Growing Together: Business Growth Through Innovation

December 3, 2014 @ 8:15 am – 11:30 am
Augusta County Government Center
Gov Center Lane
Verona, VA 24482
Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center

Business Growth Through Innovation

Developing an innovative culture in your business allows new ideas that improve processes and efficiencies, brings new or improved products or services to market, and increases your overall profitability. Learn what processes other businesses have used to capture ideas, identify opportunities, and reduce risk.



8:30 Welcome/Introductions around the room

8:50  Place-Based Innovation: A Report on the Field Meghan Williamson, Pine Knot Projections
Starting from the premise that local innovation must match local culture and the local economy, what trends are we seeing in the Shenandoah Valley?  How are local businesses mirroring national trends? And what does innovation mean in the Shenandoah Valley?

9:15  Snapshots of Innovation – Panel discussion
Mandy Boney, Owner, Fluffy Fannies, LLC
Ken Bryant, Marketing Brand Manager, DASCOM America
Chip Harvill, Vice President, Cadence, Inc.
Ricky Porco, Co-founder, Venzo, Inc.
Diane Roll, Owner, Mama’s Caboose

10:00 Break

10:15  Resources for Innovation – tools, places, and resources that serve the innovative spirit
ASQ Innovation Group
Hburg Makers
Innovation MBA
Invest Local
JMU Technology Innovation
Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition
Shenandoah Valley Technology Council
Start Here!
START Shenendoah Valley
Staunton Makerspace
Your Town Our Town

11:00   Meet and mingle w/ the resources, learn more, make connections, move forward.


About the Growing Together Series

Building on the success of the Growing Together 2013 series, economic and business development organizations are once again partnering with public and private firms in the Central Shenandoah Valley to present the 2nd Annual Growing Together series.

Designed to strengthen the region’s economic vitality through informational and technical assistance, this year’s 4-part workshop series will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, August through November.  The Augusta County Government Center location in Verona has been selected for its central accessibility to owners and managers of existing businesses located throughout the Valley.

These seminars are free to all attendees thanks to the generous support of sponsoring organizations. All will run from 8:15–11:30am, and will include keynote presentations + panels of practitioners + Q&A.  You may attend one or all four sessions; pre-registration will ensure a seat.

Learn about the full series here.