The Northern Virginia Technology Council is hosting a program Wednesday on “Crowdfunding: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know.”

The event is to focus on crowdfunding and include discussions on new private capital-raising channels made available through the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, changes to Securities and Exchange Commission regulations and other implications of the JOBS Act for growth companies focused on the government, technology, clean tech and life sciences industries.

Lawrence R. Bard, a partner at District law firm Morrison & Foerster, and Sean Glass, partner at Bethesda-based private equity firm Novak Biddle Venture Partners, are to speak. Oscar A. Osorio, the Mid-Atlantic practice leader at Grant Thornton, is to moderate the discussion.

The event is to take place at the Virginia Tech Research Center, 900 N. Glebe Rd., Second Floor, in Arlington. $25 for members, $45 for everyone else.

Other events of note
Tuesday, Oct. 9

Eric Ries, author of “The Lean Startup”; Aneesh Chopra, former federal chief technology officer; Vivek Kundra, former federal chief information officer; and Bernadette Hyland, chief executive of 3 Round Stones are to talk about lean start-up principles during George Mason University’s Entrepreneurship Speaker Series event. It begins at noon at Founder’s Hall, 3352 Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Maurisa Turner Potts, chief executive of Spotted MP, is to talk about the best practices for small business PR at an event hosted by the Alexandria Small Business Development Center. It begins at 8 a.m. at the organization’s offices at 625 N. Washington St., Suite 400, Alexandria. Free.

Eric Horvitz, an attorney with Reston-based Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, is to talk about the “10 Common Legal Mistakes Made by Start-Up Companies” at the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Series event. The talk begins at 8:30 a.m. at the chamber’s offices at 1763 Fountain Dr., Reston. Free for members, $10 for everyone else.

The Washington International Trade Association is hosting a discussion on “Trade Policy in the Next Administration: How Would Romney and Obama Differ?” John Herrmann of Kelley Drye and Nicole Venable of Bockorny Group are to speak. The event begins at 10 a.m. in the Polaris Suite at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $15-$30 for members, $45 for everyone else.

Thursday, Oct. 11

The Washington Network Group’s government relations networking reception starts at 6 p.m. at Social Reform Kitchen & Bar, 401 9th St. NW. $15 for members, $30 for everyone else.

Friday, Oct. 12

The Rockville Women’s Business Center will be discussing the “ABCs of Starting a Business” at 10 a.m. at the organization’s offices at 95 Monroe St., Rockville. $10.

— Shawn Selby