Ara H. Bagdasarian is an entrepreneur, author, and advocate for entrepreneurship education. Ara founded Omnilert, which invented the worlds first campus emergency notification system in 2004. Omnilert connects thousands of organizations with over 10 million people. He is also founded RainedOut which is the most widely used communications platform for organized sports organizations.
In addition to Omnilert, Ara recently co-authored and published the why to book on entrepreneurship. Winner of the 2012 Small Business Book Award, “The Lemonade Stand”, presents a fresh perspective on how anyone can convert a problem into a successful business while minimizing risk, debt, and obstacles.
As a lifelong entrepreneur, Ara launched his first business Kidco at age 8. In 1996, Ara founded XNETIX and webRESONANCE in 1999. Both companies were early-market providers of web-based applications that powered Internet startup companies.
Recently, Ara has been in the national news media dealing with Omnilert and its brands: e2Campus and RainedOut. He has appeared on TV, radio, and in newspaper interviews on CNN, ABC, CBS, USA TODAY, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Washington Post, Harvard Review & others.
Ara is an active community leader who served as Chairman of the Town of Leesburg’s Economic Development Commission, President of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, The United Way Regional Council, VTV Outreach Foundation, Paxton Campus, founding Board member of the Loudoun Center for the Arts, George Mason Enterprise Center, and founding member of the Loudoun Lemonhead Council where entrepreneurs help entrepreneurs succeed through peer advisory sessions.
Mr. Bagdasarian is a graduate from the State University of New York College at Buffalo where he was the recipient of the Young Alumnus Achievement Award.
Business Author & Founder of Omnilert
Funding Your Small Business Panel
Bootstrapping, Crowdfunding, Traditional Loans, Alternative Financing, Factoring…what does it all mean and what’s best for me? Starting and growing a small business requires capital. It can be yours, someone else’s or from a lender. Join a panel of experts to explore the different ways small businesses can fund/finance their entrepreneurial venture.
Session Time: 9:45 – 10:45am