Loudoun Economic Development Newsletter May 2016
Keep Calm and App On

We've launched a new app to help you get the most out of Loudoun Small Business Week, May 16-22. 

Which workshops are going to help you the most? Who's speaking, and where? Is there a happy hour that fits your schedule? The Loudoun SBW 2016 app will answer your questions and help you get the most out of Loudoun Small Business Week.

The app is free and available for Android and Windows phones; the Apple version is coming soon. Download the app now and have a great time next week!

Featured Events

Loudoun Small Business Week 
May 16 - 22
There are almost 20 events that will help educate, connect and celebrate Loudoun entrepreneurs. The full list is on our website; don't miss:

Fail Forward
May 16 at 6 p.m.
Successful business leaders will reveal the challenges they faced while building their companies. Learn how to overcome obstacles from Ed Zigo, president of the Clarke-Hook Corporation; Chad MacDonald, managing partner of Connected Ventures; Sharon Virts, CEO of FCi Federal, and Justin Dobson, co-owner of ComfenergyLight refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but space is limited; register now.
Resource Fair and Social Hour
May 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar while meeting key people from organizations that can help you start or grow your company. Admission is free; register online.
Makers Movie Screening
May 19 at 5:30 p.m.
An After-Hours Mixer will be followed by a free screening of "Maker: A Documentary on the Maker Movement." Stay for a live panel discussion with insights offered by Pat Scannell, founder of the Loudoun-based Makersmiths Innovation Forge; Scott and Becky Harris, founders of Catoctin Creek Distillery; Sean and Kristi Quill from Barn Owl Primitives; Jason Osborne from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Adam Rossi from INDI Co. There's a $20 suggested donation. Register here.
Small Business Week Celebration
May 20 from 5-7 p.m.
Segue into the weekend with drinks and light refreshments at the Lost Rhino brewery in Ashburn. Please RSVP.
Loudoun Spring Farm Tour
May 21-22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Almost 50 farms, wineries, breweries and special venues will be open to the public, offering tastings, products, and hands-on activities. Kids can experience holding baby chicks, riding ponies, feeding alpacas, petting rabbits, picking strawberries and more. Get details and a map.

Loudoun Small Biz News


Ashburn entrepreneur wins "The Next Big Thing" competition on NBC's "Today Show;" featured on QVC. -- Zaius, behavioral marketing software startup, raises $8 million in new funding round.-- Aperiomics, Inc recongized as Health and Life Sciences Innovator of the Year at the Greater Washington Innovation Awards.-- Cultured Cafe and Dig Records in Leesburg named best place to eat soup and buy records.


Let Us Help You

Vanessa Jozwiak is Loudoun Economic Development's small business and entrepreneurism manager. She can help you find resources to start or grow your business. That means introducing you to people who can help you write a business plan, find office space, analyze funding sources, navigate the permit process, or anything else outlined in our small business quick-start checklist. Contact Vanessa at 703-777-0585 or by email.