The DC Chamber of Commerce 2023 Small Business Summit convened leaders from across local and federal governments and the small business industry on May 9 for a deep dive into the state of the District of Columbia’s small business industry and the future vision, policy, and programs for all businesses. At the event, Cary Hatch was named Small Business Person of the Year.
According to a release: “As a native Washingtonian CEO, and an unwavering advocate for the District and the Greater Washington region, Cary Hatch is a long-standing champion of small, women, and minority-owned businesses. With more than 35 years of experience in advertising and marketing, Cary has established a formidable track record in business and consumer communications, both domestic and international. Her broad-based client experience includes National Geographic, Fannie Mae, Destination DC, International Spy Museum, MWAA, Roy Rogers Restaurants, Sprint, and many others. She has been recognized on the POWER 100, the Washington Business Journal‘s list of the most influential business leaders, for four consecutive years.”
Hatch, left in photo above, told Capitol Communicator: “I’m grateful and humbled to be recognized by the DC Chamber of Commerce, as Small Business Person of the year. Today was made even more special by having my friend, the incomparable, Rosie Allen-Herring present this honor. It’s truly a joy to celebrate and shine a light on all of the entrepreneurs who are the resilient economic drivers of the District and our nation.” (Allen-Herring, CEO of the United Way of the National Capital Area, is right in photo.)
Hatch currently serves on the Government Relations Committee for the 4As (American Association of Advertising Agencies) and is the Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic 4As Board of Governors. In December of 2018, she was appointed to the National Advertising Review Board. Additionally, Hatch is a trustee of the Federal City Council, a board member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the ($1.7B) University System of Maryland Foundation. Additional board appointments include Whitman Walker Foundation, Washington Housing Conservancy, the Advisory Board for – 51 Steps to Freedom, and the NARB (National Advertising Review Board) the self-regulating industry watchdog.
The DC Chamber of Commerce is the largest Chamber in the Washington DC region.
Top photo: Cade Martin
Lower photo: Julie Rosenthal, JR Communications