Upcoming Opportunities
The Outragea BEACON grant recipient and hub for activism located in the heart of DC, is renting out its space! If you're looking for a venue to host a fundraiser, happy hour, birthday party or whatever else your heart or biz desires, look no further. Reach out to with inquiries!
The Roddenberry Foundation recently launched the Catalyst Fund - supporting individuals and early-stage projects tackling urgent and complex problems. The fund makes grants between $2,500-$15,000 to anyone, anywhere in the word who has an early-stage idea or project that addresses pressing global challenges. They are particularly interested in initiatives that can be replicated or leverage existing infrastructure and systems. Applications can be submitted by individuals, teams, non-profits or social enterprises. Learn more and apply now.
Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced a goal of $910 million for FY20 Small Business Enterprise (BSE) spending! Find and take advantage of these opportunities through the FY20 Green Book.

Do you need funding for your business? EnrichHER helps women grow incredible ventures through their funding platform and network. Through a SEC/FINRA-approved lending platform that connects revenue-generating women-led companies seeking up to $250,000 with accredited, non-accredited and institutional lenders. Apply here.

Support local small businesses all season long with the DSLBD's DC Holiday Market Central Guide! The Made in DC Program aims to support and promote businesses that design, make, produce, and/or assemble products in the District. Check out the dozens of markets around town -- and add to the list by emailing Click here to view the guide.

Use BEACON's code for a free trial to Ureeka. Ureeka's mission is to democratize economic opportunity by reducing the cost and risk of growing small to medium businesses. By joining the community, small businesses gain unprecedented access to: 
  1. PEOPLE: a network of Peers, Mentors, and Coaches  (“PMC Community”);
  2. TOOLS: a proprietary Growth Framework, Needs Assessment, Goal Setting, and Notes Area;
  3. SERVICES: a marketplace of curated business area specialists who will help you execute efficiently and economically (“Marketplace”)
Founded by Melissa Bradley of 1863 Ventures, Ureeka is thrilled to offer a free, 3-month trial membership to our community. Enter code "BeaconBeta" at to get started.
The DC Business Toolkit is a free, centralized platform with access to resources, events, agency and service provider points-of-contact, and business networking. It contains all you need to know to open and grow your business in the District of Columbia! 

Are you planning a startup-related event or have a resource the DC startup community could use? Email for inclusion in their next email newsletter! 

The DC Small Biz Workshop Calendar has a number of upcoming opportunities including workshops on financial management, franchising, hiring employees, starting a braiding business, and more!
Upcoming Events
Dec 10: Department of Human Services Entrepreneurship Expo | Support local businesses and entrepreneurs while gaining resources to support your businesses' development! An ID is needed to enter the event location.

Dec 10: Ureeka Pitch Workshop | Learn from New Voices Pitch Winner and regular competition judge on how to prepare and navigate pitch competitions as a critical investment for your business.

Dec 11: Small Business Brief Legal Advice Clinic | If you're an existing or aspiring small business owner, meet one-on-one with attorneys at this brief legal advice clinic presented by the DC Bar Pro Bono Center and the DCRA Small Business Resource Center.

Dec 12: Jingle Mingle - Startup Community Holiday Party | Bring out your Santa hats and holiday sweaters as we celebrate our community of startups. Hosted at WeWork's brand new location in Midtown. Presented by DC Startup Week.

Dec 12: Hera Hub Female Founder Forum | Join Barbara Guterman, a local entrepreneur, speaker and strategist as she shares her inspirational story in a fireside chat with Hera Hub CEO, Julia Westfall. 

Dec 12: Halcyon Arts Lab - Creative Lab | Join Halcyon Cohort 3 in a night of creative exploration in the studios. Experience film screenings, installations, workshops and performances.

Dec 12-13: Mission: Possible Baltimore | Join Amazon Web Services and 1863 Ventures to examine the business case for investing in the cloud, as well as how Amazon works with startups and small businesses - particularly in the public sector. This is not a technical discussion and the event is designed for minority or women business owners, executive leaders, business development professionals and entrepreneurs in IT, 

Dec 13: Show Me the Money: How to Get Funding for Your Startup | This breakfast + workshop by Kim Cayce will show you the money, and help you identify the right source of capita for every stage in your startup journey. You will develop a deeper understanding of where you are on the investment-readiness scale, and what types of funding are available at each stage. Presented by DC Startup Week.

Dec 14: DCFempreneur Holiday Party | Co-hosted by the SOAR Community Network, join for a festive gathering celebrating local female entrepreneurs. 

Dec 14: Off the Beaten Path: Exploring Homegrown Approaches to Developing Thriving, Inclusive Communities | Part of the Netwalking monthly series geared to promote local businesses and community vitality by combining wellness, engagement and creativity on a 1.5 to 2-mile relaxed walk for all fitness levels.

Dec 15: DC Fempreneur Holiday Party | Co-hosted by SOAR Community Network, join the DCFempreneur community in Alexandria, VA for a festive gathering celebrating women in business.

Dec 17: Empowered Women International (EWI) Business Plan Pitch Even| Join EWI, a program of the Latino Economic Development Center, to hear women share their stories about their business and experience in EWI programs. This celebration is the final step in EWI's Entrepreneur Training for Success course.

Dec 22: Go Anacostia Holiday Pop-Up Market & Jazz Cafe | A jazzy shopping experience featuring unique merchandise, art, clothing,  gourmet foods and more supporting small businesses from November 30- December 22, 2019.

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