April 30-May 6 is National Small Business Week. Listed below are events taking place in Virginia and online.

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Big Stone Gap

May 4
The New Normal

Big Stone Gap Visitor Center, 306 Wood Avenue East, Big Stone Gap - 10:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Join Marc Willson, retail consultant for the Virginia SBDC for his seminar The New Normal. Learn about what is hot in retail and restaurants for 2017, how to differentiate and define your business, how to use local events to market your store and much more. Find out more


May 2
Staying Relevant to a Changed Customer

Bluefield, VA Town Hall  - 8:30 am -10:30 am EST
Join Marc Willson, retail consultant for the Virginia SBDC to get an overview of today's economic climate, how to differentiate and define your customer, how to stand out in today's retail climate and much more.    Find out more


May 3
How To Start Your Own Small Business

300 Preston Ave. Suite 206, Charlottesville, VA - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thinking about starting a small business? Have you already started and realize you may have missed a few things? This workshop is for you! We review the steps to a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections. Find out more


May 2
Small Business of the Year Awards 2017

700 Conference Center Drive,  Chesapeake, VA 23320- 11:00 am -2:00 pm EST
This signature event recognizes one business from each Hampton Roads Southside city. During this event the overall Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year is announced from five winning businesses. Additionally, the G&W Leadership Award and Young Entrepreneur Award, or YEA!, will be honored as well at the awards ceremony. This year, we will be also honoring emerging businesses in our Top To Watch. This category is for businesses that have been in business for less than 3 years but are making big strides in the local small business community.  Find out more


May 3
Women-Owned Business Seminar 

Fredericksburg Country Club,  11031 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburg - 2:00-3:30 pm
Per the SBA, women-owned businesses comprise 36% of the country’s businesses. They employ more than 8 million workers and 7% of the private-sector workforce.  As part of Business Appreciation Week, the Spotsylvania County Department of Economic Development & Tourism invites Spotsylvania’s women entrepreneurs to join us for an afternoon of learning and networking. Courtney Mustin, Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, and Ginni Matern Mastin, Matern Staffing, will be speaking at this event. Find out More

May 4
First Thursdays at the Center for Economic Development Center

1125 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Grab your lunch and join us the first Thursday of each month to meet representatives of our local Economic Development and business support community. This is a great opportunity to make connections and network with other small business owners. Find out more


May 2
Start Smart Class

Harrisonburg -12:00pm - 2:00pm
Interested in starting a new business? Recently started one, but need some guidance navigating? Start Smart is the class for you. Taught by Director Joyce Krech, this workshop usually includes a $25 Registration Fee, but in the spirit of Virginia Business Appreciation Month and National Small Business Week, Start Smart Workshops throughout the month of May will be No Fee!


May 5
The New Normal

Crossroads Institute, 1117 East Stuart Dr. Galax, VA - 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Join Marc Willson, retail consultant for the Virginia SBDC for his seminar The New Normal. Learn about what is hot in retail and restaurants for 2017, how to differentiate and define your business, how to use local events to market your store and much more. Find out more


May 3
Doing Business in a GAFA World

SWCC Lebanon Center - 9:30 am -11:30 am EST
We all know technology is the way of the world now. From email to Facebook and more, there are an infinite number of ways to make sure your business has a presence in the digital world. Do you know how to maximize those digital tools?  Marc Willson, retail consultant, will provide information about the five internet must haves for small businesses. Find out more


 May 3
1 Million Cups - George Copeland, Founder of Laborem Edge

The Depot Building, 814 W. Broad Street, Richmond, vA - 9:00am
George Copeland, a VCU Alumnus, is joining us on Wednesday 5/3 to share his journey as founder of Laborem Edge. His firm provides web design, brand development, and digital marketing services. Find out more


May 2
Promoting your business with Google Adwords Express

210 S. Jefferson Street Roanoke, VA - 5:00 pm -6:00 pm EST
The Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center is partnering with Google to offer a free workshop on how to utilize Google Adwords Express. All participants are encouraged to bring a laptop so they can set up their accounts, learn best practices, and create practice ads for their business. Pre-Registration is required.  Find out more


May 2
Protecting Your Small Business Seminar

Merchant Square Building,  9019 Old Battlefield Blvd, Spotsylvania, VA -10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Crime costs US businesses billions of dollars every year and small businesses can be especially susceptible. In partnership with the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office, we will be hosting a seminar for local businesses to learn how to protect themselves against theft, fraud, and other crimes. Find out more

May 4
Business Appreciation Breakfast

Stevenson Ridge, 6901 Meeting St, Spotsylvania - 8:30 am -11 am
Spotsylvania County appreciates all of our local businesses. To show our appreciation the County will be hosting a Business Appreciation Breakfast on the morning of Thursday, May 4. Come hear from County leaders about the current state of business in Spotsylvania. Jesse Martin, of MACRA Business Insights, will be the keynote speaker for this event. He will be sharing his presentation on " The Rosetta Stone of Great Communication". Find out more

