Events/Workshops

 
  
    

On Demand

On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Business Basics
This course is about the craft of creating a plan for your business. The business plan is the essential document used to raise money for a business and communicate your business vision and strategy to your management team, suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders.This ten-part course walks you through the details and tactics of creating a comprehensive plan while helping you avoid the critical planning mistakes that plague most business plans. Topics covered by this course include: What is a business plan? Determining your audience Crafting your mission and vision Setting goals and objectives The company and industry Marketing analysis and strategy Management and operations The financial projections The executive summary Bringing the plan together
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Business Basics
Este curso se basa en el arte de crear un plan para su negocio. El plan de negocio es un documento esencial utilizado para recaudar fondos. También comunica su misión y visión estratégica al equipo administrativo, proveedores, consumidores, y acreedores. Los 10 temas de este curso le enseña detalles y tácticas en la creación de un plan comprensivo mientras que le ayuda a evadir errores críticos de planificación que plagan la mayoría de planes de negocio. Como valor agregado, este curso incluye Activeplans, un software que le permite crear la parte narrativa y proyecciones financieras de su plan mediante la utilización de un enfoque simple que detalla paso a paso el proceso. Este software por si solo tiene un valor de $40.00. Los objectivos de este curso: Ayudarlo a entender que exactamente un plan de negocios Ayudarlo a decidir si usted necesita un plan formalmente escrito y como dirigirlo hacia diferentes audiencias Ayudarlo a comprender que inquietudes in plan de negocios debe responder Ayudarlo a ilustrar el contenido y la estructura de un plan de negocios correctamente desarrollado Ayudarlo a evitar cometer los errores comunes que la mayoria de planes de negocios posee Ayudarlo
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Business Basics
In this course you will to understand the different types of legal structures available when starting a business. The objective of this course is to help you understand the advantages and disadvantages between the different legal structures. This course will help you to choose what legal structure is most appropriate for your business. You will be provided the forms you need for the formation of your selected structure. This course will also inform you about employee issues and provide you with forms that every employer needs. Topics covered by this course: What is a legal strucure? Different types of legal structures Sole Proprietorship The general partnership ' C ' corporation ' S ' corporation Limited liability company Selecting you legal structure Forms you will need Employee issues and requirements
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Business Basics
Understanding Intellectual Property defines exactly what a copyright, trademark, and patent are and what kinds of protection they might afford your business. The process of establishing such protection is presented for each kind of property. Also discussed are international intellectual property protection issues, as well as, important legal documents such as non-disclosure agreements. A primer concludes this course which details the prior details to prepare before meeting with intellectual property attorney. Topics covered by this course include: Intro to intellectual property What is a trademark? What is a patent? What is a copyright? Understanding trade secrets Federal, state, and employees issues Internet intellectual property International intellectual property Creating & realizing the value of intellectual property Understanding confidentiality agreements
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Business Basics
Buying A Business is a comprehensive course on how to buy the right business at the right price. Developed by entrepreneurs who buy businesses for a living, this course offers advice and wisdom in such areas as: the key questions to ask of any seller, the due diligence process, valuing a business and determining the offer, negotiation steps and tactics, and sample legal agreements. Topics covered by this course include: The pros and cons Finding businesses for sale The key questions to ask Valuing the business Negociating the offer Structuring the transaction Financing the purchase Perfoming the diligence Creating a business plan Post purchanse priorities
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Business Basics
This course presents the fundamental devices used in crafting a strategy for a business venture. The course puts forth the innovative mechanisms of internal and external strategy which are based on the findings of a new body of research into the strategy-making processes of successful growing ventures. In addition to showing you how to craft a mission, visions, goals, and strategy for your business, this course also shows you how to best present and execute your strategy through strategic stories, the act of organizing genius, and tipping point leadership tactics. Topics covered by this course include: What is strategic planning? Knowing you purpose and mission Defining a vision Forming goals and objectives The two kinds of strategy Crafting internal strategy Crafting external strategy Presenting strategy as story The secrets of organizing genius Tipping point of execution
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Financing
Finding Money To Start A Business offers a comprehensive ten-part course on the tactics of how money is really raised for small business formation. The course examines the sources of available capital and an overview concerning the difference between debt and equity. The course walks you through the maze of financial terms and tactics necessary to successfully identify and secure money for a new business venture. Topics covered by this course include: Where does start-up money come from? How much money do you need? The different types of money How to get money from a lender How to get money from an investor The available sources of capital A little help from the government Financing different kinds of things A few financing scenarios Overcoming your weaknesses
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Financing
