Small Business Events Calendar


16 Cost Estimating for Construction Firms: This event, sponsored by the D.C. government, focuses on how to analyze, quantify and price items for an estimate. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library e-BIC Business Center, 901 G St., NW, Washington.

16 Understanding and Building Business Credit: This event, sponsored by the D.C. government, explains the basics of understanding business credit and establishing trade accounts. Please e-mail to reserve a seat for the 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library e-BIC Business Center. 901 G Street, NW, Washington.

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 $5,000 to $7,000 as 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.


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 for 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.

10-12 National Association of Seed and Venture Funds 15th Annual Conference will be held in Detroit. Register early here.

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

By Sharon McLoone |  July 14, 2008; 2:29 PM ET Calendar Events
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