I attended my very first Small Business Outreach program at the Department of Energy on December 17th 2009. The goal of the event was to reach out to small businesses and let them know about about the opportunities at the Department of Energy for small businesses. I always find these events helpful. They are often free. You just need to know where to look and you also need to sign up early!
One of the first speakers was a former volunteer for the Obama campaign. He spoke on behalf of the non-profit, DC Project. His name was Will Byrne. He is the executive director of a community based organization that is putting together a business model that weatherizes groups of homes. Very interesting idea to bungle the costs of weatherization. Here is the link to the blog for the organization