U.S. Small Business Administration chief Hector Barreto will keynote 2003 Emerging Business...

U.S. Small Business Administration chief Hector Barreto will keynote 2003 Emerging Business Forum; Third Annual Conference for Diversely Led Businesses Set For October 8-10



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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 8, 2003–Hector Barreto, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will be the keynote speaker at the 2003 Emerging Business Forum. EBF2003 is designed to accelerate the growth of diversely led enterprises from the mid-Atlantic region. The forum is set for Oct. 8-10 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in Fairfax County. The event is expected to draw more than 300 executives of early-stage and established companies.

Sessions will center on doing business with established companies, international trade opportunities, capital formation, marketing and communications, corporate governance, entrepreneurship and public policy, and the state of the telecommunications industry. Attendees will visit Capitol Hill for a briefing on how lawmakers are stimulating entrepreneurship.

Barreto, from California, is America’s highest-ranking small business advocate. Previously he was vice chairman of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He also chaired the Latin Business Association in Los Angeles. Hispanic Business magazine has recognized Barreto as one of America’s “100 Most Influential Hispanics.”

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the SBA. “We look forward to having Mr. Barreto relate the importance of small business to the U.S. economy and the role programs such as the SBA and the Emerging Business Forum play in stimulating small businesses,” said James W. Dyke Jr., chairman of the Emerging Business Forum and partner at the law firm of McGuireWoods, LLP.

About the Emerging Business Forum (http://www.emergingbusinessforum.org)

The Emerging Business Forum, created by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority in 2001, specializes in building long-term partnerships between emerging enterprises and established businesses and government agencies. The conference is aimed at helping emerging enterprises develop the infrastructure and network to capitalize on future opportunities.

A strong coalition of Washington, D.C. area private sector and government sponsors will bring the program to business people of all backgrounds. Private-sector sponsors to date are Verizon Communications, Maden Technologies, Capital One Financial, ExxonMobil, Deloitte & Touche, The Washington Business Journal, McGuireWoods LLP, Pepper Hamilton LLP and National-Louis University. Public sector sponsors to date are the U.S. Commerce Department, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and the Montgomery County (Md.) Department of Economic Development.

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CONTACT:

Fairfax County (Va.) Economic Development Authority

Alan Fogg, 703-790-0600

571-213-5065 (m)

U.S. Small Business Administration chief Hector Barreto will keynote 2003 Emerging Business Forum; Third Annual Conference for Diversely Led Businesses Set For October 8-10