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Coworking: Teqcorner

Virginia-based innovation center designed to provide small businesses; technology companies and, start-up entrepreneurs with a "community office" approach that provides flexible, affordable, and short-term lease options and virtual office capabilities.

Events: DC Startup Scramble

Startup resources for college students and young people.

Events: Mid Atlantic Networking

Find networking events in the Mid Atlantic area and start connecting with people near you. This networking directory will connect you with people who are like minded and have similar goals.

Guide for Starting and Growing Your Small Business in VA

The guide compiles selected information from a number of existing resources and publications of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, SCORE, Small Business Administration, and other sources.

Incubators: Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is an early-stage startup accelerator and global launch network that helps entrepreneurs create meaningful and enduring technology companies.

Incubators: INC.spire

INC.spire, the business incubator program of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, is a catalyst for qualified, fast-growing businesses. INC.spire has assisted dozens of rising entrepreneurs during the past decade. Since 2002 INC.spire has assisted four dozen entrepreneurs who have gone on to create over 500 jobs in the Reston area. These firms have attracted $45 million in business value and have secured more than 80,000 square feet of commercial office space in Northern Virginia.

Incubators: University of Maryland Technology Advancement Program

The Technology Advancement Program (TAP) staff is comprised of seasoned veterans of startups and venture capital firms who will provide advice and support, market intel, networking opportunities, flexible lab space, and access to funding.

Investors: Upstate South Carolina Angel Network

"The Upstate Carolina Angel Network, LLC (UCAN) is a group of accredited investors located in Upstate South Carolina who invest in and support start-up and early-stage, high-growth businesses in the Southeastern United States. Our members possess a broad array of business experiences and skills they bring to bear in helping to screen and evaluate potential portfolio companies. They also serve as a valuable resource for guidance and advice to entrepreneurs and their businesses once an investment is made. UCAN is not an investment fund, but rather, a network of investors who make individual investment decisions after working together to evaluate candidate companies. Investments are made through single-purpose LLCs made up of UCAN members who wish to make an investment."

Investors: Virginia Active Angel Network

Virginia Active Angel Network is a professionally managed and member-led group of accredited investors that meet monthly in a dinner model in Charlottesville, VA.

Organizations: Center for Innovative Technology

Virginia- based funding source for early state technology companies with a high potential for technology commercialization, rapid growth, and downstream private equity financing.

Organizations: Council for Entrepreneurial Development

CED (formerly The Council for Entrepreneurial Development) was founded in 1984 to identify, enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerate the entrepreneurial culture of the Research Triangle and North Carolina. CED provides education, mentoring and capital formation resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs through annual conferences, seminars, workshops and programs on entrepreneurial management and finance.

Organizations: DC Entrepreneurs

"This is a business networking group for entrepreneurs and small businesses from the greater Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland area."

Organizations: DC Small Business Development Center

"The DC SBDC Network is an outreach program of Howard University, working in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), other District of Columbia universities, and community organizations, to provide free management and technical assistance and affordable training in all phases of business development to District of Columbia based small businesses. Our trained and skilled business consultants provide confidential, one-on-one management assistance in a myriad of areas, at no cost to the client. Each year, one-on-one consulting is provided to thousands of small business owners, managers and aspiring entrepreneurs."

Organizations: Launch Tennessee

A resource for Tennessee entrepreneurs who are in the startup or looking to scale their business.

Organizations: Mason Enterprise Center

The Mason Enterprise Center is a university-based economic development enterprise that focuses the energy, skills and intellectual capital of George Mason University on enterprise creation and expansion. Specializing in the areas of small business services, government contracting, international business, entrepreneurship, technology ventures, and telework initiatives, the Center offers a unique combination of programs, services, and resources.

Organizations: NOVA Technology Council

Northern Virginia Technology networking and trade association that puts on events and holds educational seminars on technology focused trends. Provides some coaching for early stage entrepreneurs.

Organizations: TiE DC

TiE's mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE's focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

Organizations: Yes Virginia

"To enhance the quality of life and raise the standard of living for all Virginians, in collaboration with Virginia communities, through aggressive business recruitment, expansion assistance, and trade development, thereby expanding the tax base and creating higher-income employment opportunities."

Resources: Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development

Some helpful information for starting a business in Maryland. Learn the ins and outs of state laws and pick up some best practices along the way.

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