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Newsletter I: January 2019


New Year, New Business?
Meet Your Entrepreneurial Goals with BEACON
Happy New Year from BEACON!

Have you set your Q1 goals? Does it include starting or growing your business, connecting to women business owners or supporting DC's ecosystem? If so, check out the bi-weekly BEACON newsletter and stay in-the-know! 

Congratulations are in order for BEACON community members, Veni Kunche of Diversify Tech and Natalie Cofield of Walker's Legacy. Diversify Tech received the #2 spot in Product Hunt, and Walker's Legacy was awarded $400k towards supporting women-owned businesses!

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Upcoming Events
1.9: One Million Cups - Washington, DC | A bi-weekly, global movement to "caffeinate" the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Halcyon Incubator Cohort 9 Final Showcase | The Halcyon Incubator Final Showcase marks the end of a cohort's residency phase at Halcyon. This event offers you an exciting look at each early-stage social venture and presents an opportunity to connect with investors, funders, and advisors.

1.10: Startups Using Tech for Social Impact | Join John Gossart, co-founder and COO of GoodWorld and General Assembly to learn how startups are leveraging technology to make the world a better place. 

1.11: Design Sprint Bootcamp | Learn how to solve business problems and test new ideas quickly through a one-day design spring bootcamp presented by Create&.

1.11: Millennial Mixer | Join General Assembly and get connected to the #DCTech Community.

1.17: Crowdfunding Bootcamp presented by iFundWomen and Hera Hub DC | Join expert Deborah Owens, iFundWomen certified coach for the first in a series preparing you to launch your campaign in four weeks! 

1.25: The Employer Advocate Quarterly Seminar | Join the 2nd quarterly seminar for the Employer Advocate, covering DC commercial landlord tenant law and navigating DCRA with facilitator, Tom Martin, Partner, GMP, LLP.

DC Business Certification Program: Living Wage - Grant Information Session | Learn about a new funding opportunity awarding up to $125k to an eligible DC-based non- profit, with the possibility of renewal of a portion of the funding for up to an additional two years.

1.26: Mentorship Roadshow #2: Master Your Sales | A free workshop for women business owners who want to increase their sales, presented by recipients of a BEACON grant.

1.26: Board Basics A to Z | Help your board members understand the expectations and responsibilities of a nonprofit board through this one-day training.

Do you work remotely (from home, co-working space, coffee shop, etc.)?
If yes, can you lend 10-15 minutes for a market research interview call? Female founder, Sarah Hostyk, has a few short questions regarding behaviors/needs. Please email
Funding Opportunities
HERImpact DC Social Enterprise Pitch Competition | Pitch for prizes up to $50,000 in cash and in-kind services. HerImpact DC offers female entrepreneurs in the area educational opportunities, technical assistance, mentoring, coaching, and financial resources to encourage creative thinkers with plans for small businesses or startups that will also make their communities a better place to live. Apply by January 11th.

The Dream Grants for Ward 7 & 8 Microbusinesses will provide up to 15 grants from $10,000 to $125,000 each for businesses with fewer than (5) employees located in Ward 7 or 8 for which residents of those wards comprise 50% or more ownership of the business. Apply by 1/11 at 2:00pm.  

Are you the founder of a women-led business who's determined to change the world in pursuit of your dreams? Have you worked hard enough to generate at least $25k in revenue? If so, you might be a perfect fit for EnrichHer funding. Learn more and apply for EnrichHER's small business loans.

The Vinetta Project's 2019 Venture Challenge is now accepting applications! Finalists who make it on to the final Showcase will compete for $20,000 in cash. First-time applicants apply here and repeat applicants apply here. Even if not admitted to the pitch showcase, by applying you become eligible for a variety of capital opportunities, exclusive founders and funders dinners, a bi-annual problem hacking program, and more!

The Peace Tech Accelerator is looking for early-stage startups and non-profits that are ready to scale on the cloud. Ideal applicants include a strong founding team, an innovative solution, and an impact focus related to their core innovation teams. Admitted companies will receive a $25,000 investment for a 5% equity stake. The next cohort begins 3/25. is coming to DC and they are looking for post-revenue companies. There is no fixed check size but the average is $285.
See if you're a good fit and apply here RSVP for the DC engagement.

Adobe wants to help early-stage creatives push their careers forward. As a 2019 Creative Resident, you'll be supported with a full year of salary, health benefits, mentorship, access to Adobe software, speaking opportunities and more. Learn more and apply by 2/7.
Do you know about the Green Book?
The Green Book - coupled with the online resource - is designed to help Small Business Enterprise (SBE) business owners. View contracting opportunities and spending goals for 84 monitored agencies.

Need Help? Hire an Intern (for free)
Did you know you can host an intern that will be paid by D.C. Public Schools? Learn more about the DCPS Career Bridge Program and apply to host an intern during the school year! Be sure to mention "BEACON" in your application. 

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