NSBW 2016

May 1-7 is National Small Business Week. Listed below are events taking place in Virginia and online.

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SBDC’s Happy Hour Celebrating Alexandria Small Businesses

May 3, 2016 - 5-7 pm
Virtue Feed and Grain, 106 South Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Join us as we celebration National Small Business Week and kick off our month of special events for small businesses in Alexandria. Come and network with your fellow entrepreneurs and celebrate small business in Alexandria! Sponsors for this event are Maurisa Potts of Spotted MP, Ab Emam of WDG, and Virtue Feed and Grain. Tickets for this event are $20 and include two drink vouchers. Light appetizers will be provided. We hope to see you there! Find out more

Alexandria 101

May 4, 2016 - 9-10 am
The Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
The Alexandria Small Business Development Center and Visit Alexandria are celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week and Small Business Week with the presentation of Alexandria 101 – a free resource and tourism training for everyone from new front-line staff to long-time managers. Meet your peers and receive the latest information to help our visitors have an Extraordinary experience from the moment they book their trip to the time they check out of our hotels. Who: This session is a great… Find out more


How to Start Your Own Business

May 5, 2016 - 10-12 pm
Central Virginia SBDC, 2211 Hydraulic Rd. Ste 107, Charlottesville, VA 22901
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. Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC, SCORE, and/or CIC business advisors to focus on your concept development, business profile, and/or business plans, including financial projections. Find out more


Access to World Markets from Chesapeake Workshop

May 5, 2016 - 3:30 - 5:30pm
Greenbrier Country Club, 1301 Volvo Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA
Plese join the Chesapeake Economic Development Department as we kick-off our Annual Busines Appreciation Month with an afternoon of education, networking and a "Cinco de Mayo" inspired reception with the Commonwealth's Industry leaders. Find out more


Franklin Southampton Small Business Appreciation Cookout

May 4, 2016 5:00 - 7:00pmFranklin Southampton County Fairgrounds
Franklin Southampton County Fairgrounds, Courtland, VA 23837
Small Business Owners in Franklin Southampton are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Franklin Southampton Small Business Appreciation Cookout. Find out more


First Steps to Starting a Business

May 2, 2016 - 6-8:30 pm
University of Mary Washington SBDC, 1125 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
This Seminar will provide the basic of self evaluation, the idea, entrepreneurship, defining the need, determining the 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


Keeping the Books

May 3, 2016 - 1-5pm
558 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Do you know what your financial records can tell you about your business? As a responsible owner or manager, you need to know the "language of business." Your business records allow you to monitor cash flow, track deductible expenses, prepare financial statements, and support your tax returns. In this workshop, you'll learn the fundamentals of basic bookkeeping tasks and how to use your chart of accounts. You'll learn to record and match revenues & expenses, record receipts & disbursements, handle end-of-period closings, and read financial reports. This seminar is not software-specific and the lessons will apply to any manual or computerized accounting system. It is an excellent foundation course for additional QuickBooks training. Includes workbook. Find out more

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Tech Nite

May 4, 2016 -  5:30-9:30 pm
JMU's Festival and Conference Center, 1301 Carrier Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Once a year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council highlights the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders and educators behind those successes. This is the council’s biggest to-do of the year — we call it TECH NITE. Find out more

Quickbooks Transitions

May 6, 2016 - 9-1 pm
558 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Are you an experienced user of QuickBooks Desktop, but now want to move to the on-line world? Or would you just like to learn more about what a cloud-based system is all about? This workshop will guide you through the differences between the two versions, discuss all the new features available with QBOL, and help you make a smooth transition from your desk into the cloud. Class Outline: • Overview of QBOL vs. Desktop • Subscription Levels, Features, and Reports • Importing Desktop Data to QBOL and Setting Up Your Company • Best Practices and Navigating around QBOL • Types of Sales & Revenue and Expense Transactions, as well as additional transactions initiated from the Quick Create Menu • Payroll offerings that integrate with QBOL ... Find out more


Cyber Security for Business Owners

May 4, 2016 - 12:15-1:30pm
Crossroads Institute, 1117 E Stuart Dr, Galax, VA 24333
During this class, Travis Haynes will provide ways to safeguard valuable information to small business owners.  This seminar is especially helpful for small business owners with no IT department. For more information contact assistant@brceda.org


Louisa Business Bursts: I Hired You… I Have to Train You, Too?

