Loudoun Economic Development Newsletter June 2017
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Women Seeing More Success

This is a great place for women to start companies. Loudoun has more than 3,500 female executives, and more than 500 women who run farm businesses. Founders can take advantage of  female-led investment opportunities, such as WE Capital and The Vinetta Project,  that support women entrepreneurs through investment, connections and mentorship.
There's also support for farm-based businesses. For example, Virginia Agri-Women launched in Loudoun to help grow businesses related to agriculture.
Loudoun Economic Development supports all entrepreneurs by identifying and connecting you to resources to help you launch and grow. You can learn more about resource partners that provide services specifically to female-led ventures on LoudounSmallBiz.org.
Featured Events

Networking Skills to Grow Your Business
Friday, June 9 at 8:30 a.m.
Mason Enterprise Center -- Leesburg
Feel awkward at networking events? Don't know how to turn them into lead generation tools? Let a networking expert show you proven strategies to make the most of your time at business events. Register here.

Access to Capital for Small Businesses
Thursday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Loudoun Economic Development -- Ashburn 
Learn about loans and grants and enjoy light refreshments. Details and online registration.

Loudoun Tech Startups 
Tuesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m.
The Zone -- Ashburn
Meet your tech-minded peers, discuss what you're working on, learn from a trending speaker and maybe even find your next opportunity. Get details .

1 Million Cups
Wednesday, June 28
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. Go here to register.
What Do You Think?

It was great to see so many Loudoun startup founders and business owners at our Small Business Week events! Feel free to tag yourself in our Facebook photo album, then take a moment to give us your thoughts in this quick, seven-question survey.  Couldn't make it? Here's a recap:
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.