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The Gemz, Inc., a non-profit empowering young ladies with the spirit of excellence and leadership, joined BEACON for a workshop on Entrepreneurship in STEAM. 

It's almost time! July 31st is the last day to submit your application for the BEACON Grant!

A total of $50,000 is up-for-grabs for local ecosystem builders that design innovative and inclusive programming that supports DC's women founders. This year's competition has a special bonus prize for the community voting round -- learn more and apply on the BEACON website

Be sure to follow us on Instagram for highlights of past awardees!

Call for Mentors: Help us scale!

We've matched over 65 pairs of "sponsors" and "sparks" through the BEACON/WERKIN mentorship program. As we dig deeper into the needs of our community, we seek mentors who have scaled their companies through new markets, revenue streams, or even hiring additional team members.

WERKIN mentors have access to a select group of BEACON community members +  can unlock prizes throughout the process. There is no minimum or maximum hourly commitment required -- simply use the Werkin App to do what you can and lend your expertise on your own schedule! Learn more and sign-up by 7/27.

Welcome new members!

We're THRILLED that the BEACON Directory continues to grow. With over 350 registrants to date, check out some of the latest #ladybosses that have joined our community:

OLLIE QUINN is a contemporary collection of handbags, luggage, and accessories designed for a global nomad in heels and bag. 

EstAPPlish helps startups and small businesses solve their marketing problems with custom apps.

Buttercream Bakeshop is a full-service bakery offering breakfast pastries, sweet treats, wedding cakes and more.

Single Parent Power is the only one-stop-shop for a bilingual, diverse and inclusive community for single parents in the greater Washington, DC area. 

Upcoming Opportunities
Firm Deadlines
Have you checked out the latest Funding Alert issued by the DC Mayor's Office of Partnerships and Grant Services? Click here for the most recent issue and here to subscribe for the weekly notice.

Walker's Legacy
, in partnership with Women@Forbes, is calling for applications for their annual Walkers Legacy Power Awards, celebrating multicultural women in business and entrepreneurship. Know a power woman in your community, deserving of recognition? Nominate your pick by July 31st. 

The Minority Business Development Agency Seeks Nominations for 2018 National Minority Business Awards. These prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as the individuals and organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to advancing minority business enterprises. There are three main award categories: Minority-Owned Firms, Champions of Minority Business Development, Individual Recognition. Nominate by 7/31.

Pitch with Purpose is a global pitch competition celebrating and rewarding diverse founders who have committed their companies to social good. Learn more and apply by 7/31.

TED is looking for 20 people from all backgrounds whose work has the potential to spark real change across our planet. As a TED Fellow, you will receive transformational support to help catapult your career, including a TED Talk at the upcoming TED2019 conference. Apply by 8/26.

The Cartier Women's Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition created to identify, support and encourage projects led by women entrepreneurs. The awards aim to encourage inspirational women entrepreneurs worldwide to solve contemporary global challenges by: supporting and recognizing creative women who are making concrete contributions to finding solutions for the future of our planet and bringing these business solutions to the largest audience possible. Apply by 8/31.


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

Do you run an accelerator program? 500 Startups has created a bootcamp for accelerator managers to share tips on how to run a successful program. Learn more and save if enrolled by 8/24.

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

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. 

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."

Are you interested in learning to code but wondering how you'll afford the courses? The Flatiron School and Lyft have partnered to award all female applicants an automatic 50% Women Take Tech Scholarship to Flatiron's Online Web Development Program. Learn more

Call for Vendors at Empowered Women International's Sixth Annual Artisan Gifts & Food Marketplace in Silver Spring, MD. Apply by 8/1 and receive notification by 8/10.

Looking for housing? Union House is a free 'Crash Pad' for Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs in DC. Learn more.

Are you interested in volunteering during D.C. Startup Week (Sep 24-28, 2018)? Various opportunities include mentors, 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.

