Aug
4
Wed
Securing Your WordPress Website
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Creating your website with WordPress can be exciting but also overwhelming. Once you have built your site, you need to secure it. Hackers like to take advantage of inexperienced users and new websites to get access to your sensitive information. Most security breaches can be prevented if your site is up to date. Virginia SBDC Cybersecurity Advisor, Tom Stamulis, will share essential security practices and tips on how to keep your plugins up to date and your site secure.

Aug
5
Thu
Starting a Business with Start Smart @ Online Webinar
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thinking of starting a business? 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 before starting a business.

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.

REGISTER HERE

 

More about the Start Smart Workshop:

The greatest value in business planning is the process of researching and decision-making for your business.

This process takes time now, but avoids costly, perhaps disastrous, mistakes later. By working through this process you will not only end up with a finished plan in hand that can convince others to believe in the concept and your competence to run it, you will also be well on your way to being truly prepared to start or grow your business. You’ll be prepared to succeed.

The Shenandoah Valley SBDC’s Business Advisors are available to assist you at any point from the first concept to first draft to final plan to opening doors. We have experience helping our clients address difficult questions, build marketing strategy, develop cash flow projections, and turn dreams into reality.

If you would like assistance with your business plan, just ask.

Call the SV SBDC office at (540) 568-3227, or email sbdc@jmu.edu

Let’s get started!

 Workshop Agenda

  1. Brief Introductions
    1. Idea/Business Concept and you are in your Start-up process
    2. Biggest burning question you would like to have answered today
  2. SBDC Services – Request for Counseling form
  3. Ready for Entrepreneurship? Viable Business Concept
  4. Introduction to GrowthWheel Tools
  5. Legal Entity
  6. Common Mistakes
  7. Business Plan and Financials
  8. Marketing
  9. Start-up Checklist review

 

 

Managing Your WordPress Website | Digital Bootcamp Series
Aug 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Learn how to create and/or better manage your WordPress website!

Are you looking for a simple, yet effective website to use for your business? WordPress might be a good option! In this workshop, we’ll cover “the basics” on creating and updating a WordPress site, including:

  • User management
  • Page creation and editing
  • Image and video uploads
  • Plugin management
  • Linking to social media
A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration, please be on the lookout for it.
Aug
11
Wed
Fundamental Cybersecurity: Protecting your Business and Information
Aug 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Virginia SBDC Cybersecurity Advisor, Tom Stamulis, will discuss current threats impacting small businesses and the risks that could impact the operations of your business. He will introduce fundamental cybersecurity controls, which are in alignment with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model (CMM) developed by the Department of Defense. He will provide instructions on how every small business can implement these controls using the people, processes, and technology they have in place.


A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration, please be on the lookout for it.
Aug
13
Fri
Business Smarts – coming soon! @ Virtual Event
Aug 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Business Smarts Presentation information for August is coming soon!

Aug
18
Wed
Cyber Awareness Training Your Businesses
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Cybersecurity awareness is essential for all businesses regardless of size. Your employees are the first line of defense in protecting your digital information and your business from hackers. This training will focus on the latest online threats such as phishing, malware, and ransomware. During this session the Virginia SBDC Cybersecurity Advisor, Tom Stamulis, will provide an overview of the latest threats along with tips that every employee can use to protect your network.


A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration, please be on the lookout for it.
Aug
24
Tue
Success Through E-Commerce | Digital Bootcamp Series
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join us if you’re interested in pivoting more of your efforts to ONLINE SALES.
This session will cover:
  • The variety of websites available, the possibilities for upgrading yours to better accommodate online sales and the estimated costs to accomplish this!
  • The various e-commerce platforms available and how to select the best based on your specific business needs.
  • How to setup and manage your online storefront or service portal and how to use data and marketing to maximize returns.
Instructor: Cameron Nelson, Chief Digital Advisor, Virginia SBDC and CV SBDC.
Sep
1
Wed
Start Smart Virtual Workshop @ On-Line Webinar
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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.

REGISTER HERE

Sep
16
Thu
Start Smart Virtual Workshop @ Online Webinar
Sep 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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.

REGISTER HERE

Sep
28
Tue
Start Smart Virtual Workshop @ Online Webinar
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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.

REGISTER HERE