• Prioritizing Work Demands

    Launch Workplaces

    Are you inundated with meetings, emails, and unending requests? Learn how to take control of your workload using practical tips to differentiate these tasks and bring peace to your day. Make this hands-on session a priority to become more strategic with your time and manage the numerous activities that compete for your time, attention, and energy! This event is free. A light breakfast will be served. Valet parking is available. About the Speaker Houri Tamizifar is the President and CEO of Cynuria Consulting, an award-winning boutique consulting firm that provides transformative human capital and learning solutions to bring out employees' greatest talents and drive business-enhancing results. Cynuria Consulting serves federal, commercial, and nonprofit clients such as Department of Labor (DoL), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Inter-american Development Bank (IDB), and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) to name a few. Prior to starting her company, Houri worked for some of the largest management consulting firms in the world (PricewaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen Hamilton) to bring one of a kind solutions to agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), and many more. Houri has also worked with the K-12 and higher education community in U.S. and around the world, in over four continents, to increase the seamless integration of instructional technologies in the classroom and prepare students for next generation careers. Houri has presented to international audiences of up to 500 (consisting of conference attendees, K-12/higher ed leadership, and government officials) in both English and Spanish. Houri's ongoing commitment to pro-bono service has been unwavering throughout the years and noted most recently through her involvement with SHRM, Women of Color Conference, the Black Engineers STEM Conference, and the Maryland Women's Business Center.

  • Equity Basics When Fundraising

    Launch Workplaces

    Entrepreneurs trying to raise money to fund their business are often stymied by the process. It can be overwhelming! Join representatives from TEDCO, AirAccountant and Silicon Valley Bank at Launch Workplaces as they demystify and explain the basics about fundraising. You will learn: Building a fundable financial model Types of capital at various stages How much to raise Dilution over rounds Exit economics The featured speaker will by Jeanne Grant, CPA, from airAccountant. Free, a light lunch will be served sponsored by TEDCO. Kindly keep your RSVP plans current.

  • How to Open Doors to Funding with an Effective Executive Summary

    Rockville Innovation Center

    If you are looking to get funded or even take out a loan, you probably already know you need a pitch deck and a business plan. But many entrepreneurs overlook the importance of having a tightly-written Executive Summary. An Executive Summary is often the first document investors want to see before a complete pitch deck and business plan. It can be the key to opening more doors! Join start-up expert Ines Lebow, CEO of Enterprise Transformation Solutions, for this free seminar on how to write an Executive Summary. She'll tell you what 10 things you need to include and provide case studies so you can learn from entrepreneurs that have already gone through the fund raising process. You often only get one shot in front of potential investors, so make sure your Executive Summary is enticing enough for investors to want to take the next step! If you are an entrepreneur looking for funding, you need to attend this event. Aboout the Speaker: Ines LeBow founded ETS to leverage her 30 years of experience in helping businesses get back on track. ETS offers executives a reliable, holistic, and realistic way forward, no matter what their current status. Alumni clients include startups that have thrived, formerly struggling mid-sized organizations that now double growth year after year, and mature firms investing in new strategies that have hit the sweet spot and taken off. ETS has built a framework for rapidly assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a business operation, and define a workable path forward. This event is free, a light breakfast will be provided. There is plenty of garage parking in Rockville Town Square.

  • The Innovation Process -- Moving from Idea to Reality

    Germantown Innovation Center

    Please join us for a special seminar, “The Innovation Process – Moving from Idea to Reality.” It builds on material from the book, “The Innovators Method” that focuses on generating ideas and then testing them quickly. This seminar will take you through a process which builds from insight then clarifying the problem, to building a solution and then finally creating a business model. The idea is that to keep you on track to create a worthwhile solution, you need to keep testing your ideas and evolving. The seminar will feature a number of examples and also provide some concepts and tools that you can use in your entrepreneurial pursuits. The major take always: Quickly and cheaply test ideas early. Moving from idea to realization is a process that can be understood and used to improve the outcome and reduce frustration. Different actions and thinking are needed as one moves through the process. About the Speaker: The seminar will be taught by Doug Holly of Eagle Management Group, a consulting firm that helps business with operational optimization, strategic planning, M&A and project management. Doug has over 30 years of experience in engineering, product development, project management and business development. He is also an Affiliate Instructor at Loyola University’s Sellinger School of Business with a focus on Innovation. He has worked at IBM, JDSU, Acterna and TTC in the fields of telecommunications, avionics, and system integration.

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  • Tell Your Story, Sell Your Business

    Silver Spring Innovation Center

    People relate to stories and if they feel a connection with you, they might be more likely to buy from you. In this session, we will spend time discussing the elements of a story and how storytelling plays a vital role in communicating with your customers. You will spend time drafting and discussing your own business stories and providing feedback to each other. At the end of the session, you will have a draft of your business story and an understanding of how to incorporate it into your sales and marketing efforts. Free, a light lunch will be served. Parking is available at the adjacent parking garage or take Metro. Featured Speaker: Tessa Kyriakopoulos is a globally-experienced marketing communications strategist committed to developing and implementing programs that drive audience engagement and attract customers. One of her proudest (and most exciting) accomplishments is winning the bid for the Athens Olympics as part of the international media relations team supporting the bid. Tessa is the President and CEO of KAYN Communications, a marketing communications firm that helps organizations attract new customers by transforming audiences into engaged communities.

