Veteran I-Corps Workshop

Veteran I-Corps Workshop

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.

Innovative startups can win $25,000 on Virginia Velocity Tour

Virginia Velocity Toor

 

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.

Global Risk and Crisis Management Strategies

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.

Click here for more information and to register.

Small Business Week Awards

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 monet.chapman@sba.gov

BLOG: Emergency Preparedness

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.

The Small Business Summit at the Quicken Loans National

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.

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BLOG: Veterans First Buying Authority

The Veterans First Buying Authority redefines priorities for contracting preferences within VA, and gives service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) and veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) first and second priority, respectively, in satisfying VA’s acquisition requirements. (more…)

BLOG: Trademark FAQs

In our last post we discussed the frequently asked questions or FAQs regarding copyrights and patents.  Today, we are going to continue on the topic of protecting your ideas by answering some of the FAQs about trademarks.

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