Government Track

Monday, September 11, 2017

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Federal Resource Panel

During this panel, DC entrepreneurs will hear from Federal agency staff and learn how to make local use of federal resources from start-up to scale-up. Several agencies provide resources, training, and information that support small businesses. We encourage stakeholders from the DC entrepreneurial ecosystem – business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs; representatives of women & business organizations; corporate representatives; program managers; policy makers & influences; and more to attend!

The National Women's Business Council, the Small Business Administration, the International Trade Administration and more will be on hand to tell you how to best tap into their support for your business.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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DC’s Shared Space, Incubator, and Accelerator Industry: Policy Recommendations to Spur Growth and Collaboration

Co-working, incubator, and accelerator spaces are exploding across DC. In 2016, the estimated number of shared spaces in DC was 70, with dozens more opening already this year. As this industry grows at a rapid rate, are there policies and incentives the City of DC can adopt to fuel this continued growth and support the entrepreneurs who benefit from this industry? This session will walk through recent research on this topic and policy recommendations for city government and shared spaces to work better together to grow DC's economy.

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Franchise: A Career, Investment, or Both

Come and learn from a franchise owner and expert why you might want to add franchising to your list of entrepreneurial options. You might be surprised to learn there are over 3000 different franchises in the US, that you can start a franchise for just $50,000, and that franchising boasts a 90% success rate. Most franchise owners are just like you, wanting to find a safe and proven alternative to the corporate world and start their own business. They want to control their own destiny and create financial security, but need to reduce the risks by buying something they know will succeed.  

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The Gig: The Side Hustle, Going from Part Time to Full Time

This workshop is geared toward the gig economy from fiverr freelancers, to independent contractors, LYFT drivers, and all other doers across America that fall in between. We will be focusing on taking your side hustle from part time to full time and the pros and cons of incorporating your side hustle as a business. Hear from experts liked lawyers, co-op Development consultants, and business coaches from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.

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"Build A Dream" Veteran Small Business Workshop Session 1 of 3

A Veteran focused workshop taught by the Dept. of Small and Local Business Development. “Build a Dream” is a nine hour program* for entrepreneurial ideas utilizing the Lean Canvas model. It is adapted from the Business Model canvas and replaces elaborate business plans with a single page business model. Focus is on business content, not presentation and saves money for product testing.

**Limited to Veterans, Veteran family members and DC Residents in business with Veterans.**

*This nine hour workshop is conducted over three evenings (Sept 12, 13 and 14) from 5-8pm at 441 4th St NW in the DSLBD Workshop Suite# 805S

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Ideation Jam Session | How Might We Create a Culture of Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC

Do you have the desire to help reimagine how might we support small business in creating a Culture of Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC? Join us for an exchange of ideas on how to create a local innovation community, build a collaborative experience around pressing business, cultural, and environmental challenges.  This jam session is for all entrepreneurs, future entrepreneurs, and innovation-focused individuals. You will have the opportunity to share and pitch ideas using Human Centered Design strategies — with an entrepreneur-first focus — to tackle challenges faced by entrepreneurs.


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Fed Tech: Connecting Entrepreneurs with Inventions from Federal Labs

Federal research labs are producing cutting-edge technologies for government use, but many of these inventions have broader potential applications. An iPhone, for example, has 12 technologies that were initially funded by the federal government. When commercialized, government technologies can be a catalyst for new businesses and expansion opportunities.

The District of Columbia sits at the center of the densest concentration of federally funded R&D in perhaps the entire world.However, many of these technologies are never commercialized because they lack the right entrepreneurial partner and supporting resources. This discussion will focus on ways to harness these untapped business opportunities by connecting inventors and DC entrepreneurs and equipping entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to build and scale tech transfer-born ventures.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Solving Complex Problems With Collaborations Both Inside And Outside The Government

Culture change requires a movement, not a mandate--it takes an "all hands on deck" approach. Together, we’re co-creating a modern, better government through a culture of experimentation and learning. And, we know that we can't go it alone--we need to open the aperture up to help solve societal and governmental problems through collaborations amongst innovators and startups outside of government. Hear from leaders who are amplifying and evangelizing proven practices for public sector innovation that delivers better results at lower cost For the People, by the people.