This course details the exact set of steps necessary in preparing a comprehensive loan package request. Each of the forms and requirements are explained and included. From initial readiness tests to help with advanced topics such as U.S. Small Business Administration loans, this course lays it on the line concerning what a lender is really looking for and how they evaluate loan requests. Simply understanding the way a lender thinks can more than double your effectiveness in raising money for your business. Topics covered by this course include: What is a loan packages? Are you ready for a loan? How much should you ask for? Offering collateral and securtiy Obtaining your Credit report The personal financial statement Creating a Business plan The Financial Projections SBA guarantees and applications Bringing the loan request together
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Financing
Financial projections are a collection of statements that present a numerical model of your business. Any good business plan must pass two separate tests: the story test and the number test. The story test asks, "Does the story make sense?" The number test asks, "Does the story add up?" A well-prepared set of financial projections helps to address that indeed the story does add up, but it also does much more than that. The projections reveal the entrepreneur’s basic assumptions which are usually synthesized together in their mind only. It doesn't matter whether you're applying for your first bank loan or your fifth, or whether you're seeking venture capital or debt financing. Sooner or later, you'll have to prepare a set of financial projections. Lenders will look for a strong likelihood of repayment using your projections. Investors will calculate what they think is the value of your company based upon these numbers. Constructing a set of projections allows you to play with your business model in a safe environment. Playing on paper is a valuable form of prototyping that can raise many questions before you make a decision. Under most conditions, fast learners are going to outperform even the most brilliant planners. The key is not to think of your numbers as a "plan" set in stone, but as a learning environment where you can test out different scenarios and decisions. Topics covered by this course include: What are your financial projections? Your assumptions Budgeting your fixed expenses Determining your variable costs Calculating your breakeven point Creating a sales forecast The income statement The cash flow statement The balance sheet The do's and don'ts
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Financing
Finding and Attracting an Investor examines the peculiar nature of investment capital. The course presents practical tactics on how to identify and secure different types of capital including seed capital, angel capital, and venture capital. The process used by different kinds of investors is presented and the tools for completing the fund-raising process are presented. Special focus is given to the federal and state laws that govern the capital and securities process. Topics covered by this course includes: What is an investor? The investment process Obtaining seed capital Obtaining angel capital Obtaining venture capital Creating a business plan Legal considerations and concerns Criteria for a new company Investor presentations and pitches Where to find investors
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Managing a Business
This course provides the advice and strategies of the some of the leading entrepreneurs concerning what it really takes to start a new venture. Starting A New Business moves you through the important tasks of building a strong foundation for a business to the more tactical aspects concerning marketing, managing, and money. This course will also show you how to protect your ideas, how to hire employees, how to find out what licenses and regulations may apply, as well as, provide more than 50 resources of free information that are available to you in making your new business a reality. Topics covered by this course includes: Defining mission, vision, and goals Understanding management trinity Determining feasibility and risk Marketing products and services Handling money and finances Hiring and managing employees Getting licenses and permits Protecting your ideas Growing by adaptation and experimentation
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Managing a Business
This course describes the available entrepreneurial strategies and how they are applied in the marketplace. For anyone starting or growing a business venture, the knowledge and skills underlying the entrepreneurial strategies are an essential part of any entrepreneur's toolkit. Besides presenting the available strategies and their application, this course presents the sources of innovation and an overview of how decisions are made and how those decisions change over the course of a venture's life-cycle. Topics covered by this course include: What is entreprenuerial strategy? Begin first with the most Hitting them where they ain't Occupying a specialized niche Changing the economic characteristics Sources of innovation What makes an entreprenuer How entreprenuers craft strategy Strategic entreprenuerial decisions Social entreprenuership and innovation
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Managing Employees
An overview of the essential processes of managing employees. Includes best practice on the hiring process, employee forms you must file, wage and hour regulations, taxation and privacy issues, health and safety standards, benefit and retirement plans, discrimination and termination processes, and more. Topics covered by this course include: The hiring process Employees forms to file Wage and hour regulations Age laws & requirements Taxation issues Privacy issues Health and safety standards Benefits and retirement plans Discrimination and termination required posters and other workplace standards
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Take command of a bookstore and coffee bar and see how money moves in and out of a business learning the fundamentals of accounting at the same time. This course provides an in-depth look at each of the primary accounting transactions used in a business demonstrating how "the language of business" works. Without using any accounting jargon to begin with, the course demonstrates how to keep score in a business through a simple scorecard approach. When you are finished, you are shown that each of your scorecards represents one of the three primary financial statements used in managing a business. Topics covered by this course include: The language of business Keeping score in business Money coming in Money going out Money owed to you Money you owe Handling cash and large costs The balance sheet The income statement The statement of cash flow
