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The SWaMmy Honors – Celebrating Virginia's Small Businesses
The SWaMmy Honors – Celebrating Virginia's Small Businesses
The SWaMmy Honors was originally envisioned as an in-person awards celebration to be held in May in Richmond. However, like many of the small businesses we serve, we ourselves had to pivo t— check out the results! 

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BizLaunch Featured Business: Emerald Massage Center
BizLaunch Featured Business: Emerald Massage Center
Emerald Massage Center is a woman owned small business specializing in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Hot Stone and Sports Massage located in the Lyon Park neighborhood of Arlington. “We love being in Lyon Park because it’s so charming and close to the Clarendon Metro station,” says owner Amanda Silva. Having immigrated to the United States from Brazil at the age of 13, owning a small business has been a dream of a lifetime.

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Small Business Focus:  BizRefresh: Igniting the Spark in Your Business
BizRefresh: Igniting the Spark in Your Business is an eight-week, in-depth training program designed to support and build resiliency for Arlington small businesses. Designed initially for GRANT recipients, BizLaunch has just opened this exciting new program to everyone. 

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Small Business Focus: Five Things to Check Under Your Hood
Small Business Focus: Five Things to Check Under Your Hood
Just as we have been making our workspaces more productive – now is the time to look under the hood of your business to ensure the engine is running smoothly and continues to run smoothly as we move through the current health pandemic.

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Small Business Focus: Latest Funding Resources for Small Businesses
Small Business Focus: Latest Funding Resources for Small Businesses
In BizLaunch, we are currently working on designing curriculum this summer for our small business community to help aide with challenges facing businesses as we work through this international health crisis. We are committed to introducing the latest round of funding sources offered by the Commonwealth of Virginia and organizations that support small businesses. Read Tara's blog to learn about potential grant opportunities for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

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New grant program for small businesses and nonprofits, Rebuild VA, opens 8/10
The Commonwealth of Virginia is launching a new grant program for small businesses and nonprofits called Rebuild VA. The program will provide grants of up to three-times the applicant’s average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum award of $10,000. Applications become available on Aug. 10.

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BizLaunch Service Spotlight: Business Support from our Strategic Partners
During these unprecedented times it is good to reach out for assistance. We're finding that our strategic partners have numerous ways to help you adjust to our “New Normal.” 

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BizLaunch Service Spotlight: BizTalk
BizLaunch Service Spotlight: BizFeature
Small Business Focus: Onward Arlington
Small Business Focus: Onward Arlington
In order to help small businesses thrive, BizLaunch along with our partners, has developed a series of webinars called Onward Arlington. Each webinar will focus on a specific aspect of reopening processes small business owners need to consider, protecting the safety of their customers, employees and themselves.

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Small Biz Focus: Arlington Small Business Emergency GRANT
Small Biz Focus: Arlington Small Business Emergency GRANT
Recently, the Arlington County Board approved the creation of the special Arlington Small Business Emergency GRANT Program. And now, with additional contributions from the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) as well as the Rosslyn and Crystal City BIDs, the fund is at more than $1 million. It’s a countywide effort for a good cause — supporting the small businesses that make up the character of Arlington County.

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Managing Personal Finances: Smart Tips for Small Business Owners during COVID-19
Managing Personal Finances: Smart Tips for Small Business Owners during COVID-19
When your business is a key source of income and sales are wavering, your personal finances may be impacted as well. Here are some tips from BizLaunch partner Arlington Community Federal Credit Union to help you manage your personal finances

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Small Biz Focus: Three Ways to Be #BizStrongArlVa Every Day
Small Biz Focus: Three Ways to Be #BizStrongArlVa Every Day
Because Arlington loves its small businesses, we wanted to share with you how you can show your favorite small business some love. Here are three easy ways in which you can be #BizStronArlVa everyday.

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Tips for Businesses Navigating the CARES Act
Tips for Businesses Navigating the CARES Act
BizLaunch and Arlington’s SCORE counselors have taken time to go through the complicated CARES act and break it all down for you.

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5 Biz Tools to Survive a Pandemic
5 Biz Tools to Survive a Pandemic
Representing almost a quarter of all employment (47,834 jobs) in Arlington County, small businesses have always served as an integral component of the local economy encompassing 92% of all business establishments. For the small businesses wearing several hats, here are five tools to survive a pandemic.

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Cybersecurity for SMB: Risks, trends and best practices
Cybersecurity is a critical part of every business’ operational durability. Without attention to it, an attack can be crippling. We recommend business owners and managers view cybersecurity as an investment, rather than a sunk cost, as it pays in dividends of business continuity and resilience.

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BizLaunch Assists Pike Businesses in Era of Change and Challenge
BizLaunch Assists Pike Businesses in Era of Change and Challenge
The transportation projects along Columbia Pike in Arlington are having an impact on the corridor, and Arlington Economic Development’s BizLaunch team have been working with local businesses and the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) to help those businesses explore different ways they can work to overcome some of the challenges from the Columbia Pike Transportation Project.

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Small Business Focus: Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs March 2020
Small Business Focus: Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs March 2020
Women are opening businesses at a fast rate. They are opening businesses exactly five times faster than the national average. In BizLaunch, 60% of new clients are women and we directly see the positive impact of women entrepreneurs on our business ecosystem.

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Arlington Native Strengthening Arlington Businesses
Arlington Native Strengthening Arlington Businesses
As a native Arlingtonian, Eddy Campos-Molina is excited to start working with small businesses in the area. Having been raised in a family of entrepreneurs, Eddy has seen firsthand many of the challenges that small businesses face, particularly in the Latino community.

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5 New Year's BizSolutions for Success
5 New Year's BizSolutions for Success
While the new year provides business owners the opportunity to reflect on their successes of the past year and adjust for the future, it also offers a unique opportunity for new beginnings. Here are five tips for success in the new decade.

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