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Check out how you fit in to support women founders by viewing "Building Inclusive Ecosystems with Intentionality: A Strategy to Enhance Support for D.C.'s Women Founders" in full via
BEACON Report Release and Stakeholder Workshop attendees brainstorm community campaigns following the presentation of "Building Inclusive Ecosystems with Intentionality: A Strategy to Enhance Support for D.C.'s Women Founders."

BEACON Releases Report on Enhancing Diversity in D.C.'s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

BEACON Fellow, Deloris Wilson, recently released a report entitled, "Building Inclusive Ecosystems with Intentionality: A Strategy to Enhance Support for D.C.'s Women Founders." The report recognizes the District's strength in entrepreneurship, including its growing number of women-owned businesses at a time when national levels are on the decline. However, it also identifies key areas where the ecosystem to support diverse women entrepreneurs could be strengthed and improved. Read the full report and contact BEACON if interested in helping to mobilize the four campaigns inspired by its findings!

Celebrating D.C. Small Business Week: Apr 30-May4 

D.C. Small Business Week is happening April 30-May 4, 2018. Help us support and amplify women-owned businesses throughout the week by recognizing how much we value and treasure their success!

Here's how you can get involved: 
1) As a small business owner, offer a 10% discount to customers who present the "Small Business: The Heart of DC" rewards card or digital version of the card. Enrolling and participating in the rewards program is easy and takes only a few minutes -- but registration closes today. Program leaders will arrange to drop off rewards poster and cards to your business. Learn more by visiting the
"Small Business: The Heart of DC" Rewards Program website or contacting Evette Banfield,, or 202-745-0902, x203.

2) Join the community at the DC Small Business Week Kickoff at Shop Made in DC! Join us at Shop Made in DC (1330 19th St NW) a

10am on 4/30. Click here to RSVP.

3) Host an event in celebration of DC Small Business Week. If your business is hosting an event, offering a promotion or celebrating DC Small Business Week in another creative way - let us know! We'll be happy to share the info with our community and partners. Please email the (1) Title; (2) Location; (3) Time; (4) Brief Description; and (5) Event URL for inclusion. 

We will randomly profile BEACON directory members throughout DC Small Business Week. Make sure your logo, photo Update your BEACON profile!4)
bio are up-to-date in case you are selected! Email with changes or create a listing at 

In the News

Congrats to the recipients of the DCFemTechAwards! The awards drew 620 nominations for outstanding women in code, design and data - a 58% increase from 2017! View the list of awardees and celebrate their success at a reception on 5/7.

Hatch Apps, an automated development platform enabling businesses to deploy web, iOS and Android apps, without needed to write a single line of code, was recently admitted to Morgan Stanley's 2nd Cohort of Innovation Lab Startups! Congratulations, Amelia Friedman! 

Interested in partnering with us, or have some news to share? Submit a Partnership Request Form and/or email We'll be in touch! 
Upcoming Opportunities
Accelerators, Incubators, Technical Assistance and Competitions

The Ward 7 and 8 Microbusiness Dream Grant Program will support the growth of businesses with fewer than five (5) employees located in Ward 7 or 8, for which residents of those wards comprise 50% or more of the ownership of the businesses. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 each will be awarded in Spring 2018. Learn more and submit by 2pm on 4/27.

The Vinetta Project is partnering with Booz Allen Hamilton to host a series of workshops focused on gaining access to the federal market. Register here if interested in any of the following topics: (1) accessing federal market opportunities, (2) small business certification, (3) revealing "who's who" in the federal space, (4) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs, and more.

The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) and BloomShift will offer up to 25 hours of free digital marketing assistance for qualifying businesses. Any business registered in Washington, D.C. may apply but the program is designed to serve low and middle-income D.C.-based businesses who need marketing support to reach the next level. Learn more and apply now - rolling admissions are accepted until September 2018.

