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Have you submitted your application for the BEACON Grant Program? 

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

BEACON member, CUREATE, hosts pitch competition and women-owned, Custom Cuisine, takes home the prize! 

On June 30th, CUREATE, along with Think Local First and Dreaming Out Loud, sponsored a pitch competition highlighting DC's incredible food connoisseurs. The contestants included Winters Sweet Tooth, Grub Rockstar Catering, and NATIVSol Kitchen, with Monique Coleman of Custom Cuisine taking home the top prize! Custom Cuisine will receive a booth at Union Market and retail space at Good Food Market. Congrats!

Join the #Dreamers/Doers Campaign with BEACON member, District of Clothing!

District of Clothing is celebrating our community's changemakers by shedding light on exciting projects. Do you have exciting news or projects that your business is working on? Purchase a Dreamer/Doer shirt - enter "dreamerdoer" for 15% off), take a photo in the shirt and post it with the hashtag #dreamerdoer & #distirictofclothing to be reposted/featured on their site! Be sure to include a short caption about what you're dreaming or doing, then tag @district_of_clothing. It's all about building up our community, together!

Wondering how to #BeatTheHeat?
Chek out these 15 women-owned products that are perfect for the summer! 
Upcoming Opportunities
Firm Deadlines

The Social Innovation Forum 
believes that social innovation is critical to ensuring that public and private resources are leveraged in the most effective ways to address social problems. The Social Innovation Forum provides a unique opportunity for innovative nonprofits to gain visibility, expand their networks, and build capacity. Apply by 7/13.

The DC Ebay StartUp Cup is a business model competition open to anyone, with any type of business idea and from any background. Select teams will be invited to a 48-hour Extreme Build-A-Business Weekend, July 27-28, where the Top 25 teams will advance to the competitive process with up to $10k up for grabs. Apply by 7/14.

The WeWork Creator Awards is open to entrepreneurs, performers, startups, and nonprofits - anyone who embodies the mantra, "Create Your Life's Work." This year, the "Nashville Creator Awards" is the only remaining domestic competition and DC-based applicants are eligible to apply. Awards range from $18k-$360k. Apply by 7/20.

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 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.

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.


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."

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.

Scholarships are available for Deal Camp - a four-day training institute for investors. Apply by 7/21. 

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
7.12: How to Start a Business Workshop

7.12: Advanced Business Financial Workshop: Financial Statements & Ratio Analysis 

7.12: Let's Excel: Federal Government Contracting

7.14: A Hustler's Guide to Hacking Your PR

7.14:   Sip & Paint for a Cause, Presented by District Mugs

7.17: Let's Push: Overview of the Lending Packaging Process

7.17: Coffee & Capital [DISB]

7.18: Creating a 501(c)(3) Workshop presented by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
7.19: Challenge HER: Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting

7.19: Podcast Power: How to Reach Your Audience and Build Your Brand

7.19: Financial Capabilities Workshop [LEDC]

7.19: Tips on Negotiating a Commercial Lease presented by SCORE

7.19:  High Tea Speaker Series: Intellectual Property and Marketing

7.19: How to Develop a Successful Business Plan 

7.19: Georgetown Summer Launch Showcase

7.20: General Assembly's Women in Tech Breakfast

7.24: "I'm Certified, Now What?!" Next Steps for Contracting Success. For more information contact

7.24: The Unplugged Series: The Builder Dinner

7.24: NeurLife - Going Beyond the Business of Social Sports @ General Assembly

7.25: Finance 101 for Startups

7.25: Getting Your First Business Loan DMV

7.26: Build It In DC 

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: DC Ebay  Startup Cup: Extreme Build a Business Weekend

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

7.28-8.5: Made in DC Showcase at CITI Open: For more information contact &

7.30: District Capitalized Lender Express Consultations

7.31: Startup Gauntlet presented by the Startup Leadership Program

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

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

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.

OngoingMade in DC in The Park @ The District Wharf (7th Street Park SW - next to Hank's Oyster Bar) every weekend from Friday -Sunday, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm beginning July 4, 2018. 
*Please be sure to visit our Makers and join us at the 7th Street Park during our special kick-off week from July 4- 8, 2018, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

Ongoing: Register for the Made East River Directory for creative products/services based in Ward 7/8 neighborhoods 
Entrepreneur Spotlight
Social Justice Synergy provides training, capacity building, coaching, curriculum development and strategic planning for organizations wanting to expand their reach and to create deeper social justice impact. Social Justice Synergy understands how to bring transparency to difficult conversations. Through the creation of a shared language, the company enables and empowers practices and policies grounded in social justice, so that your business can work towards transformative change. 

Founder and Executive Director, Iris Jacob, has helped organizations meet their goals in inclusion, justice, and respect for diversity for more than 10 years. In addition to this work, Iris is an adjunct faculty member in the Women’s Studies Department at Trinity University where she utilizes a Black queer feminist framework to educate her students about complex cultural, political, and socioeconomic issues.
Resource Spotlight
THE PRIVACY ADVOCATE LLC is a cost-effective, global privacy and information security consulting firm that aims to secure information and privacy for businesses, governments, communities, and consumers in an incident-prone economy. The company's core services include training and awareness, risk management, program development, audit, acquisition and vendor management, and data transfer. With previous clients including the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, Capital Area Foodbank and more, the company has been recognized by the British-American Business Council Trade and Investment Update, among others. 

Founder and CEO, Grace Buckler, is an internationally recognized privacy expert that has previously served as a Cybersecurity Performance Oversight Manager, Technology Manager, Sr. Security Engineer, and Sr. Information Assurance Engineer in both the U.S. and for global organizations. She is a faculty member of the world's largest privacy association, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), where she has also served as Vice Chair on the Certification Advisory Board. Learn more about Grace and how she aims to be a resource for small businesses here.
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