May
12
Thu
Thrive Leadership: The 10 Non-Negotiable Equities Every Leader Needs to Thrive in Their Career @ webinar
May 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Virginia Dept. of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center invites you to attend Thrive Leadership workshop

Thrive Leadership:

The 10 Non-Negotiable Equities Every Leader Needs to Thrive in Their Career

45 Minute Keynote | 15 Minute Q&A

Learning Outcomes:

★ Learn the one thing leaders are missing that prevents them from thriving, and what Thrive Leaders have tapped into that gives them their lives back.

★ Evaluate yourself in the 10 Non-Negotiable Aspects of Career Equity and how leaders who develop themselves in just a few of these areas can finally witness their teams grow toward thriving (and thrive themselves).

★ Learn how leaders are going from “I’m done with this” to “Work is fun again!” by applying an Essential 5-Part Framework that gives them more time, contributes to record revenues, and restores meaningful relationships in the workplace.

Your team, your company culture, and all of your DEI efforts are a reflection of your leadership.

Can you honestly say you’re thriving as a leader?

Are you making a meaningful impact in your role with the compensation, autonomy, trust, and safety you need to do your best work every day? If your answer is “no”, thank you for your honesty.You’re not the only one.

Like most leaders, you may find it challenging to give your team the attention, support, and advancement opportunities they are asking for, especially if you’re not experiencing these things yourself.

Thankfully, there’s a way out of this trap, and it’s called Equity.

While most leaders are struggling to advance equity as part of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) initiatives to create better companies for their teams, they’re learning the hard way that they can’t provide equity if they don’t have it themselves.

Think about it: When your leaders are frustrated, overwhelmed, and emotionally unavailable, can you get 100% of the support you need to thrive in your role?

Speaker: Kemy Joseph

A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration

May
13
Fri
Business Smarts – PLEASE STAY – Retaining Employees @ Shenandoah Valley SBDC
May 13 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

PLEASE STAY!
Sign companies would find a market by adding “Please Stay” on the back of the “Help Wanted” signs they print. The “Please Stay” would look inward as a reminder to “woo” your current team regularly. Although employee retention has always been a top priority, today’s tight job market demands an understanding of the challenges faced and creative/personal solutions to encourage your team to stay when so many options abound.

Our Presenter: John Barlow is committed to unleashing the potential in the Shenandoah Valley through a strong and well-equipped workforce. Through his role at Blue Ridge Community College’s Workforce and Continuing Education brings a background of over 30 years in business sales, leadership, education administration and teaching to assist the business community in reaching that goal. As Corporate Sales Manager, John’s focus is customized corporate training built to meet your needs.

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

May
17
Tue
HR Series: Employee Handbook @ webinar
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Having an employee handbook sets the foundation for expectations, policies, communicating about your brand, defining time off practices and benefits, as well as help employees understand how the business operates. Join us for conversation on what needs to be included and how to implement in your business.

Who should attend: Current small business owners with employees

Date: Tuesday, May 17

Time: 10:00AM-11:00AM

Speaker(s): Ben Ballagah

A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration

May
18
Wed
Cybersecurity Series – How to Protect Your Small Business from Identity Theft @ webinar
May 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In this three-part series Virginia SBDC Cyber Industry Expert, Quiana Gainey, covers how to start protecting your business from cyber threats online. This third session in the series discusses what sort of data small businesses are responsible for and how they can secure their data.

Identity theft is a serious threat to small business owners. Thieves may steal sensitive information and business owners must be alert and on guard at all times. It is important to take strong security measures to protect your business and your customer data.

Smart Business Growth: Business Owners Lead the Way – For Better or For Worse @ Virtual Webinar
May 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Being a passionate and involved founder/owner means knowing when to lead… and when to step back.

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.

 

May
19
Thu
Marketing 101 *Webinar (Live)* – PW @ webinar
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Overview of Live Webinar

Refresh your knowledge to effectively market your goods and/or services. This live webinar (via Zoom) will cover the following:

  • How to choose your target group(s)
  • How to communicate with your target(s)
  • Market definition
  • Market segmentation
  • Competitive analysis
  • Company branding
  • Online (SEO) and offline marketing

Speaker: Bernard Ferret – Senior Business Counselor, Mason SBDC & Serial Entrepreneur

Co-sponsor(s) & Partner(s): Prince William County Department of Economic Development & Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Cancellation Policy: Notification should be provided 24 hours in advance. Please email help@masonsbdc.org (preferred) or call 703-261-4105 to notify the team

Special Instruction: This live webinar will be offered on the Zoom platform. You will receive a Zoom invitation link after the registration.

May
23
Mon
Marketing: Canva 101 @ Webinar
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ever wonder how all of those beautiful graphics are made that you see on Instagram, or need to design a flyer for your small business and don’t know where to start because you don’t have not one design bone in your body? We’re going to share some tips and tricks for creating on-brand marketing materials to take your marketing game to the next level. Canva is a free platform that is intuitive and easy to use with templates you can customize and elements you can add to make it uniquely you.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Learn how to use the Canva interface
  • Learn how to design using templates
  • Learn how to design from scratch
  • Learn key basic design principles
  • Learn how to develop your own brand file

Due the nature of the interactive content, a recording is not available. Live attendees will receive materials to reference.

