Nine dates announced for FCEDA’s “Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business” workshop series in 2018

Contacts: Alan Fogg,, 703-790-0600 (o) or 571-213-5065 (m)

Popular series will  resume January 9 in Tysons Corner

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fairfax County, Virginia – -- The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority’s (FCEDA) popular “Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County” seminars will resume in January.

The first of nine workshops in 2018 has been scheduled for the morning of January 9, to be followed by sessions on February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, September 11, October 2 and November 6.

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

Nearly 5,000 people have attended the Entrepreneurship 101 series since 2003. The FCEDA conducts the workshops in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and the Fairfax County-based Community Business Partnership.

All workshops are held at FCEDA headquarters, 8300 Boone Boulevard, in Tysons Corner. Registration and networking begin at 7:30 a.m. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required and space is limited. Click here to learn more and register for the January session.

This year, multiple workshops will be followed by “Lunch and Learn” brown-bag seminars which will also be free and open to the public. These seminars will focus on single business topics such as certifications and legal issues. The  FCEDA will announce further information as it becomes available.

“Small businesses are the foundation of this and any local economy, and these workshops are an important tool in spurring entrepreneurism, generating job growth and building the commercial tax base,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA.  “We are gratified to work with committed federal, state and local partners to present these free and valuable resources.”

January 23, February 13 and March 13 will serve as makeup dates should inclement weather force postponement of a workshop during the winter months.

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 Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn.