SBDC Workshop: Selling to the Commonwealth @ Alexandria Small Business Center
Mar 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This free workshop is designed to educate small, woman and/or minority business owners about opportunities to sell their goods and services to the Commonwealth of Virginia and many local governments. Each year the State buys goods and services totaling more than $8 billion – learn how your company can be a part of that! The workshop will provide information about the Virginia procurement process, registering in the eVA system and the benefits of SWaM certification.

Presenter: Chris Tran Ley, Business Service Manager, Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity

On Behalf of the Carlyle Club: National Recording Artist Jazz Trumpeter Willie Bradley
Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm

Willie Bradley is a native of Orangeburg, SC and a graduate of South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC where he earned his BS Degree in Music Education and Performance.  Over the course of his career he has become a go –to musician for many of soul music’s greats over the years.  Willie’s stage presence includes performances with jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, Alex Bugnon, Ronnie Laws, and Marion Meadows.

In 2014, Willie released his debut Contemporary Jazz CD “Another Day & Time” produced and co-written by keyboardist/Recording Artist Nicholas Cole. Tracks from this CD made the Smooth Jazz Billboard Charts and have been added to Smooth Jazz Radio Stations worldwide to include Music Choice, Pandora, Spotify, and iHeart Radio.

Since joining the Smooth Jazz circuit, Willie has performed at high profile shows around the country including Catalina Island Jazztrax with keyboardist Greg Manning, Denver’s Premier Jazz Room, The Soiled Dove Underground, Magic City Smooth Jazz in Birmingham, Spaghettini Lounge, Ocean City Jazz Fest, Columbus Jazz & Rib Festival, Carson Jazz Festival, Newport Beach Jazz Festival, Lake Arbor Jazz Festival, Southern Maryland Wine, Jazz & R&B Festival, and the Jacksonville Jazz Coalition Jazz Festival.  He is also known for being part of the brass section with RJ & The Original James Brown Band touring worldwide in France, Osaka and Tokyo Japan’s Billboard Live and Summer Sonic Music Festival.

Willie is readying his new CD, “Going With The Flow” and it promises to be a smooth winner.  To put a sharper point on that, the first single from the album is out, and it is terrific. “In the Meantime” featuring legendary vocalist Gerald Alston was released in the UK on October 3, 2017 by Soul Music Records (SMR)/Platinum Garage.  “In The Meantime,” was written and produced by award-winning multi-faceted music man Preston Glass.  Experts in the music world say this is “Real soul music for the 21st century…timely lyrics, amazing musicianship, heartfelt vocals…”  These lyrics are timely and powerful as America heals.  “In the Meantime” is a cool midtempo number that borders soul and jazz and has a positive message of living in harmony at a time of an awful lot of confusion in the world.

Bold, yet simultaneously charming; Edgy, yet at the same time beautiful; these seemingly opposing adjectives might well-describe the music of artist/trumpeter Willie Bradley, but also fittingly tell about the man! Willie Bradley’s music brings together many varied styles, but takes smooth jazz to a whole new level.  On his new CD project “Going With The Flow”, Willie is definitely not just going with the average flow of things.  Together with multi-award winning producer Preston Glass, (Kenny G., George Benson, Earth Wind & Fire and many more) they have brought together a fantastic group of songs as well as a cast of stellar musicians with varied styles (Gregg Manning, Gerald Alston from The Manhattans, Bob Baldwin, Club Nouveau, and Jerry Martini of Sly & The Family Stone).

This musical adventure promises to be an appetizer of sweet things to come for Willie; savor it with open ears; and heart!


Zimride Webinars Next Week/Click to Join the Meeting
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zimride Webinars Next Week/Click to Join the Meeting

Thinking of Changing Up your Same Old Commute? Try Online Ridesharing Exclusively for Carlyle

Zimride by Enterprise offers employees of Carlyle Council commercial properties a free and easy commuting option – an online ride-matching service that connects drivers and passengers commuting to the same area. Interested to learn more?  Carlyle Council is sponsoring two Webinars on Zimride and Vanpooling in March, one for HR staff and one for Carlyle employees:

Tuesday March 20th : 10-11am (HR reps) How Zimride and Vanpooling can Benefit your Company; an informational webinar for HR representatives. Learn how Zimride and Vanpooling can benefit your company with alternative transportation options for your employees. To join the meeting, click here:


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Small Business Roundtable: My Customers are Other Small Businesses – How Do I Reach Them?
Mar 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Facilitated by Ray Sidney-Smith, W3 Consulting

The Small Business Roundtable is an opportunity to meet with other small business owners in a facilitated discussion format. No pre-registration is required. Feel free to bring your lunch or a beverage.

