Creating Opportunity Cassie Hodges  | November 22, 2017

Why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Shops Small (And You Should Too)

Welcome to #BizUnited, a new series highlighting innovative partnerships between large companies and smaller businesses across America. Check back periodically for new installments.

When it comes to partnering with small business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce knows firsthand the numerous benefits of working hand and hand with startups, small business, and entrepreneurs in the Washington, D.C. community.

Small businesses in America account for two-thirds of new jobs in America, and creates more than half of the country’s economic output. That’s one of the reasons the Chamber spends countless hours focusing on the millions of small businesses that turn the lights on entrepreneurship bright and early every day, face the morning grind, and help our country get to work. Another essential reason:  getting to eat some of the most delicious food in the world.

For that the Chamber looks to the D.C. based catering company, RSVP Catering, which specializes in using fresh, season ingredients, creative culinary expertise and innovative design to serve clients ranging from U.S. Presidents, foreign dignitaries, large conferences, Bar Mitzvahs, local weddings and everything in between.

The small business has been assisting with the Chamber’s events for many years. Founded by owner and operator Larry Abrams over 25 years ago, this catering service is known in the D.C. community has helped create memorable culinary experiences for many Chamber events, from annual board meetings to visits from Congress on the hill to hosting international heads of states.

Free Enterprise sat down with Carlos Anazgo, Director of Catering in the Corporate Programs Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to learn how the Chamber supports local small businesses and is #BizUnited with this blossoming business.

Why does the RSVP Partnership Works so Well?

“We have a great and long-standing relationship with our Chamber Member Catering companies,” said Anazgo. “Right now, RSVP Catering is one of the 10 companies that we are currently doing business with this year. They support our widely publicized events in the building with a variety of services, anything from a simple drop off to a full service catered meal in the large conference rooms.”

When asked about the benefits of their partnership, Anazgo shared that one of the best attributes that RSVP Catering brings to the Chamber is their leadership and innovation in the culinary arts, bringing stunning cuisine and expertise: “RSVP Catering is great to work with and they know our facilities very well, which makes them one of our go-to vendors when we have highly important gatherings or keynotes.”

Amazingly, in addition to the services provided by the company, RSVP Catering also supports the community through supporting foundations like Food for Others, the Lombardi Cancer Center, Washington Ballet and Operation Smile.

“Not only does this make us very proud of our city, but we love to highlight a business like RSVP Catering that strives to reflect the Chamber’s Small Business mission,” says Anazgo.

So how to get in on the act?

Small business is at the heart of the American economy. And Small Business Saturday, started by American Express, has succeeded in its mission to coordinate efforts to drive traffic and money to local businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We encourage you to support the small businesses in your area and shop local – especially during Small Business Saturday, coming this Saturday, November 25th.

Use this interactive map to find businesses near you that are participating. For more Small Business Saturday ideas and resources, and to see how your support of small businesses can impact your community, view what the Shop Small Movement means for your area.