How to Sparkle at Networking. This workshop will share best practices and a few networking “don’ts.” 6 to 8:30 p.m. George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus (Exploration Hall, Room 101), 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn. Sponsor: Loudoun Small Business Development Center. Cost: Free. Contact: 703-430-7222. Web site: www.LoudounSBDC.
Myth-Busters — The Current and Future State of Interagency Contracting. This two-day conference provides insight into the year ahead for government contracting. Crystal Gateway Marriott, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1700 Jefferson David Hwy., Arlington. Sponsor: The Coalition for Government Procurement. Cost: $85 to $510. Contact: 202-331-0975. Web site: www.thecgp.org.
How to Become an 8(a) Company. This workshop reviews how to apply to become an 8(a) company, including online, as well as company experience and organization, waivers and many other how-to items. 9 a.m. to noon. American Bar Association Building, 740 15th St. NW, third floor. Sponsor: SCORE. Cost: $30. Call 202-272-0390. Web site: washingtondc.score.org.
iGaming Community Outreach Meeting. Attendees will have the opportunity to assist in defining the best and most beneficial approach to implementing Internet gaming in the District. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Sponsor: District of Columbia Lottery and Charitable Games Board. Contact: Gabrielle D. Barry, 202-262-7929 or
Writing a Winning Business Plan. This workshop covers business plan concepts and how to prepare the written material including business description, market analysis, marketing plan, management, operations, financial projections of cash flow, profit and loss, and balance sheet. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. American Bar Association Building, 740 15th St. NW, third floor. Sponsor: SCORE. Cost: $50. Call 202-272-0390. Web site: washingtondc.score.org.
Start Your Business. This workshop will lead participants through the essential steps for starting a small business including taxes, licensing, business plan development, sources of financing, marketing and insurance. 6 to 8:30 p.m. George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus (Exploration Hall, Room 101), 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn. Sponsor: Loudoun Small Business Development Center. Cost: Free. Contact: 703-430-7222. Web site: www.LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.
Counseling 101. This session will discuss how to use Mason’s one-on-one counseling services, participate in a peer review of your business plan and network with other local entrepreneurs. 11 a.m. to noon. Mason Enterprise Center. 4031 University Dr., Suite 200, Fairfax. Sponsor: Mason Small Business Development Center. Cost: Free. Contact: Andy Stockel at 703-277-7747. Web site: www.MasonSBDC.org/services.
Excellence in Sales! This seminar will focus on business-to-business sales issues that are troubling top sales executives. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Gannett/USA Today Conference Center, McLean. Sponsor: Institute for Excellence in Sales and Business Strategy. Contact: 888-443-9943. Cost: $75. Web site: i4esbd.org.
Inventors Symposium. This two-day event is designed for independent inventors and small-business entrepreneurs, and provides information about patents, trademarks and intellectual property protection. Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium. Sponsor: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Cost: Free. Contact: 571-272-8850 Web site: www.uspto.gov/inventors.
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