Patricia A. Frame Named Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year

Patricia A. Frame Named Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year
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Patricia A. FrameMajor Patricia A. "Patra" Frame, US Air Force retired, founded Strategies for Human Resources which trains senior managers on effective hiring, performance management, and people-related decision-making.  Clients learn to achieve their goals by integrating their company's culture into their personnel actions.  Frame is a highly sought-after speaker and writer; she recently published Networking Guide for Military in Transition and Veterans (2016). Frame's community involvement focuses on career development, especially for women veterans in technology.

On March 23, Frame received the 2016 Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year Award at the Veterans in Business Conference at the Army Navy Country Club.  Frame exemplifies the spirit of this award in her service to her country, her success in business, and her involvement with her community.

Congratulations, Patra Frame!
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#SBDC Day 2017
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SBDC Day will unite the nearly 1,000 SBDC centers across the country and the hundreds of thousands of clients they serve by sharing, in real time, the success stories and notable impacts SBDC’s collectively have on the small business community at large. Help us showcase the impact of the VASBDC by being part of the inaugural #SBDCDay campaign. Check out http://americassbdc.org/SBDCDay/ to learn more.

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Veteran I-Corps Workshop
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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.

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Innovative startups can win $25,000 on Virginia Velocity Tour
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Virginia Velocity Toor

 

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.

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Global Risk and Crisis Management Strategies
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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.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Small Business Week Awards
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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 monet.chapman@sba.gov

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BLOG: Emergency Preparedness
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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.

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The Small Business Summit at the Quicken Loans National
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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.

RSVP

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BLOG: Contracting With the General Services Administration (GSA)
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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…)

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BLOG: Veterans First Buying Authority
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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…)

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