Build it With #FairfaxEDA as FCEDA celebrates National Small Business Week with full day of workshops

Alan Fogg, afogg@fceda.org, +1 703-790-0600 (o), +1 571-213-5065 (m)

May 2 event will provide toolkit for new and growing businesses in Fairfax County

Friday, April 14, 2017

Fairfax County, Virginia USA – In recognition of National Small Business Week (April 30-May 6), the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) will host “Build it With #FairfaxEDA,” a free one-day workshop dedicated to building and growing small businesses in Fairfax County.

Venue sponsor WeWork will host the full day of activities at 1775 Tysons Blvd., Tysons Corner.

Build it With #FairfaxEDA is designed to provide a toolkit for entrepreneurs. After a networking breakfast that begins at 8:30 a.m., the program will begin with the FCEDA’s monthly Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County workshop.

Jennifer Wayne of SkillSource Group, Juli Monroe of Community Business Partnership, Chris Ley of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and Libo Suen from the U.S. Small Business Administration are scheduled to speak during this session.

Following a networking lunch (provided from 11:30 a.m. until noon), local small business experts will address best practices and strategies for building a successful business. Topics will include:

  • Accessing Capital -- Finding the Right Financing for Your Business
  • Growing Your Business with Social Media
  • 5 Legal Issues Your Business Needs to Consider
  • Putting Together a Loan Package
  • Business Certifications in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Moving Out -– Beyond Your Home Office

A panel discussion will then feature the experts, including those from One Degree Capital, M&T Bank, John Marshall Bank, the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and the FCEDA. Question-and-answer and networking sessions will follow until 5 p.m.

While there is no cost to attend this event, seating is limited and registration is required. Click here to register and learn about transportation and parking options.

“Fairfax County is a great location for businesses, small and large,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA. “More than 90 percent of the businesses in the county are small businesses and we recognize their importance and their value in creating jobs and building a local economy. National Small Business Week is a great reminder of the significance of small businesses and to remind small businesses that the Economic Development Authority stands ready to assist  future business owners grow and succeed.”

Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Business growth and innovation helps Fairfax County fund the nation’s top-rated school system and other public services that contribute to the quality of life of residents. Fairfax County offers businesses a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, a vibrant investment capital community and a highly skilled, well-educated workforce.

The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on Twitter and LinkedIn.