E-Bird Newsletter

January events: Entrepreneurship 101, Cyber/Cloud Virtual Career Fair and more

Aspiring entrepreneurs can get start-up tips from Pallabi Saboo, CEO of Tysons-based Harmonia Holdings Group during the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority’s next Entrepreneurship 101 virtual workshop next Tuesday, January 11.

Held every other month, Entrepreneurship 101, or “E-101,” is a virtual workshop that features a panel of small business experts on many aspects of starting a business here: Cindy Butler, Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia, Community Business Partnership; Meagan Kiefer, Fairfax County Department of Economic Initiatives; Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; and Nirav “Nick” Rajpara, U.S. Small Business Administration-Washington, D.C., District Office.

Participants receive step-by-step information that covers registering a business, permitting requirements, business feasibility and business plan basics, business certifications, financing options and government resources.

In addition, the workshop features an “Entrepreneur Spotlight,” with a guest speaker who will discuss their entrepreneurial journey and share tips for business success.

Saboo, the guest for this session, is CEO of Tysons-based Harmonia Holdings Group, rapidly growing, award-winning, woman-owned company delivering cutting edge innovative technology solutions to federal agencies and commercial clients. Saboo co-founded Harmonia in 2006 and since then has grown it aggressively as it seeks to develop specialized technology-enabled services. She is an entrepreneur with a unique understanding of technology as well as business/strategic issues, and has an extensive track record of building/operating successful technology related companies.

Saboo also is a new member of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority Commission.

Click here to register for the January 11 E-101 workshop. All participants who attend the entire webinar will receive a virtual “notebook” of business resource information. Networking opportunities will be provided during the event.

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority has presented the sessions since 2003 and proudly kicks them off 2022 in partnership with the Fairfax County-based Community Business Partnership, the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and the U.S. Small Business Administration.


Hoskins to speak at Jan. 11 Asian American Chamber Lunch with Leaders

The Asian-American Chamber of Commerce presents its monthly business networking luncheon on January 11. Lunch with Leaders provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to hear from prominent speakers, connect with other business leaders in the region and build bridges to future business success. The featured speaker this month is Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the FCEDA. Click here to register.


NAACP MLK Economic Empowerment Brunch coming Jan. 15

Join the Fairfax NAACP for a morning focused on Black economic empowerment with inspiring speakers, delicious food and great music. The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is a sponsor of this event featuring keynote speaker Richard Fowler, the nationally syndicated radio host of The Richard Fowler Show, a Fox News Channel contributor, and a millennial messaging expert. Click here to register.


Cyber/Cloud Virtual Career Fair set for Jan. 27

Amazon, Microsoft, CACI, Leidos, SpaceLink will be among 50 companies interviewing for thousands of jobs at the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority’s IT & Cyber Security Virtual Career Fair on Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. Registration is free.

Click here to register and to see the full list of participating companies.

Employers will be hiring for all experience levels in IT and cybersecurity across the government, IT, finance, defense, renewable energy and healthcare sectors. Companies are especially interested in candidates with security clearances, although not a requirement.

As the third-largest metro area for technology employment, Northern Virginia is home to more than 15,000 technology establishments. Employers at the Cyber + IT Virtual Career Fair are hiring talent in tech roles across a wide range of experience levels and industries. With the region expected to add more than 130,000 tech jobs in the next five years, companies are looking for skilled talent to fuel the industry and make a global difference.

Don’t miss the opportunity to make meaningful connections and advance your career — all from the comfort of your home or other location accessible by WiFi.