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

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

Business Smarts – Canceled @ Shenandoah Valley SBDC
Nov 11 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Many employers are currently facing recruiting challenges.  Veterans and the military community face employment challenges regularly.  In fact, in a recent survey, 90% of veterans indicated there were obstacles in obtaining employment.  In this session, we explore ways to help break down the barriers to employment opportunities for transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses and promote inclusive policies and practices.  The presentation, developed by USAA and the SHRM Foundation will help promote inclusive policies and help employers understand the importance of communicating their desire to be inclusive and welcoming.  We will also explore unique strategies for recruiting, onboarding, and retaining veterans and military spouses.

Sheri Bender, Pulse HR Solutions, LLC serves as a USAA/SHRM Foundation Veterans Ambassador.  She has over 25 years of practical HR/Training experience and enjoys working with organizations and military veterans to bridge the gap and help translate skills. In her experience, there is a big language barrier and it is enlightening to have true conversations about what a candidate has to contribute and watch them flourish when matched with the right role.  That’s why she believes this program is so valuable.

$10 for Chamber Members $15 for Non-Chamber Members. Coffee & donuts provided.