Small Business Events & Workshops

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 05:30 PM

Work for Yourself@50+

Are you over 50 and looking for ways to improve your current financial situation? Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss? Work for Yourself@50+ has the information you need to succeed.

AARP Foundation’s Work for Yourself@50+ initiative will help you gain the knowledge, support, and resources you need to make informed decisions about working for yourself and learn what it takes to launch a successful self-employment venture.

The decision to start your own business can be both exciting and daunting. Work for Yourself@50+ breaks the choices down for older adults in an approachable way through five steps:

  • A careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks of working for yourself
  • Exercises to help develop the self-employment idea
  • A realistic overview of what it takes to pursue a self-employment opportunity
  • Guidance to help avoid pitfalls and scams
  • Ways to find trustworthy support and services


This workshop will be facilitated in English only. 

Click HERE to register. 

For additional information, visit

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 05:30 PM
14 rsvps

Como Empezar su Negocio de Transporte

Aprenda sobre como comenzar su negocio de transporte.

Temas a discutir:

  • Permisos y licencias.
  • Registro y estructura legal de negocio.
  • Opciones de financiamiento.
The Broom Factory in Baltimore, MD
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 01:00 PM
105 rsvps

What's your story?

Storytelling is the new marketing

As an entrepreneur your story is not just about your past. Whether pitching for funding, scaling your business or selling to new clients, if harnessed, your story can be your greatest financial resource and the blueprint for your business success. In this session, participants will see firsthand how the power of telling one's story can be leveraged to activate a community of investors, clients and brand ambassadors.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Craft a winning elevator pitch for your business or nonprofit.
  • Uncover proven story monetization techniques for your business story and brand.
  • Create successful crowdfunding campaigns and raise capital for business and nonprofit organizations.
  • Recruit clients, donors, change ambassadors, and strategic partners using storytelling.
  • Tell their story like a renowned TED Talker.

This workshop is for:

  • Startup entrepreneurs raising investment capital.
  • Early to senior level professionals in career transition.
  • Businesses and nonprofits who wish to find a niche in a saturated market.
  • Anyone trying to turn challenging stories into funding opportunities.


 Gbenga Ogunjimi, Author of Borderless Voice: The Power of Telling Your Story and Defining Your Identity

Copies of Gbenga's Book will be available for purchase! Check it out on Amazon.


  • Network with entrepreneurs and investors
  • Access funding opportunities to launch your personal brand and business
  • Tools for creating a compelling narrative for your nonprofit and business

According to The Foundation Center HQ New York:

"Gbenga led a brilliant, dexterous presentation at Foundation Center's NYC headquarters on the use of storytelling for accessing funding and professional opportunities. His lively session was tremendously well-received by our audience of New York nonprofits and social enterprises; participants responded that they discovered a newfound confidence and a better grasp of how to steer their own personal story into a compelling, forward-looking tale that truly connects with potential funders, employers, and clients. Gbenga did an outstanding job of inspiring a room full of people to present themselves and their organizations to the world with greater confidence and leadership."

Tracy Kaufman
Community Outreach Manager at Foundation Center

When: Saturday, Jan. 25

Time: 1-3pm

Where: LEDC Offices 1401 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Spaces limited. RSVP below for FREE today!

LEDC Offices in Washington, DC
Monday, January 27, 2020 at 02:00 PM
10 rsvps

LEDC x DCRA Facebook Ask Me Live Event for Small Business



How to apply for a business permit? What is an EIN number? Where do I apply for a food truck permit? What is the latest online business tool for marketing? What's the best E-Commerce platform? What is a pitch deck?

Don't get stuck in a Google rabbit hole! Get all of your business related questions answered from small business experts via Facebook Live! LEDC small business coaches and experts from D.C Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs' Small Business Resource Center will host a Facebook Live Ask Me online event for small business owners or anyone interested in starting their business in Washington D.C! 

RSVP to get more information on exact time for the 1st ever LEDC and D.C.R.A Facebook Ask Me online live event for small business to be held on Monday 27 January 2020!   

*Please note this will be an online event only on Facebook! There will be NO psychical location. Please make sure you have a good internet connection. We are not responsible for technical issues unrelated to our end*

Facebook Live (Online) in Washington, DC
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 05:30 PM
20 rsvps

¡Emprender a los 50 y más!

¿Tiene más de 50 años y está buscando maneras de mejorar su situación financiera actual? ¿Alguna vez has soñado con ser tu propio jefe? Work for Yourself @ 50+ tiene la información que necesita para tener éxito.

La iniciativa Work for Yourself @ 50+ de la Fundación AARP lo ayudará a obtener el conocimiento, el apoyo y recursos que necesita para tomar decisiones informadas sobre cómo trabajar para usted y aprender lo que se necesita para lanzar un negocio exitoso.

La decisión de comenzar su propio negocio puede ser emocionante y desalentadora. Work for Yourself @ 50+ desglosa las opciones para adultos mayores de una manera accesible en cinco pasos:

  • Una cuidadosa consideración de los posibles beneficios y riesgos de trabajar para si mismo.
  • Ejercicios para ayudar a desarrollar la idea del autoempleo.
  • Una visión realista de lo que se necesita para buscar una oportunidad de trabajo por cuenta propia.
  • Orientación para ayudar a evitar trampas y estafas.
  • Formas de encontrar soporte y servicios confiables.


LEDC organizará un taller gratuito en ESPAñOL cerca de usted el martes 28 de enero de 2020.

¡Regístrese hoy AQUI

Para obtener información adicional, visite

LEDC Offices in Washington, DC
Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 03:30 PM

Como Iniciar Su Negocio en DC

Conozca los pasos para obtener licencias y permisos requeridos para iniciar su negocio en Washington DC. Obtenga informacion acerca de fuentes de financiacion y que ayudas y programas estan a su alcance para alcanzar sus metas.

Entrada: Sin Costo pero el espacio es limitado. Registrese por favor.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 10:00 AM
3 rsvps
Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 05:00 PM
3 rsvps
Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 06:00 PM

Como Iniciar Su Negocio de Reparacion de Casas en DC

Un empresario experimentado en la industria de la remodelacion de casas nos contara su experiencia y recomendaciones. Adicionalmente, un asesor de negocios presentara los pasos para obtener su licencia de contratista en la ciudad de DC. 

Evento SIN COSTO. Espacio limitado, por favor registrese. 

Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 10:00 AM
1 rsvp