Virginia Business Appreciation Month

 

May is Virginia Business Appreciation Month. Celebrate small business this month by attending a networking event, awards dinner, or training workshop. Listed below are events happening in Virginia.

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May 2

Staying Relevant to a Changed Customer

Bluefield, VA Town Hall  - 8:30 am -10:30 am EST
Join Marc Willson, retail consultant for the Virginia SBDC to get an overview of today's economic climate, how to differentiate and define your customer, how to stand out in today's retail climate and much more.    Find out more

Build It With #FairfaxEDA

1775 Tysons Boulevard, 4th Floor, Tysons, VA - 8:30 am -5:00 pm EST
Join the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (#FairfaxEDA) and local small business experts who will discuss various subjects at a one-day event dedicated to building your small business. Kick off the morning by attending the “Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County” workshop conducted by #FairfaxEDA in partnership with the SBA, the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and the Fairfax County-based Community Business Partnership.    Find out more

Protecting Your Small Business Seminar

Merchant Square Building,  9019 Old Battlefield Blvd, Spotsylvania, VA -10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Crime costs US businesses billions of dollars every year and small businesses can be especially susceptible. In partnership with the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office, we will be hosting a seminar for local businesses to learn how to protect themselves against theft, fraud, and other crimes. Find out more

Small Business of the Year Awards 2017

700 Conference Center Drive,  Chesapeake, VA 23320- 11:00 am -2:00 pm EST
This signature event recognizes one business from each Hampton Roads Southside city. During this event the overall Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year is announced from five winning businesses. Additionally, the G&W Leadership Award and Young Entrepreneur Award, or YEA!, will be honored as well at the awards ceremony. This year, we will be also honoring emerging businesses in our Top To Watch. This category is for businesses that have been in business for less than 3 years but are making big strides in the local small business community.  Find out more

Start Smart Class

Harrisonburg -12:00pm - 2:00pm
Interested in starting a new business? Recently started one, but need some guidance navigating? Start Smart is the class for you. Taught by Director Joyce Krech, this workshop usually includes a $25 Registration Fee, but in the spirit of Virginia Business Appreciation Month and National Small Business Week, Start Smart Workshops throughout the month of May will be No Fee! Find out more

The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses

Online - 2:00-3:00 pm EST
Join Visa Economist, Jay Hawkins, as he shares the near-term outlook for the U.S. economy including the health of small businesses, consumer spending, housing prices and more.  Find out more

Staying Relevant to a Changed Customer

Tazewell, American Legion Building  - 3:00 pm -5:o0 pm EST
Join Marc Willson, retail consultant for the Virginia SBDC to get an overview of today's economic climate, how to differentiate and define your customer, how to stand out in today's retail climate and much more. Find out more

Promoting your business with Google Adwords Express

210 S. Jefferson Street Roanoke, VA - 5:00 pm -6:00 pm EST
The Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center is partnering with Google to offer a free workshop on how to utilize Google Adwords Express. All participants are encouraged to bring a laptop so they can set up their accounts, learn best practices, and create practice ads for their business. Pre-Registration is required.  Find out more

May 3

1 Million Cups - George Copeland, Founder of Laborem Edge

The Depot Building, 814 W. Broad Street, Richmond, vA - 9:00am
George Copeland, a VCU Alumnus, is joining us on Wednesday 5/3 to share his journey as founder of Laborem Edge. His firm provides web design, brand development, and digital marketing services. Find out more

Doing Business in a GAFA World

SWCC Lebanon Center - 9:30 am -11:30 am EST
We all know technology is the way of the world now. From email to Facebook and more, there are an infinite number of ways to make sure your business has a presence in the digital world. Do you know how to maximize those digital tools?  Marc Willson, retail consultant, will provide information about the five internet must haves for small businesses. Find out more

How To Start Your Own Small Business

300 Preston Ave. Suite 206, Charlottesville, VA - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thinking about starting a small business? Have you already started and realize you may have missed a few things? This workshop is for you! We review the steps to a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections. Find out more

Women-Owned Business Seminar 

Fredericksburg Country Club,  11031 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburg - 2:00-3:30 pm
Per the SBA, women-owned businesses comprise 36% of the country’s businesses. They employ more than 8 million workers and 7% of the private-sector workforce.  As part of Business Appreciation Week, the Spotsylvania County Department of Economic Development & Tourism invites Spotsylvania’s women entrepreneurs to join us for an afternoon of learning and networking. Courtney Mustin, Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, and Ginni Matern Mastin, Matern Staffing, will be speaking at this event. Find out More

5 Fabulous Habits of Local Business Champions

Online - 2:00-3:00 pm EST
Learn how to go from being a local business owner to a local business CHAMPION by having a: consistent and accurate online presence across all sites, business profile full of rich content like videos, images and reviews, well-designed, easy-to-navigate website, business phone that’s answered!, solid social media marketing strategy.  Find out more

