LoudounPreneur entrepreneurial newsletter
 Information for the Innovative, Enterprising and Brave
December 2013
Maximize Your Year-End Tax Savings

The final weeks of each year can be the busiest of all if you're a small business owner. As you're closing out the books for 2013, remember that the last weeks of December are prime time to get certain tax records in order. Here are five important tax tips for small businesses, as vetted by Loudoun CPA Jim Snyder.

People You Should Know: Maria Kopsidas, Cookology
This month: Maria Kopsidas, Loudoun entrepreneur. Here's what her company, Cookology, offers business owners.
Earn Your Business Accolades in 2014

Think your business is too small or too new to win a prestigious award? Think again. Many award programs, both local and national, seek to recognize innovative, successful small business entrepreneurs. Good publicity helps grow your business, so here are a few award programs you might want to consider.

Be a Winner

Our contest is so easy this month! Just click to read at least two of our three main stories, and automatically be entered to win blueberry preserves and "Happy Mouth" barbeque sauce from Loudoun's own Great Country Farms.


Congratulations to Ashley Hunter, events and development director from the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, for winning last month's contest. She won a weekend wine tour courtesy of Reston Limo.


Would you like to donate a prize to LoudounPreneur? You'll receive promotion for your business via social media and LoudounPreneur in return. Just contact us for more information.

Up Skill: Entrepreneurial Events

Titans Breakfast Series Featuring Justice Ginsberg

Join the Northern Virginia Technical Council for a breakfast featuring U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. During the event, Justice Ginsburg will engage in a fireside chat with former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson.

Date:     December 17, 2013

Time:     7 to 9:30 a.m.

Place:    Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents Drive, Reston

Price:     $75 to $95; register online


1 Million Cups

Join us for six-minute presentations from Loudoun business owners. Engage in peer mentoring by giving the presenter the benefit of your knowledge and experience in resolving business issues and making companies grow. If you'd like to be a presenter, fill out this application.

Date:     Wednesday, December 11

Time:     9 to 10 a.m.        

Place:    Mason Enterprise Center, 202 Church St., Leesburg

Cost:      Free, find out more online


Teaming, Partnering and Contracting
Presented by the Entrepreneur Center at NVTC, sign up to network with large established companies and discuss how your organization can do business with them.
Date:     December 13, 2013
Time:     7:30 to 10 a.m.
Center for Innovative Technology, 2214 Rock Hill Road, Herndon
Cost:      $35 to $85, register online

Loudoun SBDC Federal Contracting Conference
In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, this day-long conference will cover the essentials for doing business with the federal government, and strategies for pursuing I.T. and cyber-related contracts. Networking, lunch, evening reception and exhibits are included.

Date:     December 17, 2013

Time:     8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Place:    GW Virginia Science & Technology Campus, 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn
Cost:      $40 to $55, register

Gut Check from a Guru

"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do." - Henry Ford

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