Loudoun Economic Development Newsletter November 2017
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Scaling Up in Loudoun
Join us for this important Loudoun Technology Coalition event next Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Oath (formerly AOL) in Sterling. Register online today .
 
Take a deep dive into how local tech startups can overcome the obstacles to scaling your business. Learn how to tap into the powerful startup ecosystem developing in the DC Metro Region.
Featured Events

1 Million Cups
Wednesday, November 8, 15 and 29 at 9 a.m.
Mason Enterprise Center -- Leesburg
They say it takes 1 million cups of coffee to start a business. At each meeting, two local entrepreneurs present their startups to an audience of peers who offer feedback and advice. Coffee provided.

Identifying the Best Target Market for Your Small Business
Thursday, November 16 at 8 a.m.
Mason Enterprise Center -- Leesburg
The better you understand your potential customer, the faster your business will grow. E ric Byrd, manager of the Small Business Development Center, will show you how to focus on the clients who are most likely to pay you well for your products and services. You will leave with a better understanding of why people buy from you and how you can refocus your business to increase profits and bring in more of the right customers. Register here.

Fireside Chat: Jon Chapman, Co-Founder of EverFi
Tuesday, November 28 at 6 p.m.
The Alley -- Washington, D.C.
This StartUp Grind event features a conversation with one of the hottest ed-tech companies in the area. EverFi has raised almost $250M from Jeff Bezos, Paul Allen and U2's Bono. Go here to register.
Congrats
  1. Thirty-eight Loudoun companies won awards at the 23rd annual Loudoun Small Business Awards. Congratulations to all the nominees and their supporters! See photo gallery.
  2. Loudoun County entrepreneur Krista Woods swam with the sharks on ABC's Shark Tank and came out a winner, scoring $150,000 in investment for GloveStix.
  3. Acorn Growth Companies, a private equity firm investing exclusively in aerospace and defense, announced it has acquired CIS Secure Computing, headquartered in Dulles, VA.
  4. Phish Me and Lynker Technologies made the Washington Business Journal's 2017 List of Greater Washington's fastest-growing companies.
  5. These Loudoun businesses recently celebrated a groundbreaking or ribbon-cutting: Club Pilates, Nothing Bundt, StageCoach Theater, Loudoun Ideal Chiropractic Congratulations to all!
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.