Upcoming Webinars

Craft Beverage Conversations

May 25

June 16

May 25 | Complying with Federal Alcohol Regulations: The Roles and Responsibilities of the TTB | 10 AM EST | Register Here

Every craft beverage producer in America, no matter its size, structure, or stage, will come into contact with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the lead Federal agency overseeing the production and sale of alcohol. In this webinar, Virginia SBDC Craft Beverage Assistance Manager Chris Van Orden will ask TTB Investigator Len Lee about the key regulations governing the safe and responsible manufacturing of beer, wine, and spirits, from pre-launch licensing to label approvals and beyond.

Speaker: Len Lee, Investigator, Southeast District, Trade Investigations Division, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)

Len Lee is an investigator with TTB’s Trade Investigations Division in the Southeast District. He has a total of 32 years of Law Enforcement experience. Len works on a variety of alcohol - and tobacco-related cases, including tax, product integrity, and permit investigations. He began his career with TTB in 2008. He has a BS degree in Criminal Justice from Mountain State University and lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

June 16 | Distributor Relations: Building Strong, Mutually Beneficial Relationships with Your Wholesalers | 10 AM EST | Register Here

Alcohol distribution in the United States is governed by the three-tier system, which means that distributing craft beverage producers’ success requires healthy working relationships with their wholesalers. In this webinar, Virginia SBDC Craft Beverage Assistance Manager Chris Van Orden will ask Craft Beverage Strategic Advisor Julie Rhodes about the tools and strategies that breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries can employ when working distribution partners towards mutual success.

Speaker:  Julie Rhodes, Owner, Not Your Hobby Marketing

With over 2 decades of experience on the business side - supplier sales, digital marketing, and distribution management - of the craft beverage industry, Julie provides strategic sales and marketing advice to small- and medium-sized beverage alcohol brands through webinars, whitepapers, digital courses, one on one consulting, and group coaching programs.

You Received COVID EIDL funds, so Now What?

May 26

May 26 | You Received COVID EIDL funds, so Now What? | Noon EST | Register Here

Millions of small businesses obtained COVID EIDL funds.  It's important to remember that this is a loan and not a grant.  Find out what the SBA may require borrowers to provide to show they used the proceeds as intended.

Futureproofing Your Business

Presenter: Cameron Nelson, Chief Digital Advisor, Virginia SBDC and Central Virginia SBDC

June 8

June 8 | Futureproofing Your Business: Web 3.0, NFTs, Blockchain | Noon EST | Register Here

Updated for 2022

FOMO on blockchain for your business? We’ve got you covered.

We demystify blockchain in this illustrative program that includes a Q&A session to answer your questions.

This session will cover:

  • Introduction to Blockchain
    • Blockchain vs. bitcoin - how are they different?
  • How Blockchain can be used for Small Business
    • Accepting cryptocurrency as a form of payment
    • Use of smart contracts
    • Using blockchain to raise capital
  • Looking towards the future of Blockchain Technologies
    • Moving towards cryptocurrency as national currency
  • Industry Applications
  • Safety and Privacy Concerns

Create a Cyber Incident Response Plan

Presenter: Quiana Gainey, Virginia SBDC Cyber Industry Expert

June 14

June 14 | Create a Cyber Incident Response Plan | Noon EST | Register Here

In an era where cyber incidents are on the rise, ensuring you have a cyber incident response plan means you know how to respond to a serious security incident, such as a data breach, data leak, ransomware attack, or loss of sensitive information.

During this session, we will walk you through the basics of creating a cyber incident response plan for your organization. By the end of this hour, you should feel equipped to put a basic incident response plan together.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Business Owners, Management Teams, Cybersecurity Professionals and individuals within an organization responsible for cybersecurity, risk management or information security.