Aug
12
Fri
Business Smarts – How to Hug a Porcupine @ Shenandoah Valley SBDC
Aug 12 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

We all know those people. They’re defensive. Offensive. Suspicious. Impatient.

Just plain….prickly.

We can’t respond in kind. It’s bad business. So, we try…to be patient. Compassionate. Helpful. Understanding. But is that even possible?

It is.  It’s just not easy. In this session we’ll explore ways to stay calm and effective even when those quills are aimed and ready to fire.

Presenter: Jennifer Testa’s personal mission statement is to positively affect the lives of those around her. She accomplishes this mission by offering workshops focused on strategic planning, leadership development, conflict resolution, team building, personality/behavioral assessments, customer service, communication, and more.

With Bachelor’s Degrees in both Human Resources and Psychology from Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from James Madison University, Jennifer is able to combine her educational experience with over 20 years of work experience to help others grow both personally and in their relationships with each other.

$15 for Chamber Members $20 for Non-Chamber Members

Aug
17
Wed
GovCon 101 @ Virtual Webinar
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Federal Government buys over $600 billion per year on goods and services, 23% of that spend is allocated for small business. This is a huge opportunity for small firms to grow their business and become part of the challenging world of Government Contracting. Before entering into this arena you must first know how to market yourself to government. This presentation will help you prepare your firm to get noticed by government and prime buyers by developing a proper marketing plan and strategy. In this session you will learn: • Steps to take to be where you can be found by buyers • Preparing a winning capability statement • Organize your website, business cards and marketing materials • Prepare a marketing plan to attract buyers

Speaker(s): Lisa Wood is the Statewide Director of the Virginia PTAC, hosted by George Mason University where she is also an Adjunct Professor of Management. Prior to that, she served as the Statewide Director with the Connecticut and Ohio PTAC programs and was also Director for the Northwest Commission PTAC in Pennsylvania. Before joining the PTAC community, Lisa was a Procurement Specialist for Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. In this role, Wood performed contract administration and negotiation duties. She also recommended bidders, handled issue inquiries, negotiated bids, performed cost and price analysis, and prepared comprehensive letters to justify recommended contract actions. Ms. Wood holds an MBA from the University of New Haven and a BSBA through Robert Morris University of Pittsburgh where she is also pursuing her PhD in Instructional Management and Leadership.

If you need further assistance or have a question, please contact us at (540) 654-1383

Smart Business Growth: More Money! – A Solution that Doesn’t Always Work? @ Virtual Webinar
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Grants, Loans, and Investments! Oh My!  Successful growth means using money strategically and understanding its true impact on your business.

Join us for this Small Business Growth interactive webinar series in partnership with Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce. Held on the 3rd Weds. of each month, these discussions will challenge your way of thinking and help you avoid common pitfalls as you grow your business whether you are just starting out or have years of experience!

RSVP to events@luraypage.com or 540-743-3915 by the Tuesday prior to receive the Zoom link plus session materials.

 

Aug
23
Tue
Start Smart Workshop @ Lexington
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you reside in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia and are thinking about starting a new business?

Do you have questions about how 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 Shenandoah Valley 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 marketing to financial projections and bookkeeping. We 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.

Thank you for your registration to Start Smart Workshop which will be held in Lexington. THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE IN LEXINGTON NOT AT ROCKBRIDGE ADM BUILDING.

Looking forward to seeing you there! Please let me know in advance if you are unable to attend via email to mccar2dl@jmu.edu. Thank You. Diane McCarthy, Shenandoah Valley SBDC

All you need to know about the SBDC to grow, build, or expand your business @ Webinar
Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

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
  • Training

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. hmurph3@gmu.edu


A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration, please be on the lookout for it.
Aug
30
Tue
Mobile Apps: How to Plan, Execute & Launch @ Webinar
Aug 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Does your business need a mobile app?

In this bootcamp you will learn if your small business will benefit from having a mobile app, and the steps to successfully deploy and market your app on the app stores. Areas covered include:

  • Market Research
  • App Scoping
  • Finding a Developer and Budget
  • App Business Planning
  • Marketing Approach
  • Building a Prototype
  • Launching an App
  • Promoting App

Presented by Cameron Nelson, CV SBDC and Virginia SBDC Chief Digital Advisor


Please be on the lookout for a Zoom registration link a few days prior to the event.
Aug
31
Wed
Start Smart Workshop @ Virtual Webinar
Aug 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you reside in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia and are thinking about starting a new business?

Do you have questions about how 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 Shenandoah Valley 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 marketing to financial projections and bookkeeping. We 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 that this is a live, on-line Webinar. Please find the Zoom link and review PDF Workbook attached in the reminder email 48 hours in advance.

Sep
15
Thu
Start Smart Workshop @ Virtual Webinar
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Start Smart Workshop @ Virtual Webinar

Do you reside in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia and are thinking about starting a new business?

Do you have questions about how 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 Shenandoah Valley 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 marketing to financial projections and bookkeeping. We 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.

Thank you for your registration to Start Smart Workshop via Zoom Time: September 15th 10:00am. Please find the Zoom link and review PDF Workbook attached in the reminder email 48 hours in advance. Please let me know if you are unable to attend or have questions via email to duganaj@jmu.edu

Thank You! Allison Dugan, Shenandoah Valley SBDC

Sep
21
Wed
GovCon 101 @ Virtual Webinar
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Topic: Creating a Capabilities Statement The Federal Government buys over $600 billion per year on goods and services, 5% of that spend is allocated for Small Business. This is a huge opportunity for firms, who qualify, to grow their business and become part of the challenging world of Government Contracting through set-aside opportunities. In order to get noticed by small business offices, you must first create a winning capability statement. This is the most importing marketing piece you will create for your business. A properly formatted capability statement will help you get noticed and differentiate you from your competition. In this presentation you will learn:

  • Proper formatting of the statement
  • Information to include and not include
  • Differentiators, Core competencies and past performance content
  • You will be provided an editable template to use for your own capability statement
  • How to use the statement

Speaker(s): Lisa Wood is the Statewide Director of the Virginia PTAC, hosted by George Mason University where she is also an Adjunct Professor of Management. Prior to that, she served as the Statewide Director with the Connecticut and Ohio PTAC programs and was also Director for the Northwest Commission PTAC in Pennsylvania. Before joining the PTAC community, Lisa was a Procurement Specialist for Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. In this role, Wood performed contract administration and negotiation duties. She also recommended bidders, handled issue inquiries, negotiated bids, performed cost and price analysis, and prepared comprehensive letters to justify recommended contract actions. Ms. Wood holds an MBA from the University of New Haven and a BSBA through Robert Morris University of Pittsburgh where she is also pursuing her PhD in Instructional Management and Leadership.

If you need further assistance or have a question, please contact us at (540) 654-1383

Smart Business Growth: Growing Bigger – Is it all it’s Cracked up to Be? @ Virtual Webinar
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

So, is growing your business always smart? While growth can solve many problems, it can also create new challenges.

Join us for this Small Business Growth interactive webinar series in partnership with Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce. Held on the 3rd Weds. of each month, these discussions will challenge your way of thinking and help you avoid common pitfalls as you grow your business whether you are just starting out or have years of experience!

RSVP to events@luraypage.com or 540-743-3915 by the Tuesday prior to receive the Zoom link plus session materials.