MWBC/LaunchNetwork Business Plan Workshop

PlanAPlanB_mI had the opportunity to present information on writing a business plan to a very interesting group of entrepreneurs. The concepts for their businesses ranged from personal services to projects with a global reach. They were attentive and had plenty of good questions. I’ll be creating a group for the participants who’d like to stay in touch for future brainstorming.

This workshop had a mix of participants from the Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) and LaunchNetwork. MWBC, located at 95 Monroe Street in Rockville, offers a range of consulting services, workshops, and an annual business plan competition to entrepreneurs in MD, DC, and VA. LaunchNetwork, located in DC, provides networking opportunities and resources for professional women. Their first annual business plan competition is underway.

I’ll be presenting the QuickBooks Online workshop and MWBC on Thursday, August 22nd from 9:30-12:30pm.

Hope to see you there!


Orientation and Training for New Small Business Owners

adjMWBC_164x91I attended the “Orientation”/”ABC’s of Starting a Business” program offered by the Maryland Women’s Business Center. The sessions run back-to-back (from 8am-1:30pm) and are offered monthly for those interested in starting a small business. This month the sessions were held at the Wheaton Business Innovation Center. (For the uninitiated, that’s the SOUTH building.) Next month they will be held at the Maryland Women’s Business Center.

Managing Director, Lori Gillen led the one-hour Orientation. It included valuable info about the wealth of resources available to start-ups and small businesses at the federal, state, and local levels. Many of the resources are here in Montgomery County. Many others are available online. All are designed to get you up and running. Gillen pointed out that women small business owners in Montgomery County are hardly alone. Over 1/3 of the 100,000 small businesses are run by women.


Maryland Women’s Business Center

adjMWBC_164x91I’ve recently been invited to do pro bono business counseling and training at the Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC). I’m excited to work with women who are starting out as entrepreneurs. Of course, the advice and training is open to men. And, the services are available to those who reside in Virginia, too. But for me the best part is to work with people who are involved in creating something new.