DAI Hosts Second Annual Small Business Fair

June 26, 2015

DAI recently hosted its second annual small business fair at DAI headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, where representatives from small development firms met with DAI staff members to establish connections and explore partnerships.

Mauricio Vera, director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the U.S. Agency for International Development, gave the keynote address and praised DAI for having a “commitment to small business and recognizing the value of small business.”

“We will have greater development impact if we continue to have great partners,” said Jim Boomgard, DAI’s president and chief executive officer. “Gatherings like this help make that happen.”

After opening remarks by Vera and DAI Small Business Liaison Officer Kurt Olsson, timed matchmaking sessions were held between DAI’s key buyers and more than 20 pre-selected small firms that provide services for global development projects.

Each small business made new connections with up to 10 different DAI departments. The firms represented a wide variety of services, including monitoring and evaluation, information technology procurement, media and communications, mobile applications, environmental services, and training.

Learn more about how DAI partners with small organizations.



A Big Thank You to the Ivymount School

Opening the pantries in the kitchens of DAI, employees have their pick of teas and coffees. Cups are always well stocked and organized. And cutlery is never in short supply. This is no accident—four students and their job coaches come to DAI’s Bethesda, Maryland, office twice a week for several hours to help stock the kitchens as part of a school-to-work job training program organized by the Ivymount School, a Washington, D.C., organization for young people with special needs.

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