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Oct
9
Tue
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.

Oct
25
Thu
Start Smart @ Augusta Government Center
Oct 25 @ 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.

Nov
1
Thu
How to (Properly) Monetize Your Content Marketing Webinar @ Online
Nov 1 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

It can be confusing to some business owners about how much time, energy, and resources are needed to put into your content marketing. And, once you do, how do you actually get paid for all you’ve invested in your content marketing?

In this Web-based presentation, Digital Marketing Strategist Ray Sidney-Smith will go in-depth into the strategizing for making money from your content as a small business owner. You should be using your content in every way possible and that means monetizing your content in as many appropriate ways possible, and we’ll cover those in this session.

In this Webinar, we will cover:

  • What is the most typical and optimal strategy to use content marketing as a means for generating revenue for your business;
  • What are other monetization methods that business owners can use based on their content marketing efforts.

Register for this free webinar by clicking here

Who should attend?

  • Small business owners, entrepreneurs, micropreneurs, and solopreneurs
  • Office/sales/customer service managers, marketing directors, executives and professionals
  • Administrative/executive assistants and sales/account representatives
  • Nonprofit executive directors and board members

It's always best to have all other applications closed on your computer, laptop or mobile device from which you're watching the Webinar. You should have a broadband (cable, FiOS or DSL) connection to the Internet. Log on several minutes early to make sure you are up and running properly for the Webinar.

 

This Webinar is presented on behalf of the Virginia SBDC Network as part of their Beyond Google: Marketing and Managing on the Web Series.

Presented by Ray Sidney-Smith, Web & Mobile Strategist, author of SoLoMo Success: Social Media, Local and Web Small Business Marketing Strategy Explained. Ray is also President of W3 Consulting and Managing Director of W3C Web Services, an affordable Web/WordPress hosting, domain name registration, SSL certificate, and email hosting service focused on helping small businesses market and manage on the Web.

Watch previous Webinars from this series.

Nov
9
Fri
Business Smarts – CyberSecurity @ JMU Ice House
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Watch for details!

 

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.

Nov
12
Mon
Start Smart @ The JMU Ice House, Room 106
Nov 12 @ 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.

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

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

Nov
15
Thu
Doing Business with the Commonwealth, 1-on-1 @ Rockbridge County - TBD
Nov 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.

Use our registration form to request an appointment with Courtney.

Social Media Management Tools: Webinar @ Online
Nov 15 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

While social technologies have been around for decades, small business has only embraced Social Media in the past decade, but Social Media continues to take much work to manage it.

From content production to editing content (writing, images and video) to timing and scheduling posts, Social Media can take a full workday per week to do it properly and effectively for some small businesses. That said, with the right tools in place you can be a Social Media Rock Star while saving on time, energy, money, and other resources.

In this one-hour session, Digital Marketing Strategist Ray Sidney-Smith will cover some of the best Social Media Management tools available to small business today.

In this Webinar, we will cover:

  • The importance of finding and using the right tools for Social Media;
  • Tools that can help you expand and explore your Social Media marketing potential while fitting your Small Business budget.

Register for this free webinar by clicking here

Who should attend?

  • Small business owners, entrepreneurs, micropreneurs, and solopreneurs
  • Office/sales/customer service managers, marketing directors, executives and professionals
  • Administrative/executive assistants and sales/account representatives
  • Nonprofit executive directors and board members

It's always best to have all other applications closed on your computer, laptop or mobile device from which you're watching the Webinar. You should have a broadband (cable, FiOS or DSL) connection to the Internet. Log on several minutes early to make sure you are up and running properly for the Webinar.

 

This Webinar is presented on behalf of the Virginia SBDC Network as part of their Beyond Google: Marketing and Managing on the Web Series.

Presented by Ray Sidney-Smith, Web & Mobile Strategist, author of SoLoMo Success: Social Media, Local and Web Small Business Marketing Strategy Explained. Ray is also President of W3 Consulting and Managing Director of W3C Web Services, an affordable Web/WordPress hosting, domain name registration, SSL certificate, and email hosting service focused on helping small businesses market and manage on the Web.

Watch previous Webinars from this series.

Nov
19
Mon
SV SBDC Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Break
Nov 19 – Nov 23 all-day

The SV SBDC offices will be closed for the week of Thanksgiving.

We are grateful every day for the opportunity to serve the businesses of the Shenandoah Valley, and so - this week as in all others - we take a moment to say Thank You for your service to our community.

Nov
24
Sat
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! @ Your Business!
Nov 24 all-day

Show Your Love for Small Businesses Today... and EVERY day!

 

Find more on the Web:  https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/

and on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday?fref=ts

 

Nov
27
Tue
Start Smart @ Augusta Government Center
Nov 27 @ 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.

Dec
11
Tue
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.

Dec
12
Wed
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.

Dec
13
Thu
Doing Business with the Commonwealth, 1-on-1 @ Augusta County Government Center
Dec 13 @ 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.

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

Watch for details!

 

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.

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