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Congratulations to the 2018-2019 BEACON Awardees! Click here for an overview of funded programs and here for event photos.

BEACON Awards $50k to women-led organizations that support DC's women entrepreneurs. 
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018-2019 BEACON Grant Award! On the heels of DC Startup Week and the WeDC Fest, BEACON awarded $50,000 to ecosystem builder organizations designing innovative and inclusive programs. Funded projects include a skills-share talent exchange, a vendor fair connection food and beverage businesses to corporate buyers, an investor bootcamp, and much more!

Learn more about their initiatives on the BEACON website

FreeTruth Financial, Inc. 

The Gemz, Inc. 

LatinoEconomic Development Center
Street Entrepreneurs 

Hera Hub DC
The Outrage

Community Voting Winner
Blacks in Consulting and Technology

A very special thanks to Deputy Mayor Brian T. Kenner, Kimberly Bassett of the Mayor's Office on Women's Policy and Initiatives, and the phenomenal vendors of  the #ladyboss marketplace:
 Heritage PieceThe Woman Behind the Business, Loza Tam, Mischo Beauty, Neek and Nan's, The Melanin Collective, Zora & Amelia, Play Pits, Werkin, Soka Tribe, GlamsquadEnvision Lead Grow, Phoenix Photography, and Zbu Hoopism.

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Curious about raising capital?
Melissa Bradley, a Advisory Board Member + Director of Project 500 + Advisor to the New Voices Fund, has a free, 40-minute masterclass on raising capital available online. Check it out here.
Accelerator/Incubator Opportunities
Halcyon Incubator provides free housing, mentorship, workspace and other support - including a $10,000 stipend for deserving social entrepreneurs. Apply by October 10th.
Backstage Accelerator is a 3-month program designed to give founders the support they need to reach their next critical milestone. Programs will run in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London, and Detroit. Apply by October 15th.
The HerImpact DC Entrepreneurship Summit is designed to help female social entrepreneurs scale their enterprises. The one-day summit will continue with ongoing support through March, culminating in a $50k pitch competition. Register today.
The Wingable Challenge is the accelerator arm of The Wing, a women-focused coworking space. The accelerator will invest a minimum of $100k across at least four women-run startups. Apply by October 18th.
Vending Opportunities
Call for Creatives! The Anacostia Arts Center will host a pop-up artist market during the holiday season. Beginning Sep 1st, District creatives can rent a table for three consecutive months at $50/month. Tables are still available - apply here.
Do you have a new line of beauty or fashion products? Interested vendors should email 
Miscellaneous Opportunities
Nominate Yourself or Others for Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Manama, Bahrain - Apr 15-18, 2018.
Each year, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress fosters deeper collaboration among entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organizations. A limited number of airfare and hotel stipends are available. Nominate by October 15th. 

Call for Topics and Speakers: NCRC Just Economy Conference (Mar 11-13, 2019) is the national event for
community and national leaders who work for fairness in financial services, housing, and business. Have an idea for a speaker or topic? Submit by October 19th.
Do you know of opportunities that could benefit the BEACON community? Share them with us via

Have you struggled to navigate DCRA regulations? Was it difficult to complete the necessary forms or pay the fees needed to register or operate your business? The Institute for Justice would like to feature you in a mini-documentary to personalize the need for reform. Participants will receive free professional headshots. Email if interested.
Community News
10.9: Great Streets Information Session (Small Retail Grant Application)

10.10 through 12.19 (Wednesdays): Free Business Counseling presented by the Dept. of Small and Local Business Development

10.11: Webinar: Can Customer Engagement Increase Your Profits? presented by SCORE DC

10.15: How to Become a Certified Business Enterprise

10.16: Starting a Business in DC

10.16: Startups Ignite: Demo Day

10.16: Bunker Brews - The Breweries that Veterans are Tapping Into

10.16: Collecting Change: Building a Thriving Social Enterprise

10.16 through 11.6 (Tuesdays): Understanding the Fundamentals of the Employment Relationship - A Four-Part Employment Law Course for Nonprofits presented by the DC Bar

10.18: Webinar: Strategically and Successfully Grow Your Small Business presented by SCORE DC

10.18: Think Local First Awards

10.18-10.20: Fund and Fuel Your Dreams Workshop (20% off, mention "Beacon" in your application) 

10.22: Learn the Process of Starting a Business at the DC Public Library

10.23: Ask the Experts! How to Market Your Business

10.23: Seminar - Creating Sustainable Funding from Individual Donors, a Provel Model

10.23: Webinar: Increase Your Cashflow with Customer Relationship Management  (CRM System) presented by SCORE DC

10.23: Social Media for Smal Business presented by Latino Economic Development Center

10.24: Navigating Government Contracting with DCPTAC

10.24: Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic

10.25: Tips for Negotiating a Commercial Lease presented by SCORE DC

10.25: How to Start Your Business presented by the Latino Economic Development Center

10.26: Black Girl Ventures DC: They Pitch, You Vote, Women Win!

10.26-10.28: Script DC: Mid-Atlantic Filmmakers Conference

10.27: Pro Bono Legal Clinic presented by Black Girl Ventures

11.6: Pricing and Profits presented by SCORE DC

11.8: Webinar - Small Business Success Virtual Conference presented by DC SCORE

11.9-11.11: Techstars Global Startup Weekend

11.14: Women's Entrepreneurship Conference: A Career Path to Success

11.14: Women's Entrepreneurship Conference: It's Never Too Late to Start

Ongoing: DCRA's Small Business Resource Center offers one-on-one consultations tailored to your unique business needs. Sign-up for a time convenient for you.
Funding Opportunities
Are you an MBA or undergraduate student with a business idea? CommonBond is offering a $10,000 cash prize to the country's top student social-entrepreneur. Apply by October 15.

Are you a Lyft driver with entrepreneurial goals? Lyft just announced a pitch challenge exclusive to its drivers. Apply by October 21.

Have you designed a business or NGO that helps solve distribution challenges to poverty alleviation?
The D-Prize will award up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists. 

EnrichHER curates a weekly list of funding opportunities for founders - check them out! 

Have you subscribed to the Funding Alert issued by the DC Mayor's Office of Partnerships and Grant Services? Click here to subscribe to the weekly notice.


Alice is a free website connecting small business owners to the resources they need to launch and grow. In addition to city profiles and access to opportunities across the country, Alice members receive $500 off Stripe Atlas fees, a company assisting entrepreneurs with company formation, accounting, tax and other startup resources. Learn more here.

Applications are open for Tide Risers DC, a year-long cohort experience for women leaders working for the greater good. Learn more.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program equips participants with practical skills in negotiation, marketing and employee management that immediately be put into action. Components include practical business education, access to capital and a supportive network of advisors and peers. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis year-round
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