Please join from a computer or laptop so that you can create a Canva account and use the tools during the interactive workshop presentation.

Who should attend: Beginning Canva users or those who would like to know more about Canva and how to get started.

Date: Monday, May 23

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Speaker(s): Nicole Cooper

A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration

May
25
Wed
Complying with Federal Alcohol Regulations: The Roles and Responsibilities of the TTB @ webinar
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Every craft beverage producer in America, no matter its size, structure, or stage, will come into contact with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the lead Federal agency overseeing the production and sale of alcohol. In this webinar, Virginia SBDC Craft Beverage Assistance Manager Chris Van Orden will ask TTB Investigator Len Lee about the key regulations governing the safe and responsible manufacturing of beer, wine, and spirits, from pre-launch licensing to label approvals and beyond.

Speaker: Len Lee, Investigator, Southeast District, Trade Investigations Division, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)

Len Lee is an investigator with TTB’s Trade Investigations Division in the Southeast District. He has a total of 32 years of Law Enforcement experience. Len works on a variety of alcohol – and tobacco-related cases, including tax, product integrity, and permit investigations. He began his career with TTB in 2008. He has a BS degree in Criminal Justice from Mountain State University and lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jun
1
Wed
Building Your Business Performance “Dashboard”: A Step-By-Step Guide – *Webinar (Live)* PW @ webinar
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Webinar Learning Objective

Upon completion of this webinar, you should be able to:

  • See what business dashboards look like
  • Understand why a “scorecard” is important
  • Become familiar with the principles that guide your 1st dashboard draft
  • Know how to get started and begin building a dashboard for your business
  • Decide on a group of simple but important key metrics
  • See what software is available, making scorecard development easier
  • Learn how and when to use these new business metrics with your business team
  • See how dashboard insights can make a positive impact on your business performance

Speaker: George Siragusa – Senior Business Advisor, Mason SBDC, Adjunct Professor, George Mason University teaching Entrepreneurship for Engineers at the School of Engineering, and Senior Mentor for 3 area Startup Venture Accelerators.

Co-sponsor(s) & Partner(s): Prince William County Department of Economic Development & Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Cancellation Policy: Kindly contact us (email – help@masonsbdc.org (preferred) or call 703-261-4105) at least 24-business hours prior to the event for cancellations

Special Instruction: This live webinar will be presented on the Zoom platform. Webinar access details (Zoom invitation) will be provided after registration.

Jun
2
Thu
Government Contracting Series: How to Become SWaM Certified @ webinar
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Are you a small, women-owned, or minority-owned business who wants to do business with the Commonwealth of Virginia? Small business owners who are looking to participate in Virginia’s specialized procurement and contracting opportunities are encouraged to become SWaM certified. The SWaM certification is a vehicle to promote economic growth of Virginia’s businesses.

Becoming SWaM certified is just the first step in doing business with the Commonwealth.

This workshop will cover:

+The SWaM Certification process

+Required documents needed to apply

+How to use the certification to do business with the Commonwealth (intro to eVA, Virginia’s Online Procurement Portal).

+This event is in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and the Roanoke Regional SBDC.

Who should attend: Current small business owners in all industries who are curious about expanding their business to include government contracting

Date: Thursday, June 2

Time: 10:00AM-11:00AM

Speaker(s): Ramain Gohar

A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration

Jun
7
Tue
Start Smart Workshop @ Virtual Webinar
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Start Smart Workshop @ Virtual Webinar

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

 

Jun
15
Wed
SEO and Social Selling – *Webinar (Live)* – PW @ webinar
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Overview of the Live Webinar

The following will be covered during this live webinar:

  • Power of SEO and social media for attracting customers, including local SEO to precisely target your market.
  • Website optimization for lead generation. How personas, message maps, and content calendars help to make your website and social media footprint more attractive when integrated.
  • Social selling as an amplifier of your existing sales and marketing strategy. Learn to build an omni channel presence and customer journey for faster wins.
  • What your digital channel strategy needs to be effective in terms of content, technology and investment.
  • How to effectively use paid media and advertising. Cost savings of optimizing your website and SEO to maximize paid media spend and ROI.

Speaker: Hussain Shah, Subject Matter Expert – Digital Marketing, Mason SBDC & Timm Johnson – Director, Mason SBDC

Co-sponsor(s) & Partner(s): Prince William County Department of Economic Development & Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Cancellation Policy: 24 business-hours notifcation required. Kindly email–help@masonsbdc.org (preferred) or call 703-261-4105,

Special Instructions: This live webinar will be presented via Zoom. Webinar access details (Zoom invitation) will be provided after registration.

Smart Business Growth: More Sales & More Customers – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly @ Virtual Webinar
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Who doesn’t want higher sales and more customers?  Let’s just make sure More = Good for you and your company.

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.

 

Jul
20
Wed
Smart Business Growth: Success in Business – A Team Sport (Rah!) @ Virtual Webinar
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Growing a business means making sure each part plays in sync with each other.

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
17
Wed
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.