Windows, Signs and Visual Displays

St Paul - 2:00 pm -4:00 pm EST

This workshop will focus on creating excellent window and visual merchandising displays.   We will focus on the ways outside and interior displays and merchandising methods can impact customer experience. Studies tell us that customers can be positively influenced by simple changes in physical layout, signage, and overall experiences in any business. This workshop will provide an engaging discussion around these topics. The goal of this workshop is to bring practical advice and experience to address the needs of retailers and other businesses. Find out more

Grow Your Business Online

Online - 4:00-5:00 pm EST
People no longer “go” online, they live online. More than ever, it’s important for businesses to show up in the critical moments when potential customers search for answers, products, and services they need.  In this session we’ll introduce the basics of connecting with customers online, including reaching local customers with a free business listing, search engine optimization tips to help your website be found, and an introduction to online advertising. Find out more

May 4

Business Appreciation Breakfast

Stevenson Ridge, 6901 Meeting St, Spotsylvania - 8:30 am -11 am
Spotsylvania County appreciates all of our local businesses. To show our appreciation the County will be hosting a Business Appreciation Breakfast on the morning of Thursday, May 4. Come hear from County leaders about the current state of business in Spotsylvania. Jesse Martin, of MACRA Business Insights, will be the keynote speaker for this event. He will be sharing his presentation on " The Rosetta Stone of Great Communication". Find out more

The New Normal

Big Stone Gap Visitor Center, 306 Wood Avenue East, Big Stone Gap - 10:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Join Marc Willson, retail consultant for the Virginia SBDC for his seminar The New Normal. Learn about what is hot in retail and restaurants for 2017, how to differentiate and define your business, how to use local events to market your store and much more. Find out more

First Thursdays at the Center for Economic Development Center

1125 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Grab your lunch and join us the first Thursday of each month to meet representatives of our local Economic Development and business support community. This is a great opportunity to make connections and network with other small business owners. Find out more

Getting Inputs into Action(able Business Data)

Online - 12:15-1:15 pm
Join Ray Sidney-Smith of W3 Consulting for this webinar on what data can be captured via online forms and surveys and how this data can be used. Find out more

The Future of Small Business Innovation

Online - 2:30-3:30 pm EST
Salesforce LIVE webcast “The Future of Small Business Innovation” — find out how some of the world’s most successful companies are using innovation to propel business growth. Find out more

How to Write Your Email Content in 15 Minutes or Less

Online - 3:30-4:30 pm EST
Struggling to find the words, images and the right calls-to-action that make the biggest impact with your email marketing? With just about 15 minutes and an easy-to-follow formula, you can kick writer’s block to the curb and be confident that you’ll know exactly what to say to create an effective email marketing message. Find out more

Find the Hidden Money in America

Online - 5:00-6:00 pm EST
There are so many hidden opportunities available to entrepreneurs, but many don’t know where to look for them. If you don’t take advantage of these opportunities, in the form of grants, contracts, government programs, and private sector resources, you are leaving money on the table. Find out more

May 5

The New Normal

Crossroads Institute, 1117 East Stuart Dr. Galax, VA - 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Join Marc Willson, retail consultant for the Virginia SBDC for his seminar The New Normal. Learn about what is hot in retail and restaurants for 2017, how to differentiate and define your business, how to use local events to market your store and much more. Find out more

Open House

Merchant Square Building, 9019 Old Battlefield Blvd, Spotsylvania - 2:00 pm - 4 pm
Join Spotsylvania County Government for an Open House on Friday, May 5 in the Merchant's Square Building Lobby. Representatives from a number of County departments and local regional agencies will be there to answer your business-related questions. Find out more

May 8

First Steps to Starting a Business

1125 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA - 9:00 - 11:00 am
This Seminar will provide the basic of self evaluation, the idea, entrepreneurship, defining the need, determining hte feasibility, and what actions are necessary. Topics within these areas will include analytical methods; research sources; the legal forms of businesses; record keeping; laws, regulations, and policies; and a discussion on the value and importance of business plans and financial analyses. Find out more

Windows, Signs, and Visual Displays

Samuels Library Front Royal, 330 E. Criser Road, Front Royal, VA - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
This workshop will focus on creating excellent window and visual merchandising displays. We will focus on the ways outside and interior displays and merchandising methods can impact customer experience. Studies tell us that customers can be positively influenced by simple changes in physical layout, signage, and overall experiences in any business. This workshop will provide an engaging discussion around these topics. The goal of this workshop is to bring practical advice and experience to address the needs of retailers and other businesses. Find out more

