Loudoun Small Business Week: On The Schedule

One of the biggest of the year for Loudoun’s entrepreneurs is just days away, as the county will celebrate its Small Business Week.

This year, the weeklong celebration aligns with National Small Business Week. And Vanessa Wagner, the county’s small business and entrepreneurship manager, said organizers have taken cues from previous years to shake things up for the 2019 rendition.

“Every year Small Business Week is different because our business development managers and partners take feedback from entrepreneurs and business owners in the community and implement that feedback. It’s very much driven by industry trends and important information relevant to today’s business owners,” she said.

Among the additions for 2019 is the “Grow Your Business Outside of the Farmers Market” seminar, set for Tuesday, May 7 at the Loudoun Extension Office in Leesburg, to help rural and agricultural business owners identify new market opportunities and additional revenue streams. A Thursday, May 9 session on cybersecurity best practices for small businesses hopes to help business owners avoid the pitfalls of web threats. And the Friday, May 10 Entrepreneurial Women’s Business Seminar stems from a new partnership with the Loudoun Commission on Women and Girls, Wagner said.

Another change is the addition of the annual Visit Loudoun Tourism Awards at week’s end, as the week also falls during National Tourism Week. The Spring Farm Tour, which traditionally had ended Loudoun Small Business Week, will instead be held the following weekend, so that farmers have the opportunity to attend the Small Business Week sessions, Wagner said.

Many of the events are offered free of charge while others are offered at a start-up business-friendly price, Wagner said.

Loudoun Small Business Week runs Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10. More information on the week’s events can be found at biz.loudoun.gov/loudoun-sbw-2019.



Monday, May 6

Loudoun Small Business Conference

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Washington Dulles Airport Marriott, 45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles

See loudounconference.comfor registration and details.


Tuesday, May 7

Create Experiences that Attract Customers

8:30 to 10 a.m.

Belfort Furniture, 22250 Shaw Road, Sterling

Grow Your Business Outside of the Farmers Market

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Loudoun Extension Office, 750 Miller Drive, SE, Leesburg

Prototyping Loudoun’s Future for Advanced Manufacturing

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

GWU Science & Technology Campus, 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn


Wednesday, May 8

1 Million Cups – Loudoun

9 to 10 a.m.

Mason Enterprise Center Loudoun, 202 Church Street, Leesburg

Business Without Borders

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Bungalow Lakehouse, 46116 Lake Center Plaza, Sterling

Leesburg Business Awards

6 to 8 p.m.

ChefScape, 1602 Village Market Boulevard #120, Leesburg


Thursday, May 9

Business @ Breakfast

7:30 to 9 a.m.

Belmont Country Club, 43750 Tournament Parkway, Ashburn

Start Your Business in Loudoun

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gum Spring Library, 24600 Millstream Drive, Aldie

Big Data, Dark Fiber, and the Power to Compute

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Telos Corporation, 19886 Ashburn Road, Ashburn

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Business

5:30 to 7 p.m.

Old Ox Brewery, 44652 Guilford Drive #114, Ashburn


Friday, May 10

Marketing Your Small Business to Your Ideal Tourist

8 to 10 a.m.

The Bush Tabernacle, 250 S. Nursery Avenue, Purcellville

Loudoun’s Entrepreneurial Women’s Business Seminar

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging, 742 Miller Drive SE, Leesburg

Visit Loudoun’s Annual Tourism Awards

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The National, 18980 Upper Belmont Place, Lansdowne

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