Entrepreneurship Essentials Workshop and Resource Fair

Join the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in cooperation with Hanscom Air Force Base, on Friday, July 28, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, for our Entrepreneurship Essentials Workshop and Resource Fair.

We will welcome U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Kathi Vidal, and highly regarded experts in business development and intellectual property protection. We're also excited to have successful military spouses and veteran entrepreneurs to discuss how to start your own business and the resources and tools to help you succeed.

From honing your business plan and protecting your brand and ideas, to market analysis and financing, we've got every angle of entrepreneurship covered. 

This event is free and will be available online and in-person. To attend in-person, participants must be a valid Department of Defense (DOD) ID card holder. To register, please visit the registration page.


11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Resource/networking fair (in-person only)

12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Transition from the resource/networking fair

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Panel 1: Roundtable panel discussion - Business development resources                        Moderated by Under Secretary Kathi Vidal (USPTO)

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Break

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Panel 2: Roundtable panel discussion - Entrepreneurship startup                           
Moderated by Secretary of Commerce Gina. M. Raimondo

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Resource/networking fair (in-person only)

Speaker Biographies


For questions about this event, email militaryoutreach@uspto.gov.

To learn more about resources for the military community, please visit the USPTO's military outreach page

Accessibility accommodation


If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request to the contact information listed above.

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