Party and Learn From Young, Brash, and Smart GenY Entrepreneurs on October 20, 2009 5pm - 8pm, Washington, DC

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The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Greater DC Chapter to host special book release party with Donna Fenn, author of "Upstarts! How GenY Entrepreneurs Are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit From Their Success" on Oct. 20th.

for anyone who wants to learn about, do business with, or become the next Generation Y entrepreneur.

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Greater DC Chapter is pleased to be the exclusive host for internationally recognized business author Donna Fenn's most recent book release: Upstarts! How GenY Entrepreneurs Are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit From Their Success.

They're young, they're brash, they're smart, and they're 77 million strong. Maybe you are one, maybe you want to partner with them, compete with them, or just get a good look at their playbook. You came to the right place. NAWBO Greater DC is hosting the only event in the region where you'll be able to see Donna and some of the Upstart entrepreneurs.

"I'm very much looking forward to sharing what I learned while writing Upstarts! with all of my DC-area friends," says Fenn, "We're in a youth entrepreneurship revolution in our country, and I believe there's a lot to be learned from this new generation of business owners. I can't wait to introduce you to them!"

The book is the result of more than two years of research on young entrepreneurs, but it's just the beginning of an ongoing conversation. Donna will facilitate an interactive discussion with three local GenY Upstarts who are profiled in the book for redefining business success today - "Like seriously, did you say 'recession?'" Our diverse panel includes:

•Adelaide Fives, Co-Founder, In Good Company Workplaces: A community and work space that provides women business owners a place to work, meet, and learn about entrepreneurship, In Good Company has received attention from The New York Times, MSNBC and Pink Magazine. Membership to In Good Company provides access to desk space and meeting rooms on an as-needed basis, a dynamic and diverse community of colleagues, and classes that teach about the business of running a business.

•Casey Golden, Founder and Managing Partner, Small Act Network: Casey started his first company at age 11 (biodegradable golf tees), got two patents, traveled in the US and Japan to speak about invention and promote entrepreneurship for students, sold his product in K-Marts across US, and was featured on NBC, CBS, The Disney Channel, and the Discovery Channel, as well as numerous publications including People Magazine. Since then he has started three companies, most notably, Parature ( an on-demand, software-as-a-service CRM company, which has grown to 120+ employees.

•Joel Holland, Founder and CEO, Footage Firm: Joel has been named one of the "Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25" by BusinessWeek Magazine, and "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" by the United States Small Business Administration. Footage Firm is a leading stock footage company that provides video from around the world to over 30,000 customers in the television and video production industry, from NBC to MTV to Discovery and virtually every other network and cable outlet on air. Joel also writes a monthly column for Entrepreneur Magazine that focuses on young movers and shakers.

They will share how Generation Y is creating startups at an unprecedented rate; their approach to business is unlike anything you've seen. The generation described by the media as spoiled, entitled, even narcissistic, is proving these notions false every day. Inspired by the rock-star entrepreneurs of previous generations and driven by a burning desire to control their own destinies, GenY is rewriting the entrepreneurial playbook one cool startup at a time.

"I'm looking forward to being part of this," says Holland, "Donna has a pulse on the young entrepreneurship community unlike any other writer - she doesn't just watch from a distance, she actively participates in a two-way dialogue, listening and sharing her wealth of knowledge. This interaction with the young generation of entrepreneurs has resulted in a winning collision of insight and advice. Upstarts! is a "must read" for anyone who wants to learn about, do business with, or become the next Generation Y entrepreneur."

"Donna has insight like no other to see true innovation, harness that creative energy and communicate it to others who can truly benefit," says Golden, "What she has put together in Upstarts! is an amazing array of useful, pragmatic ways to learn from those who are pushing the entrepreneurship envelope and creating game changers. I'm very excited and honored to be a part of this evening."

Event partners include BB&T Bank and The Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) at The George Washington University, Ms. Fenn's alma mater. Dr. Erik Winslow, CFEE's Co-Director, says "The Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence is excited to be partnering with NAWBO Greater DC to sponsor this event. We are enthusiastic about Donna's success as a GWU graduate and look forward to welcoming her back. Donna's focus on GenY CEOs is at the heart of CFEE's mission. As we seek to find new ways to empower our students toward leadership in entrepreneurial ventures and the business world at large, Donna's expertise provides our students with excellent insight and encouragement." Registration for the event is open at

About NAWBO: The National Association of Women Business Owners is the voice of America's 10.6 million women-owned businesses with 80 chapters around the country. Since 1975, NAWBO has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy. NAWBO is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries.

NAWBO Greater DC ( is the premier provider of educational programs for women growing successful businesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The chapter offers opportunities to meet, learn from and partner with well-known local and national companies. To register for upcoming events, visit For more information or to partner with NAWBO DC, contact us at 703-683-5655, or join us on Facebook and LinkedIn.


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