May 9

Website Basics

210 S. Jefferson Street Roanoke, VA - 8:30 am -10:30 am EST
our business needs an online presence, but you are trying to decide whether you should make your own or hire someone to do it for you. In this workshop, we will discuss website creation using Wix, Squarespace, and WordPress. We will go over website best practices. Find out more

May 10

1 Million Cups

202 Church Street SE, Suite 100, Leesburg, VA - 9:00 am
Each week, the 1MC program offers one or two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisers, and entrepreneurs. Find out more

Bringing New Products to Market

6564 Loisdale Ct., Ste. 600, Springfield, VA - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Join the SBDC & the Greater Springfield Chamber for this informative branding lunch & learn. Bringing new products to market….Do you have an idea for a new product but don’t know where or how to start? Does it seem daunting and scary? You’re not alone. Every inventor feels this and because we believe in our product and ideas we succeed through perseverance and dedication. Find out more

Access to Capital

3506 Wards Road, Lynchburg - 12:00 pm 1:30 pm
Finding the funding to run your business is a unique challenge for small business owners. This panel will bring together alternative lenders and agencies to help you get to the right funding source. Find out more

Tips & Tricks for Successful Marketing

Online - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Are you struggling to create and send emails that make a difference to your small business? Please join us for a one-hour webinar discussing Tips and Tricks for Successful Email Marketing. During this discussion, we will take you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing. Find out more

Building the Foundation for Your New Business

400 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Entrepreneurship is the American Dream. Unfortunately, of the 1 million businesses started each year, most of them eventually fail. The one common theme may be a lack of planning. If you are considering the possibility of starting a business, this free seminar will provide information that may help your business be among the 20 percent that survive and thrive. Find out more

Pitching to Investors

4031 University Drive, Ste 100, Fairfax, VA - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to get investors excited about your idea through effective storytelling. Experienced entrepreneurs will teach you how to get right to the point and focus your pitch on things investors want to hear the way they want to hear it. Our experts will review your pitch, and provide you with tips, to get you in the best shape for the upcoming event. Find out more

May 11

Building the Foundation for Your New Business

315 West Third Street, Farmville, VA, Emporia, VA - 9:oo am - 11:00 am
Entrepreneurship is the American Dream. Unfortunately, of the 1 million businesses started each year, most of them eventually fail. The one common theme may be a lack of planning. If you are considering the possibility of starting a business, this free seminar will provide information that may help your business be among the 20 percent that survive and thrive. Find out more

May 12

Business smarts-Leadership

1515 Country Club Rd, Harrisonburg, VA - 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Join us to learn how you and your team can experience the greatest return, the most reward, and know what is required for your success. You will leave with key takeaway's that can be applied immediately. Cindy Dove uses an informative, engaging, and relational style to create personalized programs for her audiences. You will leave her programs with practical takeaways and concepts you can apply immediately. Find out more

Networking Skills to Grow Your Business

202 Church Street SE, Suite 100, Leesburg, VA - 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Join SBDC Manager and networking expert Eric Byrd for an interactive session on how to make the most of your networking efforts. Find out more

May 15

Loudoun Small Business Conference

Washington Dulles Airport Marriott, 45020 Aviation Drive, Sterling, VA  - 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
The 2017 Loudoun Small Business Conference features valuable seminars and presentations from industry experts to help small business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs take your business to the next level. Find out more

May 16

Government Contracting

6605 Courts Drive, Prince George, VA - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Learn the basics of government contracting along with how to register to do business with the government and how to obtain the proper certifications that give small businesses advantages in government contracting. Find out more

Small Business Roundtable: Exceeding Your Customers’ Expectations

625 N Washington St, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA - 12-1 pm
Discuss how to motivate yourself and your staff to provide excellent customer service. The Small Business Roundtable is an opportunity to meet with other small business owners in a facilitated discussion format. No pre-registration is required. Feel free to bring your lunch or a beverage. Find out more

May 17

Competing with the Big Boys: How Independent Retailers Win and Keep the Customer

78 Belle Ville Lane, Warsaw VA - 8:00 am - 10 am
In partnership with the Town of Warsaw, the UMW SBDC-Warsaw Center will be hosting a workshop to area businesses. "Competing with the Big Boys: How Independent Retailers Win and Keep the Customer." Topics to be covered, but are not limited to, are: The customer’s experience is your brand; Outside the store and your physical plant; Window display do’s and don’ts; Merchandising Basics; Signs and Collateral Materials; and Social Media and Internet Protocol.Call 804-333-0286 to register.

