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Newsletter II: October 2018

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We're celebrating National Women's Small Business Month all-month-long. This morning, we joined the National Women's Business Council for the 30th Anniversary of H.R. 5050 - The Women's Business Ownership Act. This landmark legislation established the Women's Business Center program, required the Census Bureau to accurately report data on women-owned firms, and eliminated state laws requiring women to have a male co-signer for business loans. To continue to uplift #ladybosses, we're also featuring five new directory members in this week's "Entrepreneur Spotlight" - check them out below!

Need an intern?
Did you know you can host an intern that will be paid by D.C. Public Schools (DCPS)?
  • Learn more about the DCPS Career Bridge Program
  • Apply to host a Career Bridge intern during the school year  
Crowdfunding 101
As a follow-up to BEACON's Startup Finance 101 series, we invite you to join iFundWomen and Hera Hub DC for a crowdfunding bootcamp. Learn from the coaching staff of iFundWomen on how you can use this low-risk, efficient route to capital.

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+ If you're registered in the BEACON Business Directory, complete a business profile by 11/6 and enter to win $150 in credits for Glamsquad!

Did you know past newsletters are archived on the BEACON website? Check back for previous sends and opportunities you may have missed!
Accelerator/Incubator Opportunities
Target Incubator is an immersive, virtual four-month program focused on the next generation of entrepreneurs (GenZ) with a business that is better for people or the planet. Each participant will receive $10k and exclusive access to Target's resources. Apply by 10/29.
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.
BeGreenHub identifies and nurtures post-idea-stage, growth-focused green and social impact for-profit startups that promote sustainability and contribute to the local community and global economy. Apply by 11/15.
Google Podcasts Creator Program is designed to lower barriers to podcasting and increase the diversity of voices in the industry. Selected teams will receive seed funding and participate in an intensive 20-week training program. Apply by 11/18.
The Camelback Fellowship supports underrepresented entrepreneurs, including women and people of color, that are building innovative school models, policy and advocacy organizations. Eligible applicants include nonprofits, for-profits, hybrids and schools. Apply by 11/26.
Founder Gym Cohort 5 hosts a virtual accelerator focused on preparing underrepresented founders for raising venture capital. Apply by 11/25.
Speaking Opportunities
The Women in Tech Summit has multiple activations across the United States, landing in DC on March 28-29, 2019.
Solo talks, panelists, or workshop leaders are needed across the following tracks: (1) Innovate Yourself, (2) Trends in Technology, and (3) Hands-on Workshops. Proposals are due by 11/1 for Spring 2019 submits and are approved on a rolling basis.

Nominations are now open! Know an innovative woman in Technology, Business, Media or the Arts? Nominate her for the Spectrum Circle Awards to be held on March 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. Nominate by 12/1.
Community News
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

10.27: Power Your Career Forward: The Workshop

10.27: Commercial Leases for Small Businesses

10.30: Webinar- Simple Social Media Graphics presented by SCORE DC

10.30: TEDCO's Entrepreneur Expo & Stem Cell Symposium 2018

11.1: Latina Equal Pay Day - A Conversation with Latinas in the DMV

11.1: Connectpreneur Fall Forum

11.2: Banner and Beyond: Communication Essentials for Founders

11.6: Pricing and Profits presented by SCORE DC

11.8: Webinar - Small Business Success Virtual Conference

11.8: Emotional Labor 101: How to Stop Doing #AllTheThings at Home ($5 off: BEACON5)

11.8: Veterans in Focus: A Panel DIscussion and Matchmaking Event 

11.9-11.11:Techstars Global Startup Weekend

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

11.15: Fast Forward: The Future of Finance featuring Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest

11.15: What Does Authority Sound Like? The Female Voice of Leadership Workshop presented by Vital Voice Training 

11.15: +Tech Makers Studio for Techs and Creatives, presented by AndTech and 202Creates

11.27: Motivation and Engagement - Designing Strategies for Small Business Owners

12.5: WDCEP 18th Annual Meeting and Econ Showcase

12.6: Fire Your Full-Time - The Workshop

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.
Entrepreneur Spotlight
Stardust Social Club, founded by Taylor Kerley,
is a full-service social media, digital marketing and branding company for fashion, lifestyle and retail brands. 
GDH LAW, founded by Gwen-Marie Davis Hicks, is committed to providing personalized, trustworthy legal representation in Personal Injury, Business Organization, Business, Employment, Estate Planning, and Civil Litigation.
Client Raiser, founded by Danielle Glosser, helps artists increase their client volume and the visibility of their work.
SKC Marketing, founded by Sadie Cornelius, provides creative solutions including logos, branding, websites, business photography, graphic design and other marketing services to businesses, non-profits, startups and entrepreneurs.
GRID - Gaming Revolution for Inspiring Development, founded by Mariam Adil, designs and implements low-cost mobile games to educate, engage and empower people for social change around the world. 
Funding Opportunities
Startup Arlington 
will host one startup technology company that wants to build and expand its vision in their backyard. Lodging, workspace, and transportation are provided. Apply by 11/2.

The Echoing Green Fellowship will provide more than $4.6 million unrestricted seed-stage funding and support for emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. Apply by 10/30.

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! 

Miscellaneous Opportunities
The SXSW Pitch showcases innovative new technology to a panel of judges who are industry experts, high-profiled media personel, as well as investors. Though not a fundraising event, it provides exposure and connections that can take your business to the next level. Apply by 11/15.

Echoing Green's Direct Impact transforms rising stars of the private sector into highly-effective board leaders of the world's most innovative social enterprises. Apply for the Winter 2019 Cohort by November 1.

Are you a student who owns and operates a business while attending college or university?

Apply for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) by October 31.

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