Key events this week

In one key measurement — jobs — nonprofits in the Washington area have yet to emerge from the recession. While most of the industries in the region have during the past three years stabilized or gained some jobs lost during the economic downturn, the Labor Department’s broad category containing associations and nonprofits — known as “other services” — has lost 7,500 positions steadily from June 2008 to June 2011.

On Thursday, nonprofits, including charities and trade associations, will have an opportunity to hear creative ways for stretching their limited resources at the 11th annual Public Private Partnership Conference. The event is sponsored by the D.C. Mayor’s Office of Partnerships & Grant Services as well as the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, Center for Nonprofit Advancement and Greater DC Cares.

In addition to offering training sessions on managing finances, the conference plans to focus on how charities can do more with less by forming partnerships with other charities and with foundations. Charities and government agencies are struggling, given the “volatility in the market, combative issues we’re having on the Hill and at the same time a growing demand” for services, said Lafayette A. Barnes, director of the city’s Office of Partnerships and Grant Services. Speakers, she said, plan to discuss “how do you collaborate, why is it important to collaborate and what are the tools you need to evaluate the collaboration?”

The conference is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW in the District.

Metropolitan Washington has a wealth of events for professional women, targeting them by industries, geographic areas and now by faith. On Saturday, the Business & Professional Women’s Federation of the Church of God in Christ is hosting its second annual Empowering God’s Woman career and entrepreneur conference.

Workshops at the event, which also includes a vendor expo, is focusing on helping participants develop their dreams into businesses, craft their personal images, improve their finances and find the ideal job. The keynote speaker is slated to be Andrea Richards Scott, a life coach.

The session is slated to begin at 1 p.m. also at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Other events of note:


Rockville Women’s Business Center is holding a session aimed at helping participants determine whether government contracting is for them, starting at 9 a.m. at the center, 95 Monroe St. in Rockville.

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce is offering tips on how to better assess your compeition, starting at 11:30 a.m. at the group’s office, 4 Professional Drive, Suite 141 in Gaithersburg.


Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce is not only hosting a networking reception but offering tips on how to network. The session is set to begin at 4 p.m. at Iris Lounge, 1524 Spring Hill Rd. in McLean.

—V. Dion Haynes