The George Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Arlington Economic Development kick off their weekly Summer 2013 Venture Camp: Entrepreneurship speakers series Wednesday, focusing on the topic of “Women in Entrepreneurship.”

Panelists Ruth Aidis of George Mason University, Beth Johnson of RP3 Agency, Brooke Salkoff of CampEasy and Amy Schiffman of Capital House Calls are to talk about what it means to be a woman entrepreneur, the challenges these entrepreneurs face and how the climate is changing for them.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at George Mason’s Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free, with registration.

Other events of note
Aug. 6

The D.C. Chamber of Commerce is hosting a seminar on the “Power of E-mail Marketing.” The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the chamber’s offices at 506 9th St. NW. Free for members, $25 for everyone else.

The Center for Innovative Technology is holding a workshop on the Defense Department’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Speakers include John Williams of the Navy and Frank Barros of the Department of Homeland Security. The day-long event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Arlington County Economic Development offices, 1100 N. Glebe Rd., 15th Floor, Arlington. $75 for Virginia-based technology firms, $175 for everyone else.

Thursday, Aug. 8

The Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is holding a seminar on how to become certified by the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development. Michele Ruiz, founder of, is to speak. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the D.C. DSLBD, 441 4th St. NW, Room 1107. Free.

— Shawn Selby