LoudounPreneur entrepreneurial newsletter
 Information for the Innovative, Enterprising and Brave
December 2014

Invitation to BisNow Event

Join us as Economic Development Director Buddy Rizer headlines an important panel discussion about Loudoun real estate development. "Loudoun County and the Dulles Corridor: Walkable Communities, TOD and the Silver Line" will be held at the National Conference Center in Leesburg on Wednesday, December 17 at 7:30 a.m. Register online.

4 Podcasts You Should Listen to Now

You've got to know more to grow more, and smart founders learn from others who've already built successful companies. But when you're working around the clock to get a startup off the ground, you rarely have time for a business book. Podcasts are a perfect alternative. They allow you to absorb key info while driving, eating, or getting ready for bed. Learn on the go with these audio shows:


Mixergy -- Andrew Warner built a $30 million/year Internet business and now interviews other successful business owners who offer solutions to issues that cripple founders.


Startups for the Rest of Us -- serial entrepreneurs Mike Taber and Rob Walling help developers, designers and entrepreneurs launch software products.


The Tim Ferriss Show -- frequently rated the #1 business podcast on iTunes. Ferriss and his eclectic guests give actionable advice.


The Full Rachet -- Angel investor Nick Moran and his guests break down the bewildering world of startup investing.

Events and Training

Bookkeeping and Taxation for Small Businesses

CPA Richard Hall explains how to set up your books to meet your tax obligations.

Date:   December 16, 2014

Time:   6 p.m.

Place:  George Washington University, 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn

Cost:   $25 online; $30 at the door


Doing Business With Loudoun County

Information on the county's procurement processes and upcoming contracts.

Date:   December 16, 2014

Time:   10:30 a.m.

Place:   Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street SE, Leesburg

Cost:    Free; 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.

Date:   December 10 and 17, 2014

Time:   9 a.m.        

Place:   Mason Enterprise Center, 202 Church Street SE, Leesburg

Cost:    Free


Tech Breakfast

Network and learn as four innovative companies make showcase-style presentations to techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs.

Date:   January 7, 2015

Time:   8 a.m.

Place:  AOL, 22000 AOL Way, Dulles

Cost:   Free; register online

Start Your Business

Ruth Cope, assistant director of the Loudoun Small Business Development Center, and Arthur Thompson, a principal at Keyser Thompson Insurance Agency, will answer essential questions about successfully starting a small business. Highlights will include taxes and licensing, business plan development and sources of financing.

Date:   December 11, 2014

Time:   11 a.m.

Place:  Loudoun Small Business Development Center, 202 Church Street SE, Leesburg

Cost:   $10 online; $15 at the door


Loudoun Young Professionals Mixer

Network with potential business partners and customers at this popular Loudoun Chamber of Commerce event.

Date:   January 6, 2015

Time:   5:30 p.m.

Place:  Buffalo Wing Factory, 43761 Parkhurst Plaza, Ashburn

Cost:   Free; register online

Read It and Reap

Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception by Pamela Meyer.

"Trained lie-spotters get to the truth 90 percent of the time; the rest of us, we're only 54 percent accurate," Meyer said in a TED Talk. Whether you're conducting a job interview or an important board meeting, there are certain behaviors that can signal deception. The author is a certified fraud examiner and presents a tested method for spotting lies and building a network of business associates that you can trust. Check it out from the Loudoun County Public Library.

Gut Check From a Guru

"You have to learn from the mistakes of others -- you won't live long enough to make them all yourself." -- Hyman G. Rickover

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