WDCEP Launches Entrepreneur Roadmap Series

January 10, 2014

The New Year brings a new brand! The WDCEP has recently launched the Entrepreneur Roadmap Series, formerly known as Doing Business 2.0. The series is a program designed to help and guide business owners and entrepreneurs on the various components of doing business in the District.

Washington DC offers incredible opportunities for entrepreneurs to start a business. The support system that is available here is vast and diverse. Whether this is your first venture or an expansion to an existing venture there are systems set in place to help you succeed. However, like in any enterprise, one needs to have a plan in order to be successful. In the first session of the year, WDCEP will present the roadmap to follow when starting a business in DC. The speakers will talk about business planning as well as share their personal story of how they got started; from where they were to where they are today, and how they became successful.

Join us on Wednesday, January 15, 2013 for a session on Starting your Business in DC. The event will be held at Venable, LLP located at 575 7th street, NW. from 9:00am – 10:30am.


Christopher Vigilante, Owner of Vigilante Coffee Co.
Vigilante Coffee Company was started by Christopher Vigilante on his back porch in Trinidad, Washington D.C. in the Atlas District in January of 2012. However, Mr. Vigilante’s passion for coffee began a few years earlier while living and working in the Hawaiian Islands. A few years after returning to the mainland, working in a few cafes and roasting on the side, Mr. Vigilante decided that D.C. was the perfect place to start Vigilante Coffee Company.

Walter Abbott, Director of the SCORE DC Speaker Bureau
Walter Abbott has been a volunteer for SCORE DC, Service Corps of Retired Executives, for 8 years, serving as a mentor to 50+ small and start-up businesses. Currently, Walt is the Director of the SCORE DC Speakers Bureau. Some of the activities he has participated in are; (1) workshops for those leaving the military service, (2) civic groups hosting Entrepreneurship, (3) coordinating SCORE DC’s involvement in the AMEX, Victory in Procurement, event (attended by over 600 people looking to grow their small and start-up businesses), (4) presenting SCORE’s capabilities to FranNet, a local chapter of a national franchise group, and (5) numerous other speaking engagements.


About the Entrepreneur Roadmap Series
The Entrepreneur Roadmap Series is an initiative of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership aimed at guiding business owners on the intricacies of doing business in the District of Columbia. Attendees will gain access to some of the city’s top thought-leaders and have the opportunity to network with panelists and other attendees. In WDCEP’s effort to attract, retain and grow businesses in the District, this initiative is an essential educational tool and resource for all those doing business in the nation’s capital. The goal is to educate, provide networking opportunities as well addressing the needs of entrepreneurs in DC.

For more information about the Entrepreneurship Roadmap Series, please visit the WDCEP’s website, www.wdcep.com.

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