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Marketing and Sales
The objective of this course is to define what positioning is and how it works as a communications tool in marketing. This course will put forth and describe the available positioning strategies including the positioning of a leader, the positioning of a follower, and the tactics for repositioning the competition. This course will show you the easiest way of getting into the prospect's mind. This course will teach you how to prevent the most common positioning mistakes including the line extension trap. Topics covered by this course include: What is positioning? The assault on the mind The ladders in your head Getting into the mind Owning a word in the mind The positioning of a leader The positioning of a follower The repositioning of the competition The line extension trap A positioning case study
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This course will explain what is value and why it is better to set prices on value rather than costs. This course will discuss the 3C's that influence costs: Costs, Customers, and Competition. You will learn generic pricing strategies and techniques for segmented and lifecycle pricing. In this course you will study the effects of pricing psychology and the elements of your marketing mix. This course will present specific industry pricing tactics from the best entreprenuers. From the fundamentals of pricing to advanced discussions on psychological theories focused on pricing formulation, this course is essential to anyone responsible for making the price decision. Topics covered by this course include: What is value? Costs Customers Competition Generic pricing strategies Segmented pricing The marketing mix Pricing psychology Life cycle pricing Specific pricing tactics
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Marketing and Sales
The objective of this course is to help you understand how marketing activities are actually conducted in a small business. This course will convince you that buzz and word-of-mouth does not just happen, instead it must cultivated and strategically crafted with an underlying architecture. After going through this course you will become a master of self-organized customer networks by leveraging hubs and connectors. This course will help you to choose and maximize the right marketing weapons for your message. Overall this course will help you to achieve a high return on imagination as opposed to return on investment. Topics covered by this course include: What is buzz and how does it spread? Understanding networks Hubs and connectors Your positioning and message Choosing your marketing weapons Word of mouth tactics Return on imagination From message to action Public relations and publicity Creating a marketing plan
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Market research is the systematic process entrepreneurs use to gain insight into market problems and opportunities. The term market includes not only customers, but all players who are responsible for bringing certain products and services to market including suppliers, competitors, producers, wholesale distributors, retailers, logistics, and so on. To conserve time and money, successful entrepreneurs minimize the resources they devote to researching their ideas. Unlike the corporate world, the entrepreneur only does as much research and analysis to justify the next action or investment. This course presents scores of best practice concerning how entrepreneurial research is actually implemented. Answers to questions about market segments, consumer and business markets, market size, and sales forecasts are all addressed through step-by-step processes. Topics covered by this course include: The market research process The market enviornment Researching your industry Researching business customers Estimating market size Creating a sales forecast Customer survey techniques Consumption chain analysis
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This course presents a media-by-media discussion of the tips and tricks used by marketing professionals when advertising a product or service. Learn how to set an advertising budget, learn why it's better to run two smaller ads than one larger one, learn how to correctly position your product and how to best design an effective marketing message, and learn what you need to know about selecting media for an ad campaign. This course also presents an overview of public relations tactics and internet marketing practices. At its conclusion, this course details specific measures how to assess the success of your results. Topics covered by this course include: What is advertising? The audience, objectives, and platform Determining the advertising budget The positioning and message Using print media Using radio and television Direct marketing options Promoting internet websites Public relations and publicity Evaluating you advertising plan
Location: Online
On Demand, available until September 23
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This course describes the fundamentals of the most important aspect of any business: marketing. Learn the concepts taught in college-level courses in just a few hours including the "5Ps"--Product, Promotion, Price, Place, and Positioning. At the end of this course, you will be able to create a comprehensive marketing plan for business that encompasses a creative plan, a positioning plan, and a media marketing calendar--the essentials of any good marketing strategy. Topics covered by this course include: What is marketing? Conducting market research Analyzing the market enviornment Selecting your target markets Market positioning Designing products and services Pricing products & services Placing products & services Promoting products & services Creating a marketing plan
Location: Online

February

Monday, February 08, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Financing
In this workshop you will be introduced to tools that will assist you in making financial management feasible. You will be taught how to use open source electronic spreadsheet software. Learn how to use these tools to create expense tables, learn how to use key formulas, formatting, and pivot tables to manage and graphically depict expenses.
