS Senior Staff. Each CBE will be allotted a 5-minute presentation time slot with the Launch Pad Judges Panel — in return, their business can potentially be awarded a contract with the District (of up to $10,000). Each contestant will work to efficiently and effectively convince the judges of their business ideas. After the presentations, the judges will make a decision on the spot as to who is awarded a contract, as well as, the amount to be awarded. Contracts will be awarded on the same day.

“Today is a great day for District Certified Business Enterprises because today the Department of General Services strengthens our commitment to the small and local business community,” said DGS Director Greer Gillis. “Businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their unique expertise in real-time with a chance to earn real contract awards that help take their businesses to the next level. This is exciting!”

“The Department of General Services seeks to engage with District small and local business on a daily basis; and with The Launch Pad initiative, DGS will be able to grow our ongoing outreach efforts with the District business community.” said George Lewis, Interim Associate Director of Contracts & Procurement.

This initiative will be open to all CBEs in the District, DGS encourages CBEs to participate and promotes a transparent, competitive process for engagement.