Doing business in the USA: inside the beltway – the industry view

Live blog
Panel with:
Scott Johnson, principal, Rock Creek Strategic Marketing
Steve Radick, lead associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
David Almacy, senior vice president, digital public affairs, Edelman
Dominic Campbell (chair)

First up, Scott. They do strategy driven design and he started the company with his wife. One of the things that has helped them is that branding is now so important for many organiations and people. We have learnt to re-invent ourselves over and over again. There are a lot of opportunities in DC that aren’t to do with Federal government. There are 8,000 associations for instance in the area. Their interest in starting the company was having a job and being around for a long time. They’ve find their outlet through being interested in things outside their direct revenue. We’ve done very well, he says, without an earth shattering idea. He doesn’t want people to think that you have to have a break-through idea or being innovative is necessary to work in DC.
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Doing business in the USA: Inside the beltway – supporting your start in DC

Live blog session 2: Inside the beltway – supporting your start in DC
(chair) Spencer Mahony, Regional Director, South East (US), UK Trade Investment
Matt Erskine, Greater Washington Board of Trade
Jack Bienko, Deputy Director, Small Business Administration (SBA)

The session aims to provide an overview of the digital sector in DC and the surrounding area. I’ll be live blogging the session here. But also follow #dm2dc.

Context: we’re talking here about the Greater Washington area.
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Capitol Building, Washington DC

Digital Mission to Washington, DC 2011 – The Companies Announced

Congratulations to the eleven leading UK digital companies that have been selected for the Digital Mission to Washington, DC 2011.

This mission will see the companies travel out to Washington, DC for a packed five day trip, from July 11-15, 2011.

Each of the companies is listed below, don’t hesitate to drop them a line directly to arrange a time to meet up in Washington, or follow their progress via their Twitter accounts below. You can follow the coverage of the mission on Twitter @digitalmission and we’ve put together a Twitter list (@digitalmission/dc11) for all the companies and speakers taking part.

Digital Mission to Washington, DC 2011 Mission Companies

AMEE
Anywhere.me
CarbonCulture
Firmstep
Huddle
Locality
Open Cinema
Our Say
Public-i Group
Waspit
WebsEdge

Read more here about each selected company.

Capitol Building, Washington DC

Digital Mission to Washington, DC 2011 (11th – 15th July) applications now open

Applications for the Digital Trade Mission to Washingon DC that I mentioned last week are now open.

The mission will take place from the 11th – 15th of July 2011. The deadline for applications is Friday 10th June, 2011

The programme
We already have a packed programme, with more activities planeed. So far, it will include:
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