George Mason University and the Virginia SBDC are teaming up with DC I-Corps, GWU, the SBA’s Small Business Outreach Centers and others to offer a free three-part series introducing the lean startup framework to veterans business owners. Lean startup is the state-of-the-art method used by top business startups to better understand their customers and perfect their business models. It’s the same process they use in Silicon Valley. Dates: Wed, Oct 12th (GW), 19th (Capitol Post) & 26th (GW). Learn more & register here.
Veteran I-Corps Workshop
Part of Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity business plan competition which launched last year, the Virginia Velocity Tour will travel by bus to five regions across Virginia from September 10 to 23. At each stop, there will be a day of events to celebrate the region’s startup ecosystem, culminating in a public pitch competition with a $25,000 equity-free grant prize. Application deadline is August 18. Learn more at virginiavelocitytour.org.
May 10th, 2016
9 am - 12 noon
Global Situation Room’s Brett Bruen will conduct an intensive half-day seminar offering sophisticated strategies for assessing and responding to global risk and crises. Companies will learn how to build a Counter-Crisis Management (CCM) program to reframe, not just respond to emerging issues. CCM helps businesses to identify their vulnerabilities early and develop reputational countermeasures that can be immediately deployed in the event of an incident. The seminar shows how to go beyond crisis plans and procedures into the creation of programs that will change the course of crises. These trainings with the White House’s former Director of Global Engagement offer a unique opportunity to gain a comparative advantage in increasingly uncertain times and an intensely competitive global marketplace.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2016 National and District Small Business Week Awards. Let’s show our support and appreciation of our local small business community. This year the Richmond District Office will recognize both the Small Business Person of the Year and the Exporter of the Year.
National and District nominations can be submitted to SBA’s Richmond District Office at 400 N 8th Street, Suite 1150 Richmond, VA 23219, or through SBA’s online nomination portal. Guidelines and criteria can also be found on the nomination portal. All nominations must be submitted by Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.
For More Information: If you have questions about SBA’s award nominations or award criteria, please contact Monet Chapman at (804) 253-8133 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency throughout the Commonwealth yesterday to empower public safety officials to respond to Tuesday’s flooding events in communities across Virginia and to prepare for more extreme weather throughout the rest of the week.
Have you thought about how the storm might affect your business? Do you have a disaster plan in place?
For small business owners, being prepared can mean staying in business following a disaster. Explore these resources that can help you develop an emergency preparedness and disaster relief plan.
You are cordially invited to attend the Web.com Small Business Summit at the Quicken Loans National. Web.com, in association with SCORE, America's SBDC (Small Business Development Center) and the PGA TOUR, has identified you as a key local business owner to attend the event free of charge. Along with our presentation of online marketing solutions, we are pleased to announce that Bank of America, an industry leader in providing financial solutions to small businesses like yours, will have a guest speaker to discuss the importance of cash flow management for your business. Registration and complimentary refreshments will begin at 9:00am.
GSA's Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU)
GSA's Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU) advocates for small businesses, including disadvantaged, veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, HUBZone, and women business owners. Its mission is to promote increased access to GSA's nationwide procurement opportunities.
OSBU monitors and implements small business policies and manages a range of programs required by law. GSA’s small business programs nurture entrepreneurial opportunities, open doors to new business horizons, and enhance technological capabilities. (more…)
The Veterans First Buying Authority redefines priorities for contracting preferences within VA, and gives service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) and veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) first and second priority, respectively, in satisfying VA’s acquisition requirements. It allows sole- source contracts over the Simplified Acquisition Procedures Threshold up to $5,000,000 (including options). Furthermore, it implements restricted competition via set-aside procedures for each category of SDVOSBs and VOSBs. And it allows additional credit evaluation factors for SDVOSB or VOSB status. (more…)
In our last post we discussed the frequently asked questions or FAQs regarding copyrights and patents. Today, we are going to continue on the topic of protecting your ideas by answering some of the FAQs about trademarks.
What is a trademark?
- A trademark includes any word, name, symbol, or device or any combination used or intended to be used in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from goods manufactured or sold by others and to indicate the source of the goods. In short, a trademark is a brand name for products.
Many business owners who are members of the National Guard or Reserves have many things that they need to consider before they deploy. In previous posts we have discussed a few of your options on whether to Sustain or Suspend your business. Here are a few more items to consider and a checklist to help keep you on track.
Securing your Investment
Whether you choose to suspend or sustain your business, keeping your investment secure is a must while you are deployed. This means protecting your business, your customers, and yourself. This section will help you ensure your business is secure until you return. (more…)