E-Bird Newsletter

Upcoming Fairfax County EDA hosted and sponsored events

Presented by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, join our panel of small business experts for a free, interactive webinar on Tuesday, May 3, 10-11:15 a.m. (EST), on how to start a business in Fairfax County. Participants will receive step-by-step information on registering a business, permitting requirements, business feasibility and business plan basics, business certifications, financing options and government resources.

  • Click here to register for the Tuesday, May 3, interactive webinar.

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 in Fairfax County:

  • Cindy Butler, Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia, Community Business Partnership.
  • Meagan Kiefer, Fairfax County Department of Economic Initiatives.
  • Chris Ley, Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity.
  • Nirav “Nick” Rajpara, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, D.C., District Office.

In addition, the workshop features an “Entrepreneur Spotlight,” with guest speakers who will discuss their entrepreneurial journey and share tips for business success. This session’s speakers Amy Dagliano and Kate Janich will talk about why and how they founded Rowan Tree, a Herndon-based co-working space primarily for women entrepreneurs. The co-founders also plan to discuss how the business has grown, why it’s unique, how they pivoted during COVID-19 — and more.

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 these sessions since 2003 and proudly kicks them off in 2022 in a 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. 


Acquisition Next: Artificial Intelligence symposium set for May 5

Co-hosted by George Mason University’s Center for Government Contracting and the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, this symposium is focused on the challenges and current practices for government acquisition of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. This event will be of interest to professionals seeking to increase their knowledge of AI-related issues in government acquisition, including members of government, business and academia.

  • Click here to register for the Thursday, May 5, hybrid event held at the Arlington Campus of George Mason University with up to 150 in-person attendees and unlimited virtual attendance.

The event features two panels composed of industry and government experts, “Buying AI: Industry Challenges” and “Buying AI: Current Government Practices,” as well as lunch, a keynote speaker, opportunities to network, and tours of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion facilities. The two discussion panels will be led by knowledgeable moderators to create a rich, interactive environment for speakers and registrants.


2022 NVTC Impact AI to be held May 11

Presented by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the 2022 NVTC Impact AI Summit will explore how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the world in which we live and work. Learn how businesses and government agencies are successfully deploying AI to accelerate innovation, gain competitive advantages and improve operational efficiencies. Join the conversation with tech innovators, policy makers and thought leaders and discover how AI-driven strategies have impacted the National Capital Region.

  • Click here to register for the Wednesday, May 11, in-person event held at the McLean Hilton.

With Teresa Carlson, chairman and founder of KnightSwan as keynote speaker (formerly with Splunk, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft), speakers will include John Blair, assistant director, national business investment at the Fairfax County EDA. Click here to see the roster of presenters.