National Small Business Week – 2016


Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of YOU - America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and you create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, you are working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

The SV SBDC joins our partners across the nation is saying Thank You for all you do and for the honor of serving you.

NSBW 2016 - Webinar Schedule

Webinar: Taking the Mystery out of Voluntary Benefits
Sponsor: Colonial Life
Webinar Date/Time: Monday, May 2, 1:00pm ET
Description: If you don’t know what voluntary benefits are, or understand the potential advantages they can offer your business, this is the webinar for you. We’ll break down the common myths and misconceptions, and provide you with the tips, tools and tactics you can use to better manage benefits costs, attract and retain employees, and protect your employees’ financial futures. Join this webinar to learn:

  • What voluntary benefits are
  • How you can use them to reduce expenses
  • When they can help small employers stand out
  • Why employees want them

Register Here


Webinar: The Decline of Magstripe Cards—and What That Means for Your Business
Sponsor: Square, Inc.
Webinar Date/Time: Monday, May 2, 3:00pm ET
Description: The payments landscape is changing. New security measures, a decline in the use of traditional magstripe cards, the switch to EMV chip cards and emerging technologies like contactless payments, are forcing a monumental shift in the way people pay. These changes have major implications for businesses of all sizes. Is your business prepared? Join Square’s Head of Business Intelligence Owen Britton Jennings and Head of Seller Education Erin Renzas for this can’t-miss webinar. They’ll break down all of the major changes in payments and what you need to do to ensure you’re ahead of the curve. In this webinar:

  • Get need-to-know information on all the major payment changes
  • Understand how consumer behavior is shifting and how to address their new needs
  • Learn how to ensure your business is prepared for upcoming trends

Register Here


Webinar: Cloud, Mobile, and Social: Great Apps and Services That Will Grow Your Business
Sponsor: YP
Webinar Date/Time: Tuesday, May 3, 3:00pm ET
Description: Watch and learn from small business experts, Gene Marks and Ramon Ray, as they discuss the latest trends, tips, and services to help you grow, manage, and increase your profits. You’ll discover how to leverage cloud, mobile, and social technologies that will allow you to stand out from your competition.Register:

Register Here


Webinar: Access to Capital and Business Loans: Best Practices
Sponsor: Sam’s Club
Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday, May 4, 4:00pm ET
Description: Cash is the lifeblood of any business yet access to capital, managing business finances, and navigating sources of finance are some of the most challenging areas for business owners and can make or break any enterprise. Sam’s Club has teamed up with Small Business Majority’s Rhea Aguinaldo to help entrepreneurs and small business owners bring finance into focus for long term success. Participants will learn background on the small business loan market and providers as well as how to identify the right type of financial product for the business need.Register:

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Webinar: Tips for Getting Your Business Financially Fit
Sponsor: Intuit Quickbooks
Webinar Date/Time: Thursday, May 5, 3:00pm ET
Description: Understanding the fiscal condition of your business is critical when managing daily duties, planning for the longterm and making consequential decisions. But that means more than simply knowing what’s in your bank account. Join Intuit QuickBooks in this interactive webinar, where you’ll learn practical, actionable tips for improving the financial fitness of your small business.Register:

Register Here


ASBDC logoIn honor of National Small Business Week, please join America's SBDC (@ASBDC) for our "10 Most Common Small Business Questions" Twitter Chat on May 4th at 3pm ET.

@ASBDC will serve as the chat "moderator" posting a new question every 7-9 minutes with hashtag, #SBDC.

Q1: Do I have what it takes to own a small business? #SBDC
Q2: Do I need a business plan & how do I put one together? #SBDC
Q3: Do I need to incorporate my business? #SBDC
Q4: How can I determine how much money I need to get started? #SBDC
Q5: Where can I get funding to start or grow my business? #SBDC
Q6: How can I know if my business idea will work? #SBDC
Q7: How can I market my new business on a limited budget? #SBDC
Q8: Should I lease or buy equipment? #SBDC
Q9: What do I need to know before I hire my first employee? #SBDC
Q10: Where can I go for help to start or grow my business? #SBDC

In your responses, just start your answers with A1, A2, etc.

EX::  @ASBDC will  post "Q1: What's your favorite marketing technique? #SBDC" 
and you might respond:  "A1. We recommend writing a blog #SBDC".

Feel free to RT the questions so your followers know which question you are answering. The chat will last about 50-60 minutes depending on the pace of responses. If other Twitter users are chiming in, please feel free to RT them or answer their questions. Just remember to add the hashtag #SBDC.

For more information click HERE

VASBDCloc_2c_ShenValley_SSV SBDC May 2016 Events

 May 3 @ 1:00-5:00pm   Keeping the Books @ PBMares

May 6 @ 9:00am-1:00pm   QuickBooks Transitions@ PBMares

May 10 @ 1:00-5:00pm   QuickBooks Desktop (part 1 of 2) @ PBMares

May 12 @ 10:00am-12:00pm   Start Smart @ The Ice House, Harrisonburg

May 12 @ 3:00-5:30pm   Rapid Fire Marketing @ The JMU Ice House

May 13 @ 7:30-9:00am   Business Smarts – The Art of Creating Standards for Your Business @ American National University

May 13 @ 9:00am-1:00pm   QuickBooks Desktop: Part 2 of 2 @ PBMares

May 24 @ 1:00-5:00pm   QuickBooks Online: Part 1 of 2 @ PBMares

May 24 @ 1:30-3:30pm   Start Smart @ Augusta Government Center

May 27 @ 9:00am-1:00pm   QuickBooks Online: Part 2 of 2 @ PBMares

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