The entrepreneur networking group "1 Million Cups" is finally coming to Tysons Corner, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 14!

Since 2012, entrepreneurs around the country have been meeting on Wednesday mornings to learn about local startups, network with one another, and work together to build up their businesses within the community. Now Fairfax County, an area with one of the most vibrant entrepreneurial communities in the nation, is launching its own "1 Million Cups" event to cast the spotlight on early-stage businesses and connect local business owners. WHEN: Wed., Feb. 14 | 8:30 a.m. (Networking) | 9 a.m.–10 a.m. (Program) WHERE: Make Offices, 1751 Pinnacle Dr (Sixth Floor), McLean, VA 22102 COST: FREE business
The first company to present at Tysons' inaugural 1 Million Cups meeting will be Good River Beer, a Colorado-based craft beer brewery that is currently expanding to the Washington, D.C., area. Good River Beer is unique in that it donates two percent of their revenue to river conservation. The founder of Good River Beer will give a six-minute presentation, then answer questions from the audience in a 20-minute discussion period that follows.
One or two startups will be featured at each Wednesday event, and each presenter is encouraged to be open and transparent about the entrepreneurial challenges they face, as 1 Million Cups is intended to be an inclusive and supportive environment. "Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee, the Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups -- a free program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs with their communities," 1 Million Cups' website states. There are currently 165 chapters of 1 Million Cups held in more than 40 U.S. states. For more information, or if you are a business owner interested in presenting at 1 Million Cups in the future, please click here.

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