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Entree DC: Where the food & beverage industry meet 

September 18, 2017 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Join the DC Regulatory Agency and the Washington DC Economic Partnership for the fifth annual Entree DC program, an event that connects the food and beverage industry with DC public and private sector resources.  Connect with budding entrepreneurs, thriving businesses and industry giants disrupting the hospitality industry in DC.  Hear from leaders in the field about how to market, grow and expand your business. Sit down with permitting specialists to learn the ins and outs of regulation and check the status of your permits. Hire top talent at our Entree DC Job Fair and find the right suppliers for your food and beverage industry needs. 


Event Program: 

  • 8:30 am – 11:00 am Ongoing Sessions
    • Tasting Lounge + Food Lab
    • Entrée DC Job Fair Opens
    • The Suppliers Market 
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am - Opening Panel
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am – Breakout Sessions
  • 11:00 am – 12 noon – Ending Panel


Ongoing Sessions:

  • Supplier Market - Come connect with service leaders for the food and beverage industry. From websites to reservations, accountants to insurance, meet businesses that can help you thrive.
  • Entree DC Job Fair - Meet new hires with expertise in everything from marketing to production and showcase what your company has to offer for new and seasoned food talent.
  • Tasting Lounge + Food Lab - Sample the latest innovations in food by local DC makers and connect with leaders in the food and beverage industry. This is an opportunity to sample the most unique creations for the seasoned DC food crowd.


Entree DC Breakout Sessions:

  • Meaningful Marketing: How to break through the noise and connect with your customers: In today's world, getting noticed can be a challenge for any businesses and when it comes to the service industry, it's not just about a product but an experience. No matter your resources, there are tools to help you make impact and showcase your brand authentically. Learn from leaders in marketing, events and communications and discover how you can break through the noise both online and off.
  • Going Local: The business behind sourcing, serving and selling localWhen it comes to sourcing local, it's not miles you need to consider. Hear from leaders in going local and what both purchasers and providers look for to make local sourcing, selling and serving possible.
  • From Seeds to Investors: The lifecycle of funding your business: Last year, the DC company who received the largest amount of investment dollars, across all industries, was a food and beverage company. With new food businesses starting up in DC every single day, come here how these food titans landed their first dollars, speed bumps along the way, and how they have continued to grow in DC and beyond.
  • Regulation Mis En Place: A panel to prep you for all things DC food and beverage regulations: Hear from specialists from ABRA, DCRA, DHA and DDOT, and learn about regulations associated with everything from sidewalk dining, beer gardens, alcohol service and more.
  • Regulation Roundtables:Sit down and connect with specialists from ABRA, DCRA, DHA, DDOT and others for individual consultations around your unique regulatory needs.
  • Food trucks to Franchises: A look into how DC businesses have grown: Hear from DC business leaders who have taken their concepts beyond an initial concept. They'll provide a history of their growth, best practices, lessons learned and what's next for their businesses. 
Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC
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