May 5
Open House

Merchant Square Building, 9019 Old Battlefield Blvd, Spotsylvania - 2:00 pm - 4 pm
Join Spotsylvania County Government for an Open House on Friday, May 5 in the Merchant's Square Building Lobby. Representatives from a number of County departments and local regional agencies will be there to answer your business-related questions. Find out more

St Paul

May 3
Windows, Signs and Visual Displays

2:00 pm -4:00 pm EST
This workshop will focus on creating excellent window and visual merchandising displays.   We will focus on the ways outside and interior displays and merchandising methods can impact customer experience. Studies tell us that customers can be positively influenced by simple changes in physical layout, signage, and overall experiences in any business. This workshop will provide an engaging discussion around these topics. The goal of this workshop is to bring practical advice and experience to address the needs of retailers and other businesses. Find out more


May 2
Staying Relevant to a Changed Customer

Tazewell, American Legion Building  - 3:00 pm -5:o0 pm EST
Join Marc Willson, retail consultant for the Virginia SBDC to get an overview of today's economic climate, how to differentiate and define your customer, how to stand out in today's retail climate and much more. Find out more


May 2
Build It With #FairfaxEDA

1775 Tysons Boulevard, 4th Floor, Tysons, VA - 8:30 am -5:00 pm EST
Join the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (#FairfaxEDA) and local small business experts who will discuss various subjects at a one-day event dedicated to building your small business. Kick off the morning by attending the “Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County” workshop conducted by #FairfaxEDA in partnership with the SBA, the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and the Fairfax County-based Community Business Partnership.    Find out more


May 3
The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses

Online - 2:00-3:00 pm EST
Join Visa Economist, Jay Hawkins, as he shares the near-term outlook for the U.S. economy including the health of small businesses, consumer spending, housing prices and more.  Find out more

May 3
5 Fabulous Habits of Local Business Champions

Online - 2:00-3:00 pm EST
Learn how to go from being a local business owner to a local business CHAMPION by having a: consistent and accurate online presence across all sites, business profile full of rich content like videos, images and reviews, well-designed, easy-to-navigate website, business phone that’s answered!, solid social media marketing strategy.  Find out more

Grow Your Business Online

Online - 4:00-5:00 pm EST
People no longer “go” online, they live online. More than ever, it’s important for businesses to show up in the critical moments when potential customers search for answers, products, and services they need.  In this session we’ll introduce the basics of connecting with customers online, including reaching local customers with a free business listing, search engine optimization tips to help your website be found, and an introduction to online advertising. Find out more

May 4
Getting Inputs into Action(able Business Data)

Online - 12:15-1:15 pm
Join Ray Sidney-Smith of W3 Consulting for this webinar on what data can be captured via online forms and surveys and how this data can be used. Find out more

The Future of Small Business Innovation

Online - 2:30-3:30 pm EST
Salesforce LIVE webcast “The Future of Small Business Innovation” — find out how some of the world’s most successful companies are using innovation to propel business growth. Find out more

How to Write Your Email Content in 15 Minutes or Less

Online - 3:30-4:30 pm EST
Struggling to find the words, images and the right calls-to-action that make the biggest impact with your email marketing? With just about 15 minutes and an easy-to-follow formula, you can kick writer’s block to the curb and be confident that you’ll know exactly what to say to create an effective email marketing message. Find out more

Find the Hidden Money in America

Online - 5:00-6:00 pm EST
There are so many hidden opportunities available to entrepreneurs, but many don’t know where to look for them. If you don’t take advantage of these opportunities, in the form of grants, contracts, government programs, and private sector resources, you are leaving money on the table. Find out more

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IRS Tax Tools in 10 - National Small Business Week Webcasts

Give us ten minutes and we’ll share some tax tools to help you meet your small business needs.

Closed Captioning will be available. Continuing Education will not be offered.

Topics per date:

  • May 1, 2017 - Worker Classification
  • May 2, 2017 - Third Party Payer
  • May 3, 2017 - Sharing Economy
  • May 4, 2017 - Small Business Taxes & Tax Calendar Online
  • May 5, 2017 - Business ID Theft

Registration: Email: SBSE.SL.Web.Conference.Team@irs.gov. Include the following information in your email: Name, Email address, Session date & time
Sponsored By: Stakeholder Liaison Field - Web Conference Team

Date: May 1; May 2, May 3; May 4; May 5, 2017
Time: 10-minute sessions available at the following times:

  • Session 1 – 11:00 a.m. (ET), 10:00 a.m. (CT), 9:00 a.m. (MT), 8:00 a.m. (PT), 5:00 a.m. (Hawaii)
  • Session 2 – 2:00 p.m. (ET), 1:00 p.m. (CT), 12:00 p.m. (MT), 11:00 a.m. (PT), 8:00 a.m. (Hawaii)
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