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Jul
12
Fri
Business Smarts – Be Strong: Focusing on Talent to Improve Well-Being and Engagement @ JMU Ice House
Jul 12 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Our world is a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment that creates a rapidly changing workplace which demands employees be agile learners. Skill sets and knowledge necessary for success continue to evolve.

To meet these demands, self-awareness is more important than ever. Employees must understand the talents they bring to the workforce and how best to build them into strengths they can leverage. Research in positive psychology demonstrates a significant link between the application of strengths and a person’s sense of well-being and engagement at work.

Participants in this session will explore the connection between strengths, well-being, and engagement. To be successful, we must Be Strong.

Learning Outcomes - At the end of this sessions, attendees will:

  1. Be able to explain the need to create agile learners to navigate a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world.
  2. Understand the relationship between strengths, well-being, and engagement.
  3. Understand possible assessments you can use in the workplace to identify employee strengths.
  4. Leave the session with additional practices you can employ to improve your own well-being and engagement.

Presenter Jason Boron has designed and conducted leadership coaching focused on helping teams and individuals leverage their talents since 2007. He has presented a variety of programs and workshops in both the higher education and non-profit sectors, including leadership development, effective communication, conflict resolution, collaboration, performance enhancement, and coaching. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, he is committed to providing experiential learning opportunities to individuals and teams aimed at improving performance. Before founding Leading Strong, LLC, Jason served in higher education for over 15 years.

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.

Aug
8
Thu
Valley Business Summit 2019 @ BRCC Plecker Center
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hosted by your State Legislative Delegates and Local Partners, this annual event provides information, resources, and connections to help your business grow and prosper.

To pre-register, use the tiny URL as seen above.

We invite you to share this invitation to existing and emerging businesses as the Summit will provide small business owners and managers with vital information on the vast resources available to them.

 

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Aug
9
Fri
Business Smarts – The Science and Art of Boardmanship @ JMU Ice House
Aug 9 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

The success of every business or nonprofit depends on the collaboration and melding of ideas.

Integrity, competence, insight, dedication, and effectiveness are vital to the successful operation of the organization. While non-profits are required to have a board of directors, for-profit businesses are not. But even the smallest business, including (and maybe especially) one-person shops, can benefit from formal or informal boards to provide insight and new ideas. Join us and learn the science and art of effective boardmanship.

Presenter Barbara Roadcap is an Instructor with Ford-Byrd Consulting, LLC and has served on numerous boards including Second Home, the Shenandoah National Park Trust, and the Virginia Quilt Museum. She volunteered at the Quilt Museum as Volunteer/Membership director, provided tours and educational activities for children’s groups and was active with the outreach events of the museum. Barbara currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Nonprofit Studies Minor in James Madison University’s Social Work Department.

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.

Sep
13
Fri
Business Smarts – How to Harness the Power of Persuasion @ JMU Ice House
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Every day in business you’re challenged with conveying the benefit of your product or service in a way that attracts the right customers. In this workshop you’ll learn four powerhouse elements that will elevate your messaging and bring your business to life for your audience like never before. You’ll leave with a roadmap that you can start using immediately to relieve the stress of trying to figure out if your messaging is on target.

Presenter Brooke Anderson, Chief Convergence Officer with Converge Local, uses her marketing and communication skills to help businesses grow and thrive. With a degree in Communications and Public Relations from James Madison University, she’s worked with entrepreneurs, businesses, nonprofits, and companies like Coca-Cola to perfect their marketing campaigns, communicate effectively, and target the right audience in the right way.

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.

Oct
11
Fri
Business Smarts – Business Contracts and Collecting Business Debts @ HR Chamber
Oct 11 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

In this session, we will learn about contract fundamentals and examples of contact language that should be included in all Virginia business contracts. We will discuss different types of contracts: client, vendor, purchase, and employment contracts, as well as other contracts attendees may be interested in. We will discuss how to collect debts owed the business and the rights creditors have in Virginia. And we'll leave time for your “hypothetical” questions.

Presenter Quinton Callahan, Attorney, has been practicing law in Harrisonburg with Clark & Bradshaw P.C. since 2014. His practice is devoted entirely to the representation of businesses, almost all of which are local to the Shenandoah Valley. He writes, reviews, negotiates, mediates, and litigates contracts on a daily basis. He also handles creditors' rights cases and represent all types of businesses, including construction companies, restaurants, retailers, hotels, banks, real estate companies, developers, property management companies, non-profit organizations, and many more.

 

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.

Nov
8
Fri
Business Smarts – Make Your Advertising Work Harder: 5 Keys to Drive Profit @ JMU Ice House
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

 

 

Presenter Sacha Purciful is the VP and General Manager of WHSV-TV3.  WHSV is a 65 year-old television station, which maintains relevancy through local content generation and staying on the cutting edge of technology. They offer many of the most current digital solutions available, paired with tried-and-true performance drivers, such as traditional television.  Their sales staff has been trained in the digital space and has access to Google-certified staffers to answer even the most advanced questions.

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
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.