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Jun
21
Thu
Doing Business with the Commonwealth, 1-on-1 @ Augusta County
Jun 21 @ 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.

Use our registration form to request an appointment with Courtney.

Jun
26
Tue
Start Smart @ Augusta Government Center
Jun 26 @ 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.

Jul
11
Wed
Start Smart @ The JMU Ice House, Room 106
Jul 11 @ 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.

Jul
13
Fri
Business Smarts – Company Sponsored Retirement Plans made Easy @ JMU Ice House
Jul 13 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Attendees will learn to understand and differentiate between the various Government Sponsored Retirement Plan alternatives. This presentation will cover no cost alternatives for smaller businesses.

Presenter Chuck Williams ChFC, is an Investment Advisor who works with his team at Jeff Harris and Assoc. to help families make smart choices about their money so that no matter what happens in the market, economy, or the world, they will still have the highest probability of achieving their goals for the reasons that are important to them.

 

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.

Jul
19
Thu
Doing Business with the Commonwealth, 1-on-1 @ Rockbridge County
Jul 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.

Use our registration form to request an appointment with Courtney.

Jul
31
Tue
Start Smart @ Augusta Government Center
Jul 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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.

Aug
10
Fri
Business Smarts – Giving & Receiving Feedback @ JMU Ice House
Aug 10 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Many of us shy away from giving or receiving feedback.  We like to think that we are doing our best at work every day. But it is a deep desire of humans to receive information.  So why do we avoid feedback?  Simple…. like the dental appointment, it can be uncomfortable!

Sometimes, receiving (or giving) feedback can be as painful as getting a root canal!  But, it doesn’t have to be. With proper tools and practice, this necessary process provides an opportunity to strengthen the team and enhance individual effectiveness.

During this session, we will review information and share tools to assist participants in:
• Understanding the different types of feedback
• Getting comfortable with receiving feedback
• Implementing a personal feedback equation
• Creating a non-confrontational approach to feedback
• Sharing feedback up-, down-, across the organization

After the training, participants will be prepared to embrace feedback and may even look forward to their annual check-ups at the dentist!

Presenter Sheri Bender is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified. She holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education/Human Resource Development from James Madison University and an Organizational Development Certification from NTL Institute.  She also has over 20 years of practical human resources experience in various industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, privately-owned business, and non-profit organizations. Her specialty areas are training, employee relations, recruiting, team-building and coaching.  Sheri also served as Past President of the Shenandoah Valley SHRM and the Winchester Area SHRM and currently serves as the Northern Virginia District Director for the Virginia State SHRM Council.

 

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.

Aug
16
Thu
Doing Business with the Commonwealth, 1-on-1 @ Page County
Aug 16 @ 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.

Use our registration form to request an appointment with Courtney.

Sep
28
Fri
Valley TechCon @ Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center
Sep 28 all-day

SAVE THE DATE for Valley TechCon.18 

Connecting Innovation, Vision, and Ideas

To receive email updates about this event, visit www.valleytechcon.com

 

Oct
3
Wed
ICAP Lean Startup Course @ JMU Ice House
Oct 3 all-day

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

ICAP includes FREE introductory training and counseling offered by ICAP instructors and local SBDC business advisors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

Important Dates:

October 3, 2018 – Applications are due by midnight; apply by clicking here.

October 10, 2018 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

October 19, 2018 – 9:00am - 5:00pm – Introductory Classroom Session

October 26, 2018 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled Telephone Review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

November 2, 2018 – 9:00am - 2:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this 2-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.

This 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 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: icap@VirginiaSBDC.org

Apply Here

 

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

 

SWaMFest 2018 @ Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center
Oct 3 – Oct 4 all-day

SWaMfest is the premier networking, educational, and professional development event for small, women, and minority-owned businesses where you can:

- explore the latest products and services from hundreds of SWaM businesses,

- engage with decision-makers from VASCUPP* institutions, prime contractors, and corporations, and

- attend exciting showcase workshops and networking opportunities. VASCUPP is committed to helping Virginia's SWaM businesses remain strong, vibrant, and successful while connecting them to our Purchasing Power!

Learn more about this event at www.SWaMfest.com

*Virginia Association of State College and University Purchasing Professionals.

Oct
18
Thu
Doing Business with the Commonwealth, 1-on-1 @ Harrisonburg
Oct 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.

Use our registration form to request an appointment with Courtney.