Do you know of opportunities that could benefit the BEACON community? Share them with us via
Community News
7.24: The Unplugged Series: The Builder Dinner

7.24: NEUPRINT: Behind the Business of Social Sports presented by General Assembly

7.25: Build a Dream Entrepreneurial Workshop/ Access to Capital 

7.25: Finance 101 for Startups

7.25: MBCC: Branding Your Business for Growth Panel

7.25: Workready Washington: Small Business Networking Night with World Advisory

Getting Your First Business Loan DMV

7.26: Build a Marketing Implementation Plan: A mini-accelerator presented by HerCorner

7.26: Make Your Passion a Business: Business Plan Essentials

7.26: Ok Google - Give Me Tools for Makers and Creatives 

Persian Women in Tech 

7.26: Salary Negotiation Workshops for Women

7.26: DC Startup + Tech Summer Networking Mixer Powered by Google.

7.26: Build It In DC Conference

7.26: Advanced Business Financial Workshop Series: Cash Management Services

7.26: Too Many Hats? How to Juggle the Different Roles of Owning a Small Business (Live Webinar)

7.27: General Assembly Presents: Mornings are for #Marketing

7.27: DC Ebay Startup Cup: Extreme Build a Business Weekend

: Mom Lives Matter: A Discussion on DC Maternal Health and Maternity Mortality

7.28: Enough S.I.S- Suffering in Silence 

7.28: Creative Entrepreneurs Brunch

7.30: District Capitalized Lender Express Consultations

7.31: Startup Gauntlet presented by the Startup Leadership Program

7.31: The "Wish I Knew" Panel: Small Biz Experts Spill Secrets to Help You Succeed

8.1: Get in Front of Fear; A Career Development Workshop

8.1: How to Take R&D to the Marketplace for New Venture Creation

8.1: Real World 101: Personal and Professional Development Workshop

8.1: Grants, Tech Transfer, and Government Funding for Your Business

8.2: Ok Google - Grow My Social Media Following

8.3: So You Want to Write a Book- Half Day Crash Course

8.4: Sponsorship Sales Secrets Workshop

8.8: Build a Dream Workshop: Social Media and Marketing 

8.9: GWHCC Academy: How to Link Small Businesses with Incubator Services

8.9 & 8.16: Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Working Group Program presented by the DC Women's Business Center 

8.9: Advanced Business Financial Workshop Series: Creating Wealth From Your Business

8.9: Ok Google - Market My Business

8.13: The Business of the Arts: Negotiations 101

8.14: Let's Push-DCWBC

8.15: Build a Dream Workshop: Understanding DC's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

8.16: Ok Google - How Do I Get More Customers?

8.18: The POC Entrepreneurial Bootcamp presented by The Melanin Collective

8.18: You Let You Be Great- Motivational Workshop for Women 

8.20: First Annual Minority Business Industry Day

Ongoing: DCRA's Small Business Resource Center offers one-on-one consultation on an on-going basis. Sign-up for a time convenient for you.

Ongoing: Register for the Made East River Directory for creative products/services based in Ward 7/8 neighborhoods 
Entrepreneur Spotlight
Belabumbum is an ethically-sourced lifestyle brand for intimate apparel, sleepwear, loungewear and activewear for expecting and new moms. Founded in 2001 as a social enterprise, Belabumbum is committed to manufacturing in the Americas. 

Founder/CEO, Heidi Rauch, works with small manufacturers in Central and South America to help grow their businesses through international markets. Heidi has worn every hat in the company and is passionate about supply chain management and international trade. 
Resource Spotlight
The Woman Behind the Business is a forward-thinking company designed to assist women entrepreneurs with national and international business relationships - ultimately expanding their brand, network and net worth. Through events, a weekly talk show on WHUR-96.3 FM and more, The Woman Behind the Business provides women with the strength and strategies to secure success in the business world. 
Founder, Angel Livas, is a Gracie Award-winning executive producer and holds nearly two-decades of media experience. In 2016, she was highlighted in the Washington Business Journal as a "[Person] On the Move," and named "Influential Business Woman of 2016" by AI Magazine. In addition to producing programming for six nationally-syndicated talk-radio shows like Larry King and Jane Pauley, Angel has crafted original content for web, radio and social media while overseeing the Radio Department at AARP for ten years.
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