Trade Fair Offers Networking Opportunities for Small Businesses

Posted: June 20, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Small business owners will have an opportunity to network with area service providers tomorrow at the first annual Small Business Trade Fair, cosponsored by the Arlington Small Business Development Center (SBDC)–part of the Mason Enterprise Center (MEC)–and BizLaunch of Arlington Economic Development (AED). The event, which is free to small business owners from Arlington and other Northern Virginia communities, takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Arlington Career Center, 816 South Walter Reed Drive. Exhibitors include the U.S. Small Business Administration, Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition, the program will feature presentations on government contracting, marketing, financing, and record keeping.

“Even with the sluggish economy, entrepreneurs are still seeking to start a business, and current business owners are looking to expand,” says Nalin Jain, Arlington SBDC director. “Arlington is committed to helping the business community achieve its goals by bringing together business resources from around the region.”

The trade fair is one of many programs offered by BizLaunch, an Arlington business propulsion lab that is jointly sponsored by the MEC, AED, and the Arlington County Public Library. BizLaunch provides research assistance, business counseling, loan information, and related services to local businesses.

For more information, contact Jain at (703) 993-8132 or njain@gmu.edu.

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