Loudoun Economic Development Newsletter February 2017

Hit or Myth?

1. "If you build it, they will come."
2. "Creating the product is the last step."
3. "How hard could it be?"

Have you ever made one of these statements to yourself?  Believing startup myths can hinder your success. Let us help you get your business off to a good start. Details at LoudounSmallBiz.org.
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 WBW app for news and inside tips. Available now for iOS and Android phones. Get more details at LoudounSBW.org.

Featured Events

1 Million Cups
Wednesday, February 8, 15 and 22 at 9 a.m.
Mason  Enterprise Center -- Leesburg
Loudoun entrepreneurs present startup ideas to an audience of potential mentors, advisers and customers. More about 1 Million Cups here.

Success With Kickstarter
Saturday, February 11 at 2 p.m.
Rust Library -- Leesburg
Inventors and entrepreneurs have raised money for their startup s with crowdfunding platforms. Get insight on how to run a successful project from Henrik de Gyor. Details here .

Startup and Tech Professional Matchmaking Meetup
W ednesday, February 15 at 6 p.m.
Brickyard -- Ashburn
Hear from three Loudoun startups what they are working on and who they need to meet their goals.Talent-seekers and job-seekers encouraged to attend. More info here.

Capital Data Summit
Wednesday, February 15 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Ritz-Carlton -- Tysons
Connect with speakers from Hewlett Packard, Capital One, Freddie Mac, Google, IBM, the Washington Post, and more. Buy tickets online.

Forum for Rural Innovation
Friday, March 10 from 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Best Western -- Winchester
Want to get in on the miniature livestock craze by breeding tiny goats, pigs or horses? Need to add another income stream by allowing couples to hold weddings on your property? Find out all this and more. $45 includes locally sourced breakfast and lunch. Register online.
Loudoun Small Biz News
Takeover Tuesday

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, please email us at LoudounBiz@Loudoun.gov.
D o you raise exotic animals? Make unusual food products? Create custom art pieces? Sign up for a Takeover Tuesday today!
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.