Upcoming Opportunities
SEED SPOT has officially opened applications for their Spring 2020 Impact Accelerator in Washington, DCApply by Wednesday, 10/2 to get help with solidifying your business model, crafting a go-to-market strategy, modeling robust financials, and nurturing investor relationships.
Applications for Halcyon Incubator Spring 2020 Fellows are open, and they seek to identify the most promising social entrepreneurs in the world! Applicants can start today and must submit their final application before October 10, 2019 at 5pm EST. For more information about Halcyon incubator, click here
Calling all vendors, entrepreneurs, artists,  authors, local organizations and businesses! A Tour of Her Own, a local, woman-owned business seeks sponsors, partners and exhibitors for the Rise of Matriarchy - Women's History Walking tours on October 26th. This one-day event will highlight women's history, culture and tourism in Washington, DC. Sponsorships start at $25 and include options for vendors. Learn more and apply. Click here to view the sponsorship overview.
P&G Ventures + The Vinetta Project is committed to helping you scale your brand, technology and business model. Apply for upcoming pitch events, problem hacking program, and other curated networking opportunities throughout 2019.

Empowered Women International will launch its second Spanish language cohort for the Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS) course on October 28. This free, three-month, 60-hour course in business, workforce, life and leadership skills emphasizes the fundamentals of micro-entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Learn more, nominate an entrepreneur or apply here.

Interested in attending a tech conference? Check out this list of scholarship opportunities produced by Diversify Tech.
Upcoming Events
Oct 3: An Evening of Radical Generosity with SheEO | An engaging evening at Google DC featuring Vicki Saunders, founder of SheEO and Nadine Cino, CEO of TygaBox.

Oct 3: KIC - FedTech Accelerator Pitch Day | A pitch event featuring 13 of the most promising Korean entrepreneurs looking to launch their businesses in the U.S.  

Oct 7: Secure the Bag - Turning Your Side Hustle into a Full-Time Gig | Join Walker's Legacy Foundation for a free workshop empowering you to turn your entrepreneurial ambitions into reality.

Oct 9: Just Ambitious Small Business Awards Ceremony | Join the DC Women's Business Center to celebrate women entrepreneurs who have demonstrated achievements, innovation and vision in support of DC's small business community and its economic vitality.

Oct 16: Women in Hospitality - Pathway and Ladders | An inaugural event exploring the paths taken by women to become leaders in the industry, featuring leaders of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, the Washington Area Concierge Association, the Washington City Paper, and Conrad Washington, DC. All event proceeds will benefit D.C. Central Kitchen.

Oct 17: Think Local First Awards | Purchase your tickets for this annual celebration of local independent businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists who give back to the community and create positive impact. 

Oct 17: Improving the Patient Experience Pitch Competition | Learn from some of the most innovative healthcare startups in the DC and Philadelphia ecosystems. Powered by Ipsos and 1776.

Oct 19: DC Women Veterans Day | Join the Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs to commemorate the women of the District who have fearlessly served our nation.

Oct 19: Practice & Play | A workshop for professional women overcoming imposter syndrome. Hosted by The Outrage.

Oct 22-24: Techstars Startup Weekend DC - Space | A 54-hour event designed to provide experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

Oct 23: Startup Social | Learn more about what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur from a panel of successful founders featuring Rachel Koretsky (Upace), Joe Falit (Yombu), Dan Simpkins (Domusys, Inc.), Judy Schramm (ProResource), and more.

Oct 25: Black Girl Ventures Pitch Washington, DC | The BGV Pitch Competition flips the traditional concept on its head -  allowing the audience to donate, ask questions and vote for the winner. Apply to pitch and RSVP to attend.

Multiple Dates: Ecosystems in Entrepreneurship | Join the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights for targeted, free workshops based on your business ecosystem: technology, creative arts, sharing economy/mobility startups, food access/social justice, and blockchain/fintech.

Multiple Dates: Women of Color - The Power of Protest | A series of three panel discussions that will draw attention to activism and social justice through the lens of historic and contemporary women of color. Produced by the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of African Art, and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Be sure to check-out and subscribe to the DC Small Biz Workshop Calendar for more upcoming opportunities for small business owners in the District. 
Entrepreneur Spotlight

Mariana Strategies is an employment law consulting practice, created to serve businesses and nonprofits by providing the resources these organizations need to prevent and address harassment and create stronger/healthier workplace cultures of inclusion.

As an attorney focused on building stronger workplace cultures of inclusion, Audrey Roofeh, CEO, is committed to seeing change for all working women. She'd love to hear from you about what you think businesses need to close the pay gap, to eliminate harassment and discrimination, and more.
Resource Spotlight

CollabVA is a Virtual Executive Assistant Company created to serve minority-owned vision and value-driven businesses. Our objective is to master and execute the key methods and strategies that led to your success.

Founder and CEO, Ashley Mateen, has taken the idea of the transactional virtual based work and completely changed the narrative. She has cultivated a culture of collaboration that works to bring unity and growth to whatever business CollaVA serves, providing assistants who can be on board with your vision and mission, match your values, and execute the very strategies that led to your success.

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