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Apr
24
Tue
Start Smart @ Augusta Government Center
Apr 24 @ 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.

Apr
30
Mon
Webcast: Can I Deduct This?
Apr 30 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Hosted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), this 30-minute webinar will focus on the following items:

  • Can I deduct car expenses?
  • Can I deduct home office expenses?
  • Can I deduct meals when I'm traveling?
  • Where can I learn more?
  • Plus a Live Q & A

To register for the event, click here.

Webcast: Can I Deduct This?
Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hosted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), this 30-minute webinar will focus on the following items:

  • Can I deduct car expenses?
  • Can I deduct home office expenses?
  • Can I deduct meals when I'm traveling?
  • Where can I learn more?
  • Plus a Live Q & A

This session offers closed captioning. To register for the event, click here.

May
1
Tue
Webcast: Employee vs. Independent Contractor
May 1 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Hosted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the 30-minute webinar will cover the following:

  • Define common-law Employee and Independent Contractor
  • Review the evidence of the degree of control:
    1. Behavioral
    2. Financial
    3. Type of Relationship
  • Worker Classification Resources
  • Plus a Live Q & A

To register for the event, click here.

Webcast: Employee vs. Independent Contractor
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hosted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the 30-minute webinar will cover the following:

  • Define common-law Employee and Independent Contractor
  • Review the evidence of the degree of control:
    1. Behavioral
    2. Financial
    3. Type of Relationship
  • Worker Classification Resources
  • Plus a Live Q & A

This session offers closed captioning. To register for the event, click here.

May
2
Wed
Webcast: Pay Now? Pay Later? Can’t Pay? (Payment Options)
May 2 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Hosted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the 30-minute webinar will cover the following:

  • Online Payment Options for Small Business Owners
  • Qualifying for and Establishing an Installment Agreement
  • Qualifying for an Offer in Compromise
  • Plus a Live Q & A

To register for the event, click here.

Build a Local Search Presence! Google LiveStream event with Immerge @ JMU IceHouse
May 2 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Market your Business as a DESTINATION 

Valley SBDC and Partners are celebrating Small Business Week with Google. 

There are billions of local searches happening on Google everyday... Learn how to maximize the benefits of these searches for your small business! 

Join us in watching Google's LiveStream event, Build a Local Search Presence, where experts will explain how to more effectively improve your presence.  They'll also discuss customer trends related to local searches, and share best practices for using Google My Business Features (like posts and reviews).  After the Livestream presentation, Immerge's marketing experts will hold a Q&A session. Bring your digital marketing questions because we always have lively conversations as we learn together! We're #AllForSmallBiz

This event is FREE and all are welcome to attend!  Please RSVP, registration is required. 

Event starts at 11:30, LiveStream portion begins at 12 noon and will run until 1pm. Then Q&A session with experts from Immerge and the Small Business Development Center.  Room 117 at the JMU IceHouse located on 127 W. Bruce Street.

*Recommended workshop for Bricks & Clicks participants 

Webcast: Pay Now? Pay Later? Can’t Pay? (Payment Options)
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hosted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the 30-minute webinar will cover the following:

  • Online Payment Options for Small Business Owners
  • Qualifying for and Establishing an Installment Agreement
  • Qualifying for an Offer in Compromise
  • Plus a Live Q & A

This session offers closed captioning. To register for the event, click here.

May
3
Thu
Webcast: Small Business Resources
May 3 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Hosted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the 30-minute webinar will cover the following:

  • Small Business and Self Employed Tax Center
  • Employer Identification Numbers
  • Online Learning
  • Plus a Live Q & A

To register for the event, click here.

Webcast: Small Business Resources
May 3 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hosted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the 30-minute webinar will cover the following:

  • Small Business and Self Employed Tax Center
  • Employer Identification Numbers
  • Online Learning
  • Plus a Live Q & A

This session offers closed captioning. To register for the event, click here.

May
4
Fri
Webcast: Paycheck Checkup
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Hosted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the 30-minute webinar will cover the following:

  • Why a Paycheck Checkp is Important
  • Self-Employed and a W-2 wage earner?  Learn how your federal withholding can cover your federal taxes
  • Help your employees ensure they have adequate withholding taken out in 2018
  • Plus a Live Q & A

To register for the event, click here.

Webcast: Paycheck Checkup
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hosted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the 30-minute webinar will cover the following:

  • Why a Paycheck Checkp is Important
  • Self-Employed and a W-2 wage earner?  Learn how your federal withholding can cover your federal taxes
  • Help your employees ensure they have adequate withholding taken out in 2018
  • Plus a Live Q & A

This session offers closed captioning. To register for the event, click here.

May
11
Fri
Business Smarts – Marketing that Matters: How to Grow your Business while Making an Impact on your Community @ JMU Ice House
May 11 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said, "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help others get what they want."

This has never been more true than today. In an increasingly competitive marketplace filled with people willing to do whatever it takes to make a dollar, your business must find a way to break through the noise and make a difference people will remember.

In this workshop, attendees will learn how to build their brand and establish themselves as an authority by first finding ways to help others.

Presenter Evan Pettrey is the founder of Valley Inbound Marketing. Evan is a serial entrepreneur whose passion for marketing was sparked out of necessity when he invented a baby product after the birth of his daughter. Having invested his savings in the product launch, he was faced with a harsh reality - he'd created an amazing product new parents loved...but nobody knew existed.
Flush out of cash after bringing the product to market, Evan had two choices: fail or learn everything he possibly could about digital marketing and grow this business himself.  Since then, he's founded a number of marketing companies in various industries with a single, unifying goal: helping businesses realize their growth and objectives, profitably, while learning and having fun in the process.

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 7:30-9:45am.

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.

Use our registration form to request an appointment with Courtney.

May
23
Wed
Start Smart @ McCauley Pavilion, Vista Links Golf Course
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 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.

Because this session spans the lunch hour, feel free to bring your bag lunch if you need to.

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