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She Freelances, an open directory of women freelancers in the DC-area, has launched!

As one of the first recipients of a BEACON grant, Becca Gurney (founder of Design Choice
), has created a medium for women freelancers to connect to work opportunities.

Are you a freelancer or are you looking for creative support? Check out the She Freelances directory for listings of art directors, copywriters, illustrators, photographers, UX designers, video editors and more!
Funding + Resource Opportunities 
1863 Ventures is accepting applications for the Fall 2019 Pipeline Program. This DC-based program is designed to help businesses scale, this program goes beyond learning how to pitch and present. Instead, it spends time on supporting businesses on a path to maturity. Entrepreneurs completing the program will have a more investment-ready business and truly understand why and how to deploy future financings. Eligibility requirements apply. Learn more and apply by Sep 13.
 
Inner City Capital Connections seeks to support business owners in economically-distressed areas that are looking to build capacity, get access to capital and contracts and hire more employees. Designed for busy executives, this tuition-free program targets businesses with annual revenues of at least $500k and in operation for 2+ years. Nominations required. Learn more here.
 
The Georgetown Pivot Program is a new, non-credit bearing certificate in business and entrepreneurship created specifically for formerly incarcerated individuals. The program provides a one-year transition and re-entry program centered on a blend of academic work and supported employment. Apply now.
 
Are you a founder ready to hire? You can join the MIT Alumni Employers Showcase in Washington, DC to recruit MIT grads! If interested in participating and receiving a discount, email . Joe Mcgonegal at jmcg@mit.edu.
 
P&G Ventures + The Vinetta Project is committed to helping you scale your brand, technology and business model. Apply for upcoming pitch events, problem hacking program, and other curated networking opportunities throughout 2019.
 
Apply to the Aspen Tech Policy Hub Fellowship Program. The program aims to teach tech fellows the policy process and how to develop outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems. The program mixes the best of both Washington and Silicon Valley, bringing together stakeholders in policy and technology to train the next generation of policy entrepreneurs. Applications are due by 11:59pm PST on August 15.
Subscribe to DC's own Get Found, Get Funded podcast, which aims at dissecting common challenges for entrepreneurs. Its mission is to create visibility, paths for growth and opportunity for entrepreneurs who are statistically under-represented.
Upcoming Events
Aug 14: Free, Confidential Business Counseling | Sign up for free, confidential small business counseling and technical assistance, offered every Wednesday for any stage of business. Presented by the Department of Small and Local Business Development.

Aug 14: Webinar: DC Paid Family Leave - Employer | As an employer, are you aware of the DC's Paid Family Leave tax regulations and requirements? Join this webinar hosted by the Department of Employment Services to find out more.

Aug 14: Access to Capital | A comprehensive overview of various financing options for your business, presented by the DC Women's Business Center.

Aug 14: DC Biz Chat: Building a Disability-Friendly Workplace  | A seminar for the small business owner to gain an overview of basic and advanced features of Quickbooks Online. Learn how to track income and expenses, capture and organize receipts, invoice and accept payments and more.

Aug 15: Women Owned Small Business Working Group | Through a two-day, ten-hour training course, participants will gain insight on how to certify as a woman-owned small business, learn how federal and corporate contracting works, and discuss effective contract capture management strategies. 

Aug 15: Business Valuation & Impact on Exit Strategy | Are you considering the next stage of business growth or transition from business ownership? Join the NCRC Business Division to learn tactics used to create sustainable business value. 

Aug 16: Business Valuation & Impact on Exit Strategy | Are you considering the next stage of business growth or transition from business ownership? Join the NCRC Business Division to learn tactics used to create sustainable business value. 

Aug 20: Accounting & Budgeting with DC Women's Business Center | A seminar for the small business owner to gain an overview of basic and advanced features of Quickbooks Online. Learn how to track income and expenses, capture and organize receipts, invoice and accept payments and more.

Aug 21: Disability Startup Network Meetup | Join differently-abled entrepreneurs for a discussion on "How Assistive Technology Can Impact Entrepreneurship."

Aug 22: Fireside Chat: The StartupBus Experience | Join the DC Economic Partnership for a discussion on how to create a workplace that is welcoming to all.

Aug 26: Startup Marketing Bootcamp | A powerful two-day marketing accelerator to help you get ahead of the competition and separate your business from the rest. Use code BEACON99 for $99 off registration.

Aug 27: Webinar: End the Year in Good Legal Standing | Join SCORE for an overview of key internal and external compliance requirements to review + other to-do's before 2019 comes to a close. 

Through August 28: YES! Free, Confidential Business Counseling! | The Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD) is partnering with the Howard University's DC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide free small business counseling and technical assistance at DSLBD every Wednesday. Sign up now!

Sep 9-13: DC Startup Week | Gather for over 5 days and 100+ events throughout the DMV designed to connect, collaborate and celebrate the startup ecosystem.

Sep 12: Vinetta Project's Venture Challenge Showcase | You're invited to the Vinetta DC showcase - a pitch and panel series highlighting top female founders and investment opportunities. 

Sep 18: Small Business Brief Legal Advice Clinic | Join the DC Bar Pro Bono Center to meet one-on-one with attorneys.

Be sure to check-out and subscribe to the DC Small Biz Workshop Calendar for more upcoming opportunities for small business owners in the District. 
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