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Jan
20
Mon
Account Health – an Amazon Small Business Academy Webinar @ online
Jan 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Amazon hosts this series of webinars designed for small business owners and their employees to hear best practices for successful selling in Amazon stores.

Each live event provides a presentation with an overview of the topic, instructions on how to implement, and resources for digging deeper, plus a Q&A session.  You'll find valuable insights in each session, whether you are planning your 2020 strategies or want to make the most of your online sales.

Upcoming Sessions:

1/20 - Account Health - measure and implement improvements to your business on Amazon

1/27 - Restricted Categories & Approval - get your products approved in the correct category for selling online

2/3 - Brand Exclusive Benefits - exclusive features including metrics to measure your success and tools to tell your story.

To register for any webinar and receive updates and information, Click HERE.

 

Jan
25
Sat
Launch Your Nonprofit: Steps You Need to Know @ JMU Ice House, room 117
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Are you thinking about starting a nonprofit organization?

Starting a nonprofit is an exciting opportunity for individuals who want to serve and address needs in their communities.

But where do you begin? And how do you know if it is right for you?

 

Through this workshop, you will learn:

  • how to prepare for the process
  • steps to incorporate in Virginia
  • tools and resources for startup nonprofits
  • alternatives to launching

 

Facilitator Maria Paz G. Esguerra is the co-principal and lead consultant for Kensington Strickland Group, LLC. She has worked in the non-profit sector and in higher education for over a decade. Her interests include evaluation, program assessment, volunteer management, and organizational development. Maria Paz holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Reserve Your Seat Here

Jan
27
Mon
Restricted Categories & Approval – an Amazon Small Business Academy Webinar @ online
Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Amazon hosts this series of webinars designed for small business owners and their employees to hear best practices for successful selling in Amazon stores.

Each live event provides a presentation with an overview of the topic, instructions on how to implement, and resources for digging deeper, plus a Q&A session.  You'll find valuable insights in each session, whether you are planning your 2020 strategies or want to make the most of your online sales.

Upcoming Sessions:

1/27 - Restricted Categories & Approval - get your products approved in the correct category for selling online

2/3 - Brand Exclusive Benefits - exclusive features including metrics to measure your success and tools to tell your story.

To register for any webinar and receive updates and information, Click HERE.

 

Jan
28
Tue
Start Smart @ Augusta Government Center
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are you thinking about starting a new business?
Do you have lots of questions about how - or whether - to move forward?
Are you considering moving your hobby into a more structured business form?
Have you already started your small business and now realize you may have missed a few things?

Your SV SBDC has answers, information, and resources to help.

In our Start Smart Workshops, we 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 needs.

Start Smart workshops are held in various locations and at various times; if this session doesn't suit, check the Web Calendar for more options.

Click here to register for any Start Smart or other SBDC workshop.

Feb
3
Mon
Brand Exclusive Benefits – an Amazon Small Business Academy Webinar @ online
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Amazon hosts this series of webinars designed for small business owners and their employees to hear best practices for successful selling in Amazon stores.

Each live event provides a presentation with an overview of the topic, instructions on how to implement, and resources for digging deeper, plus a Q&A session.  You'll find valuable insights in each session, whether you are planning your 2020 strategies or want to make the most of your online sales.

Upcoming Sessions:

2/3 - Brand Exclusive Benefits - exclusive features including metrics to measure your success and tools to tell your story.

 

To register for this webinar and receive updates and information, Click HERE.

 

Feb
11
Tue
Start Smart @ The JMU Ice House, Room 106
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Are you thinking about starting a new business?
Do you have lots of questions about how - or whether - to move forward?
Are you considering moving your hobby into a more structured business form?
Have you already started your small business and now realize you may have missed a few things?

Your SV SBDC has answers, information, and resources to help.

In our Start Smart Workshops, we 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 needs.

Start Smart workshops are held in various locations and at various times; if this session doesn't suit, check the Web Calendar for more options.

Click here to register for any Start Smart or other SBDC workshop.

Click here for Directions and Parking information for the JMU Ice House.

Feb
14
Fri
Business Smarts – Leading in the Mountains (and other places) @ JMU Ice House
Feb 14 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Not all of us lead our clients in hazardous environments, but as leaders, we all have to help individuals come together as a team. We address objective reality vs. wishful thinking, flexibility and adaptability vs. rigidity, and other challenges in becoming a constantly learning organization.

This presentation will draw on the experiences of outdoor leaders that apply in business. Topics will include the 4 facing directions of leadership, developing a shared purpose, and some of the human attitudes that lead to suffering in the back country (and other places).

Participants will be invited to think through and discuss how these concepts can apply in their own business situations.

Presenter Lester Zook is the owner and head guide for WILD GUYde Adventures (WGA). Since 2004, WGA has been leading rock climbing, wild caving, and canoeing adventures in the Shenandoah Valley, along Virginia’s Blue Ridge and Massanutten Range, and in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. The Adventure, Leadership and Learning Institute (ALL IN) is the educational extension of WGA; ALL IN designs and leads groups in experiential leadership learning, team-building, and action consulting. Lester is a certified Single Pitch Instructor with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder. He is a former elementary school teacher, collegiate coach, and tenured professor. His masters degree is from Temple University (1985), and his doctorate in Educational Leadership is from UVA (1995). He is married to Robin (37 years), has 4 grown children, 3 grandchildren, a dog named Lily, and a cat named Bruce.

Register for this and any Business Smarts session here.

Business Smarts sessions are held on the 2nd Friday of every month with networking opportunities and guest presentations on a variety of topics.

Parking for Business Smarts: See your options here.  Permits are required for the JMU Ice House Lot, but we list other options as well.

