This unique initiative is being offered by the SV SBDC and our partners in Harrisonburg Economic Development, Rockingham County Economic Development, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, and the Madison Center for Community Development.
We have joined together to offer a variety of options to provide business owners and managers opportunities to learn together and to grow businesses in a changing sales environment.
Events below in Green are part of the official Bricks & Clicks program, but we're adding other options so check back often to see what's ahead!
Feb 21 - Open for Business: Create a Positive Online Experience for Real-World Customers - Livestream
Hosted by the Shenandoah Valley SBDC, this free live-stream event is presented by Google in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and its Small Business Tech Coalition*, Facebook, Square, and Constant Contact. See details for this session here.
Feb 27 - Bricks & Clicks Workshop
The full-day workshop features nationally-renowned marketing expert and small business strategist Jon Schallert, who will guide you through strategies on how to become a destination business – both online and in-store. This workshop is open to anyone.
See the details and how to register for this workshop here.
March/April - Destination Business Technical Assistance
Participants in the Bricks & Clicks Workshop may apply for Destination Business Technical Assistance. Businesses chosen will receive one-on-one time with website experts, social media and digital marketing gurus, or visual merchandising & window display designers. Businesses must apply by March 5, 2018 (application form coming soon). All recipients must have attended the Bricks & Clicks workshop on Feb 27 and be located in Harrisonburg or Rockingham County.
March 8 - Buy Local First: Driving Customers to Main Street for a Resilient Economy - Webinar
Check out this free webinar to learn how to promote buying local and practical ways to build a resilient economy in our community. Stick around after the webinar to discuss local efforts in the Shenandoah Valley. See details for this session here.
Summer '18 - Destination Business Implementation Grants
Destination Business Implementation Grants will help you put new ideas into action. Recipients of the Destination Business Technical Assistance may apply for a grant of up to $3,500 to offset the costs to implement your new ideas inspired by Bricks & Clicks and informed by the expert advice. Applications for the Destination Business Grant Program will be emailed directly to Technical Assistance recipients by April 9. Grant announcements will be made April 29-May 5 during Small Business Appreciation Week.