Monday, February 1, 2016
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Brittany A.B. Surratt
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WASHINGTON (February 1, 2016) –Howard University has selected Carl E. Brown, Jr., as executive director of the Washington, D.C. Small Business Development Center (DC SBDC) Network at the University.

 Brown was chosen after a nationwide search. He has held executive and leadership positions in a variety of industries in the private and public sectors.

The DC SBDC is a co-operative program in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and has been hosted by Howard University since 1979. DC SBDC has served tens of thousands of small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

"As a graduate of Howard University, I am pleased to return in this capacity,” Brown stated. “I look forward to working with our clients, faculty, staff and students in building a flagship center,” he continued.

Brown was supervisory contracting officer for the District of Columbia Office of Contracting and Procurement. He served five years as the executive director at the Center for Minority Business Development at Prince George’s Community College. His previous work history includes: manager for business development, DBE Programs; director of civil rights and acting assistant general manager for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA); senior contracts manager at Verizon Communications; director of human resources at Pepsi-Cola of Washington; senior purchasing agent, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission; and as a procurement specialist at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

In his new position, Brown will report to the School of Business dean, Barron Harvey, Ph.D.

“Mr. Brown’s qualifications and experience make him the ideal executive to lead the DC SBDC Network,” Dean Harvey said.  “Mr. Brown brings a multi-faceted educational background that is enhanced by his experiences in small business management, minority business development, procurement, and areas of finance.”

Brown has written legislation in support of strengthening minority business programs and contract compliance. He has served as a human relations commissioner in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, Maryland, and is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery in Montgomery County.

He earned a master's degree from University of Maryland University College; a bachelor's degree from Howard University; a master's certificate in Human Resource Management from University of Maryland University College; and a certificate in Leadership Development from the University of Maryland Executive Leadership Institute. Brown is the recipient of numerous awards and citations for his work in the community and with minority-owned businesses.

The DC SBDC Network is a part of the Small Business Development Center national network, the federal government’s largest small business management and technical assistance program. The national SBDC network has over 900 service centers located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

The DC SBDC Lead Center, which oversees the day-to-day operations of the DC SBDC Network, is located at the Howard University School of Business. The DC SBDC network has two small business management service centers and two satellite locations in the District of Columbia. The service centers and satellite locations provide professional, one-on-one small business management and technical assistance at no charge to residents and small business owners in the District of Columbia. The DC SBDC network also provides free or low cost business management training. DC SBDC service centers are hosted by the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation, and satellite centers are hosted by the DC Chamber of Commerce and the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

For further information on the services and resources of the DC SBDC network, and the location of DC SBDC service centers, go to the DC SBDC network’s website at or call the DC SBDC Lead Center at the Howard University School of Business at 202-806-1550.