Starting, managing, and growing a successful small business requires a well-rounded understanding of so many areas of expertise. Planning. Funding. Laws & Regulations. Sales. Marketing. Accounting. Customer Service. Employee Management.
How Do Entrepreneurs Do It All?
With the professional guidance, experienced insights, and practical solutions that are available through the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, that’s how. Headquartered in Harrisonburg at James Madison University, the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center serves the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia region.
- What legal entity is right for your business?
- What permits & licenses will you need?
- Who is your customer?
- What’s your value proposition?
Workshops & Events
Our Start Smart Workshops 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 growth needs.
NOTE: This is a live, online webinar. Registration is required IN ADVANCE. When we receive your registration, we will send you the Start Smart Workbook and Zoom login link.
Is your network secure? If you answered NO or if you are unsure then your business is vulnerable to cyber attacks. Virginia SBDC Cybersecurity advisor, Tom Stamulis, will show you how to implement the processes and techniques in a how-to workshop to help protect your critical information.
This workshop will cover:
- Dangers of an insecure network
- What makes up a secure network
- Benefits of a secure network
- Commercial and free security devices
Each 45-minute workshop is limited to 15 people. This workshop is set up for small group interaction and discussion. To protect the sensitivity of the information shared, these sessions will not be recorded.
Let’s talk about Google Ads and how to get started!
In this workshop you will learn how to reach more customers and grow your business with Google Ads.
In this session we’ll talk about:
- How to create an account and set up an ad campaign
- How to write great ads, refine keywords, and include ad extensions
- How to measure success
About Presenter Randi F. Penfil
Randi is a speaker for the Grow with Google partner program. She has more than 20 years of experience helping small businesses and nonprofits improve their digital marketing.
As a professional speaker and trainer, Randi has educated thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs. Before becoming a Google-supported trainer, Randi educated and trained SMBs for Constant Contact as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Development Director. She brings enthusiasm and experience to every workshop and conversation about digital marketing. Her passion is helping small businesses take control of their digital footprint.
This series is hosted by Shenandoah Valley SBDC, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, Blue Ridge Community College, Virginia State SBDC, Lord Fairfax SBDC, Central Virginia SBDC, and SCCF.
Make It Sew
We are a member of The Virginia SBDC Network, the most extensive business development program in the Commonwealth. The VSBDC is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), George Mason University-Mason Enterprise Center, and premier local host organizations throughout Virginia including James Madison University.