Becoming a Billionaire at the Women’s Forum

There will be a
On May 16th, 2pm – 4pm
At the Larchmont Village Center
This event is free and open to the public.
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Women-owned businesses that have gotten federal government contracts are 23 times more likely to break through that $1 million+ revenue barrier, according to Women and Minority Small Business Contractors: Divergent Paths to Equal Success.

Getting government contracts is hard work. Not only do you have to be certified as a women-owned business, you have to actively pursue networking and partnering if you want to work with big business and government, said Pamela Prince Eason, CEO of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in an interview with Associated Press.

Save The Date
We are developing a government contracting forum series for women-owned businesses. The series will help women, obtain government contracts at every level of government: school board, local, county, state, and federal.
 
The focus for the first forum on Saturday, May 16th will be how to obtain contracts with local school districts. At this forum we will also be exploring how to replicate the DC Central Kitchen model locally to train local people to provide healthy food to local school districts.
The Obamas at DCCK

President Barack Obama checks in on First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia as they prepare burritos while volunteering at the DC Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C., on Martin Luther King Day
Our interview with Robert Egger, founder of DCCK: https://startuptown.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/robert-egger/

Below is an introduction to some of the material that will be covered at the forum

Women-owned firms continue to grow

Ensuring small firms get government contracts
Women have additional opportunities
WOSB certification
Tactics for success
Contracting resources

Elon Musk is a co-founder of PayPal and the CEO of SpaceX and Telsa Motors. SpaceX was awarded a contract from NASA in 2006 to develop and test a new launch vehicle, Falcon 9, to transport cargo to the space station, followed by a $1.6 billion NASA contract on December 23, 2008 for 12 flights of its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, replacing the Space Shuttle after it retired in 2011.

Elon Musk
Tesla Motors

Elon Musk has some ambitions plans like a manned mission to Mars.

Mission to Mars

Justine Musk, first wife of Elon Musk, was married to the billionaire CEO for eight years.

Justine Musk

Justine recently posted a response to a Quora thread asking: “Will I become a billionaire if I am determined to be one and put in all the necessary work required?”
Her answer is “no,” though she says the Quora reader is asking the wrong question:

Shift your focus away from what you want (a billion dollars) and get deeply, intensely curious about what the world wants and needs. Ask yourself what you have the potential to offer that is so unique and compelling and helpful that no computer could replace you, no one could outsource you, no one could steal your product and make it better and then club you into oblivion (not literally). Then develop that potential. Choose one thing and become a master of it. Choose a second thing and become a master of that. When you become a master of two worlds (say, engineering and business), you can bring them together in a way that will a) introduce hot ideas to each other, so they can have idea sex and make idea babies that no one has seen before and b) create a competitive advantage because you can move between worlds, speak both languages, connect the tribes, mash the elements to spark fresh creative insight until you wake up with the epiphany that changes your life.

The world doesn’t throw a billion dollars at a person because the person wants it or works so hard they feel they deserve it. (The world does not care what you want or deserve.) The world gives you money in exchange for something it perceives to be of equal or greater value: something that transforms an aspect of the culture, reworks a familiar story or introduces a new one, alters the way people think about the category and make use of it in daily life. There is no roadmap, no blueprint for this; a lot of people will give you a lot of advice, and most of it will be bad, and a lot of it will be good and sound but you’ll have to figure out how it doesn’t apply to you because you’re coming from an unexpected angle. And you’ll be doing it alone, until you develop the charisma and credibility to attract the talent you need to come with you.

Have courage. (You will need it.)

And good luck. (You’ll need that too.)

Shift your focus away from what you want [money] and get deeply, intensely curious about what the world [or your community] wants and needs.
This idea of the importance of becoming a master is repeated in a video essay about creativity:

All of history’s greatest figures achieved success in almost exactly the same way. But rather than celebrating this part of the creative process we ignore it.

This missing chapter in the story of success reveals the secret to doing meaningful work. But in the modern world, full of distraction, do we have what it takes to do great things?

All of us have the brains, talent, and creativity to accomplish great things, but…
Do we have the patience to play the “long game”?
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