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6.06: Digital Storytelling For Social Impact  | Have you wondered how to leverage your skill sets to contribute to social issues such as climate change, education, inclusion and health care? Reignite your passion for social good by sharing an evening with some of the most impactful and inspirational voices, hosted by General Assembly.

6.06: Small Business Insurance 101 Workshop | Join the Latino Economic Development Center to learn how to protect your small business.

Free Intellectual Property Legal Clinic for Small Businesses | The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center and Blank Rome will host a FREE Intellectual Property Legal Clinic for small businesses to assist with issues including trademarks, patents, copyrights, and licensing.

FedTech's Spring '19 Startup Studio Pitch Day! | Celebrate teams in the Spring Startup Studio that brings together investors, government officials, entrepreneurs and local innovators for an evening of poster presentations, pitches and networking. FedTech’s Startup Studio focuses on building early-stage venture teams around cutting edge innovations from our country’s premier labs.

6.11: DISB Coffee & Capital at DCRALearn about innovative alternatives to financing (like the District of Columbia Business Capital Program) for District startups, emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses.

6.12: Women's Entrepreneurship Conference  | Learn about product branding, financing and more, presented by George Mason University.

6.12: Out in Tech DC | The Trek to Tech | Join Out in Tech and Flatiron for a panel discussion  featuring LGBTQ+ experts who know what it takes to break into tech—from acquiring skills, joining and creating supportive communities and cultures, and making tech an equitable and inclusive place for all.

Communication and Marketing Strategies that Will Grow Your Business | Join the WNG Communications Roundtable and WNG Entrepreneur Roundtable for a discussion on communication and marketing strategies that will grow your business. Learn from presenters how to cut through the noise to identify cutting-edge marketing and PR strategies that are actually easy to implement and will generate positive results.

6.12: Introduction to Government Contracting | This interactive workshop will focus on developing marketing plans for local, state and federal governments for FY2019 contracting opportunities.

6.13: Ladies Lounge | Confronting Imposter Syndrome | Join General Assembly to hear from panelists on their experiences confronting imposter syndrome and how they’ve overcome feelings of self-doubt. Learn how to recognize your strength and learn how to combat the phenomenon that is plaguing women and workplaces across the world.

6.13: Navigating Government Contracting with DCPTAC | The DC Procurement Technical Assistance Center provides confidential, one-on-one business counseling and competitive insights for navigating the government contracting process successfully. 

6.13:  Hera Hub Fast Pitch DC | Eight growth stage and four early-stage, woman-owned companies will pitch for over $10k in cash and in-kind prizes. Reach the venue using Via with a $10 credit. 

6.14: DevFest DC 2019 | Join the largest U.S. gathering of developer and technology professionals at the 2019 DevFest DC Conference.

6.15: Women Empower X Washington D.C. 2019
 | Join WEX  to learn from industry experts and female leaders, network with entrepreneurs and change-makers, discover tools and strategies to take your business to the next level, and feel empowered to create a positive change.

6.18: How To Be A Productivity Ninja | Learn the characteristics of being a “Productivity Ninja” - how to be calm and prepared as well as skilled and ruthless. You’ll walk away having identified specific tactics to improve your personal productivity and well-being!

DC Inno's Demos at Dusk | Join DC Inno for the State of Innovation meetup to network with members of the entrepreneurial community and to hear from local thought leaders, startups and/or entrepreneurs.

6.20: Black Girl Ventures DC powered by Google Cloud for Startup | Black Girl Ventures works to create access to capital for Black and Brown women founders. The BGV Pitch Competition flips the traditional pitch competition on its head: allowing the audience to donate, eliminating the panel of judges, and empowering the community (audience) to ask questions and vote for the winner.

6.20: The Future Of Virtual & Augmented Reality | Join General Assembly for an expert panel discussion on how diverse industries are looking to use Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in the future, and how you could get into this exciting field.

6.20: How To Break Into Tech - Veteran Event | Join General Assembly for a panel discussion with former alumni who have taken the leap into full-time tech careers. Learn how they did it and receive advice on how they might have done it differently.  All (veterans and civilians alike!) are welcome to attend.

Talk Data To Me: Changing The Way Businesses Run & People Live | Join General Assembly for a discussion on of the importance of measuring engagement past the basic clicks, likes, and shares in social media. The speaker will  walk through the importance of tracking user behavior, basics of tracking, and what story the data is telling us.