The series is sponsored by your Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. 

Coffee provided by Broad Porch Coffee.

Feb
26
Wed
Doing Business with the Commonwealth @ JMU Ice House
Feb 26 all-day

Are you ready to take advantage of the powerful marketing tools available for selling to Virginia? Learn from an expert about how you can get eVA and SWaM certified for free in order to help you sell to the government and government funded agencies.

Courtney Mustin, Regional Business Services Manager for Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity, will provide on-on-one 90 minute meetings to help you maximize your ability to do business with the government.

Use our registration form to request an appointment with Courtney.

There is no fee for the session, but we do need you to complete a Request for Counseling form (if you are not yet a client of the SV SBDC).  Questions?  Please call the Shenandoah Valley SBDC  at (540) 568-3227.

Mar
2
Mon
ICAP Lean Startup Course @ JMU Ice House
Mar 2 – Mar 23 all-day

ICAP Lean Startup Introductory Course

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP (Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program) helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered by ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

February 17, 2020 – Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.

February 19, 2020 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

TBD – 6:00pm - 8:00pm – Introductory Conference Call

March 2, 2020 – 9:00am - 5:00pm – Initial Team Presentations

March 16, 2020 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first weeks

March 23, 2020 – 9:00am - 2:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this 3-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 12 months.

The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

 

Apply Here

 

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org

To visit the ICAP FAQ page: VirginiaSBDC.org/Programs/ICAP/ICAP-FAQ/

For ICAP Resources: VirginiaSBDC.org/Programs/ICAP/ICAP-Resources/

 

Apply Here

 

This Cohort is hosted by the  Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.

 

 

     

Mar
18
Wed
Doing Business with the Commonwealth @ JMU Ice House
Mar 18 all-day

Are you ready to take advantage of the powerful marketing tools available for selling to Virginia? Learn from an expert about how you can get eVA and SWaM certified for free in order to help you sell to the government and government funded agencies.

Courtney Mustin, Regional Business Services Manager for Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity, will provide on-on-one 90 minute meetings to help you maximize your ability to do business with the government.

Use our registration form to request an appointment with Courtney.

There is no fee for the session, but we do need you to complete a Request for Counseling form (if you are not yet a client of the SV SBDC).  Questions?  Please call the Shenandoah Valley SBDC  at (540) 568-3227.

Apr
8
Wed
Doing Business with the Commonwealth @ JMU Ice House
Apr 8 all-day

Are you ready to take advantage of the powerful marketing tools available for selling to Virginia? Learn from an expert about how you can get eVA and SWaM certified for free in order to help you sell to the government and government funded agencies.

Courtney Mustin, Regional Business Services Manager for Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity, will provide on-on-one 90 minute meetings to help you maximize your ability to do business with the government.

Use our registration form to request an appointment with Courtney.

There is no fee for the session, but we do need you to complete a Request for Counseling form (if you are not yet a client of the SV SBDC).  Questions?  Please call the Shenandoah Valley SBDC  at (540) 568-3227.

May
13
Wed
Doing Business with the Commonwealth @ JMU Ice House
May 13 all-day

Are you ready to take advantage of the powerful marketing tools available for selling to Virginia? Learn from an expert about how you can get eVA and SWaM certified for free in order to help you sell to the government and government funded agencies.

Courtney Mustin, Regional Business Services Manager for Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity, will provide on-on-one 90 minute meetings to help you maximize your ability to do business with the government.

Use our registration form to request an appointment with Courtney.

There is no fee for the session, but we do need you to complete a Request for Counseling form (if you are not yet a client of the SV SBDC).  Questions?  Please call the Shenandoah Valley SBDC  at (540) 568-3227.

Jun
10
Wed
Doing Business with the Commonwealth @ JMU Ice House
Jun 10 all-day

Are you ready to take advantage of the powerful marketing tools available for selling to Virginia? Learn from an expert about how you can get eVA and SWaM certified for free in order to help you sell to the government and government funded agencies.

Courtney Mustin, Regional Business Services Manager for Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity, will provide on-on-one 90 minute meetings to help you maximize your ability to do business with the government.

Use our registration form to request an appointment with Courtney.

There is no fee for the session, but we do need you to complete a Request for Counseling form (if you are not yet a client of the SV SBDC).  Questions?  Please call the Shenandoah Valley SBDC  at (540) 568-3227.

Jul
8
Wed
Doing Business with the Commonwealth @ JMU Ice House
Jul 8 all-day

Are you ready to take advantage of the powerful marketing tools available for selling to Virginia? Learn from an expert about how you can get eVA and SWaM certified for free in order to help you sell to the government and government funded agencies.

Courtney Mustin, Regional Business Services Manager for Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity, will provide on-on-one 90 minute meetings to help you maximize your ability to do business with the government.

Use our registration form to request an appointment with Courtney.

There is no fee for the session, but we do need you to complete a Request for Counseling form (if you are not yet a client of the SV SBDC).  Questions?  Please call the Shenandoah Valley SBDC  at (540) 568-3227.

Aug
12
Wed
Doing Business with the Commonwealth @ JMU Ice House
Aug 12 all-day

Are you ready to take advantage of the powerful marketing tools available for selling to Virginia? Learn from an expert about how you can get eVA and SWaM certified for free in order to help you sell to the government and government funded agencies.

Courtney Mustin, Regional Business Services Manager for Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity, will provide on-on-one 90 minute meetings to help you maximize your ability to do business with the government.

Use our registration form to request an appointment with Courtney.

There is no fee for the session, but we do need you to complete a Request for Counseling form (if you are not yet a client of the SV SBDC).  Questions?  Please call the Shenandoah Valley SBDC  at (540) 568-3227.