CEO Off the Cuff: Our New Offices

by Chris Marquez

In March we passed our ISO:9001 audit (yay!) with flying colors.  When I sat in for the final debriefing, our auditor said, “Don’t take this the wrong way, but these new offices are A LOT (emphasis his!) better than the offices that you were in before.  You look like you’re a real business.”  I didn’t take it the wrong way, and what he said has stuck with me as a point of pride.  NCC started in the basement of my home, moved to the top floor of an antique shop, and relocated to an old building in Arlington, before we finally upgraded to beautiful new offices in Tysons.  The lesson was clear: sacrificing early on helps lead to success in the end!

Thanks to everyone for helping us pass the ISO audit and for helping with the move to Tysons!

NCC to Serve as a Sponsor for NIH’s An Evening for Hope on April 29

An Evening For Hope

Isaac is a 12-year-old boy who was born with an extremely rare disease called CANDLE (chronic atypical neutrophilic dermatosis with lipodystrophy and elevated temperature).  Isaac’s family brought him to the Children’s Inn at NIH when he was just 19-months old, and thanks to Isaac and a few other young patients, NIH was able to discover this new illness and subsequently develop treatments for it.  Isaac is one of thousands of examples of children who have spent time at the Children’s Inn – a “place like home” for children with serious medical needs – since it opened its doors in 1990.

Since its inception, 12,000 children and their families from around the world have stayed free of charge at the Inn, where they can enjoy fun activities with their families and caring staff and volunteers, after their daily treatments at NIH.

On April 29th, NIH will host the 4th Annual An Evening for Hope at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, VA.  As a company which has supported NIH since our founding in 2002, NCC is grateful to serve as a sponsor for this important event, just as we have in the first three years of the event.   An Evening for Hope features a raffle for a Palm Springs resort vacation, a silent auction, welcome reception, dinner, entertainment from mentalist Joshua Seth, and dancing.  The funds raised at An Evening for Hope will go directly to the Children’s Inn.

We are grateful to again serve as a sponsor for An Evening for Hope, and we are proud to support NIH in enabling communication and collaboration for the numerous organizations within the organization, as they perform research that leads to vital treatments given to the children who visit NIH and the Children’s Inn.

As a nonprofit organization, the Children’s Inn raises its own funds in order to provide free accommodations and support for the families that visit; there are several ways to give to the Children’s Inn, and we ask you to consider donating by visiting its website.  You can also purchase a raffle ticket online (you do not have to be present at the event to win), and follow @TheChildrensInn on Twitter for updates before, during, and after An Evening for Hope.

NCC Helps NSF Make Grants Conferences More Accessible

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a vital federal organization that funds research that directly effects many, research such as the University of Minnesota’s 3-D-printed patch that can help heal scarred heart tissue and the Cleaner Water initiative that aims to “make ‘wastewater’ a dirty word.”  In pursuit of NSF’s goal to fund “basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future,” the Foundation holds regular grants conferences that bring together professionals across the organization to discuss issues that are highly important to the scientific community.

In the same way that NSF fosters scientific innovation in research, leaders within the Foundation wanted a fresh, new way to communicate with their researchers about the details and benefits of their grants conferences, so they looked to re-design the conference website. That’s when National Capitol Contracting (NCC) got to work doing what we do best: enabling communication and collaboration.

We created a sleek-looking NSF Grants Conference website that gives details about upcoming conferences, allows users to sign up for conference updates, offers resources like webcasts and presentations, and much more.  Our dedicated and knowledgeable Multimedia Production team shot and produced a video entitled “Why attend an NSF Grants Conference?”, which outlines the many benefits attendees get out of going to these conferences.

NCC was privileged to assist NSF as it promotes scientific advancement and collaboration among research professionals, and we look forward to supporting the Spring 2017 NSF Grants Conference in June, as well as future conferences and events!

NCC named to Fast 100, and will Present Scholarship at CelebrAsian 2017

CelebrAsian 2017

“Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder.  But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.”  These inspiring words were spoken by PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, representing an ever-growing number of Asian-American-owned or run businesses (1.9 million with a revenue of nearly $700 billion as of 2012).  Nooyi, born in India, has proven to be among the most influential business leaders in the world (Fortune ranked her the #1 most powerful woman in business in 2009 and 2010).  She gave the keynote address in 2014 for the United States Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) CelebrAsian Conference, the largest procurement conference for Asian-American businesses.

NCC is proud to announce that we have been recognized by USPAACC for the fourth time as a Fast 100 award winner, as one of the fastest growing Asian American-owned businesses in the U.S.  Our CEO and President Chris Marquez will attend CelebrAsian 2017, which takes place in San Diego between May 31st and June 2nd, to receive this prominent award.  Collectively, the companies named to the Fast 100 generated an annual revenue of $10 billion.