The PeaceTech Accelerator provides an eight-week structured program in Washington, DC including mentorship, sprints and tutorials for startups that apply technology to assist communities in conflict and crisis zones. The program covers all aspects of scaling up, with a focus on scaling using the cloud. Participants will receive $50k in credits for Amazon Web Services and a $15,000 cash investment. Click here to learn more - admissions are rolling and the program begins June 4th. 

The Hera Fast Pitch DC Competition is presented by Hera Hub DC, the District's leading female-focused coworking space, and will select ten innovative, for-profit startups that are 51% woman or non-binary femme owned. Participants will compete for cash and in-kind prizes valued at over $10K. Learn more and apply by 5/11.

Are you or a team member a Georgetown student or recent alumni of any Georgetown degree program? Apply for the Startup Hoyas Summer Launch incubator program to receive dedicated support, workspace at WeWork White House, a $4,000 stipend per team, intros to local investors and invitations to exclusive events. Learn more and apply soon - admissions are rolling and the program begins 5/31.

Are you interested in building a tech venture without providing the technology? The FedTech program is a novel startup studio that identifies technologies from over 25 federal laboratories and universities, then builds teams and helps these teams find their market. There's no equity stake and no need to leave your day job initial. Click here to learn more and to view the 2017 highlight video. Applications for the Spring '18 cohort are now open.

Are you a non-university researcher or company? If you are an entrepreneur doing significant research and development, you may be a great fit for I-Corps: a seven-week accelerator to prepare teams to bid on Federal SBIR grants. If interested, email for more information.

Call for Nominations: 33rd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards and the Larry Neal Writers' Award
The Mayor's Arts Awards honor outstanding achievement by individuals and nonprofit organizations in the arts, humanities and creative industries in DC. The DC Commision on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) will present the awards at the historic Lincoln Theater in September 2018. Nominations are accepted across the visual arts, performing arts, creative industries, humanities and more. Submit by 4pm on 4/27.

500 Startups wants to train accredited, underrepresented investors. Click here to learn more about the program and scholarship offers for "Venture Capital Unlocked: The Secrets of Silicon Valley."

Vending Opportunities/Exhibitions/Awards

Femme Fatale DC is looking for local, women-owned businesses to join their Spring/Summer Pop-Up Store in Tenleytown! The pop-up is also looking for an event coordinator and interns to assist with operations. Learn more and apply by 4/29.

Are you an arts & crafts, food or dessert, direct sales or general vendor?Sign up with Chic Events/Empowered Women International for various opportunities around the District.

Are you or someone you know a filmmaker? Nominate a District of Columbia resident filmmaker to be considered for Filmmaker of the Month, an initiative of the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment. 

The EnrichHER Spark Conference is designed to help entrepreneurs with coaching, capital and connections. The May conference will feature an Entrepreneurship Showcase and is currently identifying multicultural speakers - click here to learn more and submit a nomination.

Oprah (yes, Oprah) is casting female business owners who are ready for the next level. Share your story to be considered for an upcoming series!

Tech Inclusion is looking for speakers
Submit your info for consideration.

The Food Tank Summit is looking for food system experts, innovators and leaders to speak in 2018. Suggest a speaker here

In the food business or know a restaurateur? Encourage them to submit to the 2018 Good Food 100 Restaurants Survey by 5/1.
Community News
Upcoming Events
4.25: Exhibitor Showcase and B2B Connections - presented by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

4.26: The Power of Women from Wall Street to Entrepreneurship: A Conversation with Sallie Krawcheck and Jenny Abramson

4.26 -4.27: BroccoliCon: An Incubator for All Those Who Strive to Create a Better World

4.26-4.27: Build Your Own Brand Retreat

4.27-4.29: Small Business Week Hackathon presented by Visa & SBA

4.26: Making Your Business Senior Friendly presented by Capitol Hill Business Sessions/Capitol Hill Village

