DC Startup Week #DCSW 2018 Recap and Live-Streams!

Thank you for helping us make this the biggest DC Startup Week #DCSW yet! This was our third annual celebration with over 5,000 attendees throughout the DMV. The 5-day interactive week showcased hundreds of regional startups, entrepreneurs and the regions’ bustling ecosystem, helping to further foster growth within the local startup community.

DC Startup Week participants networked and gained knowledge by attending thought-provoking, informative and entertaining panels, pitch competition, hackathons, exhibitions and discussions put on by more than 50 collaborating organizations including The Mayor’s Office, several coworking places, startups, corporations, nonprofits and educational institutions.

We put together 120+ sessions with 220+ speakers in 33 locations across the city, Northern Virginia and Maryland in just one week! We couldn’t have done it without you.

We ended the week with a Pitch Competition where the local startup, Twenty Tables won cash prizes from DC Startup Week and in kind prizes from its sponsors Google Cloud, GSP, Silver Strategy, Alley Powered by Verizon and Metamer Productions.

We thank all the sponsors, speakers, participants, volunteers and venues who made this the most successful DC Startup Week to date. We can’t wait to see you at future events.

In case you missed them, you can watch the week’s 19 live-streamed sessions. Just click the links below and it will take you straight to the recording!

HireHer Panel: The Minority Majority

Learn How to Maximize Mentor Relationships

Panel: How to Build a B2B Sales Team

Meeting the Challenges of Hiring Service Providers and Gig Economy Professionals

Scale Yourself from Founder to CEO

How to Know What Your Customers Want Before Building Your Product

Panel: Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality & the Future of Content Marketing

DevFest DC : How to Erase Unconscious Bias from your AI Datasets

DevFestDC: Google + AI

Panel: Are You Ready for the Spotlight?

Bias Breakers and Being an Ally

Panel: Creating Beautiful and Intuitive User Experiences

5G Future Series: Balancing Community Safety & Tech in a 5G World

Corporate Partnerships: Part 1 – Community, Connections & Commitments to Closing Equity Gaps

Corporate Partnerships: Part 2 – Community, Connections & Commitments to Closing Equity Gaps

Telling Your Story: Why I Spent 600 Hours for a 7 Minute Talk

Multi-Platform Content Marketing for Startups

Video for Startups & Enterprise Business

Pitch Competition: The Pitches

Pitch Competition: Winner Announcement

Success Creators Visits Mad Cow Grill

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with these beautiful ladies for the First Success Creators Monthly Meetup at the new Mad Cow Grill restaurant in Laurel. We discussed career goals, post retirement plans, and steps to progressively make a career transition. We also talked about business development, licensing for business, international trade, and resources for Small Business Owners. The conversation then turned to home ownership, counseling for new homebuyers and real estate investment.

We met one of the owners of Mad Cow Ed Reynosa. He’s of Dominican and Peruvian descent and incorporates all of those flavors in his cooking. His partner is of Jamaican descent and brings the spicy, delicious Jamaican Flavors. He was extremely nice and graciously posed for a picture with us.

The restaurant staff was very accommodating and attentive. We arrived on Saturday at 4pm for the Happy Hour. The specials for appetizers and drinks are great! We ordered Salmon, Jerk Chicken, and the Ox Tails. Overall the menu is very reasonable and the food and drinks were superb!

Everyone gets hot coco shots with the meals. Loved it!!! I highly recommend this spot for events and casual dining with friends.

The next Success Creators Meet Up will be at Swahili Village for African Cuisine in April! We are also partnering with EmpowerU Career Coaching, LLC and Microsoft to provide a hands on Linked In Training at the Microsoft Theater in Tyson’s Corner. Join us and let Success Creators help you navigate your pathway to Success! Join our Meet Up Group for more info: http://meetu.ps/c/2LrbX/2C3tp/a

The food Photo is courtesy of Nicole Charles Instagram: @BuddingFoodie to give you a clear picture of the deliciousness. ❤️

Mad Cow Grill website: https://www.madcowgrill.com/ #madcowgrill #madcow #successcreators #simplyebony #career #networking #jobs

Learn the Process of Starting a Business in DC

Learn the Process of Starting a Business at the DC Public Library

Date: 4/2/2018

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (EDT)

Registration Deadline: 4/2/2018 8:00 AM (EDT)

Fee: No Fee

Register Here: https://dcbiz.ecenterdirect.com/events/44607

Point of Contact: Jacqueline Noisette (202) 442-8170

Center: DCRA Small Business Resource Center

Location: Anacostia Neighborhood Library – 1800 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington DC 20020

Training Topics: Business Licensing, Certificates of Occupancy, Corporate Registration, Other


During these FREE monthly sessions, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) will partner with District government agencies to educate customers on how to start a new business in the District of Columbia. The following topics will be discussed: – Business Licensing – Corporate registration – Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) – Home Occupancy Permits (HOP) – Grant Opportunities – Vending – Farmer markets – Certified Business Enterprises (CBE)

Instructions: Workshop

Small Business Owner and Her Money Workshop

Women Entrepreneurs Join Us for the First 2018 joint event on the books this Saturday. Teaching Women Entrepreneurs how to stack their money. #GoalGetter #SuccessCreators #OnOurWayUp

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY this Saturday from 12pm (Noon) to 4pm is the SMALL BUSINESS OWNER & HER MONEY workshop. Prepare to be filled with financial knowledge. Remember to bring business cards for networking.

Overall topics:

1. 7 Baby steps by Dave Ramsey

2. Business Essentials

3. Business Expenses and

4. Tax changes for 2018

Register today! We still have seats available.


Vote for Success Creators to WIN the GWUL Thursday Network Pitch Contest

Please vote for Success Creators to win the MicroGrant competition by clicking "like" on the video directly from the Thursday Network – Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) Young Professionals FaceBook Page:

Success Creators serves to bridge the gap and connect the right employees to the right companies! #SuccessCreators #GWUL #ThursdayNetwork #MicrograntCompetition

Free Resource for Small Business Owners

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with SBA.

SBDC advisors provide aspiring and current small business owners a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support, disaster recovery assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, 8(a) program support, and healthcare guidance.