Oct
4
Tue
All you need to know about the SBDC to grow, build, or expand your business @ Virtual Webinar
Oct 4 @ 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.
Oct
11
Tue
Foundations for Export Success @ webinar
Oct 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

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

Email:amille2@gmu.edu

Biography

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.

Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps @ Virtual Webinar
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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.

Cyber Risk Management & Cyber Insurance @ webinar
Oct 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Is your business safe from a cyber attack?

In this webinar, we will cover common cyber risks and the benefits of cyber insurance.

A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration, please be on the lookout for it.

Speaker(s): Venee Galloway, Vice President of Commercial Sales for Brock-Norton

Start Smart Workshop @ Chamber of Commerce Office
Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Start Smart Workshop @ Chamber of Commerce Office

Do you reside in the Lexington-Rockbridge County Area, 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.

Oct
12
Wed
Is Your Business Holiday Ready? @ webinar
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Before we know it, the holidays will be here! Have you already begun your black Friday & Small Business Saturday prep work? If not, join us as we discuss key topics related to holiday shopping.

Topics:

  • Advertisement & Marketing
  • How to analyze your sales trends to prepare your inventory
  • Email & social media campaigns
  • Planning your holiday promotions
  • Website traffic

Speaker(s): Charese Chambers

Oct
14
Fri
Business Smarts – Capital is Key @ Shenandoah Valley SBDC
Oct 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Join Jennifer Huffman, Solutions Banking Manager, and Josiah Rider, Business Branch Manager, from Atlantic Union Bank for a discussion on using business capital wisely.

Participants will leave with an understanding of the different types of capital, when to use them, and how each can help drive your business to success.

  1. Business Capital
  2. Relationship Capital
  3. Talent Capital

$10 for Chamber Members $15 for Non-Chamber Members

Oct
20
Thu
Grow Your Business with Digital Marketing @ Virtual Webinar
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Updated for 2022

Businesses need to understand the basics of digital marketing now more than ever, because digital marketing creates growth.

Learn about the basics of digital marketing, including:

  • Social Media
  • Email Marketing
  • Paid Ads
  • SEO
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • How to use analytics to measure your success
A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration, please be on the lookout for it.

Instructor: Cameron Nelson, Chief Digital Advisor, Virginia SBDC and CV SBDC

Mr. Nelson has over 18 years experience in technology, and as a senior tech consultant in Silicon Valley helping Fortune 500 companies improve their digital marketing and eCommerce. At the same time he founded several tech companies, including a SaaS website for tree preservation and a blockchain platform for nonprofits. Cameron is accomplished in language, culture, has an MBA and MA and believes new technology products have the ability to help shape our world for the better.

Fee: No Cost

Oct
26
Wed
Start Smart Workshop @ Virtual Webinar
Oct 26 @ 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.

Note that this is a live, on-line Webinar.

Fee: No Cost

Oct
27
Thu
IRS Guide to Withholding and Estimated Taxes @ webinar
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pay As You Go so You Don’t Owe: A Guide to Withholding and Estimated Taxes

Taxes should be paid throughout the year, as income is received, to avoid large tax bills and penalty. Even with our pay-as-you-go system, the number of taxpayers with tax underpayments increases year to year. Join the Virginia SBDC and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for this workshop to learn how you can avoid tax underpayments. During this workshop we will discuss:

  • Adjustments to Tax Withholding
  • Estimated Tax Payments
  • The Tax Withholding Estimator Tool, and
  • Various Payment Options

A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration, please be on the lookout for it.

Presenter: Anika Pompey, Senior Stakeholder Liaison with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Fee: No Cost

Nov
1
Tue
Sell Online with E-Commerce Tools @ Virtual Webinar
Nov 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn how to sell your products online. We’ll walk through listing your products for free with your Google Business Profile and Merchant Center. In this workshop, we’ll:

– Discuss the Products tab in Google Business Profile
– Introduce Google Merchant Center and the basics of creating a free account and a product feed
– Show you how to connect an E-Commerce website (using Shopify as an example) to the Merchant Center

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.

Nov
10
Thu
All you need to know about the SBDC to grow, build, or expand your business @ Virtual Webinar
Nov 10 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 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.
Nov
14
Mon
Start Smart Workshop @ Virtual Webinar
Nov 14 @ 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.

Note that this is a live, on-line Webinar.

Fee: No Cost

Nov
17
Thu
Managing Your WordPress Website @ Virtual Webinar
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Updated for 2022

Join us and 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.


Instructor: Cameron Nelson, Chief Digital Advisor, Virginia SBDC and CV SBDC

Mr. Nelson has over 18 years experience in technology, and as a senior tech consultant in Silicon Valley helping Fortune 500 companies improve their digital marketing and eCommerce. At the same time he founded several tech companies, including a SaaS website for tree preservation and a blockchain platform for nonprofits. Cameron is accomplished in language, culture, has an MBA and MA and believes new technology products have the ability to help shape our world for the better.

Dec
1
Thu
Use YouTube to Grow Your Business @ Virtual Webinar
Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Let’s talk about YouTube! Are you thinking of creating a YouTube Channel? Are you currently using YouTube for your business? Now sure how to get started or how to build your channel? This is the webinar for you. During the webinar, we will review why you should get started on YouTube if you don’t already have a channel, how to create and promote videos that can help you achieve your business goals, and how to measure the effectiveness of your activities on YouTube. This is also the perfect webinar for those that have thought about creating a channel, are just starting with YouTube, or have a channel but really aren’t sure what to do with it.

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.