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31 Whirlpool is hosting its fourth annual Mother of Invention Grant Program that provides seed money and guidance to moms to turn their invention, business or service ideas into a full-fledged business. Contest winners receive $20,000 for the grand prize and $24,000 split between the four runners-up. Whirlpool added a category this year focused on moms who create an environmentally friendly product or service or use natural or recycled materials to create their invention. More information and entry forms can be found at Entries are accepted through July 31.


4 SCORE sponsors a workshop, Business Development in the Federal Sector, on selling to the federal government, from 9 a.m. to noon. 740 15th St., NW, 3rd Fl., Washington, D.C. The fee is $30. Contact 202-272-0390 or

6 SCORE sponsors a free workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. focused on small business loans, specifically the SBA-guaranteed bank loan products, eligibility and how to apply. 740 15th St., NW, 3rd Fl., Washington, D.C. Contact 202-272-0390 or

7 The Washington DC Small Business Development Center hosts a women's procurement conference with an eye on growth strategies for emerging women-owned businesses. 600 5th St., NW, Washington, D.C. Contact 202-806-1550.

7 Washington Area Community Investment Fund hosts a free seminar on how to use the Internet to grow a business. It will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 9612 H St., NE, Washington, D.C. Contact 202-529-5505.

11 Women's Business Center of Northern Virginia is offering the ABCs of Starting a Business from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The center also offers a variety of other small business tutorials. Information can be found at

16 Washington Network Group sponsors a networking reception for tech sector professionals, including entrepreneurs, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bar Louie, 701 7th St., NW, Washington, D.C. More information is available at


3-5 The Small Business Administration is hosting an international trade symposium with the Commerce Department at the 26th Annual National Minority Enterprise Development Conference. The conference will be held at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C. Visit for more detailed program information.

5 Deadline for early registration the National Business Incubation Association's 18th Fall Training Institute, to be held Oct. 13-15 in New Orleans. Choose from among nine intensive workshops geared toward incubation and economic development professionals. Visit for complete workshop descriptions.

10-12 15th Annual Conference of the National Association of Seed & Venture Funds, Detroit. Early registration is open here.

15-16 The International Franchise Association is hosting an "appreciation day" that will include briefings and roundtable discussions on issues affecting franchising such as affordable health care and immigration reform. The forum will be held at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. Political pundit and former White House aide to President Clinton, Paul Begala, will be the keynote speaker. For more information, visit

By Sharon McLoone |  July 25, 2008; 10:12 AM ET Calendar Events
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