Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County workshop

Since 2003, the FCEDA has held a free workshop for individuals interested in starting a business in Fairfax County. Held in partnership with the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Community Business Partnership (CBP), the workshops have attracted more than 5,000 attendees.

The sessions provide overviews of:

  • Business start-up basics (licenses and permits)
  • Workforce services and training programs
  • SBA financing and resources
  • SDB, MBE and 8(a) certification

There is no charge, but pre-registration is required. Workshops for the remainder of 2021 are scheduled for: May 4, July 13, September 4 and November 9.

>> Register here

**Currently, workshops are held online only. The webinar program runs from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Featured Speakers:


Cindy Butler
Director, Women’s Business Center at Community Business Partnership


Meaghan Kiefer
BizEx Partner and Division Manager of Small and Local Business Development, Fairfax County Department of Economic Initiatives


Chris Tran Ley
Business Service Manager, Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity


Nirav “Nick” Rajpara
Economic Development Specialist, US Small Business Administration (SBA), Washington, D.C., Area Metro Office