LoudounPreneur entrepreneurial newsletter

Information for the Innovative, Enterprising and Brave 

April 2013

Don't Ignore the Call

Call it social entrepreneurship, civic engagement, or just plain volunteering - they're all variations on the model of community service. For the entrepreneur working night and day to advance a business, the concept of sacrificing time to participate with local charitable and civic organizations might seem counterintuitive. The benefits, however, should not be overlooked. Read why.

People You Should Know

This Month: Brian Chavis, president and CEO of ARGroup

Following on our theme of civic engagement, this month we interviewed Brian Chavis, who's currently active in five Loudoun organizations and is a past participant in many others. Learn how he has incorporated community service into his business, and read his recommendations for getting involved.

Crisis Communications Tips: It Can Happen to You

No matter how large or small your business, crisis can come calling in the middle of the night and last a long time. For small business owner Tracy Weise, co-founder and president of Weise Communications and manager of public relations for the Medical Center of Aurora, Colorado, last year's mass shooting at a local movie theater meant fielding more than 300 media inquiries just in the first 36 hours of the crisis. Here are seven steps she recommends for preparing your business for a crisis.

Read It and Reap

Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? Trick Questions, Zen-Like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need to Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy by William Poundstone.

 

Whether you're the one asking or answering questions in a job interview situation, you'll find this look inside the hiring practices of one of the world's top companies both informative and highly entertaining. Should you ask job candidates to describe a chicken using a computer programming language? Or how many golf balls it would take to fill a school bus? Find out what companies hope to learn when asking applicants such seemingly off-the-wall questions. Check it out from the Loudoun County Public Library.

Up-Skill

Social TECHworking

Put away your cell phones and tablets, and take out your business cards! Join the Northern Virginia Technology Council for Social TECHworking: a high-powered networking event that connects tomorrow's tech leaders. Meet new colleagues and build your social and business networks with the future leaders of the region's technology community.

Date: May 1, 2013
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Place: Panache Restaurant, McLean, VA
Cost:
$10 for members, $20 for nonmembers with $5 extra at the door

 

IdeaFusion
What I.F.: Techies + Talk + Brains + Creativity + Drink + Food + Funds + Experience = IDEA FUSION™. Join Loudoun's tech community Meet-Up! You've heard about it, you read it about in the Washington Post; it's time to finally try it out!

Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Place: TBD
Cost: Free; registration and more details online

Be a Winner

In each month's LoudounPreneur, we ask you to forward the newsletter on to colleagues and business associates who might appreciate it. This month each person who forwards the April edition to someone else (just copy [email protected] on your forwarded email) will be automatically entered to win a pint of Grade A Langdon Wood maple syrup aged in whiskey barrels from Loudoun's Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. Good luck!

Gut-Check From a Guru

"Successful entrepreneurs focus exclusively on efforts that matter and are able to tune out the rest. People who focus succeed. It's that simple." -- Michael Lazarow. His company, Buddy Media, was sold to Salesforce for $800 million and became the foundation of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud.

Pay It Forward

This monthly email newsletter is published by the Loudoun, Virginia Department of Economic Development to inform and connect Loudoun's thriving entrepreneurial community. As a leader with influence, please help our community by forwarding this newsletter to your business colleagues. Thanks!

 
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