Como Obtener sus Licencias de Contratistas en MD, DC, VA

Este taller le proveera información sobre los diferentes tipos de licencias para trabajos comerciales y residenciales en la construcción.

Es una introduccion a los diferentes requerimientos en cada estado/ciudad en el area metropolitana. 

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The Power of the Press: Incorporating Earned Media into Your Craft Beverage Marketing Strategy

Most craft beverage companies, no matter their size or model, recognize the importance of marketing, but too many ignore a high impact strategy: earned media. 

In this webinar, Virginia SBDC Craft Beverage Assistance program manager Chris Van Orden asks Lisa Archer, Editor and Publisher of Edible Blue Ridge, about her experience working with the craft beverage sector, the media’s process for sourcing stories on local producers, and what makes a good subject.

Speaker: Lisa Archer is the editor and publisher of Edible Blue Ridge, a quarterly magazine dedicated to celebrating Central & Southwestern Virginia’s unique regional food scene, with a focus on our many farms, orchards, wineries, farmers markets, specialty shops, eateries, food artisans and home cooks. Edible Blue Ridge distributes 10,000 copies of each issue through more than 200 select grocers, restaurants and retailers across their territory. 

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Let’s Talk about Cybersecurity Risks and Trends for 2023

Small business leaders can expect more incidents of attack surface expansion, data security breaches, identity theft, and remote code execution attacks than in the previous year if they don’t take proactive cybersecurity measures.

Learn how to avoid the TOP 5 mistakes that could let hackers in!

The Virginia Small Business Development Centers provides support for small companies to keep your business secure by offering one-on-one counseling, assessments, and webinars to learn how to protect your businesses from cyber threats.

Learn More Here on our Cybersecurity Page

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Trademark Basics

This webinar covered what all entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start-ups should know about trademarks. We discussed what trademarks are, the benefits of federal trademark registration, and the basics of the registration process. We also explained why it’s so important for any new business to select a trademark that is both federally registrable and legally protectable.

Free resources that are available to you from the USPTO were provided.

 

Webinar presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Earning Green by Turning Green: How Breweries Can Gain Efficiencies through Better Environmental Practices

There are many avenues by which breweries can seek out efficiencies, but only environmental improvements have the added benefit of making Virginia a bit greener. 

In this webinar, Virginia SBDC Craft Beverage Assistance program manager Chris Van Orden asks Meghann Quinn, Manager of the Office of Pollution Prevention at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, about the strategies and resources available to breweries looking to sharpen operations in an eco-friendly way.

Speaker: Meghann Quinn has managed the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of Pollution Prevention for the past 8 years. The Office of Pollution Prevention promotes green practices that go beyond regulatory requirements through programs including the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program, Virginia Green, and the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards. Prior to working with DEQ, she gained experience working with industry and municipalities on compliance and environment management systems.  Ms. Quinn has a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Mary Washington.  She grew up on Long Island. In her free time you can find Meghann running or chasing her 2 young boys around.  

 

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Grow Your Business with Digital Marketing

Updated for 2023

Businesses need to understand the basics of digital marketing now more than ever, because digital marketing creates growth.

Learn about the basics of digital marketing, including:

  • Social Media
  • Email Marketing
  • Paid Ads
  • SEO
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • How to use analytics to measure your success

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Como Iniciar un Negocio en Virginia

Como Iniciar un Negocio en Virginia 

Este seminario cubrirá información sobre los pasos a seguir para iniciar un negocio:

  • Conocer las diferentes estructuras legales de negocios
  • Proceso de Incorporación/Registración en VA
  • Contabilidad e Impuestos para su negocio
  • Licencias de Negocios
  • Empleados vs Contratistas Independientes
  • Recursos para Financiamiento

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Patent Basics

This session explored the different types of patents, including utility, design, and plant. It also defined the difference and use of both provisional patent applications and non-provisional patent applications and discussed the process of patent prosecution, the role of the U.S. patent examiner and what to expect when working with the USPTO. Information regarding a number of patent prosecution programs and initiatives available to applicants was also provided.

Webinar presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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New Year! New Business- Tips on How to Implement Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

During this webinar we learned:

  1. what and why you need to build or expand your current security posture in 2023

  2. A list of free cybersecurity services and tools for your small business

The Virginia Small Business Development Centers provides support for small companies to keep your business secure by offering one-on-one counseling, assessments, and webinars to learn how to protect your businesses from cyber threats.

Learn More Here on our Cybersecurity Page

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Intellectual Property Fundamentals

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Learn about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovations as you transition from idea to product. The session covers:

  1. What is the USPTO?
  2. An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
  3. Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP
  4. How to get started in protecting your intellectual property.

Webinar presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Speaker: Elizabeth Dougherty – As the Eastern Regional Outreach Director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Elizabeth Dougherty carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the USPTO’s East Coast stakeholder engagement. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Dougherty ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

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