This educational, inspirational and networking conference was created for members of the small business community. Hosted by Loudoun Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center the event has grown year-over-year and in 2020, we expect a record-high attendance! The theme of the fourth-annual conference is “Level Up” and focuses on connecting entrepreneurs with resources that will help them grow.


While the ticketed conference is open to the public, entrepreneurs and companies with growth potential will gain the most value from the speakers, workshops and discussions. The conference is hosted in Loudoun County, Virginia, but is open and relevant to small business owners and executives in any locality. Please join us and learn how your business goals can become #LoudounPossible


Elaine Espinola

TV Producer, Podcast Host, On-Air Personality
Better Business Bureau, Freelance

Elaine Espinola is a multimedia host, actress and professional spokesperson. In 2015, she was crowned Mrs. D.C. America, and she continues to promote the platform, “Empowerment for Women through Entrepreneurship.”
Read more


Tom Corley

Rich Habits Institute

Tom Corley is an internationally recognized authority on habits and wealth creation, which can be critical for funding your business. His inspiring keynote addresses cover success habits of revenue-generating entrepreneurs and habit-change strategies.
Read more


Catherine Castro

Marka Strategies

Aliyah Dastour

Alimond Photography

Amanda Haddaway

Managing Director, HR Answerbox

Ken Harvey

Client Services Associate, Fellows Financial Group

Susan Henson

Mason Enterprise Center Loudoun Regional Director

Crystal Icenhour

CEO and Co-Founder, Aperiomics

Jason Levien

CEO and Owner, DC United

Joe Linza

Entrepreneur, Lynker

Jason Matchett

Founder, Partnerd Group

Larry Melton

Paul Michaels

SVP for Security and Chief Security Officer, Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions

Randi Penfil

Trainer, Grow with Google

Rich Rosendale

Founder, Rosendale Collective

Marty Shoup

Producer, Director, Owner, Blue Lion Multimedia

Matt Stickel

Vice President and Credit Administration Manager, Bank of Charles Town

Sonny Suri

CEO, Dfuse

Tyler Sweatt

Managing Director, Calypso Labs

Tammie Umbel

Founder, Shea Terra Organics

James Waldron

Consultant, JWC

Krista Woods

Owner and Founder, GloveStix LLC

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Registration, networking and coffee in the exhibit hall

8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

8:45-9:15 a.m.

Session | Jason Levien, CEO and Owner, DC United

9:15-9:45 a.m.

Raising Your Business Visibility to a National and International Level | Catherine Castro, Founder and Principal, Marka Strategies

9:45-10:15 a.m.

Session | Rich Rosendale, Founder, Rosendale Collective

10:15-10:30 a.m.


10:30-11:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion | Leveraging E-Commerce for Rapid Retail Growth

Krista Woods, Owner and Founder, GloveStix LLC
Tammie Umbel, Founder, Shea Terra Organics
Moderator- To be announced

11:15-12:15 p.m.

Keynote Session | Tom Corley, Author, Rich Habits Institute

12:15-1:15 p.m.

Lunch | Exhibit Hall

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Rapid Fire Talks:

Build Value for a Startup Exit | Tyler Sweatt, Managing Director, Calypso Labs
Session TBA | Aliyah Dastour, CEO, Alimond Studio
Session TBA | Ken Harvey, Client Services Associate, Fellows Financial Group
Leverage Collaboration to Overcome Obstacles | Crystal Icenhour, CEO and Co-Founder, Aperiomics
Session TBA | James Waldron, Consultant, JWC

2:15-3:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion | Incubator to Inc. 5000: Achieving Rapid Growth

Joe Linza, Entrepreneur, Lynker
Sonny Suri, CEO, Dfuse
Susan Henson (Moderator), Regional Director, Mason Enterprise Center-Leesburg

3:00-3:30 p.m.

Coffee Break | Exhibit Hall

3:30-4:30 p.m.


Planning for an IT Disaster: Are You Prepared? | Jason Matchett, Founder, Partnerd Group | Grand Ballroom
Session TBA | Dulles Room
Building Your Small Business to Become Bankable | Matt Stickel, Vice President and Credit Administration Manager, Bank of Charles Town | Chantilly Salon

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Marty Shoup, Producer, Director, Owner, Blue Lion Multimedia | Grand Ballroom
Amanda Haddaway, Managing Director, HR Answerbox | Dulles Room
Paul Michaels, SVP for Security and Chief Security Officer, Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions | Chantilly Salon

5:30-6:00 p.m.

EDA Innovation Challenge Award and Closing Remarks | Grand Ballroom

Dulles Airport Marriott
45020 Aviation Dr.
Dulles, VA 20166

We have a small block of discounted rooms for out of town attendees. If you are interested in booking a room please contact Katie Fleger.