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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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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