SCORE Washington DC


Washington DC SCORE 


Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM EDT

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Arlington Economic Development 
1100 N. Glebe Road
Suite 1500
Arlington, VA 22201

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How to Start a Business Workshop - 9/12/19 - DC C0001 


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

Instructor Bios:

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. He has been a Speaker on business, realproperty and administrative law for National Business Institute and bar associations.

Mariann Zylstra spent two decades as a commercial banker and financial services executive, helping businesses of all sizes in structuring optimal financing packages, budgeting, forecasting and managing cash flow.  She has served businesses in a wide variety of industries as a trusted advisor on multiple business issues, with the last 10 years spent in an executive role leading sales teams with profit center management responsibilities.  She has also served as Executive Director for two nonprofit organizations as well as serving on multiple nonprofit boards. Mariann has an MBA from Indiana University.

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.

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.