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Newsletter II: February 2019


Upcoming Events
Attend the International Women's Day Forum for 20% off. Enter code "20PERCENT" at checkout.
2.20 (ongoing): 1 Million Cups | Join every other Wednesday AM at WeWork Metropolitan Square to hear a local entrepreneur and offer  ideas, advice, and connections as a community. To apply to present, click here.

2.20: Basic Steps to Obtaining a Business License  | Learn how to register your corporation, non-profit or other business entity and receive personalized assistance.

2.20: DC Bar Pro Bono Small Business Legal Clinic  | Have a legal question related to your small business? Need help with issue-spotting? Meet one-on-one with attorneys at this brief advice clinic. 

2.20: DMV Top 100 Student Entrepreneurs Networking Event and Pitch Competition 

2.20: Beyond 5 -  A Dialogue about Building Sustainable Enterprises through Inclusive Economics | Blending interactive dialogue with accomplished startup founders and an experiential New Majority Marketplace, hosted by 1863 Ventures, WeWork Labs, and BLK&GRN.

2.20: Speaker Series: Erase Unconscious Bias From Your AI Datasets | Are you building a tech-enabled business? Learn about unconscious bias in algorithmic datasets and how developers can work to overcome it.

2.21: How to Start Your Business in D.C. (Cómo Empezar Su Negocio En Dc) 

2.21: Built to Scale Worksop: Designing a Business with Scale in Mind | Sharon Podobnik Peterson, Founder and CEO of the #1 Rated Subscription Box for Personal Growth will review strategies for growth and scale. 

2.23: Startup Saturdays for Future Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners -Customer Segmentation | Presented by the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, learn how design thinking, business model canvas and other techniques can help launch and grow your business.

2.26: Opportunity Zones Workshop: How Opportunity Zones Can Work for DC Businesses and Entrepreneurs | Join the DC Chamber of Commerce and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) to learn how your business can benefit from Opportunity Zone financing. 

2.26: Employer Incentives to Support Your Business Goals | Need assistance in recruiting staff? Or, a plan for how to train current and potential employees? Unsure how to navigate wage and benefit laws? The Dept. of Employee Services is here to help. 

2.26: So You Want to Build a Mobile App? | This event will provide an overview of mobile development approaches to building an MVP + a free one hour consultation for all attendees. Presented by Clearly Innovative, Inc. and In3. 
2.27: One-on-One Technical Assistance presented by the DC Small Business Development Center Free, confidential business counseling for any stage business.
2.28: Launch Your Start-up: An Entrepreneur Development Seminar | Join the WIT Women Business Owners Special Interest Group to define your value proposition, learn how to create a Minimal Viable Product and build a strategy for launch.

2.28: Grow & Glow - Financial Capital: A Fireside Chat | Learn and network with women entrepreneurs, presented by In3. 

3.05: Can The Future Still Be Female? | A Panel Discussion on Fintech and Gender Balance | 
In celebration of International Women's Day, join FINCA Impact Finance to learn how women can be empowered through finance and technology. Register today! 
3.13: AWE Summit | A half-day gathering of the most awesome women business owners, packed with educational and inspiring presentations, panels, conversations and connections.

3.13: How to Develop a Successful Business Plan | Learn how to develop a viable and comprehensive business plan for a for-profit business.

3.16: HerImpact Enterprise Pitch Competition | Join Ford Motor Company Fund and 1863 Ventures to see inspiring female social entrepreneurs pitch for over $50k in cash and prizes. 

3.19: The Vinetta Project - March Venture Showcase | If you're a female founder and would like to request a complimentary ticket to the event, click here.

3.21: We Thrive Women Entrepreneurs' Conference |
Presented by SCORE and featuring keynotes, panel discussions and educational breakout sessions.
3.27: Small Business Toolkit from DSLBD | Capitol Hill Business Session | Learn how to use a free, centralized online portal connecting you to resources, events, agency and service provider points-of-contact, and business networking.
Georgetown University Women’s Forum | The second annual forum will celebrate Georgetown women from each of the nine schools through interactive workshops and networking opportunities. 
Speaking Opportunities 
Apply by March 15th to be considered as a speaker, panelist or moderator at the upcoming Women Empower Expo (WEX) in Washington D.C.
Resource Spotlight 
DC I-Corps is a regional program designed to foster, grow and nurture an innovation ecosystem in the nation’s capital, the nearby states of MD& VA , & the mid-Atlantic region.The program provides real world, hands-on training on how to successfully incorporate innovations into successful products. The ultimate goal is to create a new venture or licensing opportunity for program participants.
Incubator, Accelerator + Workshop Opportunities
Applications are now open for the Halcyon Incubator and the Halcyon Arts Lab!  Are you an entrepreneur building a social enterprise to address 21st century challenges, or an emerging artists working at the intersection of art and social change? Applications for both programs close April 4th. Apply now! 

