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Nov
25
Mon
SBDC Offices Closed Nov 25-29, 2019
Nov 25 – Nov 29 all-day

The SV SBDC offices will be closed Nov. 25 - Nov 29 so employees can enjoy Thanksgiving Week with family and friends. 

We are grateful for our clients, who bring wonderful stories and passion for their businesses to share with us.  We are grateful for James Madison University for their unwavering support and assistance throughout 30 years of SBDC service.  We are grateful for our community partners in the cities and counties we serve - the Economic and Community Development Offices, Downtown Initiatives, and Chambers of Commerce.

We hope each of you has a blessed and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

Joyce      Rosie      Allison       Jalal      Sara      Lisa      Bill

Dec
4
Wed
Small Scale Production Webinar & Watch Party @ TBD - Harrisonburg
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Today’s consumers are looking for products with a local story that appeals to their unique individualism. As a result, from micro brewers to apparel and bike manufacturers, many more people are beginning to blend retail, manufacturing, and wholesaling opportunities at a much smaller scale, leading to growing tourism, diversified employment, and well-paid job opportunities for local communities.

Small-scale manufacturing has emerged as a powerful way to tie opportunity to place, and can fill a key missing piece in today’s local downtown and community development efforts.

Data suggests that this form of manufacturing is rapidly growing along Main Streets across the country, expanding and diversifying the employment and retail opportunities found in our districts.  The causes are two-fold:  Technologies like 3-D printing, high speed sewing equipment, and food processors at scale are shrinking the building needs and cost of entry into traditional manufacturing.  This is combined with rapidly changing consumer preferences that are tired of homogeneous products that can essentially be purchased anywhere.

Learn more and discuss the local opportunities and resources for your business at this FREE Webinar Watch Party. 

Led by the Department of Housing and Community Development and hosted by your SBDC and Rockingham County Department of Economic Development, we will watch the Webinar together and then provide time for questions, suggestions, and resources to move your business or business idea forward.

Print a flyer here to share:  Small Scale Production VA

Register for the Webinar here.

 

Dec
11
Wed
Start Smart @ The JMU Ice House, Room 106
Dec 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 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.

What’s Next? Webinar & Watch Party @ JMU Ice House, room 104
Dec 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Discuss cutting-edge ideas, challenge conventional thinking, and learn about innovative resources for your community.

This year’s Learning Exchange, themed What’s Next? will feature five different speakers delivering TED-style talks lasting no more than 12 minutes each on trends impacting our communities such as housing, impact investing, technology, and clean energy.

Check out the 2019 speakers' bios and topics.

This year, we have five different speakers touching on several trends impacting our community. They are:

  • Technology for Good: Paul Devitt, Ph.D.
  • Community Development Finance: Jodie Harris
  • Health and Housing: George Kleb
  • Community Revitalization: Dave McCormack
  • Clean Energy: Nicole Steele

Learn more and discuss the local opportunities and resources for your community at this FREE Webinar Watch Party. 

Brought to you by Virginia Community Capital and hosted by your SBDC and JMU's Office of Professional & Continuing Education, we will watch the Webinar together and then provide time for questions, conversation, and your innovative ideas.

Register for the Webinar here.

 

Dec
12
Thu
Webinar – Digital Marketing for 2020
Dec 12 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Are you ready to make an impact with your marketing this upcoming year?
Do you want to know what is going to be hot in 2020?

Come for a preview of the hottest marketing trends of 2020, as Digital Business Strategist Ray Sidney-Smith walks you through the trends and the latest predictions for what will be happening in Small Business marketing in 2020 from leading experts!
Start off your new year business planning right with some of the best strategies and tools for marketing your Small Business.

We will be available live to answer questions you have about marketing and managing your business on the Web, Mobile, Social Media, and beyond!

Register Here

Dec
13
Fri
Business Smarts – Leadership: Motivation and Inspiration @ JMU Ice House
Dec 13 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

What is the difference between motivation and inspiration in leadership?

Which would you prefer? How can learning the difference between motivation and inspiration help you be a better leader?

In this session, we will learn the differences and how to have a more powerful impact on others.

Presenter Lynnette Embree began life coaching in 1997 and acquired certification from Success Unlimited Network in 2002 as a Life Coach. She also has several assessment certifications such as DISC, Motivators, EIQ-2, and Performance Gap Indicator. In July 2018, she returned to a life coaching school for additional certification and to become a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Register for this and any Business Smarts session here.

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

The series is sponsored by your Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, and Shenandoah Valley Chapter of SCORE.  Coffee provided by Broad Porch Coffee.

Parking for Business Smarts: See the NEW options for Parking at the JMU Ice House.  Note that permits are now required for the JMU Lot, but we list other options as well.

Dec
19
Thu
SBDC Offices Closed Dec 19, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020
Dec 19 2019 – Jan 1 2020 all-day

The SV SBDC offices will be closed Dec 19 - Jan 1 so employees can enjoy a Winter Break with family and friends. 

We are thankful for our clients, who bring wonderful stories and passion for their businesses to share with us.  We are thankful for James Madison University for their unwavering support and assistance through 30 years of SBDC service.  We are thankful for our community partners in the cities and counties we serve - the Economic and Community Development Offices, Downtown Initiatives, and Chambers of Commerce.

We hope each of you has a blessed and safe Winter Holiday.

Joyce      Rosie      Allison       Jalal      Sara      Lisa      Bill      Emily      Ray      Riley

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.