There are many resources that entrepreneurs and business owners in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia to help and support entrepreneurs and business owners. For all aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners, who are looking for additional resources on how to grow their ventures and entrepreneurial networks, please review the following list:
- CEO Blog Nation – The Voice of Entrepreneurs. CEO Blog Nation is a community hub featuring niche blogs for entrepreneurs and business owners.
- SCORE– SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.
- Small Business Administration – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
Entrepreneurial Associations and Network Organizations
- Ashoka – Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale.
- Business Networking International (Northern Virginia) – BNI is a business and professional networking organization that strives to build strong trust relationships between business people that will result in qualified sales referrals. BNI allows only one person from each particular profession to join each chapter.
- Entrepreneurs’ Organization – The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global business network of 9,500+ business owners in 131 chapters and 40 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables small and large business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.
- The International Entrepreneurs (TiE) – The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 11,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 60 chapters across 17 countries.
- DC Small Business Development Center Network – The DC SBDC Network is an outreach program of Howard University, working in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), other District of Columbia universities, and community organizations, to provide free management and technical assistance and affordable training in all phases of business development to District of Columbia based small businesses.
- Path Forward – The nonprofit Path Forward Center is a catalyst for economic change by activating women to build their Business Beyond OneTM
- Prince William Chamber of Commerce – The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is the largest chamber in Virginia and in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, with 2,000 member businesses representing more than 70,000 employees.
Entrepreneurial Blogs and Forums
- DMV CEO – DMV CEO is a niche blog that captures the essence of entrepreneurship in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. DMV CEO is a member of CEO Blog Nation.
- MIT Enterprise Forum
- Tech Cocktail DC
- Doing Business in Fairfax County
- Business One Stop is a step-by-step guide from Virginia.gov that provides a step-by-step guide including considering starting a business, starting a business, running a business and expanding a business.
- Affinity Lab
- Community Business Partnership
- The Flory Small Business Center, Inc – The Flory Center, Inc. a non-profit, tax-exempt organization was established in 1991 to assist existing small businesses and start-up entrepreneurs access capital for expansion, increase sales, and create and retain jobs.
- George Mason University – Small Business Development Center – located at 4031 University Drive Suite 200 Fairfax, VA 22030-3409. Phone: 703-277-7727
Ideas, Partnerships, and Funding
Technology Startup Resources
- Center for Innovative Technology
- Maryland Industrial Partnerships
- Maryland Technology Development Corporation (MDTEDCO)
- The Entrepreneur Center (NVTC)
- Potomac Tech Wire
- Social Matchbox
- Tech Bisnow
- Dun & Bradstreet
- Business Plans
- Business Statistics
- Entrepreneurial Development & Assistance Center @ Morgan State University (EDAC) exists to connect budding & existing entrepreneurs to resources for venture management & growth.
Non-profit and Government Resources
- Small Business Administration
- Department of Employment Services (DOES)
- Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
- DC Department of Small and Local Business Development
- Department of Contracting and Procurement
- Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
- Washington, DC Economic Partnership
- Department of Agriculture: Small Business Opportunities – Mission to provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to participate in USDA contracting activities.
- Historically Underutilized Business Zone – The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program provides federal contracting opportunities for qualified small businesses located in distressed areas.
- Montgomery Economic Development