1 Million Cups

202 Church Street SE, Suite 100, Leesburg, VA - 9:00 am
Each week, the 1MC program offers one or two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisers, and entrepreneurs. Find out more

How To Start Your Own Small Business

300 Preston Ave. Suite 206, Charlottesville, VA - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thinking about starting a small business? Have you already started and realize you may have missed a few things? This workshop is for you! We review the steps to a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections. Find out more

Marketing for Growth

6564 Loisdale Court, Ste. 600, Springfield, VA - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Marketing for Growth includes the formulation, evaluation and selection of market-oriented strategies. Participants will learn to employ strategic models and tools to analyze marketing decisions to help boost sales in the growth stage of the company. Find out more

Starting a Business

4031 University Drive, Ste 100, Fairfax, VA - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Legal and administrative steps to start a business. Prepare your business for the opening day. Find out more

May 18

Starting a Business in Loudoun County

202 Church Street SE, Suite 100, Leesburg, VA 0 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Do you want to open your own business? Do you have an idea for a product or service and you want to bring to market? Maybe you have people ready to buy your products, or customers ready to sign up for your services, but you're not sure how to start getting paid. Find out more

May 19

HR & Culture for Small Business

173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA - 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Culture can make or break you in small business. This class will help small business owners to learn how to hire for the right fit, and how to create a winning team culture. Learn how you as a leader are instrumental in creating, teaching, enhancing, and maintaining the right culture. Find out more

Open House: Places to Create and Connect

202 Church Street SE, Suite 100, Leesburg, VA - 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Do you want to open your own business? Do you have an idea for a product or service and you want to bring to market? Join this session to learn how to make your new venture profitable and ensure you’re ready to launch. Find out more

May 22

First Steps to Starting a Business

1125 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA - 6:00 - 8:30 pm
This Seminar will provide the basic of self evaluation, the idea, entrepreneurship, defining the need, determining hte feasibility, and what actions are necessary. Topics within these areas will include analytical methods; research sources; the legal forms of businesses; record keeping; laws, regulations, and policies; and a discussion on the value and importance of business plans and financial analyses. Find out more

May 23

Selling to the City and County

210 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA - 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Are you looking for new avenues to grow your business? In this workshop, you will learn how you can provide your services and products to city and county departments. Find out more

Calculating Indirect Rates, Intermediate

1125 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
The University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center will host "Calculating Indirect Rates, Intermediate"
Government Contracting Accounting is a specialized type of accounting required for all organizations that conduct business with the federal government. Indirect cost rates are necessary for contract pricing and payment purposes on government contracts. Find out more

Start Smart

18 Government Center Lane, Verona VA - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
We review the steps to a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections.
Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors to focus on your business or marketing plan. Find out more

May 24

1 Million Cups

202 Church Street SE, Suite 100, Leesburg, VA - 9:00 am
Each week, the 1MC program offers one or two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisers, and entrepreneurs. Find out more

Power of the #

3506 Wards Road, Lynchburg, VA 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Hashtags, #, are a must for social media. Understanding how they work and how to use them correctly will make your Instagram, Twitter, and even Facebook stand out and gain you customers and followers. Find out more

Marketing 101

4031 University Drive, Ste 100, Fairfax, VA - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Refresh your knowledge to effectively market your goods or services! Learn the following marketing essentials. Find out more

Sales Growth and Customer Acquisition

6564 Loisdale Court, Ste. 600, Springfield, VA 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Getting more business isn’t rocket science, but there are fundamentals to getting better results from your business development and sales process. If you would like to FINALLY solve your lead generation and sales conversion problem, this workshop is for you! Find out more

Building the Foundation for Your New Business

1009 Bonner Avenue, Danville, VA - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Entrepreneurship is the American Dream. Unfortunately, of the 1 million businesses started each year, most of them eventually fail. The one common theme may be lack of planning. If you are considering the possibility of starting a business, this free seminar will provide information that may help your business be among the 20 percent that survive and thrive. Find out more

May 30

How to Get Started on your Social Media Marketing

Winchester City Hall Offices Fourth Floor, 15 North Cameron Street, Winchester, VA - 8:00 am - 10:00 am
This seminar, brought to you by the City of Winchester Economic Development Authority and Old Town Winchester, will explore financial management tools to help you reach your goals through sound business decisions. We'll walk through the basic financial statements, discuss the purpose of each one, and explain how they work together for your business. Find out more

How to Get Started on your Social Media Marketing

1125 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA - 9:00 am - 11:30 am
This workshop is designed for small business owners who are not currently using social media to market their businesses and those who are not using social media effectively. It will help business owners navigate the many social media options available to them, determine which are the most useful for their businesses, set their social media marketing goals, and measure whether their goals are being met. Find out more

May 31

1 Million Cups

202 Church Street SE, Suite 100, Leesburg, VA - 9:00 am
Each week, the 1MC program offers one or two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisers, and entrepreneurs. Find out more