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Upcoming Events
4.27: #WOCPower | A special evening to support Black and Brown women entrepreneurs in DC. Th event is limited to 50 seats and features dinner and an open bar. Proceeds go to Black Girl Ventures and will be matched 100%.

4.27: Mimosas + Money Matters | Learn meditation techniques to help you better manage your finances.

4.28: It's All About You: Portrait Photography Session | Freshen up your headshot and social media profiles with portrait photographer, Melissa Maillett with on-site hair and makeup. 

4.30: Money Smart for Small Business Workshop: Tax Planning and Reporting | During this session, representatives from DC's Office of Tax and Revenue will assist individuals with a better understanding of Tax Planning and Reporting for small businesses.

4.30: GirlTECH - Women's Introduction to Opportunity of Technology | Hosted by the National Council of Negro Women, GirlTECH is an annual convening of women leaders providing young women of color with the opportunity to obtain guidance and mentorship as professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs and policymakers in the technology and telecommunications space.

4.30: Co-Working for Women Entrepreneurs, Freelances, and Creatives | Join DC Ladies Work Remote for a co-working day in Cleveland Park!

4:30: Wonder Women Tech Global Summit | A conference highlighting, celebrating, and educating women and the underrepresented in STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math). 

5.03: Flourish Conference for Women in Leadership | This immersive summit is designed to empower women in corporate leadership positions.

5.04: Period Party | Join De Lune and Platform at The Eaton DC for a Period Party, a night of advocacy and fund to support the Menstrual Equity for All Act of 2019.

5.04: Women in Tech - Navigating Power Structures, Part II | Join the Howard Tech Council to empower yourself with knowledge of the legal, insurance and HR components related to sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination.

5.04: Legal Workshop for Creatives & Entrepreneurs | Join The Everyday Lemonade and Burgess Law to learn the legal steps essential to protect and enable your business to grow.

5.06: Small Business Week Evening Reception Series | Join the Department of Small and Local Business Development, Amazon Web Services and M&T Bank to two rooftop receptions targeting small businesses with IT and procurement-related needs.

5.07: 2019 Wharton DC Innovation Summit |  Hosted by the Wharton Club of DC and partners, the full-day conference is open to everyone interested in innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.

5.07-5.09: Boost with Facebook | Get free in-person training and advice from Facebook business experts about how to grow your business, organization or career.

5.08: Georgetown Pivot Program Networking Reception | Join the McDonough School of Business and the Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative for a networking reception n behalf of Pivot Fellows Program, a innovative approach to supporting returning citizens with full-time employment and entrepreneurial support. 

5.08: An Evening with Susan Tynan, Framebridge | Join Facebook's #SheMeansBusiness, CEO Susan Tynan, an BEACON's Deloris Wilson for a conversation on disruption, growth, and digital marketing lessons from a pioneering online brand.

5.14: Build It In DC | Join hundreds of entrepreneurs, business executives, and community leaders across real estate, restaurant, retail and more to gain key insights on digital transformation and incorporation of technology to streamline the business and regulatory process.

5.10: Fast Forward Featuring Jean Case  | Join a  conversation between host Marla Beck, CEO and co-founder of Bluemercury, and Jean Case, a philanthropist, investor, and internet and impact investing pioneer, that also serves as chairwoman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation.

5.17: Women Winning in Government Contracting | Join the Woman Behind the Business for a half-day seminar to gain insight on how to build your business through the public sector. Know what contracting officers needs, learn how to respond to Requests for Proposals (RFP's), gain tips for managing your finances, and more!

5.22: Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching | Are you a food, beverage or craft brewing small business owner? Join Samuel Adams and the Latino Economic Development Center for networking and consulting on topics including marketing + e-commerce, packaging, sales + distribution, and more.  

6.12: Women's Entrepreneurship Conference  | Learn about product branding, financing and more, presented by George Mason University.
 Technical Support + Funding Opportunities
The aSHE FUND Microgrant for Women of Color Creatives closes tonight! Maximum awards total $2500 are designed to support women of color creatives to create a new project or work, complete a current project, or secure materials for future work. Learn more and apply by 11:59pm on 4/25. Applicants must live and work in Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD.

Walmart is accepting applications for its 6th annual Open Call. Apply by 4/30 for the opportunity to secure a face-to-face pitch meeting with a Walmart buyer. 


The Hera Launch Program is designed to support women transitioning their subject-matter expertise into profitable consulting businesses. Through a six-week program, participants will engage with startup leaders, resource providers, and mentors to help shorten the time to get up-and-running and generate revenue! Apply by 5/1 for early-bird pricing.

Hera Hub DC, Washington, DC's leading female focused coworking space, in partnership with NEXT: powered by Shulman Rogers, is looking for innovative for-profit startups in the DC Metro area that are 51% woman or non-binary femme owned. Twelve finalists, 8 growth stage and 4 early stage, will compete for cash and in-kind prizes valued at over $10,000. Apply by 5/10.

Want to compete for a $20k cash prize? Applications are open for the second-round of the Vinetta 2019 Venture Challenge. If you are a repeat applicant, apply here. New applicants, apply here. By completing an application, the Vinetta team can identify the best programming for you and your business while your access all that Vinetta has to offer. Apply by 5/20.

Join SEED SPOT for a two-day Launch Camp providing entrepreneurs and individuals that are exploring starting a venture a safe space to explore and launch their idea. Gain access to mentors, content experts, SEED SPOT's curriculum, and a network of supporters. Apply here.

Apply to Fund BLACK Women, a crowdfunding platform for black women founders. 

The Bumble Fund targets early-stage companies led by women of color and other underrepresented founders, solving a problem that disproportionately affects women. Average investment $25-$50k.
Miscellaneous
Apply to teach with the Black upStart! The 2017 BEACON grantee is seeking practitioners in legal, accounting, entrepreneurship, innovation and technical fields who have mastered their skills and would like to share them with a thriving entrepreneurial community.

Need help? You can hire an intern through DC Public Schools! Provide immeasurable exposure and mentorship for an intern that will be paid by D.C. Public Schools. Apply to host an intern and mention "BEACON" in your application.
Resource Spotlight
The Founder's Guide to Startup Fundraising outlines everything you need to know in order to raise, including tips for optimal fundraising success. 
Resource Spotlight 
Hilltop Microfinance Initiative offers affordable business loans to small business owners in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Hilltop's goal is to support business owners who are participating and bettering their community. Loans range from $500-$10,000 and are offered at a 6% interest rate. Apply at hilltopmfi.org.






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