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Newsletter II: August 2019


BEACON is thrilled to have received one of the first DCTV Capacity Building Grants! This award fosters expanded opportunity for nonprofit organizations to share their stories of community impact through professionally-produced media content, valuable media education assistance, and expand storytelling capacity. Click here to find out more about each grantee.

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Funding + Resource Opportunities 
The Vital Voices GROW Fellowship is a leading global accelerator program for women owners of small and medium-sized businesses. Through online and in-person trainings, fellows focus on strategy and long-term business value paired with action-oriented strategic plans to grow their businesses through a one-year fellowship. Eligibility rules apply. Learn more and apply here.

The Hera Hub Launch Program is back - and this time with two cohorts! Join on Monday evenings (starting Sep 23rd) or Thursday mornings (starting Sep 26th) to cover brand/product messaging, customer discovery, defining sales funnels, controlling the conversation, budgeting and pricing, and accountability + coworking space and more!

The application for the Halcyon Incubator Spring 2020 Fellowship is open! Start your application today! Do you want to change the world? The Halcyon program equips early-stage social entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures. They do this by providing space, community, and access. Apply by October 10
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Pro Bono Program matches individuals and businesses with volunteer registered practitioners for pro bono assistance in the preparation and filing of patent applications. The local program screens applicants using criteria that include: (1) household income, (2) knowledge of the patent system, and (3) possession of an actual invention (not merely an idea). 

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.

Apply to pitch at SXSW! Showcase your tech product or service startup to get noticed and network in front of industry leaders, investors & media on a global stage. Learn more and apply by Nov 15.

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.
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.
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 29: 202Creates Kick-Off Event | Show up and show love for the greatest city in the world for creators and entrepreneurs!

Sep 5:  Let's Plan for Entrepreneurs | A 2.5 hour workshop for starting a business. Participants will learn how to brainstorm a feasible business concept and a working business plan. Presented by the DC Women's Business Center.

Sep 5:  Customer Acquisition Leads to Fundraising | The Vinetta Project and Capital One present a workshop on customer acquisition strategy and how that traction can help fundraise for your business. 

Sep 7:  DC Round - SOGAL Global Pitch Competition | Join the largest worldwide startup competition for women and diverse entrepreneurs for their regional competition in Washington,DC. 

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. Don't miss panels on scaling your venture, fundraising, building inclusive ecosystems, and much more! 

Sep 9-Oct 21: Money Monday's - Financial Management Series | Join the DC Fashion Foundation and Capital One for six workshops on money management - including Credit 101, Savings and Budgeting, Cash Flow Management, Qualifying for Loans and Lines of Credit and more! RSVP at 

Sep 10: Doing Business with DC Government | Join the DC . Women's Business Center for a seminar for small business owners, focusing on procurement methods and contracts, Certified Business Enterprise programs (CBE), DC Supply Schedule and basic capture management strategies. 

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.

Sep 18: Just Ambitious: Small Business Awards Ceremony  | Join the DC Women's Business Center to celebrate women entrepreneurs who have demonstrated achievements, innovation and vision to support DC's small business community and economic vitality. Contact to submit a nomination by 9/4.  

Sep 21: Women in Tech - Building Relationships That Matter | Join Shanna Kabatznick of FabWomen in DC and District Bridges for a workshop on building relationships and connecting in an authentic way. 

Sep 24: National Women's Business Council Public Meeting | Join each of the Council's three subcommittees: Rural Women's Entrepreneurship, Women in S.T.E.M,  and Access to Capital & Opportunity will present their current priorities and initiatives to the full body and the public. RSVP required. 

Sep 25: How Money Works: Budgeting and Savings | Street Entrepreneurs, Clearly Innovative and Capital One present a free workshop on fundamental investment, insurance and debt education.

Oct 2: WeDC Futures Forum |  Attendees will take part in programming, networking, podcasts, pitch competitions and more, to learn global best-practices for cities to solve complex urban challenges, and what it takes to build a more equitable future for all including an inclusive economy, diverse and talented workforce, and dynamic communities across four tracks.

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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