First Thursdays with the SBA: Programs Overview @ online
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Grab your lunch and join us virtually for the first Thursday of each month to learn more about SBA programs and network with other small business owners.

Topic: SBA Programs Update

The SBA offers several programs for small businesses. This session will provide an update on their various programs the SBA offers including 7(a) lending, 8(a) updates, the new VOSB application platform, and HUBZone.

Key Takeaways:

  • 7(a) lending updates
  • 8(a) application updates
  • VOSB application updates
  • HUBZone map updates

Speaker(s): Carl Knoblock, SBA District Director of the Virginia District Office. Carl Knoblock currently works for the Small Business Administration and prior to becoming District Director, Knoblock owned a couple of small businesses from manufacturing to service industries. He served as C-Level executive for several innovative startups. Carl started as the district director for Virginia in June 2014.

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

Loans, Grants and Other Funding Options for Women-Owned Businesses @ online
Oct 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us for an empowering webinar dedicated to supporting and guiding women entrepreneurs on their journey to securing funding for their businesses.

Whether you’re just starting out or scaling your business, this webinar will help you understand the different funding options available to women entrepreneurs, how to pitch your business vision effectively and how to overcome gender biases and create a supportive network.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Understanding the different funding pathways
  • Building a Compelling Funding Pitch
  • Overcoming Gender-Specific Challenges

Live attendees will receive free business resources and a link to this webinar recording.

Patent Basics @ online
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This module will cover the basic facts about patents. We will explore the different types of patents, including utility, design, and plant. We will define the difference and use of both provisional patent applications and non-provisional patent applications. Further, we will discuss the process of patent prosecution, the role of the U.S. patent examiner and what to expect when working with the USPTO. Information regarding a number of patent prosecution programs and initiatives available to applicants will also be provided.
Webinar presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Speaker(s): Tomeka Oubichon – the Eastern Regional Outreach Officer for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia. Ms. Oubichon supports the strategic plans and goals of the agency with a focus on outreach and stakeholder engagement.