Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County

Since 2003, the FCEDA has held a free monthly* 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

The workshops are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month, unless a holiday precedes the first Tuesday, in which case the date is shifted to the second Tuesday of the month. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required and the workshops almost always fill up.

  • Workshops in 2021 are scheduled for: January 12, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, September 14, October 5 and November 9.
    (Inclement weather dates for 2021: January 19, February 9, March 9.)

>> Register here.

Currently, workshops are held online only. The workshop webinar program runs from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

In-person workshops: Registration and networking begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program runs from 8:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. at the Cushman & Wakefield Conference Center, 8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 100, Tysons, Virginia 22182. For directions, click here.

Workshops will be canceled when Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) announces delays or cancels classes due to inclement weather. FCPS announces delays or cancellations on its Web site, www.fcps.edu, and on local television and radio stations. When workshops are canceled, they will be made up seven days later beginning at 8 a.m.

* No workshops are scheduled for the months of July, August or December.