Water Color Painting for World Water Day ~ RSVP Required @ Alexandria Renew Enterprises, Environment Center Lobby
Mar 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Water Color Painting for World Water Day ~ RSVP Required @ Alexandria Renew Enterprises, Environment Center Lobby | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Water color painting on March 21st:  In honor of World Water Day, Alexandria Renew, is hosting a lunchtime event with the City’s Mobile Art Lab. A light lunch will be served and it’s free. Art will be displayed on their community art wall through May.  RSVP required to

Fusion Open House Event ~ @ Fusion Alexandria Campus
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm
Fusion Open House Event ~ @ Fusion Alexandria Campus | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Join us Thursday, March 22nd at 12:00 for a campus tour! Check out our unique one to one learning model, view the artwork by our students, and hang out in the homework cafe. Families and prospective students are welcome!

SBDC Workshop: Alexandria Amplify/The Spring 2018 Alexandria Amplify cohort is now accepting applications.
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am
SBDC Workshop: Alexandria Amplify/The Spring 2018 Alexandria Amplify cohort is now accepting applications. @ Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Alexandria Amplify

The Spring 2018 Alexandria Amplify cohort is now accepting applications.

Apply here

Do you struggle to set aside time to work ON your business when you’re so busy working IN your business? Are you ready to grow or expand but don’t know where to start?

The Alexandria Small Business Development Center invites you to apply to be a part of its newest program for growth-stage businesses. Over the course of three months, business owners will receive tools and guidance on:

  • Understanding what makes your business unique
  • Combining your strengths with your ideas for the future
  • Getting from your current state to your aspired state

Who should apply?

  • Business owner or others at the C-Suite level
  • Company has been generating revenue for at least two years
  • Company has employees
  • Preference will be given to City of Alexandria businesses, but all are welcome to apply


  • Cohort will meet six times from the end of April through June, 2018
  • Sessions will take place on weekday evenings , generally Monday through Thursday, at the Alexandria SBDC offices
  • Application deadline: March 23rd, 2018
  • Applicants chosen will be notified by March 30, 2018

Program cost?

  • Cost of the program is $250
  • Participants who successfully complete all six sessions will be refunded half their fee
On Behalf of the Carlyle Club: A Tribute to the Music of Earth, Wind and Fire featuring BRENCORE ALLSTARS
Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm

RENCORE Entertainment Presents “A Tribute to the Music of Earth, Wind and Fire” featuring The BRENCORE ALLSTARS Band. The BRENCORE ALLSTARS Band is a dynamic 12 piece band and vocalists from the Washington, DC area who performs some of the biggest Tributes concerts in the Washington, DC area.  The BRENCORE ALLSTARS Band will perform some of the greatest hits from Earth, Wind and Fire such as “Serpentine Fire”, “Shining Star”, “Can’t Hide Love”, “Fantasy”, “Reasons”, “I Write A Song” and more.  Make your reservations today before this concert sells out.

On Behalf of the Carlyle Club: The Alexandria African American Hall of Fame Featuring Kayla Waters
Mar 25 @ 5:00 pm

The Alexandria African American Hall Of Fame Celebrates National Women’s History Month Featuring KAYLA WATERS

Contemporary Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Composer, Arranger and Music Director Kayla Waters isa hot new sensation on the Jazz scene. Debuting her first solo album “Apogee”last year, Kayla garnered a No. 1 Billboard hit with her single “I Am.” Her music is magnanimously filled with energy, inspiration, and harmonic color. Kayla is the daughter of Smooth Jazz icon Kim Waters and a signed  recording artist under Trippin N’ Rhythm Records (SONY).

Breakfast with Alexandria’s City Manager at Helicopter Association Building @ International Helicopter Association
Mar 28 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Eisenhower Partnership presents Breakfast with City Manager Mark Jinks
  • 03/28/2018
  • 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
  • International Helicopter Association, 1920 Ballenger Avenue, Alexandria VA
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  • Members of Eisenhower Partnership
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  • Special Invited Guests,
  • Alexandria City Employees, Appointees and Elected Officials Only

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