4.29-5.4:  D.C. Small Business Week

4.29: Night at the Market - Eastern Market's Main Street's Market Week

4.30: Finance and Accounting Training presented by Street Entrepreneurs

4.30: Franchising 101 presented by DCRA

4.30: Small Business Group Technical Assistance: DC Ecosystem Map

4.30, 5.2, 5.9, and 5.16: Wards 7 & 8 Entrepreneur's Business Speakers Series

5.1: PowerUp DC: National Small Business Week Forum

5.1: DC Veteran Business Stakeholder Meeting

5.1: Ask the Experts! How to Market Your Business presented by DCRA

5.1-5.3: National Small Business Week Virtual Conference

5.1: Do Good Challenge Showcase and Finals

5.2: Grant Writing Workshop presented by DCRA

5.3: EnrichHER Spark Washington, D.C. Summit

5.3: Business Speed Coaching presented by DCRA

5.4: Practical Intro to Web Analytics

5.3-5.6: TRIBE Fest - 1st Annual Convening for Creative Entrepreneurs

5.7: DCFemTech Awards

5.9: Small Business, Big Ideas: Entrepreneurship in Action

5.10: Global Entrepreneurship Week USA 2018 - Community Kick-Off

5.10: Brand Archetypes presented by Street Entrepreneurs

5.10: Free Intellectual Property Legal Clinic for Nonprofits

5.16: DOT Small Business Opportunities Day

5.24: The Future of Money with Marla Blow, Founder and CEO of FS Card Inc.

Ongoing: Every Monday is Maker Monday at SHOP MADE IN DC. Join us anytime between 7am and 7pm for 10% off all food, beverages and more. Independent coworking available from 7am-5pm. 

Ongoing: "Guru" Sessions hosted by women founders at Hera Hub DC 

Ongoing: Register for the Made East River Directory for creative products/services based in Ward 7/8 neighborhoods 
Entrepreneur Spotlight
Kerra Michele Interiors is a full-service home styling, design and renovation firm based in Washington, DC. Kerra Michele and her team specialize in translating their client's vision into reality and creating warm, unique, eclectic spaces with effortless style. 

Kerra Michele Huerta is the designer for Kerra Michele Interiors, the blogger behind Apartment Envy, and the owner of Bureau, a design and event studio in Adams Morgan. Her interior spaces have been featured in Better Homes & Gardens magazine, The Today Show Home, The Washington Post, Domino Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Joss & Main, CNN, and more.
Resource Spotlight
Alice is the business advisor who knows just what you need to grow your company. As a free resource, Alice is the "Robin to your Batman, [and] the Kelly and Michelle to your Beyoncé." Alice's mission is to give every innovator, disruptor, and promotor of good the roadmap they need to change the world. With curated resources, timely events and national conferences, Alice helps connected you to the community, resources, and content needed to grow and scale your business. 

Black Girl Ventures seeks a Community Manager (unpaid) focused on inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship. The position is open immediately for full-time (preferred) or part-time availability, and for a 3-6 month term. For more information including a full description and requirements, email  

Various opportunities include mentors, Are you interested in volunteering during D.C. Startup Week (Sep 24-28, 2018)?
day of event logistics, marketing, speaker, and core team roles. Learn more and apply today!

Are you interested in serving as a mentor? Empowered Women International is recruiting for mentors for the Entrepreneur Training for Success program. If interested in learning more, contact Alexandra Boycheck at Mentors are needed in Rockville (English) and Herndon (Spanish).

Are you looking for a job or gig with a value-based company? Find teams that share your interests and values through

Angel Track is a masterclass and community for angel investors who are just getting started. They are specifically looking to support women and minorities interested in investing. Click here to apply for their Spring 2018 cohort.

The Inclusive Innovation Incubator seeks part-time STEM instructors to teach coding and entrepreneurship curriculum to elementary, middle and high school students during after school, weekend and summer programs. Click here to learn more.

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