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
Presented by Virginia SBDC Inclusivity Ambassador, Dr. Hope Murphy. This 45-minute informal information session will help you to get the most out of SBDC RESOURCES, programs, and networks in support of your small business.
As the largest small business support program in the country, the SBDC offers the services that small business owners need to succeed such as:
- Small Business counseling (free)
- Specialty programs (free)
- Access to business data and information (free)
- Cybersecurity training
- Small business loan process
After this session, you will know what is available, how to access it, and how to make the most of your free counseling sessions with the SBDC.
About the Presenter
Dr. Hope Murphy specializes in connecting business owners with the resources needed to build their businesses. Her experience includes providing business counseling to veterans through the Veteran’s Business Outreach Center and counseling/training entrepreneurs at the Women’s Business Center.
While Dr. Murphy counsels all small business owners, her passion is to provide business counseling that supports the unique needs of minority business owners.
Dr. Murphy is a small business owner and she provides diversity and inclusion training to organizational leaders and their teams. She and her family live in Stafford, Virginia. firstname.lastname@example.org
A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration, please be on the lookout for it.
Learn to increase sales through exports, access capital and financing, comply with U.S. regulations, and build strategic export knowledge!
Foundations for Export Success: An introduction to the knowledge and tools manufacturers will need to start selling into global markets. The 30 minute session will cover the following and then some:
• Market selection models and entry strategies
• Classifying your product for export and import using the Harmonized System and Schedule B
• Determining landed costs
Presenter: Aaron Miller, Director of the International Business Development program at the Virginia Small Business Development Centers
Aaron Miller is the Director of the International Business Development program at the Virginia Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at George Mason University. In this role, Aaron and his team work with small businesses to help them increase sales through exports, access capital and financing, comply with U.S. regulations, and build or augment export competencies. As Director, Aaron also leads an interdisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students at Mason who provide customized research for Virginia firms. Students under his leadership have gone on to careers at the World Bank, government, venture capital and private equity, consulting firms and small businesses, as well as top 25 law and business schools.
The Virginia SBDC International Business Development program is recognized by NASBITE as an Accredited Training Center for the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) certification. Aaron and his team have delivered variations of the curriculum for small businesses, trade professionals, local economic development organizations, and universities including George Mason University and the George Washington University Center for International Business Education Research.
Now’s the time to make sure your business profile is verified and updated on Google Search and Maps. Lots of changes have been happening with a Business Profile. This is a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. In this session, we’ll show you how to:
– How to create and/or update your profile on Google
– Hide your address
– Use your Business Profile to connect with potential customers
– What’s new, tips and tricks to updating your profile
– Hands on-demo of the product in action
Presented by Grow with Google speaker, Randi Penfil
Thanks to Shenandoah Valley SBDC, Capital Region SBDC, Central Virginia SBDC, Laurel Ridge SBDC, SBDC Lynchburg Region, and Virginia State SBDC for hosting this webinar along with Grow with Google.
Visit the Financial Wellness Center
In partnership with Atlantic Union Bank, SBDC clients are invited to take advantage of interactive, easy, and free resources from Banzai! This comprehensive online platform teaches financial literacy at every phase of life and can be utilized at your own pace.
SV SBDC Advisory Council
The Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center is excited to announce the formation of the SV SBDC Advisory Council. The purpose of the Advisory Council is to network and collaborate with a variety of business resources from the community. This enhanced connectivity is intended to improve the delivery of services to SBDC clients, expand the types of tools available to the SBDC Team, and assist Council members in more effectively serving the business community.
We would like to welcome the founding investors of the Advisory Council! Visit our Advisory Council page to learn more.
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.