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How to Open a Small Business by Navigating through DCRA's Regulatory Process

If you are interested in learning How to Open a Small Business by Navigating through DCRA's Regulatory Process then this session is for you. During this event the SBRC will be featuring DCRA's subject experts from:

  • Business Licensing Division
  • Corporations Division
  • Occupational and Professional Licensing Division
  • Permits and Inspections Division
  • Weights and Measures Division
  • Zoning Division
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"Build A Dream" Veteran Small Business Workshop Session 2 of 3

A Veteran focused workshop taught by the Dept. of Small and Local Business Development. “Build a Dream” is a nine hour program* for entrepreneurial ideas utilizing the Lean Canvas model. It is adapted from the Business Model canvas and replaces elaborate business plans with a single page business model. Focus is on business content, not presentation and saves money for product testing.

**Limited to Veterans, Veteran family members and DC Residents in business with Veterans.**

*This nine hour workshop is conducted over three evenings (Sept 12, 13 and 14) from 5-8pm at 441 4th St NW in the DSLBD Workshop Suite# 805S

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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How Disability is an Asset to Entrepreneurship: Panel Discussion

People with disabilities are innate entrepreneurs. In fact, the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the Department of Labor reports that people with disabilities are twice more likely to pursue entrepreneurship compared to the non-disabled population. From the moment we wake up, get dressed, drive, communicate, and live our live, we as disabled people, have to adapt to a world that's not build to fit our needs. Yet most entrepreneurship resources and ecosystems are not accessible or inclusive for those with disabilities. During this session we will discuss some of the main barriers disabled people face when pursuing entrepreneurship and hear how entrepreneurs have utilized their disability as an asset for their entrepreneurship journey, business and venture.  

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DC Food Hubs: Entrepreneurial Opportunities

The University of DC is building food hubs across the city -- centers where food production, distribution, processing and composting will take place side by side. Entrepreneurship is a huge part of the food hub goal, and UDC is eager to hear from food entrepreneurs about how these sites could serve you, as well as share the opportunity to collaborate to gain access to lower cost growing spaces, commercial kitchen space for new food processing businesses, and more. We'll share a bit about our current food hubs, the hope for the model, and the goal for collaboration with entrepreneurs. Come with your ideas of how you'd use aquaponics greenhouses, rooftop gardens and kitchens to prepare this produce!

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Wasted

We will begin by hearing the scope of the challenge of agricultural seconds -- the slightly damaged or misshapen produce that gets thrown away because it doesn't meet restaurant and supermarket first quality criteria -- and the scope of the economic opportunity. We will hear about a few organizations already working in the space here in and hear firsthand about the possibilities within seconds. We will close out the session in a large-scale brainstorm, hearing from anyone interested in or considering their own food business using seconds as a prime material source.

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How to Combat Violent Extremism Online?

The Countering Violent Extremism Task Force (administratively housed at DHS) and the DC-based digital marketing firm Fifth Tribe are looking to host an 1 hour workshop for startups and community organizations to cover best practices of creating counter-messaging campaigns online against extremist groups. In this workshop, we will start with an overview of what is taking place in the online space and cover best practices with online and offline marketing techniques. 

Panelists include:

Clara Tsao, Chief Technology Officer, Countering Violent Extremism Task Force
Khuram Zaman CEO, Fifth Tribe

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"Build A Dream" Veteran Small Business Workshop Session 3 of 3

A Veteran focused workshop taught by the Dept. of Small and Local Business Development. “Build a Dream” is a nine hour program* for entrepreneurial ideas utilizing the Lean Canvas model. It is adapted from the Business Model canvas and replaces elaborate business plans with a single page business model. Focus is on business content, not presentation and saves money for product testing.

**Limited to Veterans, Veteran family members and DC Residents in business with Veterans.**

*This nine hour workshop is conducted over three evenings (Sept 12, 13 and 14) from 5-8pm at 441 4th St NW in the DSLBD Workshop Suite# 805S

Friday, September 15, 2017

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Youth Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion and Networking Event

For the last day of DC Startup week, we’re hosting an event for the young and aspiring entrepreneurs of DC. Come learn the mindsets of entrepreneurs and what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. We will be featuring established entrepreneurs from DC to share their story and what it took to get them where they are in life in a panel discussion and networking session. Participants will also have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to the panel live. Join us for the end of DC Startup Week with light food, inspiring entrepreneurs, and big ideas.