May 2, 2016 - 6-8 pm
Is the cost of employee training worth the investment for a small business?  What if the business doesn’t have the time or the money for employee training? Many small young businesses are being managed by an owner who is wearing many, many hats, including one for HR Management.  In these cases, sometimes even Hiring, Giving the new employee a list of tasks, and eventually Terminating an employee seems to take more time and budget than the owner has. Find out more


A Conversation on Small Business with U.S. Congressman Dave Brat

May 3, 2016 - 10:30-12 pm
North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, Richmond, VA 23236
The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Chesterfield Economic Development, and New York Life invite you to join in “A Conversation on Small Business” with U.S. Congressman Dave Brat.  Dr. Brat, a professional economist who represents Virginia’s 7th District, is a member of the House Budget Committee, Education and the Workforce Committee, and the Small Business Committee. Find out more

10 Ways to Grow Your Business Online

May 4, 2016 - 11:30-1 pm
The Idea Center, 3991 Glenside Drive, Suite H, Richmond, VA 23228
he Internet gives every business a chance to achieve success. We'd like to invite you to join our agency for a Google event where you'll learn from digital marketing and advertising experts about how to be successful and grow your business online. Find out more

Retail Merchants Association First Friday Forum

May 6, 2016 - 7:15-9:15
The Westin Richmond, 6631 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230
At these signature breakfast series events, we thoughtfully pick expert speakers on relevant topics from feedback that’s directly from our members. The speakers present information pertinent to the challenges, interests, and issues impacting our members, their businesses, and the retail community.  Join us as we connect, eat breakfast, network, learn, and grow, together. Find out more

Gangplank RVA: Entrepreneur & Community Growth (Lean Coffee Style)

May 6, 2016 11-12:30 pm
RVA Works, 501 East Franklin Street, Suite 112 , Richmond, VA 23219
This is for people interested in having conversations about real world issues in running a small business (or starting a new one). Bring your lunch and join us in the executive conference room on the second floor of Gangplank RVA. Find out more


GrowthWheel-Make Decisions, Take Action

May 1, 2016 8-10 am
Roanoke Regional SBDC, 210 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24011
Entrepreneurs and business owners, are you challenged to keep up with the daily routines in your business, knowing you need to do more to focus on growth, but uncertain what to do? Join the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center as they lead attendees in discovering the twenty focus areas of any and every business using the GrowthWheel Training Program,designed to help early stage and growth companies get focus, set an agenda, make decisions and take action. Find out more


Using LinkedIn Workshop

May 4, 2016 - 12 - 1:30 pm
7001 Loisdale Road, Springfield, VA
Using LinkedIn as a digital media tool to promote your business:

  • What is Linkedin, and why entrepreneurs / business owners need to be on it
  • Developing a profile strategy
  • Linkedin best practices for managing / promoting your brand
  • Developing business using Linkedin
  • Linkedin Do's and Don'ts

The workshop will be run by Ingar Grev, Managing Director of Washington, DC office of The Growth Coach. Ingar is a national columnist for The Business Journals and has worked with businesses in most industries. www.DCGrowthCoach.com Co-sponsored by the SBDC at the Community Business Partnership and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Find out more


Tazewell County Entrepreneur Express Workshop

May 3, 2016 - 9-12 pm
American Legion, 201 Central Ave, Tazewell, VA
Accessing resources is crucial for a small business to start and grow. But in these challenging economic times finding financing, new customers/markets and accessing help within state and federal government can be difficult. This workshop is geared towards connecting small business owners as well as those who are thinking about becoming entrepreneurs, with programs and resources to help move your plans forward.  Find out more.


