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The Non-Profit Institute @ The JMU ICE House
Oct 9 2018 @ 8:00 am – Apr 9 2019 @ 3:30 pm

The Non-Profit Institute (NPI) includes 40+ hours of professional development instruction.  Each session in the program is designed to:


  • Promote the effectiveness of nonprofit leaders, including executive directors, CEOs, managers, and Board members
  • Refine the skills of experienced directors as well as help prepare entry level managers for new roles in the organization
  • Enhance current job performance by providing a "tool box" of practical skills and knowledge for day-to-day operations
  • Promote excellence in nonprofit management

Certificate Requirements: Participants must complete at least 20 of the 26 sessions to successfully earn the certificate in Nonprofit Management. (The Opening Session and Graduation do not count towards this requirement.)

The Non-Profit Institute certificate program is offered biennially.

See the NPI Program Brochure

Visit the Website for full Details, Schedule, Scholarship, and Registration information.

ServSafe Food Safety Course & Examination
Dec 11 all-day

ServSafe logoProperly training managers and ensuring that your staff follow prescribed food safety procedures is a serious obligation. It's also your primary defense in reducing the risk of a food-borne illness in order to protect your customers and business from significant harm.
The National Restaurant Association's ServSafe® programs have been the acknowledged leader for nearly 40 years. Give your business, your brand, and your customers the best protection possible.

Registration includes Course Textbook, Professional Trainer, Proctored Exam, and Lunch.

ServSafe® Fees

VRLTA Members $135*
Non-Members $185*
Sysco Customers save $5o

See details on this flyer

Contact 804-288-3065 or visit the VRLTA Community Calendar for more information.

Start Smart @ The JMU Ice House, Room 106
Dec 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are you thinking about starting a new business?
Do you have lots of questions about how - or whether - to move forward?
Are you considering moving your hobby into a more structured business form?
Have you already started your small business and now realize you may have missed a few things?

Your SV SBDC has answers, information, and resources to help.

In our Start Smart Workshops, we discuss the path to good decisions and a successful start. You'll learn to take a thorough 360° approach to your business and all its components - from product development to target markets to financial projections. We'll also cover the regulations and registrations you need to know.

Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors to focus on your individual business needs.

Start Smart workshops are held in various locations and at various times; if this session doesn't suit, check the Web Calendar for more options.

Click here to register for any Start Smart or other SBDC workshop.

Click here for Directions and Parking information for the JMU Ice House.

Business Smarts – Tax Issues @ JMU Ice House
Dec 14 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Register for this and any Business Smarts session here.

Business Smarts Breakfast sessions are held on the 2nd Friday of every month with networking opportunities and guest presentations on a variety of topics. 

The series is sponsored by your Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, and Shenandoah Valley Chapter of SCORE.   Refreshments provided by Black Sheep Coffee and Peace, Love, and Little Donuts.

Parking for Business Smarts:  You may park in the Ice House lot on Bruce Street without a JMU permit during Business Smarts sessions from 7:30-9:45am.

SBDC Offices Closed for Winter Holiday
Dec 19 2018 – Jan 1 2019 all-day