Start DC // The Spring Issue (Yes, It Is Still Spring)
A Note from the Founder
We’re here! It’s been a while, and we’ve missed you. Hope business has been booming.
I’ve been listening to a new podcast, “Making Money Moves,” candid conversations with women entrepreneurs across the pond. One bit of advice that a founder shared in a recent episode is that your gifts (your business) is not just “for you.” It sounds a little odd and maybe cheesy, but I think it’s true. We’re enjoying air travel, a “gift” from the Wright Brothers, over 100 years later. If your business is to be successful, then you are building it for humanity to enjoy—it’s not simply a source of income for you. So whether you’re navigating entrepreneurship or balancing a side hustle, keep hustling! We’ll all thank you.
Genna | Founder @ Start DC
P.S. Today is National Donut Day. Here is a list of where you can get donuts for free. You’re welcome! 🙂
✅ Catch up on the last issue.
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1/ Get inspired. We’re just past commencement season, so here’s wisdom from some of the best speeches over the years. J.K. Rowlings’s at the bottom <3. (Entrepreneur)
2/ How to handle burn out. Been in a funk lately? Overwhelmed and putting things off? These 3 actionable tips can help. (New York Times)
3/ Keep your customers engaged this summer. Summertime often means extra effort for getting and keeping customers’ attention. This article was written for ecommerce businesses, but much of the advice can be applied to startups more generally. (Entrepreneur)
4/ Find female venture capitalists. Although underrepresented, there are women in venture capital, and they are organizing! (Forbes)
5/ Great culture and how to get it. Strong company culture (read: employee retention) is not an accident, and it’s not the result of free beer and ping pong tables either. Here’s food for thought as you grow and lead your own business. (Harvard Business Review)
Funding Resources + Events
–Shark Tank is running casting calls in DC. Entrepreneurs will deliver a 1-minute pitch on their companies and the opportunity is limited to the first 500 entrepreneurs. Tuesday, June 5.
–Women’s Founders Network is accepting applications for its annual Fast Pitch competition. Ten finalists will be selected to compete for $35,000+ in cash awards, plus professional services. Applications accepted until Sunday, June 10.
–DC Department of Small and Local Business Development is offering a free entrepreneurial workshop series this summer. Topics covered range from business plans to pitching and marketing. First class: Wednesday, June 13 and the course continues for 10 weeks.
–Crowdfunding for women entrepreneurs exists! Check out iFundWomen, a platform for women-led startups and small businesses.
–Need help with licensing and product registration in DC? The city’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs just launched its new Small Business Resource Center, offering trainings and free counseling.
💪 You got this.