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

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

As more and more employees become vaccinated and return to the workplace, businesses are wondering what they can and should require of their employees and how to best protect themselves and their customers to maintain a safe work environment.

Join the Alexandria SBDC for a presentation by R. Doug Taylor, Shareholder, Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., who will address the following questions:

  • Can an employer ask for proof of vaccination status? What should that proof look like?
  • What if an employee refuses to be vaccinated? Can employers terminate for refusal to be vaccinated?
  • Must employers still require masks in the workplace?
  • How may employers encourage vaccinations without requiring vaccinations?
  • Can employers require unvaccinated employees to get tested? Do employers have to pay for that? How frequently can testing be mandated?
  • What if an employee insists on working remotely?

Douglas Taylor is a shareholder of Bean, Kinney & Korman. For nearly 30 years, Doug has provided timely and practical legal advice and representation to businesses, business owners, and executives on a wide range of federal, state and local employment and labor law matters, including executive compensation, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, disability, discrimination, misconduct investigations, whistleblower, retaliation, wages and hour, classification, and security clearances. Doug regularly defends employment claims before the EEOC, DOL, NLRB, OSHA, and state and local administrative agencies in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Doug is outside general counsel to a private university in Virginia and advises colleges and universities on all aspects of higher education law.

Doug is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He is a Board of Directors member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

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

Join us as we discuss and analyze trends about how customers engage with your business online, then turn these insights into well-informed, actionable decisions. We will discuss using Google Analytics to help you collect and interpret real-time information, review some of the reports and terms used so you can learn more about your target audience and how to achieve your business goals.

During this session we will:

  • Identifying business goals (and how you plan to use your online presence to achieve them)
  • Incorporating data into your plan
  • A focus on introducing Google Analytics and how to use this tool to make better business decision

REGISTRATION: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3412347947751738636

 

About Presenter Randi F. Penfil
Randi is a speaker for the Grow with Google partner program. She has more than 20  years  of experience helping small businesses  and nonprofits improve their digital marketing.

As a professional speaker and trainer, Randi has educated thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs. Before becoming a Google-supported trainer, Randi educated and trained SMBs for Constant Contact as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Development Director. She brings enthusiasm and experience to every workshop and conversation about digital marketing. Her passion is helping small businesses take control of their digital footprint.

This series is hosted by Shenandoah Valley SBDC, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, Blue Ridge Community College, Virginia State SBDC, Lord Fairfax SBDC, Central Virginia SBDC, and SCCF.

Let’s talk about Google Ads and how to get started!

In this workshop you will learn how to reach more customers and grow your business with Google Ads.

In this session we’ll talk about:

  • How to create an account and set up an ad campaign
  • How to write great ads, refine keywords, and include ad extensions
  • How to measure success

REGISTRATION: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1395098153526813452

 

About Presenter Randi F. Penfil
Randi is a speaker for the Grow with Google partner program. She has more than 20  years  of experience helping small businesses  and nonprofits improve their digital marketing.

As a professional speaker and trainer, Randi has educated thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs. Before becoming a Google-supported trainer, Randi educated and trained SMBs for Constant Contact as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Development Director. She brings enthusiasm and experience to every workshop and conversation about digital marketing. Her passion is helping small businesses take control of their digital footprint.

This series is hosted by Shenandoah Valley SBDC, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, Blue Ridge Community College, Virginia State SBDC, Lord Fairfax SBDC, Central Virginia SBDC, and SCCF.

Join local business resources and state legislators at the 9th Annual Valley Business Summit to learn about the local business economy.

There will be a panel of business experts to cover various workforce topics as well as Q&A time with Delegates John Avoli, Ronnie Campbell, Chris Runion and Tony Wilt. Light morning refreshments will be provided.

Hosted by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity, and Blue Ridge Community College.

REGISTRATION

AGENDA*
8:45 Registration, Networking, and Business Resource Fair
9:15 Welcome to Blue Ridge Community College
Dr. John Downey
Panel: Navigating the New Regulatory Environment
  • Courtney Malveaux, Jackson Lewis P.C
  • Cathy Welsh, Flora Pettit
  • Erik Rison, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
10:30 Roundtable Discussion
11:00 Break
11:15 Feedback Forum and Q & A with State Delegates
  • John Avoli, 20th District
  • Ronnie Campbell, 24th District
  • Chris Runion, 25th District
  • Tony Wilt, 26th District
12:00 Closing Remarks
BUSINESS RESOURCE FAIR PARTICIPANTS*
Local Education & Training Providers
Regional Chambers of Commerce
Regional Economic Development Partners
Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center
Shenandoah Valley Technology Council
Shenandoah Valley Workforce Board
Small Business & Supplier Diversity / SWaM
Virginia Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Virginia Dept .of Environmental Quality
Virginia Dept. of Labor & Industry
Virginia Dept. of Rehabilitative Services
Virginia Dept. of Veterans Services/Virginia Values Veterans
Virginia Housing and Community Development
Virginia Small Business Financing Authority
State Delegates Avoli, Campbell, Runion, and Wilt
*topics and participants are subject to change

FINDING AND KEEPING THE TALENT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED

‘Attract, Develop, and Retain Quality Employees’ is the mantra of successful CEOs and HR people across the US. Small business often has difficulty in each step of this process. This webinar will help you design an effective hiring process that is easy to use and results in better applicants and smarter selection tactics. Whether your area is dealing with low unemployment or you have not been able to find the right skills, it offers tips and tactics to succeed.

We will cover ways to enhance your current employees’ knowledge and skills as well as to offer re-skilling to address new needs. Retention is a product of hiring the right people up front, then providing them with the coaching and development to succeed and grow. We will cover all of this plus some basic information for those considering allowing remote or hybrid work options. Along with other resources, a link to free “The Small Employers Guide to Effective Hiring” will be included.

 

Registration:  https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900410059

 

FOMO on blockchain for your business? We’ve got you covered.

We demystify blockchain in this illustrative program that includes a panel of experts to answer your questions.

This session will cover:

  • Introduction to Blockchain
  • Blockchain vs. bitcoin – how are they different?
  • How Blockchain can be used for Small Business
  • Accepting cryptocurrency as a form of payment
  • Use of smart contracts
  • Using blockchain to raise capital
  • Looking towards the future of Blockchain Technologies
  • Moving towards cryptocurrency as national currency
  • Industry Applications
  • Safety and Privacy Concerns

Presenter:

Cameron Nelson, Chief Digital Advisor, Virginia SBDC and Central Virginia SBDC

Registration: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900410058

 

Since, 2004, Cybersecurity Awareness Month has been a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that businesses have the resources they need to protect their critical information. Over 3000, companies, schools’ governments and non-profits joined the 2020 campaign as Champions. Join us to learn how you can be part of the 2021 campaign and receive free resources to help educate your employees, customers, clients, vendors and partners about cybersecurity awareness.

Registration: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900410061

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

 

ABOUT THIS OBSERVANCE

CISA and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) are proud to continue the using the overarching theme::

“Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

This evergreen theme encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity.

In 2021, CISA and NCSA will focus on the following areas in our promotions and outreach:

  • Week of October 4 (Week 1): Be Cyber Smart.
  • Week of October 11 (Week 2): Fight the Phish!
  • Week of October 18 (Week 3): Explore. Experience. Share. – Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week
  • Week of October 25 (Week 4): Cybersecurity First

Use the hashtag #BeCyberSmart before and during October to promote your involvement in raising cybersecurity awareness.

More workshops on this topic throughout the month. 

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