Category: Management

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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Understanding Complexities of Global Supply Chains: First Step Towards Coping with Supply Chain Woes

Join the Virginia SBDC International Business Development team and Customs Attorney, Ms. Evelyn Suarez, for an interactive conversation about the strained global supply chain environment and possible solutions you can enact. The conversation will touch on:

  • How supply chains worked pre-covid, and the impact of covid, labor shortages, and increased demand that have gummed up the global trading system.
  • Strategies that small businesses can employ to mitigate the adverse impacts of supply chain disruptions.
  • How to communicate new realities to partners and customers.

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Craft Beverage Finance – What You Need To Know Before Speaking With Your Banker

It takes significant financial wherewithal to enter and succeed in the competitive craft beverage industry, but it’s not always clear what it takes to raise capital. In this webinar, Virginia SBDC Craft Beverage Assistance Manager Chris Van Orden will ask Jason Sleeman, VP of Craft Beverage Lending at United Community Bank, what he looks for when working with craft beverage clients. The free-flowing conversation will touch on key ratios, benchmarking, revenue projections, and other important information that you’ll want to have prepared before approaching a lender. New and existing breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries all stand to benefit from this informational webinar.

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

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Attracting, Retaining and Reskilling Talent

‘Attract, Develop, and Retain Quality Employees’ is the mantra of successful CEOs and HR people across the US. Small business often has difficulty in each step of this process. This webinar will help you design an effective hiring process that is easy to use and results in better applicants and smarter selection tactics. Whether your area is dealing with low unemployment or you have not been able to find the right skills, it offers tips and tactics to succeed.

We will cover ways to enhance your current employees’ knowledge and skills as well as to offer re-skilling to address new needs. Retention is a product of hiring the right people up front, then providing them with the coaching and development to succeed and grow. We will cover all of this plus some basic information for those considering allowing remote or hybrid work options.

 

Patricia A. Frame is an experienced Human Resources management consultant and speaker. She founded Strategies for Human Resources to help small employers achieve their goals and minimize risk through effective people management. Her clients describe her as an advisor, trusted, and empathetic. She also consults for the Alexandria Small Business Development Center. Patricia has been a guest speaker for a wide range of professional events at the national and local level. In 2017 she was selected as the Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year. An Air Force veteran, she holds an MBA from Wharton.

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The Future of Consumers and Customer Behavior

The pandemic has changed customer expectations and behaviors. Some of these changes may be temporary, while others may be here to stay. In this session, participants will learn more about broad trends in consumer behavior and will hear directly from business owners who are navigating these trends. Attendees will also have time to identify potential long-term changes in their industries and how they will need to adapt.

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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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Employee & Diversity Planning

Session five of the Refocus & Rebuild webinar series was held this afternoon and focused on Employee & Diversity Planning: Fostering a Culture of Inclusion and was led by Matthew Davison with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

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