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Small Business of the Year and Exporter of the Year Nominations

The Small Business Administration is looking for nominations for Small Business of the Year and Exporter of the Year!

Submissions are due on January 9, 2019.

Every year since 1963, the President proclaims National Small Business Week. In honor of Small Business Week, the SBA holds an annual small business awards competition. SBA Virginia has just opened its National Small Business Week State Awards application window. If a great candidate comes to mind for either the Small Business Person of the Year and the SBA Exporter of the Year Award, be sure to get your nomination package in to the SBA by January 9th. Self-nominations are accepted. Nomination packages can be emailed, postmarked, or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3 p.m. EST, January 9th, 2019.

Here are some ideas of who to consider for nominations:

  • Clients you are featuring in the Client Profiles publication
  • Businesses who have been named SBoY in your local area by Chambers of Commerce, Main Streets, tech councils, etc…
  • Long standing community champions or new, up and coming business leaders who are making an impact

All nominees are required to fill out SBA Form 3300, the Award Background Form.
The Small Business Person of the Year Award application can be found here.
The Small Business Exporter of the Year application can be found here.

Email nomination packages to: Richmond.VA@sba.gov

Mail or drop-off nomination packages to:

SBA Richmond Office
400 North 8th Street, Suite 1150
Richmond, VA 23219

For Prime Contractor, Subcontractor, and Eisenhower Award nominations, see here.
Applications for Prime Contractor, Subcontractor and Eisenhower Awards can be sent to:

Ralph Buchanan
U.S. Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street SW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20416
(202) 205-6539

Join us in acknowledging  small businesses for their efforts and success! Winners will be recognized during the 2019 National Small Business Week April 29th – May 5th.  Successful contenders generally benefit from the positive press that accompanies winning the award. Good luck to all of your candidates!

If you have any additional questions, contact Kiana Perez at 804-253-8907.

ICAP Lean Startup Short Course – Loudoun

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

October 22, 2018 – Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.

October 26, 2018 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

November 8, 2018 – 9:00am - 5:00pm – Introductory Classroom Session

November 15, 2018 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

November 29, 2018 – 9:00am - 1:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 12 months.

The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node, and co-director of the Fed Tech program, which uses Lean Startup methods to assist inventors from government labs to explore the commercial viability of their inventions.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org   

This cohort is hosted by:

  

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

ICAP Lean Startup Short Course – Fredericksburg

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

September 19, 2018 (Extended from the 17th)– Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.

September 24, 2018 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

October 3, 2018 – 9:00am - 5:00pm – Introductory Classroom Session

October 10, 2018 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

October 17, 2018 – 9:00am - 1:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 12 months.

The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node, and co-director of the Fed Tech program, which uses Lean Startup methods to assist inventors from government labs to explore the commercial viability of their inventions.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org   

This cohort is hosted by:

Sponsors include:

  

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

ICAP Lean Startup Course – Harrisonburg

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

October 7, 2018 (Exteneded from the 3rd)– Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.

October 10, 2018 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

October 19, 2018 – 9:00am - 5:00pm – Introductory Classroom Session

October 26, 2018 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

November 2, 2018 – 9:00am - 2:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 12 months.

The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node, and co-director of the Fed Tech program, which uses Lean Startup methods to assist inventors from government labs to explore the commercial viability of their inventions.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org   

This cohort is hosted by:

 

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

ICAP Lean Startup Short Course – Roanoke

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

May 31, 2018 (extended from May 25th) – Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.

June 1, 2018 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

June 14, 2018 – 9:00am - 5:00pm – Introductory Classroom Session

June 21, 2018 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

June 28, 2018 – 9:00am - 2:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 12 months.

The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node, and co-director of the Fed Tech program, which uses Lean Startup methods to assist inventors from government labs to explore the commercial viability of their inventions.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org   

This cohort is hosted by:

This cohort is also supported by:

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

ICAP Lean Startup Short Course – Hampton Roads

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

Space for this cohort is limited, so make sure to apply by the deadline. Please note that attendance by at least one team member is required for all three cohort events.

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

December 16, 2018 – Applications are due by midnight.

December 24, 2018 – Acceptance notifications and communication with the next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

January 14, 2019 – 9:00am-5:00pm – Introductory Classroom Session

January 22, 2019 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

January 28, 2019 – 9:00am-2:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 12 months.

The program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement.

Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams prepare for the RISE ChallengeMIT Solve Challenge757 Accelerate program and develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node, and co-director of the Fed Tech program, which uses Lean Startup methods to assist inventors from government labs to explore the commercial viability of their inventions.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org   

This cohort is hosted by:

              

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

ICAP Lean Startup Short Course – Fairfax

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

December 16, 2018 – Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.

December 24, 2018 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

January 16, 2019 – 9:00am - 5:00pm – Introductory Classroom Session

January 23, 2019 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

January 30, 2019 – 9:00am - 1:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 12 months.

The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node, and co-director of the Fed Tech program, which uses Lean Startup methods to assist inventors from government labs to explore the commercial viability of their inventions.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org   

This cohort is hosted by:

  

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Expanding Your Business Around the World

Date: Tuesday, October 3rd

Place: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/export-university-expanding-your-business-around-the-world-tickets-37275023599

About Export University

Export University is a series of courses on exporting designed by the District Export Council, a volunteer non-profit organization associated with the U.S. Commercial Service. The objective is to help U.S. companies begin an export initiative and gain new skills and innovation in expanding their international sales.

At this event you will learn:

  • Key export tips from experts
  • How to extend open account terms to overseas customers while protecting yourself
  • How to gain entry into new markets and increase your international sales
  • How to avoid costly mistakes and clear customs

For more information contact Cindy Fields

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Patricia A. Frame Named Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year

Patricia A. FrameMajor Patricia A. "Patra" Frame, US Air Force, founded Strategies for Human Resources which trains senior managers on effective hiring, performance management, and people-related decision-making.  Clients learn to achieve their goals by integrating their company's culture into their personnel actions.  Frame is a highly sought-after speaker and writer; she recently published Networking Guide for Military in Transition and Veterans (2016). Frame's community involvement focuses on career development, especially for women veterans in technology.

On March 23, Frame received the 2016 Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year Award at the Veterans in Business Conference at the Army Navy Country Club.  Frame exemplifies the spirit of this award in her service to her country, her success in business, and her involvement with her community.

Congratulations, Patra Frame!
#SBDC Day 2017


SBDC Day will unite the nearly 1,000 SBDC centers across the country and the hundreds of thousands of clients they serve by sharing, in real time, the success stories and notable impacts SBDC’s collectively have on the small business community at large. Help us showcase the impact of the VASBDC by being part of the inaugural #SBDCDay campaign. Check out http://americassbdc.org/SBDCDay/ to learn more.

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