SCORE/BizLaunch: How to Start a Business Workshop

Starting a new business can be daunting. Where do you begin? Do you really have the drive to make a “go” of it? What legal issues do you need to address? What about the tax ramifications — on your personal finances? What kind of business structure should you consider? Do you need insurance? Are there financing resources to help you get started? How can you attract customers with a limited-to-non existent marketing budget?

This introductory workshop answers these questions and more; it will also will help you determine if you have what it takes to be a successful business owner over the long haul. You’ll learn about the various legal forms of business organization, how to market on a small budget, business taxes and record keeping, small business insurance and types/sources of business loans. 

Recommend for anyone who is about to start a new business or just thinking about it.

Date: May 9, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Arlington Economic Development
1100 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1500
Arlington, VA 22201
Fee: $75
Registration: Registration Now Closed
For more information, please contact:
Name: SCORE DC Workshop Team
Phone: 202-619-1000
Email: [email protected]

Featured Instructors

John P. McGeehan is a member of the Fairfax, Virginia law firm of McGeehan Pascale, PLC, where he practices in the areas of business law, advanced real estate transactions, commercial contracts, and civil litigation with more than 25 years of experience.

Mr. McGeehan earned his B.A. degree in Government from Kings College, his J.D. degree from Georgetown University and professional graduate business courses at the University of Virginia and the University of California Los Angeles. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the bars of the United States District Court for the Eastern and WesternDistricts of Virginia, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He teaches business courses for Service Corps of Retired Executives, Chapter 1, Washington, D.C.

Mr. McGeehan has been a speaker on business, real-property and administrative law for National Business Institute and bar associations.


Matt Evans is a retired professional with 30+ years of experience as an Accountant, Controller, Business Analyst and Project Manager. He holds three professional certifications: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Certified in Financial Management.

Mr. Evans has worked in all three sectors of the economy (private, public and non-profit) including serving as a Senior Advisor in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has extensive experience in the field of financial management including evaluating major investments, budgeting, forecasting, and financial modeling.

His educational background includes Six Sigma Green Belt, Corporate Finance at the Wharton Business School and Cost Management at J. L. Kellogg School of Management.


Suzanne McGrath brings diverse experience to SCORE, having practiced as a lawyer, while also possessing extensive experience in the retail and hospitality industries.  Originally trained as a pastry chef, Suzanne obtained her law degree from William & Mary and practiced as a litigator before returning to the hospitality sphere.  

After developing expertise in wine, she created and managed an innovative wine retail business in Arlington for ten years, and eventually expanded the business to add a restaurant and private event facility.  A Certified Wine Educator, she has focused on private events and education over the last several years. 

Suzanne has a deep enthusiasm for SCORE’s mission, and looks forward to assisting entrepreneurs, especially those interested in developing food-based businesses in the DC area.


Roderick L. Johnson is a native Washingtonian and comes to the SBA with over 30 years of commercial banking experience working for both money center and community banks.

Throughout his career, he has used the SBA 7(A) and 504 programs to stimulate the local economy in the DMV. He is also a licensed insurance professional (life, health, long-term care and annuities) as well as property and casualty (personal home and auto, commercial general liability, workers compensation and employer’s liability, property coverage, errors and omissions and umbrella/directors & officers insurance). 

Roderick serves on several Not-for-Profit boards and has been a panelist or key note speaker at various access to capital events . He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Science Degree in Financial Management.


SAMI SATOURI, RHU, ChHC® is Owner and President of Quest Insurance and Quest Benefits Inc., a Virginia Corporation specializing in helping individuals and companies secure insurance coverage at the most competitive premium. Sami and his company manage all insurance needs for medium to large companies.

A big believer in service, no detail is too small for Sami and his team.

Sami completed the requirement for RHU (Registered Health Underwriter), ChHC® Chartered Health Consultant and CFP Certified Financial Planner and obtained his Master’s degree from Montana State University.

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