Feature your business on DCTV! BEACON is thrilled to have been awarded a Capacity Building Grant by DCTV. As part of this grant, the network will help us tell our story -- which means, sharing your story! How has the BEACON directory, newsletter, grant or event impacted you? We want to know! Send your feedback and business website to by November 30 for consideration.  
Congratulations to Kezia Williams of The Black UpStart, and Elizabeth Lindsay of ByteBack, 2017-2018 BEACON grantees, for their selection as two of DC's Top 25 Innovators by Washington Life Magazine
If you missed Startup Law 101: Business Formation and Intellectual Property, you can view the livestream and review the content shared by partners including Baker Botts, Tammy Hui Law + Strategy, Wilson Sonsini, Fish & Richardson, The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, HP Enterprises, and more!
Upcoming Opportunities
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.
Apply to be a part of the Essence + New Voices Summit & Target Holiday Market. Vendor applications are accepted on a rolling basis until November 25th to join New Voices in Atlanta from Dec 13-15. Applicants must have a physical product to sell, officially in business for at least one year, have at least 5 SKUs in one of the following: beauty, fashion, wellness, kids, food, be properly certified (with documentation) and have at least one founder of African descent. Learn more and apply.
The 2019 Corporate Citizenship Conference: Solve Together explores issues central to corporate social responsibility and business strategy. Register with code "BEACON" for 50% off while supplies last.
The 2020 Dream Grant will provide up to $10,000 for Ward 7 & 8 resident-owned micro-businesses. The Department of Small and Local Business Development anticipates making 20-25 grants from the $200k available in funding. Apply here by November 15th at 2pm.
Are you a Georgetown alum or current graduate student? The Georgetown Venture Lab is piloting a new program to help idea/early-stage alumni and graduate student entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground. This 2-day immersive bootcamp will take place January 16-17 at WeWork Metropolitan Square. Apply by 12/1
Slow Food DC, one of more than 200 chapters that comprise Slow Food USA, is a global, grassroots organization linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to community and environment. The DC chapter is looking for new board members who are enthusiastic about good, clean, fair food. If interested in monthly meetings with volunteer activities, dinners, tastings, tours, lectures, and more, email for more information. 

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.

There's still time to apply for the SXSW 2020 Pitch Competition in Austin, TX. Click here to apply by 11:59p CST on Nov 15. 

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
Nov 12: Conversations with Women who Lead in Finance | Join panelists including Rosie Allen-Herring of United Way NCA, Shelly Bell of Black Girl Venturers, Dr. Lynne Kelly of Howard's School of Business, Shakira Pollard of Northwestern Mutual, Ayris Scales of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. and more to learn what it takes to succeed in the finance industry.

Nov 12: Social Entrepreneurs' Circle - Legacy Now | Explore how DC's entrepreneurs of color can develop personal acceleration by pushing beyond business growth challenges. This event is designed as an interactive workshop where each founder identifies a major challenge and attendees self-develop a solution.

Nov 14: Tiderisers on Tour - DC | A salon exploring the power of community to support you in getting unstuck and moving with greater confidence to achieve your personal and professional goals. Meet women in the region who are shaping the future of . leadership with a supportive community of peers, and find out how you can join in 2020.

Nov 15: StartupYourMorning: How to Start Planning for Your Future Exit | A monthly breakfast lecture series for entrepreneurs, this time focusing on mergers, acquisitions and how to start planning for your future exit now. Featuring Ivan Ruzic, a 30+ career vet in software business. 

Nov 15-17: Techstars Startup Weekend DMV - Latinx in Tech | Bring your startup to life in 54 hours through this 3-day long sprint to launch new products and services that solve real-world problems.

Nov 16: Small Business Brief Advice Legal Advice Clinic | Join the DC Bar Pro Bono Center to meet one-on-one with attorneys to tackle challenges faced by existing or aspiring small business owners. Even if you do not have specific questions, general legal advice is available. 

Nov 18-24: Global Entrepreneurship Week | Join the largest entrepreneurship community in the globe through a series of impactful events across the DMV.

Nov 19: Women's Entrepreneur Day Celebration with 3M Co: Join EO DC Chapter members, Mayor Muriel Bowser, members of Congress and the Senate, and leading entrepreneurs and CEOs from the region to celebrate Women's Entrepreneurship Day in Washington, DC. 

Nov 19: Social Entrepreneurs Circle - "Mind Your Business" | Explores how DC's entrepreneurs of color can develop business acceleration through purposefully planning venture impact, sustainability and scale. 

Nov 20: Fast Forward featuring Julie Smolyansky | A discussion between Marla Beck, CEO of co-founder of Bluemercury and Julie Smolyansky, President and CEO of Lifeway Foods. Julie became the youngest female CEO of a publicly-held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods in 2002 at the age of 27. Hosted by Halcyon.

Nov 22: How to Make a Great Pitch | Guy Kawasaki provides tips for ensuring each pitch is better than the last. Presented by Global Entrepreneurship Week and Innovate Coalition.

Dec 4: Proposal Writing Boot Camp | A three-day project-based immersion course focused on the essential knowledge and skills fundraisers need to develop effective foundation proposals. 

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

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