Which are the best franchises to invest in today, and what does it take to open a franchise in Virginia?

Whether you are able to operate a franchise full-time, or you want to run a business semi-passively while working a day job, learn more about…

  • how the franchise industry has changed since the pandemic
  • how the customers have changed
  • what the next big opportunities are in franchising!

We will also discuss common pitfalls to obstacles to success. You won’t want to miss this!

By registering for this seminar, you grant Virginia SBDC permission to share your name and email address with the speaker.

A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration – a day before before the event – please be on the lookout for it.

Speaker(s): Heather Rosen, President of FranNet of Virginia and D.C.

Co-Sponsor(s): FranNet of Virginia and DC, a franchise advisory and development services firm with 50+ offices in North America

Retailpreneur Week conference

Join us for a week of strategies and insights you need to adapt to evolving consumer trends, disrupt your competition, and thrive in the new era of retail.

Dive deep into virtual workshops, panels, and in person keynotes led by industry experts. Discover the latest trends, technologies, and success stories to adapt your business and thrive in today’s dynamic market.

Retailpreneur Week, is the essential conference for modern retail leaders

Retailpreneur All Access Ticket Includes In person keynote on Monday, June 24 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm + access to all virtual workshops and panels + workshop recordings for reference

Retailpreneur Week conference is hybrid.

Schedule of virtual workshops can be viewed https://roanokesmallbusiness.org/retailpreneur. The link to register for Virtual Workshops will be provided after registration is complete and payment has been received.

Refunds are not available. The registration fee for the event covers the planning, preparation, and materials that are coordinated in advance.

Fine Print:

Our workshops, events, and programs are designed with a small business owner in mind. Actionable, sharing of ideas, and takeaways to keep things straight.  Pre-registration is required to receive the instructions to attend the workshop.

The SBDC reserves the right to cancel a workshop/event/program for insufficient enrollment, weather emergencies, and other unforeseen circumstances. Should a cancellation occur we will use the email you provided to contact you. Pre-registration is highly recommended. If an event is canceled or postponed and you have not pre-registered we will not be able to contact you.

All programs of the Virginia SBDC are open to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Retailpreneur Week conference

Join us for a week of strategies and insights you need to adapt to evolving consumer trends, disrupt your competition, and thrive in the new era of retail.

Dive deep into virtual workshops, panels, and in person keynotes led by industry experts. Discover the latest trends, technologies, and success stories to adapt your business and thrive in today’s dynamic market.

Retailpreneur Week, is the essential conference for modern retail leaders

Retailpreneur Virtual Only Ticket Includes Access to all virtual workshops and panels + workshop recordings for reference.

The workshop schedule can be viewed https://roanokesmallbusiness.org/retailpreneur

A link to register for individual Virtual Workshops that you’d like to be live for will be provided after registration is complete and payment has been received.

Refunds are not available. The registration fee for the event covers the planning, preparation, and materials that are coordinated in advance.

Fine Print:

Our workshops, events, and programs are designed with a small business owner in mind. Actionable, sharing of ideas, and takeaways to keep things straight.  Pre-registration is required to receive the instructions to attend the workshop.

The SBDC reserves the right to cancel a workshop/event/program for insufficient enrollment, weather emergencies, and other unforeseen circumstances. Should a cancellation occur we will use the email you provided to contact you. Pre-registration is highly recommended. If an event is canceled or postponed and you have not pre-registered we will not be able to contact you.

All programs of the Virginia SBDC are open to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Fee: $ 35.00

The City of Roanoke is our fiscal host. The cost of this workshop is directly allocated to the Greater Roanoke & NRV Small Business Development Center (GR+ NRV SBDC) programming.

 

Retailpreneur Week conference

Join us for a week of strategies and insights you need to adapt to evolving consumer trends, disrupt your competition, and thrive in the new era of retail.

Dive deep into virtual workshops, panels, and in person keynotes led by industry experts. Discover the latest trends, technologies, and success stories to adapt your business and thrive in today’s dynamic market.

Retailpreneur Week, is the essential conference for modern retail leaders VIP Experience

Retailpreneur VIP’s will have the opportunity to network with a community of passionate retail leaders. Share experiences, forge connections, and disrupt the industry together. Retailpreneur Week is your opportunity to thrive through collaboration.

Your Retailpreneur VIP Experience Includes:

  • Pre Keynote Small Group Engagement with keynote speakers (10 people per group)
  • VIP seating at Keynote
  • Access to all virtual workshops and panels
  • VIP Q&A after each workshop and panel
  • Post event access to workshop recordings

Retailpreneur Week conference is hybrid. Schedule of virtual workshops can be viewed https://roanokesmallbusiness.org/retailpreneur

A link to register for individual Virtual Workshops that you’d like to be live for will be provided after registration is complete and payment has been received.