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  • Practical Cyber Security for Small Business

    Silver Spring Innovation Center

    Do you have sensitive customer information that you need to protect? What about intellectual property that is at the core of your business? All companies are built on information and protecting that information can be a daunting task. With all of the responsibilities of founding a startup, you don't have time to worry about cybersecurity. Come join us for a practical seminar on how you can protect your company without taking on another full-time job. Nate Lesser and Ben Shapiro from Cypient, LLC (www.cypient.com) will present a cybersecurity primer for business owners on understanding your exposure, risk management, threats and what you can do about them (tools, techniques, and procedures).

  • Beyond Bookkeeping: Accurately Accounting Small Business Transactions

    Running a small business, is tough enough without worrying whether you are accurately accounting for all your financial transactions and properly reporting to federal and local governments. Tracking income and expenses as well as staying in compliance with federal and state regulations can be overwhelming. But without accurate financials, it’s hard to file income tax returns, let alone make strategic decisions to grow your business. Join us for a presentation by Chloe Parker, CPA who will guide us through accounting best practices for your small business. Chloe Parker is a Manager at Ryan & Wetmore. Since joining the firm in 2011, Chloe has specialized in working with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Chloe leads the assurance team at Ryan & Wetmore and works closely with clients in the construction, manufacturing, and professional services industries. Active in the community, Chloe serves as the chairperson of the Greater Washington Society of CPA’s Young and Emerging Accounting sections and recently received a leadership award for her work. Chloe obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Grove City College and a Masters of Business Administration for the University of Maryland.

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  • Protect Your House - Essential Intellectual Property

    Launch Workplaces

    You’ve got a fantastic idea, a marketing plan, and (possibly) some cash in your pocket – you’re ready to get started! Protecting your domain name, corporate name, brand, patent, trademarks, copyrights, know-how and trade secrets are some of your highest priorities. What should you be focusing on? What do you attack first? How do you develop a unified IP strategy? Come learn from the experts as they share tips on what works and what doesn’t. The event will take place at LAUNCH GAITHERSBURG,9841 Washingtonian Blvd, #200, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 and begins at 8:00 a.m. Networking will follow, ending at 10:00 a.m. A light breakfast will be served. Parking is free in the adjacent garage. The Emerging Company Roundtables, are designed to facilitate discussions between like-minded individuals covering a range of issues essential to early stage companies. Speakers will introduce valuable topics and generate conversations surrounding strategies to overcome business challenges and enhance the likelihood of success. For more information, please contact Michelle Ferguson at[masked] or [masked].

  • Simple Ways to Manage Your Cash Flow

    Silver Spring Innovation Center

    Planning beats worrying! Do you worry about whether you’ll have enough money to pay your bills next month, or next year? Are you unsure whether to save your money or invest in products or services that could help your business grow? In this hands-on session, we’ll walk through some simple steps to develop a financial plan for the future, and how to keep it useful as time goes on. We’ll cover concepts like cash flow, budgeting and financial projections using clear, realistic examples that relate to your business.We will use worksheets to capture summary data from your financial systems so bring your laptop. This session is perfect for a business owner who’s been running their business for a couple of years, has maybe felt the effects of not planning ahead for cash flow, and is ready to learn and apply some planning techniques. A light breakfast will be provided at 8:30am. The presentation will start at 9am. A paid parking garage is adjacent to the building. Metro accessible at the Silver Spring stop on the Red line. Meet Your Speaker: This seminar will be presented by Andrea Dunathan, CEO of Dunathan Consulting. Andrea helps small business owners set up straightforward, efficient systems so they have more time for the work that matters. After graduating with honors from Harvard University, she worked in a variety of industries, from biomedical research to global supply chain management, obtaining hands-on experience in strategic planning, facilitation, budgeting and financial management, performance metrics, and software design and implementation. Since she founded Dunathan Consulting in 2004, she has worked with a wide variety of clients – from global corporations to tiny non-profits – to improve internal operations and enable staff to do their best work. Her business now serves small business owners with 0-20 employees who want to focus on their core business with confidence. She is a graduate of the Wheaton Business Innovation Center and a member of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators’ Network and Women Business Owners of Montgomery County.

  • Saul Ewing CEO Round Table: Hiring and Incentivizing Your Team

    Silver Spring Innovation Center

    As an emerging company, it may be difficult to compete with more established companies on salary. Nevertheless, there are strategies that can be used to attract and maintain talent. We will discuss alternate types of incentive-based compensation and unique ways to compensate your employees for sharing in the risk of your company. The event will take place at Silver Spring Innovation Center powered by Launch, 8070 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and begins at 8:00 a.m. Networking will follow, ending at 10:00 a.m. A light breakfast will be served. The Emerging Company Roundtables, are designed to facilitate discussions between like-minded individuals covering a range of issues essential to early-stage companies. Attorney Jay Reilly will introduce valuable topics and generate conversations surrounding strategies to overcome business challenges and enhance the likelihood of success. For more information, please contact Michelle Ferguson at[masked] or [masked] RSVP: http://info01a.saulnews.com/REACTION/Home/RSForm?RSID=ii4uvjXQimBY3smtYkYQEPJYkEnYMtINtMe_RAyf5CSHw4R23qBg7uCnR4bOfU5k

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