Category: Management

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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Franchising 101: Starting a Business Through a Franchise

What does it take to be a successful franchise owner in Virginia?

Whether you are interested in operating a full-time business, being a semi-absentee investor, or having a highly profitable summer business, learn what to look for in a franchise, which franchises do well (and don’t do well) in our region, and state and local regulations to be aware of before signing a franchise agreement.

Also learn about franchise trends and opportunities.

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Free Research Assistance, Business Development, and Career Enhancement…@YourPublicLibrary

Do you need:

·        Research assistance for your business plan or market study?

·        Professional development surrounding HR, accounting, and marketing?

·        A jumpstart for your business idea?

·        Job search assistance?

·        A place to meet clients?

·        A telework location?

Look no further than your local public library, in person and online. While each location is different, every library, through the Library of Virginia, has access to digital resources, learning assets, and research tools to help you meet your career and business goals. Join us to learn more!

Presenters:

·       Nan Carmack – Director of the Library Development and Networking Division, Library of Virginia (nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov) (and small business owner!)

·       Barry Trott – Adult Services Consultant, Library of Virginia (barry.trott@lva.virginia.gov)

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All you need to know about the SBDC to grow, build, or expand your business

Presented by Virginia SBDC Inclusivity Ambassador, Dr. Hope Murphy.

This 45-minute informal information session will help you to get the most out of SBDC RESOURCES, programs, and networks in support of your small business.

As the largest small business support program in the country, the SBDC offers the services that small business owners need to succeed such as:

* Small Business counseling (free)

* Specialty programs (free)

* Access to business data and information (free)

* Cybersecurity training

* Small business loan process

* Training

After this session, you will know what is available, how to access it, and how to make the most of your free counseling sessions with the SBDC.

About the Presenter

Dr. Hope Murphy specializes in connecting business owners with the resources needed to build their businesses. Her experience includes providing business counseling to veterans through the Veteran’s Business Outreach Center and counseling/training entrepreneurs at the Women’s Business Center.

While Dr. Murphy counsels all small business owners, her passion is to provide business counseling that supports the unique needs of minority business owners.

Dr. Murphy is a small business owner and she provides diversity and inclusion training to organizational leaders and their teams. She and her family live in Stafford, Virginia.

hmurph3@gmu.edu

 

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All you need to know about the SBDC to grow, build, or expand your business

Presented by Virginia SBDC Inclusivity Ambassador, Dr. Hope Murphy.

This 45-minute informal information session will help you to get the most out of SBDC RESOURCES, programs, and networks in support of your small business.

As the largest small business support program in the country, the SBDC offers the services that small business owners need to succeed such as:

* Small Business counseling (free)

* Specialty programs (free)

* Access to business data and information (free)

* Cybersecurity training

* Small business loan process

* Training

After this session, you will know what is available, how to access it, and how to make the most of your free counseling sessions with the SBDC.

About the Presenter

Dr. Hope Murphy specializes in connecting business owners with the resources needed to build their businesses. Her experience includes providing business counseling to veterans through the Veteran’s Business Outreach Center and counseling/training entrepreneurs at the Women’s Business Center.

While Dr. Murphy counsels all small business owners, her passion is to provide business counseling that supports the unique needs of minority business owners.

Dr. Murphy is a small business owner and she provides diversity and inclusion training to organizational leaders and their teams. She and her family live in Stafford, Virginia.

hmurph3@gmu.edu

 

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Doing Business with George Mason University

Are you interested in contracting with George Mason University? This webinar covers the types of contracting opportunities available to small businesses and some resources that are available to help you along the way. A panel of speakers from George Mason University, Mason Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) cover the following topics:

 

How to navigate through the Mason procurement system

 ·         What does Mason expect from vendors?

·         How does a business find Mason opportunities?

·         How does Mason pay for purchases?

 

Overview of Mason business counseling resources

 

·         How a Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business (SWaM) certification might benefit your small business.

·         How to obtain a SWaM certification.

·         How to get your business set up in eVA, Virginia’s procurement system.

·         Marketing as a government contractor.

·         List of free training and advising available to help you learn what you need to know to get started with government contracting.

 

This 1-hour and 30-minute webinar concludes with a Q&A session. Please bring your questions to ask the speakers.

 

Speakers:

Jason Hawkins, Director, Supplier Diversity at George Mason University

Timm Johnson, Director of the Mason SBDC

Lisa Wood, Statewide Director of the Virginia PTAC at George Mason University

Chris Ley, Business Services Manager, Northern Virginia SBSD

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HR Basics and Post-COVID HR Trends

Your HR and hiring questions answered.

We cover fundamental employment law for small businesses, learn how to avoid common HR mistakes, the do’s and don’ts for hiring, and the latest impact of COVID in this post-pandemic world.

Taught by Mary Walter Arthur , Senior HR Consultant at Brighter Strategies. Mary Walter Arthur has been providing human resources consulting services to business for over 30 years. Her experience in global human resources operations, talent management, leadership coaching, and organizational development provide her with the tools needed to deliver HR results to both earlier stage organizations and organizations in transition. Additionally, she provides expert guidance on establishing the HR functions as a strategic business partner, building customer centric HR infrastructure for companies, operational assessment and HR audits of existing HR functions. As an HR Consultant, she brings the perspectives and lessons learned from the positions she has held throughout her career in global HR leadership roles in manufacturing, public relations, technology, and non-profit organizations.

Mary Walter has a Master’s in Human Resources Development from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Centre College. She holds a Certificate, Global Human Resources Management, from Villanova University and was a Leadership Philadelphia Fellow.

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Free Research Assistance, Business Development, and Career Enhancement…@YourPublicLibrary

Do you need:

·        Research assistance for your business plan or market study?

·        Professional development surrounding HR, accounting, and marketing?

·        A jumpstart for your business idea?

·        Job search assistance?

·        A place to meet clients?

·        A telework location?

Look no further than your local public library, in person and online. While each location is different, every library, through the Library of Virginia, has access to digital resources, learning assets, and research tools to help you meet your career and business goals. Join us to learn more!

Presenters:

·       Nan Carmack – Director of the Library Development and Networking Division, Library of Virginia (nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov) (and small business owner!)

·       Barry Trott – Adult Services Consultant, Library of Virginia (barry.trott@lva.virginia.gov)

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Launching a Craft Beverage Business: Key Considerations for New and Planned Production Companies

It takes a lot of expertise to open and operate a successful alcohol production business. From state and federal licensure and taxation to product labeling and inspections, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. In this educational webinar, Virginia SBDC Craft Beverage Assistance Manager Chris Van Orden discusses with Janine Aquino, President at Aquino Baron Consulting, the key issues that new and planned Virginia-based wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries (including farm-based producers) need to manage and how entrepreneurs can set themselves up for success.
 

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Craft Beverage QA/QC: Best Practices for Safeguarding Product Quality

There are many reasons for a craft beverage producer to invest in quality – catering to a more demanding consumer base, staking out a competitive edge, preparing for more distant distribution – but determining how to implement QA/QC can be difficult. In this webinar, Virginia SBDC Craft Beverage Assistance Manager Chris Van Orden will speak with Audrey Skinner, Gastronomical Chemist and Founder of Imbibe Solutions, about the steps that planned, new, and growing beverage producers can take to safeguard quality, improve product stability, and lengthen shelf-life. Webinar presented by The Virginia SBDC Craft Beverage Assistance (CBA) program. Visit the CBA program page for more information.

Webinar presented by The Virginia SBDC Craft Beverage Assistance (CBA) program. Visit the CBA program page for more information.

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