1 Million Cups - Williamsburg

May 4, 2016 9-10am
Launchpad, 4345 New Town Ave, Suite 200, Williamsburg, VA 23188
Each meeting, the 1 Million Cups program offers local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startup to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Find out more


How to use the Internet to Grow Your Business

May 5, 2016 - 9-10 am
483 Main St, Warsaw, VA 22572
As part of the celebration of “Virginia Business Appreciation Month” the University of Mary Washington Warsaw Small Business Development Center, Warsaw-Richmond County Chamber of Commerce and Mike Giambattista, Principal and Founder of the Web Factory will be hosting a three- part series of “Small Business Internet Marketing Seminars”. This is the first seminar.Find out more


May 02, 2016

1 pm  - Taking the Mystery out of Voluntary Benefits - Colonial Life & Accident Insurance
If you don’t know what voluntary benefits are, or understand the potential advantages they can offer your business, this is the webinar for you. We’ll break down the common myths and misconceptions, and provide you with the tips, tools and tactics you can use to better manage benefits costs, attract and retain employees, and protect your employees’ financial futures.

2 pm - Tax Tips For Your Business - IRS
This webinar will cover many of the important issues that new business owners need to know, including Is it a Business or Hobby?; Selecting a Business Structure; Understanding Business Taxes; Recordkeeping Requirements; How to Choose a Tax Preparer; Where to go for IRS help

3 pm - The Decline of Magstripe Cards—and What That Means for Your Business   - Square, Inc.
The payments landscape is changing. New security measures, a decline in the use of traditional magstripe cards, the switch to EMV chip cards and emerging technologies like contactless payments, are forcing a monumental shift in the way people pay. These changes have major implications for businesses of all sizes. Is your business prepared? Join Square’s Head of Business Intelligence Owen Britton Jennings and Head of Seller Education Erin Renzas for this can’t-miss webinar. They’ll break down all of the major changes in payments and what you need to do to ensure you’re ahead of the curve.

May 03, 2016

2pm - Staying Afloat: Planning for Emergencies Before they Happen - IRS
This webinar will cover many important issues that business owners need to know in order to prepare for an emergency: Business Continuity Planning; How to Create an Emergency Plan; Employee Preparedness; Payroll Continuity and Supply Chain Protection; Protecting your Records and Data; What Happens after a Disaster is Declared;  IRS Resources to Help you Plan

3 pm - Cloud, Mobile, and Social: Great Apps and Services That Will Grow Your Business- YP Marketing Solutions
Watch and learn from small business experts, Gene Marks and Ramon Ray, as they discuss the latest trends, tips, and services to help you grow, manage, and increase your profits. You’ll discover how to leverage cloud, mobile, and social technologies that will allow you to stand out from your competition.

May 04, 2016

2pm - Clasificación del Trabajador: ¿Empleado o Contratista Independiente - IRS
En este seminario por internet (webinar) usted aprenderá: La diferencia entre un empleado y un contratista independiente; Reglas de la Ley Consuetudinaria; Formulario SS-8; Obligaciones del pago de impuesto sobre la nómina; El programa de Acuerdo de Clasificación Voluntaria del IRS

4 pm - Access to Capital and Business Loans: Best Practices - Sam's Club
Cash is the lifeblood of any business yet access to capital, managing business finances, and navigating sources of finance are some of the most challenging areas for business owners and can make or break any enterprise. Sam’s Club has teamed up with Small Business Majority’s Rhea Aguinaldo to help entrepreneurs and small business owners bring finance into focus for long term success. Participants will learn background on the small business loan market and providers as well as how to identify the right type of financial product for the business need.

May 05, 2016

2 pm - Tip Reporting and Tips vs. Service Charges - IRS
In this webinar you will learn about: Tip recordkeeping and reporting responsibilities for both employers and employees; Understanding the difference between tips and service charges; How and when to file Form 8027 - Employer's Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips

3  pm -  Tips for Getting Your Business Financially Fit - Intuit Quickbooks
Understanding the fiscal condition of your business is critical when managing daily duties, planning for the longterm and making consequential decisions. But that means more than simply knowing what’s in your bank account. Join Intuit QuickBooks in this interactive webinar, where you’ll learn practical, actionable tips for improving the financial fitness of your small business.