Refunds are not available. The registration fee for the event covers the planning, preparation, and materials that are coordinated in advance.

Fine Print:

Our workshops, events, and programs are designed with a small business owner in mind. Actionable, sharing of ideas, and takeaways to keep things straight.  Pre-registration is required to receive the instructions to attend the workshop.

The SBDC reserves the right to cancel a workshop/event/program for insufficient enrollment, weather emergencies, and other unforeseen circumstances. Should a cancellation occur we will use the email you provided to contact you. Pre-registration is highly recommended. If an event is canceled or postponed and you have not pre-registered we will not be able to contact you.

All programs of the Virginia SBDC are open to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Fee: $ 75.00

The City of Roanoke is our fiscal host. The cost of this workshop is directly allocated to the Greater Roanoke & NRV Small Business Development Center (GR+ NRV SBDC) programming.

Overview of Live Webinar

What You Need to Do to Secure Your Smartphone: Top 10 Security Settings for Android and iPhone

Attention all small business owners! Do you know how to use the security settings built into your Android or iPhone? If not, this webinar is for you. In this session, we will show you how ten (10) crucial security settings can help protect your business:

  1. Protection Against Unauthorized Access: Security settings such as passcodes, biometric authentication, and pattern locks prevent unauthorized users from accessing your device and the sensitive information stored within it.
  2. Data Privacy: Security settings help safeguard your personal and sensitive data, including photos, messages, emails, and financial information, from being accessed or stolen by cybercriminals or malicious apps.
  3. Prevention of Identity Theft: By enabling security features like two-factor authentication and device encryption, you reduce the risk of identity theft and unauthorized use of your online accounts and personal information.
  4. Remote Tracking and Wiping: Some security settings, such as Find My iPhone or Find My Device for Android, allow you to remotely locate, lock, or erase your device in case it gets lost or stolen, enhancing the chances of recovering it and protecting your data.
  5. Defense Against Malware and Viruses: Certain security settings and features, such as app permissions, app store security, and automatic software updates, help protect your device from malware, viruses, and other digital threats that could compromise its security and functionality.

Using the proper security settings on your Android or iPhone is essential for safeguarding your device, personal and business data, and online identity from bad actors and unfortunate accidents.


The webinar will be presented by the following speakers:

Dr. Teresa Piliouras – CEO and Founder, Technical Consulting & Research, Inc., an IT company specializing in AI, cybersecurity, quality management, and data analytics. Dr. Piliouras is a consultant, educator, inventor, and author. She holds a BS from the University of Illinois, an MBA from Iona College, and a PhD from NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Pui Lam (Raymond) Yu – Executive Vice President Engineering at Technical Consulting & Research, Inc., has over 20 years of industry experience in Cybersecurity, Software Engineering, and Systems Engineering. He received his BEEE and MSEE from Stevens Institute of Technology and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, respectively, and his MSCS from New York University Tandon School of Engineering.

Adithya Rajendran – Cybersecurity Analyst at Technical Consulting & Research, Inc. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Baskin Engineering at UCSC, and has a strong foundation in programming, data structures, algorithms, and software engineering.

Harshit Agrawal – Cybersecurity Analyst, Technical Consulting and Research, Inc. He received his BTech in Computer Science from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University in Lucknow, India and his Master’s in Cybersecurity from Syracuse University.

Jonathan Aung – Cybersecurity Analyst, Technical Consulting and Research, Inc. He received his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Boston University. His journey in Cybersecurity is largely self-directed with a concentration in offensive security.

Pushpa Rani – Cybersecurity Intern, Technical Consulting and Research, Inc. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity at George Washington University.


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

Cancellation Policy: Contact us earlier than OR 72 hours (3 days) prior to event. Kindly 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 inivitation link after the registration.

In today’s digital age, it is essential for you to Know Your International Customer to win the battle against fraud. Fraudsters’ tactics are increasingly sophisticated, and you need to bolster your defenses to fight off their onslaught.

In this in-person trainingLouise M. Kern, President, GloBIS will teach you how to defend against their attacks by highlighting scammers’ vulnerabilities, teaching you to recognize telltale signs of a scam and introducing you to federally funded programs to help you find the right international business partners and succeed in winning new markets for your goods or services. Participants will leave knowing how to identify scamming emails and vet your potential business partners to ensure that you are working with legitimate companies.