In addition to being named to the Fast 100, we are pleased to sponsor the National Capitol Contracting Scholarship for the fifth consecutive year.  On June 2nd, Mr. Marquez will present the scholarship to a standout Asian-American high school senior.  The National Capitol Contracting Scholarship is one of over 20 to be awarded at this year’s CelebrAsian, along with those given by highly successful companies and organizations including Comcast, Hilton, Ingersall Rand, Pepsico, and UPS.  USPAACC receives an average of 3,200 applications annually from high school seniors of Asian Pacific Island heritage.  In 2016, USPAACC awarded $77,000 in scholarships to recipients, a 40 percent increase from 2015.

USPAACC is the largest and longest-standing organization representing Asian Americans and Asian-American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services.   The organization was founded in 1986 to address the aspirations, potentials and the challenges Asian Americans met in the mainstream marketplace.   In addition to training, developing, educating, and advocating for Asian American professionals, USPAACC has assisted in establishing educational opportunities for Asian American leaders of the future by awarding between 10 and 20 academic scholarships annually.

We are honored to present the National Capitol Contracting scholarship to the deserving recipient, and we are proud to be named as one of USPAACC’s Fast 100 awardees, as we strive for continued growth and cultivate our passion for “Great People, Great Experiences, Great Results.”

CEO off the Cuff: DC Diaper Bank

DC Diaper Bank

by Chris Marquez

My son, Alex is now officially potty trained!  I figured I would celebrate the occasion by reminding everyone of the great work DC Diaper Bank, a charity NCC supports, is doing for our community. This week I’ll be dropping off all our extra diapers at a local pickup location just a few blocks from my house.  Make sure to check out DC Diaper Bank and support them if you can: DC Diaper Bank





DC Diaper Bank By The Numbers

  • 40 nonprofit partners agencies in DC, MD and VA
  • Each month we serve 4,000 families and distribute 175,000+ diapers along with thousands of pounds of formula, baby food, hygiene supplies, and toiletries
  • Total Diapers Donated: 4.6 million
  • 1000+ volunteers
  • 7,038 hours worth of warehouse volunteer sessions

NCC to Attend, Serve as Sponsor for NIH’s An Evening for Hope

An Evening for Hope

As snow was falling in the Mid-Atlantic Region halfway through March, one could only dream about relaxing in warmth and sunshine, laying by the pool with a cold drink in hand, perhaps even enjoying championship golf courses, tennis, and a fitness center.  That dream could become the reality this summer for the raffle winner at NIH’s An Evening for Hope, as the lucky winner will be headed to the Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Springs.

The raffle is just one of the reasons to support the 4th annual gala, which takes place on April 29th at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, and supports the Children’s Inn at NIH.  NCC has served as a sponsor for the first three years of the event, and we are thrilled to be the “Valet Sponsor” this year.

The funds raised at An Evening for Hope will go directly to the Children’s Inn, a “place like home” for children with serious medical needs.  The Children’s Inn was established in 1990, and since that time nearly 12,000 children and their families from all 50 states and 94 countries have stayed – free of charge – at the Inn.  After spending their days in treatment at NIH, the children return to the Children’s Inn to spend time with their families and the compassionate staff and volunteers, participating in recreational and educational activities.

An Evening for Hope features a silent auction, welcome reception, dinner, dancing, and the raffle for the Palm Springs getaway.

We are grateful to serve as a sponsor for An Evening for Hope for a fourth straight year.  We have had the privilege of enabling communication and collaboration for numerous organizations within NIH since our inception in 2002, doing our part to support the vital research that leads to treatments given to the children who visit NIH and the Children’s Inn each year.

As a nonprofit organization, the Children’s Inn raises its own funds in order to provide free accommodations and support for the families that visit; there are several ways to give to the Children’s Inn, and we ask you to consider donating by visiting its website.  You can also purchase a raffle ticket online (you do not have to be present at the event to win), and follow @TheChildrensInn on Twitter for updates before, during, and after An Evening for Hope.

NCC President & CEO Chris Marquez Featured on William & Mary Website

Chris Marquez

Past and present CEOs of hugely successful companies like Starbucks, Disney, HBO, Whole Foods, and YouTube hold the common distinction of earning Bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Arts rather than in business-related fields.  Add NCC President and CEO Chris Marquez to that list; he earned his BA in English from the College of William & Mary in 1994, before receiving his MBA from Indiana University.

William & Mary’s website recently featured Chris as part of its “Liberal Arts @ Work” series, which focuses on several W&M Liberal Arts graduates who have taken the skills and knowledge they obtained while students and applied them to their careers.

In the piece, Chris notes the important role his Liberal Arts education played in his business career, including helping him be a better communicator while honing his critical thinking and writing skills.  He also touches on the valuable friendships he has to this day with people he met while a student in Williamsburg.

We invite you to read more about what Chris’s Liberal Arts education has meant to him, and how it has played a part in shaping NCC’s passion for “Great People, Great Experiences, Great Results.”

