What’s Working in Washington

  • How the federal government can fund your small business

    On this episode, we talk to Robert Brooke, director of federal funding programs at the Virginia Center of Innovative Technology, about the federal government’s Small Business Innovative Research program. Brooke explains how SBIR is designed to fund startups that are creating new and untested technologies, while letting the company retain commercialization rights.

  • How the federal government can fund your small business

    On this episode, we talk to Robert Brooke, director of federal funding programs at the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology, about the federal government’s Small Business Innovative Research program. Brooke explains how SBIR is designed to fund startups that are creating new and untested technologies, while letting the company retain commercialization rights.

  • Building a stronger cyber industry

    Today, we spoke to Mary Beth Borgwing, co-chair of Uniting Women in Cyber, and founder of Standish Cyber Corporation, to discuss how the D.C. region can serve as a great landing pad for up-and-coming cyber startups. It’s great to be close to the federal government and the source of regulations, but there’s still some work to be done to make it home for the cyber industry.

  • Injecting ethics into boards through diversity

    Denise Keane, former board member of Altria and current board member of DirectWomen, discusses how diversity of background and opinion can make boards of directors more responsible and proactive, for the good of both their company and the general population.

  • Building up the BioHealth Capital Region

    For today’s EXTRA episode, we talk to Jeff Gallagher, CEO of Virginia Biotechnology Association, and Richard Bendis, president & CEO of BioHealth Innovation Incorporated.They discuss how the D.C. region is a perfect home for the biohealth industry, and what impact this industry can have on the region in the coming years.

  • Are trade groups the secret to bringing the DC region together?

    Harry Klaff, managing director at JLL, stops by to discuss the opportunity that trade groups have to affect significant change in the D.C. region. Specifically, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the MetroNow Coalition have taken huge steps in making the area better for communities and companies alike.

  • How a local scientist became an accidental entrepreneur

    David Cetlin, founder and CEO of MockV Solutions, discusses the skills he had to develop when he fell into his entrepreneurship journey. Cetlin explains how biotechnology and entrepreneurship go hand in hand, especially in the D.C. region.

  • Secret strengths of product and service businesses

    John Funge, chief product officer at startup incubator and venture capital firm DataTribe, discusses the main, inherent differences in product- and service-oriented businesses, and how the D.C. region can be a great opportunity for both to thrive.

  • Strengthening DC’s school-to-career pipeline

    Steven Partridge, vice president of workforce and economic development at the Northern Virginia Community College, discusses how education in D.C. is closing the mismatch between the skills schools teach and the skills employers need.

  • Digital marketing: are you doing it right?

    Pamela Clark, founder of web design service Clark Concepts, explains the best ways for small business owners to dip their toes into digital marketing, through their own website and social media. Clark recommends having a website and knowing your audience as the first and foremost tips to having a solid presence online.

  • How Lyft is growing in the DC region

    Mid-Atlantic general manager for Lyft, Stephen Taylor, discusses how his experience as a pilot for the Navy, and as an angel investor, prepared him for entrepreneurship. Taylor explains that sometimes, being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean starting from scratch.

  • Hear Me Code offers free coding classes to DC women

    Shannon Turner discusses Hear Me Code, a group she founded that offers free coding lessons to over 3,000 women in the D.C. area. Turner also explains the upcoming DCFemTech INSPIRE, an event centered around elevating the voices and achievements of women in tech in D.C.

  • DC-area immigrants pushing through barriers to entrepreneurship

    Daniel Parra, director of small and minority business at the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, discusses the main barriers that immigrant and minority business owners face in the D.C. area, and how many of them push through setbacks to become successful.

  • Activity Rocket gets kids into enrichment programs

    Lisa Friedlander, co-founder of Activity Rocket, explains the trials and tribulations of starting a business with no prior entrepreneurial experience. Friedlander discusses how hard work and a little help from family helped the company rise to a national scale.