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                                        Funding + Resource Opportunities 





                            The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is partnering with MetLife to recognize the very best in American small business. The Dream Big Awards celebrates the success of small businesses and honors their contributions to America’s economic growth. Winners of the Woman-Owned Business Award, the Minority-Owned Business Award, and the Emerging Business Award will be recognized during the U.S. Chamber's National Small Business Summit, which runs from October 16-19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Submit a nomination by July 12!

Apply to the second annual SoGal Global Pitch Competition & Startup Bootcamp for diverse founders. Hosted in 25+ cities across 5 continents around the world, and culminating in a final global pitch competition and a 3-day immersive educational bootcamp in Silicon Valley, this is the first and only globally focused pitch opportunity for women & diverse entrepreneurs. Applications are admitted on a rolling basis. Apply before the August 1 deadline!


In collaboration with Google for Startups, Black Founders Exchange is a week-long immersion program in Durham, North Carolina for Black founders in the startup community. Open to founders across North and South America, the program is designed to help founders take their startups to the next destination in their entrepreneurial journey. Apply now!

Apply to The Leadership Incubator, a signature program to provide women in the United States with training, network expansion, mentorship and community to bring their bold vision for change to life. Through this year-long incubator, Vital Voices and TRESemmé aim to support and champion passionate women leaders who look to create a positive social impact in their communities and beyond, daring to achieve their ambitions despite the barriers they may face. All applications must be submitted by July 12.



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





                            July 10: Pricing and Profits Workshop | Learn how to value a product or service, devise a pricing strategy for sustainable profits, and build a sustainable competitive advantage.


July 10: How to Develop a Successful Business Plan | This workshop will explore the process involved in developing a viable and comprehensive business plan.

July 10 - 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!

July 12: Social Media Monitoring and Analytics: How, What, And Why | This class will cover the basics of understanding social metrics, their importance and how to use them to make stand out social presences, top-notch campaigns and stronger connections with users.


July 13: Meet One-on-One with a Lawyer for Free  | The Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic will provide information on business contracts, leases, taxes and will answer questions related to small business legal issues through one-on-one engagement with licensed attorneys.


July 15: Transformative Technology of DC | Join the Transformative Technology Community of DC for a fireside chat with Equal Reality co-founder, Rick Martin, about Equal Reality and how their startup is transforming DEI training in DC and abroad. Transformative Technology is a global community of entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors building tech for mental health, emotional well-being, and human flourishing at scale.


July 17: Let's Scale for Business | This workshop is for business owners who are looking for opportunities to grow and begin the next phase of their businesses. Ideal for business owners who have been in business for at least 2 years. Topics will include business expansion, continuous improvement, strategy and organizational management, government contracting, and financial education.


July 17: How to Build a Business While Making an Impact | Join the Disability Startup Network and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization for a discussion with Lisa Wise, CEO of Roost DC, an employee-owned real estate management company. 

July 18: Reverse Pitch Competition Attendee Registration | Join the DC Women's Business Center for a pitch competition in front of a live audience of bankers, investors, and the general public. Funders, investors and spectators will purchase “play money” upon entry and use the “play money” to invest in as many participants as they choose. The top three earning pitch participants will receive cash prizes. 


July 18: Find Work That Matters | Join General Assembly for an engaging conversation, full of practical and interactive exercises, on what it takes to find work that matters.


July 23: Building a More Inclusive Business | The DC Office of Human Rights will share critical information about how local civil rights protections may impact business practices. The comprehensive presentation will include legal requirements in public accommodations, as well as best practices to prevent employment discrimination and create a workplace or business that is welcoming to all. The presentation will cover the DC Human Rights Act, the Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, the Fair Criminal Record Screening for Housing Act, the Fair Credit Act, the Street Harassment Prevention Act and many others.


July 27 – July 28: The Black Girl Ventures Pitch Bootcamp |  Attend the Black Girl Ventures Pitch Bootcamp for two full days of intensive coaching on crafting an expert level pitch and the tools that are needed to start raising more money immediately.


July 31: VCs Tell All and Judge Ventures | The Startup Leadership Program will exhibit the top 3-5 startup companies from their 2018-2019 Cohort, featuring a panel of three DC-based angel and VC investors who will sit for a Q&A session.

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. 










                            Think Local First DC seeks a part-time Program Manager with experience in community program manager who can support the organization’s programmatic development by following best practices and adhering to the TLFDC’s internal values: transparency, inclusion, ethical soundness, financial responsibility, and sustainability. The deadline to apply is July 10!

Walker’s Legacy is hiring a full-time Managing Director. The Managing Director will play a key role in overall strategic and operational responsibility for Walker’s Legacy, its programs, expansion, team, and execution of the organization’s mission. S/he will be responsible for maintaining and developing an in-depth knowledge of the organization, its core programs, operations, and business growth goals. The deadline to apply is July 19!

The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative (GUEI) is seeking a full-time Program Manager. The Program Manager serves as the primary liaison between WeWork, the GUEI, and the Georgetown Venture Lab community members. S/he recruits and supports the members the Venture Lab community and arranges dedicated programs/events organized on behalf of members. Apply now!





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