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Whether you want to learn a new skill, improve on an existing one, or just meet some amazing people, there are plenty of events to choose from in Dayton’s startup community.


Super casual monthly networking event where you can meet new people and build real relationships.


Monthly morning pitch event that connects startups with the things they need most, such as mentors, first customers, key employees, and money.


Annual 5-day celebration of all things entrepreneurial in the Dayton region where new and seasoned business owners can learn and grow together. 

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January 2019

Be Your Own Boss

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
SBDC — Springfield, 100 S Limestone St.
Springfield, OH 45502 United States
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Has your time come to begin running after the NEW American dream? Forget the house with the white picket fence and two kids … These days, the dream that most people have is to be their own boss. To have full control over their future and the freedom to live life on their terms. If you’ve dreamed of this too … we created this event FOR YOU! In this 2-hour shortcourse, we’ll share the step-by-step process you’ll need to take in…

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Boots to Business

January 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

OWNING A SMALL BUSINESS Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare? Boots to Business can help. ABOUT BOOTS TO BUSINESS Boots to Business is a two-step entrepreneurial training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to…

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Recordkeeping for the Small Business

January 24 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Entrepreneurs Center, 714 E. Monument
Dayton, OH
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Topic: Accounting/Budget/Inventory Setup The Recordkeeping for a Small Business workshop provides an overview of record keeping and is designed to help participants understand how record keeping can benefit their small business. Come learn the ways businesses keep vital records of their activities and track their day-to-day transactions in traditional accounting. Understand the structure, content, and application of a variety of record keeping forms and accounting methods. We’ll explore the differences and connections between record keeping, accounting, and financial management and…

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Government Contracting Symposium- Entering the Government Market & Succeeding as a Government Contractor

January 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
University of Dayton River Campus, 1700 S. Patterson Blvd.
Dayton, OH United States
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This event is an informative and interactive full-day seminar designed to help companies enter – and succeed in – the federal, state and local government contracting arena. Our guest speakers and panelists will cover multiple topics, including: - Business strategies for doing business with a public customer - Steps required to develop relevant government contracting experience - Useful considerations in evaluating potential government contracting opportunities - Approaching, understanding and succeeding in the proposal process - Best practices to identify contracting…

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Jackie Gamblin of JYG Innovations

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, 46 W. 5th St.
Dayton, OH 45402 United States
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Ms. Jacqueline Gamblin is an author, philanthropist, and Founder/CEO of JYG Innovations LLC., a Woman Owned Small Business headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. JYG specializes in Information Technology Solutions, Cybersecurity, Research Analysis and Medical/Clinical consulting services for both government and commercial clients. She boasts over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, Jackie holds a B.S. from Wright State University and a M.S. from Central Michigan University. As a transformative thought leader, community activist, and mentor, Jackie is motivated by…

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February 2019

The Human Factor- Recruiting and Hiring Great People

February 6 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Montgomery County Business Soultions Center, 1435 Cincinnati Street, Suite 300
Dayton, OH 45417 United States
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This workshop will discuss what a business owner needs to consider as they hire their first, and subsequent employees. Topics to be discussed include: strategies for becoming a leader that attracts talent by adopting the four Cs of leadership- character, competency, consistency and caring for others.

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Market Research that Won’t Break the Bank

February 6 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
The Entrepreneurs Center, 714 E. Monument
Dayton, OH
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Topic: Marketing Planning Knowing as much as possible about the customers and market your business serves is critical to your small business success! You need to know what type of customers to target, where to find them, the size of the market for your product or service, and to identify your competition. The Dayton Metro Library provides several resources that can help you answer these questions. Come join the Library’s Business Specialist who will demonstrate how you can use these…

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Direct to Phase II Topics and Message from Dr. Alok Das

February 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A Message from the AFRL Chief Information Officer and Senior Scientist - Dr. Alok Das In a quest to rapidly capitalize on emerging technology trends, the United States Air Force is actively seeking small high tech companies with great ideas and agile development processes to exploit these new developments for novel military and commercial applications. For this effort, we are using a faster, more focused development process, offering expanded transition opportunities. We will be leveraging the Small Business Innovation Research…

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A Round TUIT: Exit Strategy Planning Seminar

February 7 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
SBDC — Springfield, 100 S Limestone St.
Springfield, OH 45502 United States
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Don't miss this important exit strategy planning seminar. Prepare now to control your future and stop waiting to get "A Round TUIT." Planning the sale of a company takes time--often several years. This seminar is focused on how to properly prepare an exit strategy on your terms, whether that's 1, 3, 5, or 10+ years in the future. We guarantee you will walk away with action items you can implement today that will pay off profitably when you do sell.…

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Patent Basics

February 9 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Wright State Dunbar Library, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Fairborn, OH 45435 United States
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Designed for the beginning inventor/entrepreneur, the workshop offers basic intellectual property information and search techniques for using the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website and database. Literature from the USPTO will also be distributed during the workshop.

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