FCEDA’s popular (and free) “Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business” workshops return for 2020

Fairfax County, Virginia — The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority’s (FCEDA) popular “Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County” seminars are back for 2020.

The first session of the year was held January 10. Upcoming workshops are scheduled for the mornings of: February 4*, March 7*, April 7, May 5, June 2, September 1, October 6 and November 3. (*Inclement weather dates –February 11, and March 10.).

These workshops provide an overview of start-up basics including county licenses and permits, state workforce and training program, and federal financing and certification resources.

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 Fairfax County Government, Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Fairfax County-based Community Business Partnership (CBP), the sessions 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 registration is required and the workshops almost always fill up. Click here to find out which sessions are open for registration.

Registration and a networking breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program runs from 8:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. at the FCEDA Authority headquarters, 8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 100, Tysons, Virginia 22182. For directions, click here.

“Supporting entrepreneurs and stimulating the creation and growth of businesses is an essential economic development function, and our Entrepreneurship 101 workshops are a great resource for anyone thinking about starting a business in Fairfax County,” said Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the FCEDA.

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains business investment offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore/Mumbai, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

The FCEDA is a member of the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance, which promotes and markets Northern Virginia outside the region. Other members of NOVA EDA are the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Arlington County, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park and the Prince William County Department of Economic Development.