Key events this week

In these dog days of summer, many business organizations in the Washington area have decided to go dark as large swaths of their membership rolls — and likely their staffs — enjoy vacation time. Still, there are enough events here and there this week to satisfy folks who are itching to network and pick up some tips on getting ahead.

One workshop seeks to demonstrate that being green can help a business’s bottom line — even beyond the energy savings. The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce plans an all-day session, called Green Builds Business Program, for the restaurant and catering industries on Monday and for construction firms on Tuesday.

The program, sponsored by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, aims to offer food businesses insight on how corporations, including Wal-Mart, have been able to boost their revenues by essentially branding their pro-environment practices. The conference is being led by Bill Roth, founder of San Francisco-based consulting firm Earth 2017, which advises businesses on how they can become more sustainable. It will also cover how owners can reduce their carbon footprints and encourage employees to drive the efforts.

Organizers say the program offers an added bonus: At least one workshop participant will win 24 hours worth of coaching sessions designed to help an owner devise a green business plan or to formulate a green project aimed at creating jobs.

Both are scheduled to start at 8 a.m. at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE in Washington.

Other events of note:


Many business people agree that referrals from satisfied customers are the best sources for driving new prospects through their doors. The Prince William Chamber of Commerce plans to convene its regular round table of small-business owners to discuss how they were able to obtain referrals from customers and business associates. The session is scheduled to begin at noon at 7450 Heritage Village Plaza, Suite 202, in Gainesville.


The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its regular after-work networking get-together for young professionals beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Executive Conference & Training Center, 22685 Holiday Park Dr., #60, in Dulles.


If you’re not into Twitter yet, don’t worry. The Rockville Women’s Business Center is offering a session to help participants incorporate the social media site into their customer outreach efforts. The session is slated to start at noon at the organization’s office, 95 Monroe St. in Rockville.


Looking to expand your contact list? The D.C. Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its semimonthly speed-networking session beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, 999 E St. NW in Washington.


The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is holding its networking event — MB3 or Monthly Business Building Breakfast — beginning at 8 a.m. at Uno’s Chicago Grill, 7390 Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville.

— V. Dion Haynes