Are you interested in tech transfer (adapting technologies into commercial issues)? Fed Tech pairs entrepreneurial talent with exciting technology ready for commercialization from over 30 top R&D labs. Through the two-month Startup Studio, Fed Tech will pair you with team members and help you validate a business around a technology. It's designed to be completed alongside your "day job." Interested entrepreneurs and mentors, apply here.

Join Empowered Women International for two training programs as part of Entrepreneurship Pathways for Women: 1) Entrepreneur Training for Success Program and 2) Grow My Business. Applications are accepted in a rolling basis. Apply here. 
Join SEED SPOT for a Two-Day Launch Camp providing entrepreneurs and individuals that are exploring starting a venture a safe space to explore and launch their idea. Gain access to mentors, content experts, SEED SPOT's curriculum, and a network of supporters. Apply here.

Are you a returning citizen or justice-involved? Are you interested in starting a business, or have a side-hustle you want to make into a formal enterprise? Join DSLBD's Aspire Side Hustle program for training, coaching and pitch prep. Register to attend the next info session.

Founders Embassy: Borderless Acceleration | Join the world's first accelerator designed exclusively to induct international and immigrant entrepreneurs into the Silicon Valley ecosystem. Apply here. 

ALTS Capital Online Business Accelerator: Dedicate to Financing for Startup and Early Stage Businesses | An intensive six-week online program designed to prepare businesses to be capital ready. Apply here.

Founder Gym | An online program training underrepresented founders on how to raise money to scale their tech startups. FG Graduates are equipped with the knowledge, network, and know-how to successfully raise their first rounds of funding. Apply here.

The Tory Burch Fellows Program provides women entrepreneurs a supportive community to connect, learn and grow their business. Apply by March 12th to be in the running to receive:
  • - one-year fellowship
  • - $5,000 for business education
  • - four-day workshop at the Tory Burch offices
  • - A chance to pitch to investors

Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center's Free Milestone Makers Program | Receive individualized mentoring, training, and resources through this virtual program. Apply by Feb 25th. 

FHI Ventures’ Social Enterprise Facilitator | A social enterprise accelerator supporting early stage businesses with the potential for high impact and a commitment to delivering social and financial returns.

Are you an aspiring collegiate female entrepreneur studying in STEAM or Business? Apply for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Student Entrepreneur Program  to receive mentoring, a tailored entrepreneurial curriculum, and pitch competition opportunities awarding $20k.

Will you be in Austin for SXSW?
Titan Generator Program | Combining activists and entrepreneurs of color to collaborate on urgent issues of the day. Apply to attend the one-day event.

The Black Girl Ventures (BGV) Pitch Competition is headed to Texas! Apply to pitch  or register to attend live at SXSW. 
Don't forget to check out  funding opportunities by the Government of the District of Columbia. 
Entrepreneur Spotlight
Julie Lundy is the Founder and CEO of The Maternity Planner  - an in-person events series bringing together experts, practitioners, and mothers to talk about all the important issues facing women and mothers today; arming women with information to make the choices that are right for them and giving women them the platform to share their stories.
Save the Date for D.C. Small Business Week
This week-long celebration demonstrates the value of small businesses through daily activities throughout DC.
Are you interested in participating? Contact Evette Banfield at

EnrichHER is seeking supporters to spread the word about funding opportunities for women-led business. Help 500 women-led business get funding by joining their  Ambassador Squad Program or their Alliance Affiliate Program to spread this important message.

Need help? You can hire an intern through DC Public Schools! Provide immeasurable exposure and mentorship for an intern that will be paid by D.C. Public Schools. Apply to host an intern and mention "BEACON" in your application. 

The Walker’s Legacy Foundation is seeking an entrepreneurship instructor with experience in financial literary and entrepreneurship to facilitate a six-week entrepreneurship bootcamp for single mother ins D.C.

Volunteers Needed @ The Latino Economic Development Center as guest speakers during entrepreneurial classes. Share your personal experience, talk about failure, learned lessons, and how to create success as a mentor. To learn more, contact Alexandra Boycheck at
Intern Needed @ The Office of Women’s Business Ownership (Small Business Administration) to work on Business Process Improvement to help automate and streamline work flow processes. For more information, contact Kathy McShane, Assistant Administrator, at or 202-205-6663.  

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is seeking panelists to review and evaluate nominations for the Mayor's Arts Awards and Larry Neal Writers' Awards. For more information and to submit an application, click here.  

Pipeline Angels Announces 2019 Spring Angel Investing Bootcamps  Pipeline Angels aims at creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. Join them!

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