Loudoun Economic Development Newsletter April 2017

Failing Up

One day, all is well in your world, then out of nowhere, you get hit with a layoff or passed over for a promotion that you felt you really deserved.  Instead of filling out applications for another mundane job, why don't you put your efforts into starting something you can be proud of? Starting a business is hard work, but the rewards are life-changing. Here are a few tips to help you begin your journey into entrepreneurship.
Save the Dates

May 15-21 is Small Business Week in Loudoun! Business icons and experts will offer insight you can use right now to start or grow your business. You can also meet potential customers and investors at important networking events.

Download the Loudoun SBW app for news and inside tips. Available now for iOS and Android phones. Get more details at LoudounSBW.org.

Featured Events

Loudoun Tech Startups
Tuesday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m.
The V Eatery -- Ashburn
John Wise,  CEO  of  Loci, Inc. will share how Loci's map is clarifying the innovation landscape to save users significant time, money and energy.  John is also an experienced  inventor
 in auto racing technologies, with about 1,000 inventions. Appetizers provided; RSVP here.
Hire Loudoun Career Fair
Tuesday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Northern Virginia Community College -- Sterling 
Many of Loudoun's largest and fastest-growing businesses will be on hand to connect with talented local professionals and rising stars.This collaborative career fair will showcase a variety of full-time, part-time and internship opportunities available throughout Loudoun County. Free; the registration page and list of participating companies is here.

Lessons in Leadership: Women Leaders in STEM
Friday, April 28 at 8 a.m.
The National -- Leesburg
This discussion will focus on why women leaders chose science, technology, engineering and math-related fields; the importance of mentors and early engagement, and how the U.S. can encourage more young women to consider STEM careers. Registration info here.
Loudoun Small Biz News
  • LinkingSpot, a new platform that automatically connects your home improvement projects with others, launched in Ashburn VA.
  • Loudoun HubZone business Custom Software Solutions awarded an agreement for their expertise in six critical task areas, including business intelligence reporting, and records information management support, among others.
  • Champagne Services, one of the top-rated regional housecleaning services, was recognized by Angie's List for Best Picks, and their organization has been rebranded as Rescue Me Cleaning.
Recently Loudoun Economic Development celebrated ribbon-cuttings and anniversaries with these growing businesses: The Woodhouse Day Spa , Autobahn Indoor Speedway , EIT, LLC , and OmFloat -- Ashburn .

Takeover Tuesday

The founders of Loudoun Clear Marketing did it. Now you can do it, too! We're looking for Loudoun businesses to feature on Instagram. If your company has photo-worthy things that happen throughout the day, and you know how to use social media, email us today to do a Takeover Tuesday. To see examples of what other companies have done, check out our Instagram site.

Let Us Help You

Vanessa Wagner is the department's small business and entrepreneurship manager. She can help you find resources to start or grow your business. That means introducing you to people who can help you write a business plan, find office space, analyze funding sources, navigate the permit process, or anything else outlined in our small business quick-start checklist. Contact Vanessa at 703-777-0585 or by  email.