NCC Associates Attend Intelligence Squared Debate in DC

Associates at IQ2

“Gerrymandering is Destroying the Political Center.”  “Call a Convention to Amend the Constitution.”  “Legalize Drugs.”  “Death is Not Final.”  These issues are without question up for debate.  Since 2006, these and more than 130 other topics have been the focus of passionate discourse in Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) debates.   NCC has proudly called IQ2US a customer since 2011.  On February 1st, three of our Multimedia Production associates had the privilege to attend an IQ2US debate entitled “Give Trump a Chance”.

The thought-provoking debate was held at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium in Washington, DC, making it the first IQ2US debate held outside of New York City.  Our associates were given the opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal look at the kinds of important and lively dialogue and discussion for which we have provided verbatim transcription, and they also had a chance to introduce themselves to our point of contact at IQ2US.

IQ2 Stage
The IQ2 Debate Stage

The debaters in favor of the motion to give Trump a chance were Clive Crook, columnist with Bloomberg View, and Gayle Trotter, a political analyst and attorney.  The debaters against the motion were David Frum, Senior Editor with The Atlantic, and Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice.  The interactive debate gave the diverse live audience of young and older guests, as well as remote users around the world, an opportunity to vote for or against the motion.  In the end, 43 percent were against the motion, 29 percent were undecided, and 28 percent were for the motion.

IQ2US debates are streamed live on the IQ2US website and the NCC-crafted transcripts are available along with every video.  The debates reach an audience of millions through several channels including radio, television, live streaming, podcasts, and other digital channels.  The debates are interactive in that the live audience is able to vote after hearing opening arguments, asking questions, and closing arguments.

Audience members used a keypad to vote on the issues being debated

During what is widely considered the most interesting administration change in U.S. history, NCC has had a front row seat as we continue to support dozens of federal agencies, deploying our captioners and on-site transcription associates literally into the middle of the action at a variety of meetings and hearings.  We are grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the live audience for this provocative debate, and we are honored to continually be enabling communication and collaboration for this significant organization.

Multimedia Production Support For NSF

NSF video production

If you type “National Science Foundation” (NSF) into the search bar in Google News, you’ll see a spectrum of articles including a study on the realities of eviction, the effects of El Nino on California’s shores, a supercomputer cluster at Penn State University, the development of tastier tomatoes, and several more that run the gamut of scientific research and discovery.

With an annual budget of about $7 billion, the NSF funds nearly a quarter of all federally supported basic research conducted by colleges and universities in the United States.  NCC has had the privilege to perform our scope of services and solutions for various NSF grants events, putting us front and center in the Foundation’s decision-making process in awarding grants for important scientific research projects.

In recent months, NCC has provided an array of Multimedia Production support for a variety of NSF events.  In January, we streamed a PAPPG (Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide) webinar on YouTube.  More than 1,300 viewers tuned in for the webcast and were able to ask questions for the Q-and-A portion of the event.  Also in January, we produced a marketing video for the NSF Grants Conference featuring interviews with attendees, and we shot a training video regarding updates to NSF’s Grant Policy Manual.  Several of the NSF webcasts we produced are now featured on the NSF Grants Conference Webcast Archive website.

NCC has proudly supported NSF since 2010, starting with conference center support, then expanding to on-site transcription for multi-day National Science Board meetings and select advisory committee meetings, and AV installation services.  Our comprehensive Live Event support includes the Fall 2016 Grants Conference, the previous three East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Orientations, and numerous others.

We are grateful to expand the ways in which we are enabling communication and collaboration for NSF, and we look forward to providing a wide range of support in the years to come.

NCC is Moving!

Tysons Sign

NCC is on the move!  After nearly 15 years in Arlington, we are thrilled to begin a new era in the stunning Tysons Metro Center II building in McLean, VA.   We will continue to offer the same high-quality Unified Communications, Multimedia, and Live Event support and solutions that our customers have come to expect, but starting on March 6th, many of our talented and knowledgeable employees will be enabling communication and collaboration from our spacious new digs.

When our staff is not busy editing transcripts, coordinating and supporting live events, captioning videos, designing AV systems, or any number of other services, they will have the chance to enjoy the amenities Tysons Metro Center has to offer including an on-site café and fitness center, sport court, roof-top terrace, and an expansive wi-fi enabled lounge.   In addition, our new office is just a short walk from the Greensboro Metro, Capital Bikeshare, Tysons Galleria Mall and a plethora of restaurants.

As we depart from Arlington, we leave with countless wonderful memories from our first office on Washington Boulevard and the building at 200 N. Glebe Road.  This includes increasing our staff size ten-fold, consistent revenue increases, expanding our range of services and products, graduating from the SBA’s 8(a) program, and receiving our ISO 9001:2008 certification.

We look forward to an exciting future in our new Tysons Corner headquarters for years to come.