Category: COVID

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines, mask mandates, and Virginia workplace safety

As more and more employees become vaccinated and return to the workplace, businesses are wondering what they can and should require of their employees and how to best protect themselves and their customers to maintain a safe work environment. 

Join the Alexandria SBDC for a presentation by R. Doug Taylor, Shareholder, Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., who addresses the following questions:

  • Can an employer ask for proof of vaccination status? What should that proof look like?
  • What if an employee refuses to be vaccinated? Can employers terminate for refusal to be vaccinated?
  • Must employers still require masks in the workplace?
  • How may employers encourage vaccinations without requiring vaccinations?
  • Can employers require unvaccinated employees to get tested? Do employers have to pay for that? How frequently can testing be mandated?
  • What if an employee insists on working remotely?

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Digital Marketing and Technologies of the Future

Technology is changing the way we interact and work, and the pandemic has highlighted the digital divide that impacts businesses and customers in all industries.

  • What technologies has your business adopted that are serving you well?
  • How have you stayed connected with your customers?
  • What additional investments might be needed? 

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Supply Chain Impacts and Considerations

For many, bare toilet paper shelves and “one per customer” restrictions on eggs in 2020 shone a spotlight on supply chains for the first time. Less visible were the disruptions in non-consumer sectors and the impacts on a variety of other businesses. Relatedly, there has been ongoing conversations about reshoring in the wake of the pandemic. What does all of this mean for small businesses that are looking for ways to future-proof their supply chains? In this session, participants will consider what they can do to make their businesses more resilient to future disruptions.

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Innovation During COVID-19

Presented by Dr. Floor Blindenbach-Driessen, Founder of Organizing for Innovation LLC To come strong out of the coronavirus crisis, businesses must keep their innovation activities going. However, that is easier said than done. This session will address how to innovate as a small company with limited resources in a time like this.

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Understanding and Mitigating Supply Chain Risks Remotely

Presented by Jennifer Woofter of the SBDC-Lynchburg Region. Uh-oh, a possible pandemic is here and you’re not ready! Learn ways to mitigate unexpected (and potentially catastrophic) supply chain disruptions now, while putting in place systems to reduce your risk in the future. Facilitator Jennifer Woofter is the President and Founder of Strategic Sustainability Consulting. She manages a remote workforce across the globe. She also serves as an SBDC Advisor for the Virginia SBDC – Lynchburg Region.

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Good Hiring Processes When You Are Hiring Online

Presented by Jennifer Woofter of the SBDC – Lynchburg Region. The show must go on — and your organization needs to keep the talent pipeline moving despite the need for social distancing. We’ll go over tricks and tips for identifying, screening, negotiating and hiring great candidates, all using virtual tools. Facilitator Jennifer Woofter is the President and Founder of Strategic Sustainability Consulting. She manages a remote workforce across the globe. She also serves as an SBDC Advisor for the Virginia SBDC – Lynchburg Region.

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Tips & Tricks for Working Remotely

Presented by Jennifer Woofter of the SBDC – Lynchburg Region. 

Working from home is great, until it’s not. We’ll talk about the most common pitfalls of remote work and how to avoid them, so that you and your boss are excited to continue a telecommuting option long after the coronavirus is a distant memory! Part of our Managing Your Business Remotely.

Presented by Jennifer Woofter, President and Founder of Strategic Sustainability Consulting, manages a remote workforce across the globe. She also serves as an SBDC Advisor for the SBDC – Lynchburg Region.

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Managing a Remote Workforce

Presented by Jennifer Woofter of the SBDC – Lynchburg Region. With employees suddenly working from home a lot more, managers need different skills and tools to effectively get the job done. Learn best practices for managing virtual teams, creating accountability without micromanaging, and keeping your organizational culture intact. Presented by Jennifer Woofter, President and Founder of Strategic Sustainability Consulting, manages a remote workforce across the globe. She also serves as an SBDC Advisor for the SBDC – Lynchburg Region.

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