George Mason University and the Virginia SBDC are teaming up with DC I-Corps, GWU, the SBA’s Small Business Outreach Centers and others to offer a free three-part series introducing the lean startup framework to veterans business owners. Lean startup is the state-of-the-art method used by top business startups to better understand their customers and perfect their business models. It’s the same process they use in Silicon Valley. Dates: Wed, Oct 12th (GW), 19th (Capitol Post) & 26th (GW). Learn more & register here.
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Part of Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity business plan competition which launched last year, the Virginia Velocity Tour will travel by bus to five regions across Virginia from September 10 to 23. At each stop, there will be a day of events to celebrate the region’s startup ecosystem, culminating in a public pitch competition with a $25,000 equity-free grant prize. Application deadline is August 18. Learn more at virginiavelocitytour.org.
May 10th, 2016
9 am - 12 noon
Global Situation Room’s Brett Bruen will conduct an intensive half-day seminar offering sophisticated strategies for assessing and responding to global risk and crises. Companies will learn how to build a Counter-Crisis Management (CCM) program to reframe, not just respond to emerging issues. CCM helps businesses to identify their vulnerabilities early and develop reputational countermeasures that can be immediately deployed in the event of an incident. The seminar shows how to go beyond crisis plans and procedures into the creation of programs that will change the course of crises. These trainings with the White House’s former Director of Global Engagement offer a unique opportunity to gain a comparative advantage in increasingly uncertain times and an intensely competitive global marketplace.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2016 National and District Small Business Week Awards. Let’s show our support and appreciation of our local small business community. This year the Richmond District Office will recognize both the Small Business Person of the Year and the Exporter of the Year.
National and District nominations can be submitted to SBA’s Richmond District Office at 400 N 8th Street, Suite 1150 Richmond, VA 23219, or through SBA’s online nomination portal. Guidelines and criteria can also be found on the nomination portal. All nominations must be submitted by Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.
For More Information: If you have questions about SBA’s award nominations or award criteria, please contact Monet Chapman at (804) 253-8133 or email@example.com
Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency throughout the Commonwealth yesterday to empower public safety officials to respond to Tuesday’s flooding events in communities across Virginia and to prepare for more extreme weather throughout the rest of the week.
Have you thought about how the storm might affect your business? Do you have a disaster plan in place?
For small business owners, being prepared can mean staying in business following a disaster. Explore these resources that can help you develop an emergency preparedness and disaster relief plan.
You are cordially invited to attend the Web.com Small Business Summit at the Quicken Loans National. Web.com, in association with SCORE, America's SBDC (Small Business Development Center) and the PGA TOUR, has identified you as a key local business owner to attend the event free of charge. Along with our presentation of online marketing solutions, we are pleased to announce that Bank of America, an industry leader in providing financial solutions to small businesses like yours, will have a guest speaker to discuss the importance of cash flow management for your business. Registration and complimentary refreshments will begin at 9:00am.
|Accepting the $10,000 award are James Hubbard, III, (center) and his father Dr. Jim Hubbard, Jr., (left of center). They are flanked by last year's winner and Tech Cocktail officials.|
HIS Energy, founded by James Hubbard, Jr., PhD, and his son, James E. Hubbard, III, won Tech Cocktail's "Celebrate" competition and was named the "Nation's Hottest Start-up." The honor came with $10,000, the Tech Cocktail Chalice, American Airlines Business Extra points, $5,000 in Amazon Web Services credits, as well as national exposure for their game-changing technology, "Wireless Condition-Based Monitoring Powered by Energy Harvesting." HIS Energy's Semper Cell, which powers sensors by harvesting energy from its environment, promises to become the device to power the Internet of Things.
"We are very proud to have had the Hubbards and their team participate in our Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), which assisted HIS Energy during the development of this breakthrough technology," declared Jody Keenan, State Director of the Virginia SBDC Network. "And kudos, too, to the team at SHINE Systems and Technologies, who delivered the ICAP services to HIS Energy through our program."
The U.S. Small Business Administration Richmond District Office’s online portal is open and ready to accept nominations for the 2015 Small Business Person of the Year.
“This year we have reduced the number of awards to only Small Business Person of the Year,” said SBA’s Richmond District Director Carl Knoblock. “This award has shown in the past the biggest return on investment to the business.”
Small Business Person of the Year is a highly competitive award that recognizes a successful small business. Criteria are based on staying power, growth, financial performance, innovativeness, response to adversity, and community involvement. Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community may nominate a business for this award. Submission guidelines and additional information and can be downloaded on the dedicated web portal at http://awards.sba.gov.
In addition to the district award, business may be nominated including self-nominations to compete in National SBA Awards recognized during National Small Business Week. The categories of awards include the following:
- Phoenix Awards (recognizing outstanding accomplishments during disaster recovery)
- Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
- Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
- The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence (recognizes large prime contractors who have used small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
- SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year (for recent graduates of the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program)
- Exporter of the Year
- Small Business Development Center (SBDC)Excellence and Innovation Award (nominations of SBA-funded SBDC Service Centers)
- Women’s Business Center (WBCs) of Excellence Award (nominations of SBA-funded WBCs)
- Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award (nominations of SBA-funded Veterans Business Outreach Centers)
- Small Business Investment Company of the Year
Nominations can be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3 p.m. EST, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. In addition to the portal, nominations can also be sent directly to SBA’s Richmond District Office located at 400 N. 8th Street, Suite 1150, Richmond, Va. 23219. For contact information and other District Office information visit online at www.sba.gov/va or call Matthew Nowak at 804-253-9088.
Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. For over 50 years, SBA will continue its tradition in honoring the nation’s 28 million small businesses.
The Virginia SBDC is partnering with Intuit to bring you Quickbooks Financing, an online tool designed to help match you with the right lending provider. Click here to learn more.
Governor McAuliffe announced that June will be designated as Virginia’s Business Appreciation Month to ensure that the history and growth of Virginia businesses are recognized across the Commonwealth. There is a crucial correlation between strong business and strong communities. Vibrant and strong communities produce strong businesses, and strong businesses make communities strong and vibrant. To view the governor’s proclamation, click here.