DC Community Anchor Partnership Info Session

February 9, 2022

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February 09, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am

On Wednesday, February 9, join CNHED and Wacif for an information session on CNHED’s DC Community Anchor Partnership (DCAP) initiative. DCAP is a collaborative of local anchor institutions – hospitals, universities, and utility companies – dedicated to increasing market access opportunities for DC-based minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs).

In addition to learning about the benefits of being a part of DCAP’s network of local suppliers, attendees will also learn about Wacif’s small business support services, including its new line of credit product.

DCAP primarily services its Anchor Members in the services industries. Priority categories include, but are not limited to:

  • Architecture
  • Communications & Marketing
  • Construction
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Janitorial & Cleaning
  • Move Management
  • Office Supplies
  • Professional Services
  • Staffing and Telecommunications

Who should attend this event:

Minority Business Enterprises located in DC.

Following their presentations, panelists will engage in discussion and Q&A with attendees.

Lucien Smith
Small Business Advisor, Wacif

Lucien M. Smith is a Small Business Advisor for the Washington Area Community Investment Fund. He is a seasoned Entrepreneur, Investor, and Business Professional who works to build the businesses of entrepreneurs. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., his knack for helping others to achieve began early on and it has stayed with him ever since.Lucien is an operational and sales professional with over 12 years of experience helping small businesses gain access to over 40M in capital. His clients and employers have included banks, government contractors, and private lenders. He also held technical advisory positions, including the Business Advisor of SBA Small Business Development Center and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification Specialist for the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (contractor). Additionally, Lucien serves as a Business Policy Advisor for elected officials.



Lindsey Poole
Director, DCAP, CNHED
Lindsey joined CNHED in September 2020 and oversees the DC Community Anchor Partnership (DCAP). DCAP is a collaborative of local anchor institutions — hospitals, universities and utility companies — committed to increasing market access opportunities to DC-based minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs). Prior to joining CNHED, Lindsey was a part of the Americas Corporate Responsibility (CR) Center of Excellence at EY, a global financial services organization. She led the Americas regions (US, Canada and Latin America) in driving toward a singular vision of implementing EY’s CR strategy to advance inclusive economic growth. She also oversaw international corporate volunteer programs designed to support entrepreneurs in emerging markets.




Qwanda Patterson
Procurement Project Manager, Johnson Cooper Consulting Inc.
Ms. Patterson has been immersed in the procurement sector for the past several years, providing project management services and hands-on procurement support in strategic planning, strategic sourcing, and procure-to-pay. Her involvement in these engagements has resulted in improving work relationships among teams, finding opportunities for automation, optimizing cash flow, avoiding compromised suppliers, and preventing overpayments, thus leading to the overall streamlining of unnecessary procedures. On CNHED’s DCAP initiative, Ms. Patterson’s responsibilities involve anchor planning and conducting outreach to DC MBEs for anchor referral requests.

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