6.25: Exploratory Data Analysis With Pandas and Altair | Join DC Python for a conversation on the practical aspects of analyzing real-world data using Python, Pandas, and Altair by exploring a data-set of traffic stops made by Maryland Police.

6.25: Building a More Inclusive Business | The DC Office of Human Rights will share critical information about how local civil rights protections may impact your business practices. Learn about legal requirements in public accommodations, best practices to prevent employment discrimination,  and strategies to create a welcoming workplace. 

6.26: Startup Gauntlet: by the Startup Leadership Program | The Startup Gauntlet is a gathering of top DC-area entrepreneurs, angels, and business experts from the SLP network who are ready to hear about your startup and put it through the gauntlet!

6.27: Inside The Minds Of Brilliant Designers | This inspiring monthly series by General Assembly invites key players in DC's design community to offer a rare insider’s look at how they work and create. From branding to user experience to city planning, panelists will discuss how they approach projects from a design point of view, how design thinking methods help with problem-solving, and much more.

6.27: Passport to Prosperity - Women and Personal Finance  | Join Lean In DC for a roundtable discussion aimed at learning how to achieve financial freedom and improve your personal finances.  
Funding Opportunities
Apply to the DC Entrepreneurs of Color Fund, a $6.65 million effort by JP Morgan Chase, Capital Impact Partners, and the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation to support minority-owned businesses in the Greater Washington region by providing them with access to capital and small business advice. Entrepreneurs can get access to loans ranging from $5,000 - $250,000. Apply now!

The Girlboss Foundation awards one grant biannually to female entrepreneurs pursuing creative endeavors. Each grant beneficiary will receive project funding of $15,000, in addition to exposure through the Girlboss platform and community. Grants are exclusive to female business owners in the worlds of design, fashion, music, and the arts. Submit your application now! 

The Cartier Women's Initiative is looking for committed women entrepreneurs heading businesses with the potential to grow significantly in the years to come. The program is open to women-run, for-profit businesses in any country and sector working to create strong social impact. The call for applications for the 2020 edition will open on June 11, 2019 and close on August 14, 2019 at 2pm (cest).

Apply today for a $25,000
Amber Grant for women. The Amber Grant was launched by WomensNet to honor the memory of a young woman, Amber Wigdahl, who died at the age of 19 – unable to fulfill her entrepreneurial dreams. Apply by June 30! 

L’Oréal Women in Digital NEXT Generation Awards is seeking female leaders who have the vision and discipline to transform the beauty industry. They  want to work with founders and executives who are creating new technology and interfaces, media platforms, beauty services, retail experiences and digitally native brands to address the needs of the modern beauty consumer.
Deadline to Apply or Nominate: June 12, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET  
Apply For Robust Retail Grants 
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is accepting applications for the Spring 2019 Robust Retail: Citywide grants on a rolling basis starting April 15, 2019 and closing June 15, 2019. The Robust Retail Grant Program supports existing DC-based retail businesses adapting their models to meet changing customer demands. Up to $10,000 per business will be awarded, for a total of 40 businesses. Apply Now!

Stacy’s Rise Project: Help Women Rise 
Applications are open for the first-ever Stacy’s® Rise Project Program directly helping women grow their food-focused businesses. Five female entrepreneur finalists will be awarded a $20,000 funding prize, entrepreneurial advice and network support. One of these founders will win an additional $100,000 grand prize to help take their business to the next level. Apply by June 21st!

Apply to Fund BLACK Women, a crowdfunding platform for black women founders. 

The Bumble Fund targets early-stage companies led by women of color and other underrepresented founders, solving a problem that disproportionately affects women. Average investment $25-$50k.
Apply to teach with the Black upStart! The 2017 BEACON grantee is seeking practitioners in legal, accounting, entrepreneurship, innovation and technical fields who have mastered their skills and would like to share them with a thriving entrepreneurial community.

Need help? You can hire an intern through DC Public Schools! Provide immeasurable exposure and mentorship for an intern that will be paid by D.C. Public Schools. Apply to host an intern and mention "BEACON" in your application.

Do you know a woman that is a returning citizen, fleeing domestic violence or recently transitioning from homelessness? Contact Deloris Wilson at BEACON for household donations:
Resource Spotlight

Union Kitchen is a food and beverage business accelerator based in Washington, D.C. They partner with exceptional brands to launch locally, grow regionally, and scale nationally. Their program guides entrepreneurs through concept to launch, launch to local saturation, and multi-regional expansion with a tailored curriculum, networks, and strong local ecosystem.


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