Interactive Art Reception, Networking & Workshop @ Launch Gaithersburg
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

About this Event

Gaithersburg, MD: Operation A.R.T.S presents Blooming Visionaries, a multi-genre event featuring an explorative artists reception, an interactive art demonstration, workshop and networking. Artists, Businesses & Community are some of the key ingredients for a substantial economy. Experience the worlds of flourishing artists: Alex Kasten, Heather Joi, Mike Hyman & A.N.T Hill Arts. Help find insight into yourself with psychic automatism Heather Joi will be showing us a glimpse into her world by leading us through a Dada and Surrealism arts technique. Learn the tips and tricks of networking with Mimi (Aquila Benjamin), founder of N.Y.A.O, a brand building organization that teaches you the fundamentals of making effective connections. Then it’s time put what you learned to the test. Connect with a variety of local business owners who share common aspirations to business though Team Network, a networking organization lead by Curt Kowalski. Join us and grow together as a community with small business networking experience. This is a FREE event with complimentary light refreshments and wine sponsored generously by Ninety Plus Cellars! Support the arts while networking with fellow creatives and entrepreneurs on April 24th from 5-8pm at Launch Workplaces, 9841 Washingtonian Blvd #200, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

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Bethesda Local Art Reception @ Launch Bethesda
Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join artist Liz Goll Lerner as she shares the unique vision of mother and daughter in her new gallery show at Launch Workplaces! This unique exhibition explores the foundational influences from Mother to Daughter: Elsie Zarin Goll and Liz Goll Lerner, from representational to abstract expressionism. Sip wine and enjoy light fare as you are transformed by their creative and dynamic works.

Women Power – Female Entrepreneur Discussion Panel @ Launch Bethesda
Apr 27 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for a fun discussion with several successful women entrepreneurs.  We will have food and beverages, so come by, say hello and have fun!

Simple Ways to Manage Your Business Cash Flow @ SSIC Powered By Launch
May 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Planning beats worrying!

Do you worry about whether you’ll have enough money to pay your bills next month, or next year? Are you unsure whether to save your money or invest in products or services that could help your business grow? In this hands-on session, we’ll walk through some simple steps to develop a financial plan for the future, and how to keep it useful as time goes on. We’ll cover concepts like cash flow, budgeting and financial projections using clear, realistic examples that relate to your business.We will use worksheets to capture summary data from your financial systems so bring your laptop.

This session is perfect for a business owner who’s been running their business for a couple of years, has maybe felt the effects of not planning ahead for cash flow, and is ready to learn and apply some planning techniques.

A light breakfast will be provided at 8:30am. The presentation will start at 9am. A paid parking garage is adjacent to the building. Metro accessible at the Silver Spring stop on the Red line.

Meet Your Speaker:

This seminar will be presented by Andrea Dunathan, CEO of Dunathan Consulting. Andrea helps small business owners set up straightforward, efficient systems so they have more time for the work that matters. After graduating with honors from Harvard University, she worked in a variety of industries, from biomedical research to global supply chain management, obtaining hands-on experience in strategic planning, facilitation, budgeting and financial management, performance metrics, and software design and implementation. Since she founded Dunathan Consulting in 2004, she has worked with a wide variety of clients – from global corporations to tiny non-profits – to improve internal operations and enable staff to do their best work. Her business now serves small business owners with 0-20 employees who want to focus on their core business with confidence. She is a graduate of the Wheaton Business Innovation Center and a member of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators’ Network and Women Business Owners of Montgomery County.

How to Make Your Website Work for You @ Launch Gaithersburg
May 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

We all know how important a website is to a business’s online strategy. Almost every business, and/or non-profit needs an online presence to reach buyers in the internet age. A company’s website serves as its virtual storefront.

A website is an essential piece of your online marketing strategy. Whether you’re looking to build your first website, or update your existing site you may wonder what it really takes tohave a great website. Having a successful website means you are able to turn your website into an inbound marketing machine. 

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to create and build inbound linksWhat elements every website needs to have
  • On-page and Off-page Search Engine OptimizationHow to use the right images
  • How to keep visitors on your websiteHow to determine the right messaging for your website
  • How to educate your website visitors and offer quality content
  • Why blogging is importantHow to make content shareable and social
  • How to use video as a content toolHow to create a successful
  • Call to Action that will drive a visitor to make a decision
  • How to use landing pages to capture leads
  • Learn how to install and use Google Analytics as a marketing strategy

Feel free to bring your laptop. If you already have Google Analytics installed on your website please bring your most recent report. 


Instructor Bio:

Jennene Biggins, Principal of Get a Business Mobile and J Biggins Consulting brings over 20 years Internet and Social Media Marketing experience to her small business clients who seek to build an online presence for their products and services.  Jennene is a graduate of Howard University and Principal of the Get a Business Mobile and J Biggins Consulting, a boutique Digital Marketing  Agency specializing in assisting small businesses leverage the power of digital marketing to generate sales online and offline.  J Biggins Consulting’s clientele includes various hospitality companies, non-profit organizations, online magazines, entertainment companies and numerous small businesses.

Jennene’s expertise in the digital marketing field encompasses social media marketing strategies (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), online reputation management, email marketing, video marketing and mobile marketing.  As a Mobile Marketing expert Jennene is responsible for the development and execution of Get a Business Mobile’s mobile strategy which includes SMS Text Marketing, Mobile Websites, QR Code Strategy/Implementation, Mobile Applications and M-Commerce platforms.

Legal Aspects of Fundraising @ Launch Gaithersburg
May 29 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am


There are many legal and business concerns startups should be aware of when looking to raise outside funding. From what type of document to use (SAFE, Convertible Note, etc) to all of the various terms that will be contained in these forms, it is critical for founders to clearly understand what they are agreeing to and how such terms may implicate their companies down the line. In addition, what terms can be leveraged and negotiated and what may be more limited. If you are looking to raise money at any point, this workshop should not be missed.


Anthony Millin
NEXT Chair, Partner
Shulman Rogers

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