ABOUT THE EXPERT: Louise Kern founded Global Business Information Services, Inc. (GloBIS) in 2003, initially with a China due diligence focus, but its coverage quickly became global. Today, GloBIS provides Credit Reports and Due Diligence on any company, any size, any industry, anywhere in the world. GloBIS is a Strategic Partner of the U.S. International Trade Administration and since 2004, has been a supplier of International Company Profile (ICP) reports on companies in multiple countries to the U.S. Commercial Service. GloBIS is the source of the U.S. Export Import Bank’s foreign credit reports for EXIM’s Export Credit Insurance program.


The SBDC reserves the right to cancel a workshop/event/program for insufficient enrollment, weather emergencies, and other unforeseen circumstances. Should a cancellation occur we will use the email you provided to contact you. Pre-registration is highly recommended. If an event is canceled or postponed and you have not pre-registered we will not be able to contact you.

All programs of the Virginia SBDC are open to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Nonpayment has always been one of the biggest risks and concerns for exporters. While cash in advance or a letter of credit are often seen as effective ways to mitigate risk, they are not without their own drawbacks. To be successful in foreign markets, exporters need to find solutions that protect themselves without putting their client in an unfavorable position. This is where export credit solutions can be a powerful tool for exporters. Export credit insurance can even be used by savvy exporters to expand their borrowing base with their bank.

In this webinar, IBD Director Aaron Miller will speak with John Strayhorn of Global Insurance Services to explain the many ways export credit insurance can position the exporter for stronger growth overseas.

Speaker: John Strayhorn is the Founder and President of Global Insurance Services, LLC. which was established in October 2001. Global Insurance Services is a domestic/export credit insurance, trade finance, cargo/vessel and political risk insurance brokerage firm located in Ellicott City, Maryland. John is a member of the Maryland/DC District Export Council and serves as the State of Virginia Designated Export Credit and Political Risk Insurance Trade Partner for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Program.

A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration – a day before before the event – please be on the lookout for it.

The following webinar is being facilitated by the Virginia APEX Accelerator.

Start with the federal government using simplified acquisition procedures and build a strong relationship.

  • Why use simplified acquisition procedures
  • Know the government market place
  • Understand government set-a-side procedures
  • A comprehensive strategy for success

About the instructor: Daryl Corley, Virginia APEX Accelerator Procurement Counselor

More than 30 years of contracting experience with comprehensive contract Life Cycle support in reviewing initial procurements package for accuracy to contract closeout. Most recently, he worked as a Senior Consultant for MSDS Consultant Services, LLC, which included working with the diverse business community, and clients on contractual issues, provide training material for stakeholders and clients — instructing classes on contract regulatory compliance in the federal government. He created a best practice mentor protégé program by combining governmental and commercial organizations.

Previously, he worked as a consultant/trainer for CACI providing government business solutions and services. In these positions, he demonstrated the ability to resolve a variety of issues (such as acquisition and supply systems, integration, data mapping and analysis service, system testing, training customers, and software malfunctions. He also provided consultant support creating solicitation matrixes, market research, acquisition plans at the contracting offices for the various agencies. Daryl is also a Service Disabled Veteran and dedicated to assisting Veteran Entrepreneurs.

The following webinar is being facilitated by the Virginia APEX Accelerator at the Mason Enterprise Center (MEC)

Learn about the process a company must navigate to become certified to win Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) set aside contracts.

You will learn the requirements of the SBA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) to become a certified SDVOSB or VOSB and how to complete the online application to be listed on Vendor Information Pages (VIP) including:

  • The three essential elements of a successful application: Eligibility, Ownership, and Control
  • How to avoid non-veteran control by careful structuring the company operating agreement
  • What to expect during the application process

Instructor: Lisa Wood is the current statewide director of Virginia APEX Accelerator. She previously was the Statewide Director of the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) for the Connecticut PTAC and prior to that was Statewide Director with the Ohio Department of Development after serving as PTAC Director for the Northwest Commission of Pennsylvania. Before joining the PTAC (now APEX Accelerator) community, Lisa was a Contracting Officer for Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.

The following webinar is being facilitated by the Virginia APEX Accelerator at the Mason Enterprise Center (MEC)

This program creates significant contract opportunities for women entrepreneurs. The program is designed to help more women owned small businesses win federal contracts and thrive in a competitive business environment. It is also intended to help federal agencies meet contracting goals for women owned small businesses.

Instructor: Lisa Wood is the current statewide director of Virginia APEX Accelerator. She previously was the Statewide Director of the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) for the Connecticut PTAC and prior to that was Statewide Director with the Ohio Department of Development after serving as PTAC Director for the Northwest Commission of Pennsylvania. Before joining the PTAC (now APEX Accelerator) community, Lisa was a Contracting Officer for Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.