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Dec
13
Wed
Start Smart @ The JMU Ice House, Room 106
Dec 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 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.

Dec
15
Fri
ICAP Lean Launchpad: Applications Due
Dec 15 @ 12:00 am

ICAP is a statewide technology-commercialization program offered by the Virginia Network of Small Business Development Centers, George Mason University, and local sponsors.

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP 2.0 helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

During this FREE 3-week program, you will work with ICAP instructors and your teammates to learn techniques that will help you identify potential customers, learn their needs, and build a successful business model from that knowledge.

The Short Course is the beginning of an ICAP process that guides companies through the Five Steps to Startup Success:

  • Validate your business model
  • Build the right team of three or more members
  • Develop a minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Create early sales traction
  • Establish distribution channels and key partnerships

Who is Eligible?

All Virginia early-stage technology innovators and entrepreneurs (faculty, students, or the community at large) who are seeking to explore the commercial prospects for their innovations are encouraged to participate in this regional cohort.

Important Dates

December 15, 2017 – Applications due by midnight; see the link below.

December 22, 2017 – Acceptance notifications and communication from Bob Smith with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

January 26, 2018, 9:00am-3:00pm – Kick-off Classroom Introductory Session.  We meet in JMU’s Lakeview Hall, Harrisonburg. (Location |  Google Maps)

February 2, 2018 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

February 9, 2018, 9:00am-Noon – Final Team Presentations at JMU’s Lakeview Hall

  • During this 3-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the two class meetings, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments.
  • At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success.

The program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement.

Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node, and co-director of the Fed Tech program, which uses Lean Startup methods to assist inventors from government labs to explore the commercial viability of their inventions.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: Bob@masonsbdc.org  

This Cohort is hosted by the  Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, JMU X-Labs, and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.

APPLY HERE:  http://tinyurl.com/SV-ICAP

Dec
20
Wed
SBDC Offices Closed
Dec 20 2017 – Jan 2 2018 all-day
Jan
18
Thu
Doing Business with the Commonwealth, 1-on-1 @ Augusta Government Center
Jan 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are you ready to take advantage of the powerful marketing tools available for selling to Virginia?  Learn from an expert about how you can get eVA and SWaM certified for free in order to help you sell to the government and government funded agencies.

Courtney Mustin, Business Services Manager for Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity, will be available to meet one-on-one with clients who would like to become registered in eVA, become SWaM certified, or - for those who are ready- to help navigate and use eVA more effectively.

Courtney will be with the SV SBDC each month in various locations.  See our Web Calendar for specific dates and venues.

Call us at 540-568-3227 to request an appointment or use the handy Registration Form

Jan
26
Fri
ICAP Lean Launchpad: Business Model Development for Technology Start-Ups @ JMU Lakeview Hall
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Note: Applications Due Dec 15. See below.

ICAP is a statewide technology-commercialization program offered by the Virginia Network of Small Business Development Centers, George Mason University, and local sponsors.

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP 2.0 helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

During this FREE 3-week program, you will work with ICAP instructors and your teammates to learn techniques that will help you identify potential customers, learn their needs, and build a successful business model from that knowledge.

The Short Course is the beginning of an ICAP process that guides companies through the Five Steps to Startup Success:

  • Validate your business model
  • Build the right team of three or more members
  • Develop a minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Create early sales traction
  • Establish distribution channels and key partnerships

Who is Eligible?

All Virginia early-stage technology innovators and entrepreneurs (faculty, students, or the community at large) who are seeking to explore the commercial prospects for their innovations are encouraged to participate in this regional cohort.

Important Dates

December 15, 2017 – Applications due by midnight; see the link below.

December 22, 2017 – Acceptance notifications and communication from Bob Smith with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

January 26, 2018, 9:00am-3:00pm – Kick-off Classroom Introductory Session.  We meet in JMU’s Lakeview Hall, Harrisonburg. (Location |  Google Maps)

February 2, 2018 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

February 9, 2018, 9:00am-Noon – Final Team Presentations at JMU’s Lakeview Hall

  • During this 3-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the two class meetings, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments.
  • At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success.

The program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement.

Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node, and co-director of the Fed Tech program, which uses Lean Startup methods to assist inventors from government labs to explore the commercial viability of their inventions.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: Bob@masonsbdc.org  

This Cohort is hosted by the  Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, JMU X-Labs, and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.

APPLY HERE:  http://tinyurl.com/SV-ICAP

Feb
15
Thu
Doing Business with the Commonwealth, 1-on-1 @ Lexington Visitor Center
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are you ready to take advantage of the powerful marketing tools available for selling to Virginia?  Learn from an expert about how you can get eVA and SWaM certified for free in order to help you sell to the government and government funded agencies.

Courtney Mustin, Business Services Manager for Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity, will be available to meet one-on-one with clients who would like to become registered in eVA, become SWaM certified, or - for those who are ready- to help navigate and use eVA more effectively.

Please call the SBDC office at 540-568-3227 to set up an appointment in Rockbridge County on February 18th with Courtney Mustin.

Mar
15
Thu
Doing Business with the Commonwealth, 1-on-1 @ JMU Ice House
Mar 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are you ready to take advantage of the powerful marketing tools available for selling to Virginia?  Learn from an expert about how you can get eVA and SWaM certified for free in order to help you sell to the government and government funded agencies.

Courtney Mustin, Business Services Manager for Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity, will be available to meet one-on-one with clients who would like to become registered in eVA, become SWaM certified, or - for those who are ready- to help navigate and use eVA more effectively.

Please call the SBDC office at 540-568-3227 to set up an appointment on March 15th with Courtney Mustin.

Apr
19
Thu
Doing Business with the Commonwealth, 1-on-1 @ Augusta Government Center
Apr 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are you ready to take advantage of the powerful marketing tools available for selling to Virginia?  Learn from an expert about how you can get eVA and SWaM certified for free in order to help you sell to the government and government funded agencies.

Courtney Mustin, Business Services Manager for Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity, will be available to meet one-on-one with clients who would like to become registered in eVA, become SWaM certified, or - for those who are ready- to help navigate and use eVA more effectively.

Please call the SBDC office at 540-568-3227 to set up an appointment in Verona on April 19th with Courtney Mustin.

May
17
Thu
Doing Business with the Commonwealth, 1-on-1 @ Page County
May 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are you ready to take advantage of the powerful marketing tools available for selling to Virginia?  Learn from an expert about how you can get eVA and SWaM certified for free in order to help you sell to the government and government funded agencies.

Courtney Mustin, Business Services Manager for Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity, will be available to meet one-on-one with clients who would like to become registered in eVA, become SWaM certified, or - for those who are ready- to help navigate and use eVA more effectively.

Please call the SBDC office at 540-568-3227 to set up an appointment in Page County on May 17th with Courtney Mustin.