A lot is going on in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia with startups, business owners and entrepreneurs. It is a great place to be an entrepreneur. Here are some great articles you should read from the week of December 9, 2012.
- Stephanie Folling Reveals Why The DMV is a Great Place to be an Entrepreneur (DMV CEO) – Stephanie Folling founder of DC Cup Cake Critic explains why the DMV is a good place to run a business.
- Entrepreneurs & Business Owners Engage in Healthy Discussion at Small Business Forum (DMV CEO) – Over 150 people attended the Atlantic Small Business Forum held in conjunction with Bank of America and Gallup at the Gallup Building.
- Forbes: Virginia No. 2 in Best States for Business (Patch) – Just below Virginia were North Dakota and North Carolina—ahead of Maryland, which ranked no. 16. Virginia also ranked third in CNBC’s rankings earlier this year—but that was a drop from no. 1 in 2011.
- GW Students Host First Mini-Hackathon (GW Today) – In only eight hours on Saturday, a real-time student collaboration tool was created by aspiring George Washington University entrepreneurs.
- TEDCO, entrepreneurs to launch $20M cybersecurity fund in early 2013 (Technically Baltimore) – The Maryland Technology Development Corporation is announcing a $20 million cybersecurity fund it plans to launch early next year.
- D.C. job-search start-up launching at DEMO in Silicon Valley (On Small Business) – Washington, D.C.-based start-up Barrel of Jobs has a new way to find and apply for jobs.
- Looming defense cuts could put half a million small business jobs at risk (On Small Business) – A looming package of federal spending cuts could put nearly 1 million small business jobs at risk across the country — more than half of them in defense industries, according to projections in a new study.
- In 2013, a search for entrepreneurship where it hasn’t traditionally been found (On Small Business) – Next year, expect start-up enthusiasts and government leaders to push for new business formation among demographics and in cities not traditionally known for producing entrepreneurs. Startup America, a public-private initiative intended to accelerate high-growth businesses across the country, is among those leading the charge to dismiss the notion that tomorrow’s next big company must come out of start-up hotspots like Austin, Tex. or New York City.
- Google awards grants to boost innovation in nonprofit sector (On Small Business) – Internet giant Google last week doled out $23 million in grants to seven nonprofits, including the World Wildlife Fund and a Smithsonian Institution project.