Combating Social Engineering Attacks

Learn strategies for mitigating escalating cybersecurity threats!

As social engineering attacks continue to evolve and escalate, businesses must arm themselves with effective defense strategies. This comprehensive resource delves into the world of social engineering, offering insights into the latest tactics used by cybercriminals to manipulate employees and gain unauthorized access to sensitive information. With the right knowledge and proactive measures in place, businesses can strengthen their security posture and safeguard against the ever-growing menace of social engineering attacks.

Speaker: Quiana Gainey, Virginia SBDC Cyber Industry Expert

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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Trade Talk: De-Risking Your International Sales

Nonpayment has always been one of the biggest risks and concerns for exporters. While cash in advance or a letter of credit are often seen as effective ways to mitigate risk, they are not without their own drawbacks. To be successful in foreign markets, exporters need to find solutions that protect themselves without putting their client in an unfavorable position. This is where export credit solutions can be a powerful tool for exporters. Export credit insurance can even be used by savvy exporters to expand their borrowing base with their bank.

In this webinar, IBD Director Aaron Miller speaks with John Strayhorn of Global Insurance Services to explain the many ways export credit insurance can position the exporter for stronger growth overseas.

 

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Opening Up Shop: Practical Advice for Starting Your Craft Beverage Production Business

The process of launching a production business is complicated to say the least. Simultaneously building a brand, developing quality products, and managing the demands of regulators, contractors, zoning boards, and other stakeholders can feel overwhelming, but advanced planning and the right team can reduce the friction considerably.

In this webinar, CBA Manager Chris Van Orden asks craft brewer and consultant Greg Fleehart to share his experience successfully opening multiple breweries in Virginia and tips for producers-in-planning.

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Success Through e-Commerce

Updated for 2024
Are you interested in pivoting more of your efforts to ONLINE SALES?

 

This session covers:

  • The variety of websites available, the possibilities for upgrading yours to better accommodate online sales and the estimated costs to accomplish this!
  • The various e-commerce platforms available and how to select the best based on your specific business needs.
  • How to setup and manage your online storefront or service portal and how to use data and marketing to maximize returns.

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Trade Talk: Developing Strong Relationships with Your International Partners

All business is about relationships, and that’s doubly true when working internationally. To maximize potential and avoid costly miscommunication, exporters and their foreign partners need to be on the same page.

In this webinar, Aaron Miller and Chris Van Orden of the Virginia SBDC’s International Business Development program discuss actionable strategies that exporters can employ when working with foreign-based importers, distributors, agents, and partners.

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Navigating Cybersecurity Compliance

A helpful cybersecurity guide for small business owners!

In today’s digital landscape, small businesses face an increasing number of cybersecurity threats. Navigating cybersecurity compliance can be daunting, especially for those with limited resources and expertise. This comprehensive guide provides small business owners with practical insights and actionable steps to effectively manage cybersecurity risks and ensure compliance with relevant regulations.

Whether you’re a startup or an established small business, staying ahead of cybersecurity challenges is essential for protecting sensitive data, maintaining customer trust, and securing long-term success.

Speaker: Quiana Gainey, Virginia SBDC Cyber Industry Expert

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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Craft Compliance: Non-Traditional Production

To effectively regulate alcohol manufacturers, State and Federal agencies assign producers into discrete categories and apply different provisions to each group.  However, given the variety of bev-alc companies operating today, it’s not always clear what compliance looks like for all producers. 

In this webinar, regulatory expert Kevin Anderson provides insights into the evolving world of compliance for non-traditional production.  The discussion covers such arrangements as contract production, rotating proprietorship, non-alcoholic beer, wine, and spirits, and more.

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Intro to State Government Contracting with SBSD

Each year, the State buys goods and services totaling more than $7 billion – learn how your company can be a part of that!

This webinar educates small, woman and/or minority business owners about opportunities to sell their goods and services to the Commonwealth of Virginia and many local governments.

The workshop provides information about the Virginia procurement process (the eVA system) and the benefits of SWaM certification.

Speaker: Angela Barber, Business Services Manager, Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Eastern VA Region

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Grow Your Business with Digital Marketing

Updated for 2024

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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Trade Talk: The Role of Customs Brokers

In today’s globalized economy, it can be easy to take the flow of goods from market to market for granted.  But there are experts operating behind the scenes who ensure that shipments clear customs and make it into the country smoothly. 

In this webinar, the Virginia SBDC’s Assistant Director of International Business Development Chris Van Orden asks Shawn Jarosz, Founder & Chief Strategist at TradeMoves, about her experience working with small businesses as a licensed customs broker.

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