Speaker: Joy Corprew
Fee: $ 30.00
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Business Basics
For Owners, Managers, and Entrepreneurs - Are you challenged to keep up with the daily routines in your business while also trying to focus on growth... but uncertain what to do first? Join us for an action-oriented program designed to help businesses at all stages overcome barriers and take action to achieve goals. Every business, from pre-venture to start-up to established enterprise, must address four key challenges. You need an attractive business concept, lasting customer relations, profitable operations, and a strong organization. In today's workshop, we'll introduce the SBDC's GrowthWheel® approach to meeting these challenges. In viewing your business or organization from multiple perspectives, with a visual toolkit we'll supply, you can determine which areas to focus on in order to strengthen and grow your business in the coming year. Note that this approach works just as effectively for non-profit and community organizations. If this approach interests you, join the 10-session workshop series Feb 23-July 12 to explore all 20 focus areas on your Growth Wheel. You'll address each one in a roundtable format with other participants, have lots of interaction and assistance as you Get Focused, Set an Agenda, Make Decisions, and Take Action! Join us on Feb 9 to learn more and then decide - or go ahead right now and reserve your spot for the full program. Register at www.ValleySBDC.org/register
Speaker: Joyce Krech, Director, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 1:00 PM to 1:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Friday, February 12
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
This 8-hour hands-on class will help your business access the full benefits of this powerful accounting program. We'll cover: • All QuickBooks functions, menus, navigation, and help screens • The chart of accounts, customer and vendor lists, forms, and registers • Reporting options, including customizing, filtering, and downloading reports to Excel. And you’ll practice: • bank and credit card reconciliations • sales of products and services • entering and paying bills • recording fixed assets and bank loans You'll also receive the QuickBooks 2014/15 Student Guide for use during and after class. We offer this workshop in 2 parts to allow you time to process the information and even practice a bit back in your office. We start with 4 hours Tuesday afternoon Feb 9 and conclude with 4 hours on Friday, Feb 12. The course is taught assuming participants have a basic understanding of bookkeeping terms and practices. See our Keeping the Books workshops for fundamental training.
Speaker: SV SBDC QuickBooks classes are taught by Henry Reeves, CPA, QuickBooks Pro-Advisor, and founder of QB Financials, LLC; Susan Steele-Ward, CPA at PBMares LLP; and Martha E. McCoy, EA , PBMares LLP.
Fee: $ 179.00
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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. Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors to focus on your business or marketing plan.
Speaker: Joyce Krech, SBDC Director
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Entrepreneurship is the American Dream. Unfortunately, of the 1 million businesses started each year, most of them eventually fail. The one common theme may be lack of planning. If you are considering the possibility of starting a business, this free seminar will provide information that may help your business be among the 20 percent that survive and thrive. Prepare to start a successful business by evaluating your entrepreneurial abilities, marketing strategies, financial resources, legal form of organization, and receive tips to prepare and present your business plan.
Speaker: Pat Hood, Director, Crater SBDC
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Are you considering starting a new business? Not sure what you need to do and what steps to take? Then this is the class for you! Business Basics is an introduction to owning your own business. Topics covered include deciding on a legal entity structure, basic accounting and tax issues, steps you need to take for permits and licensing, steps to writing a business plan and basics of marketing and market research. We cover the nine steps to market research to determine if your business idea makes sense. Class is for individuals in business, thinking of starting a business even if it might be years in the future. The class is 3.0 hours long so these topics will only be briefly covered. Upon completing the class you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with one of the professional business counselors in our office. We do not charge anything for our one-on-one sessions. CLASS IS LOCATED AT THE ROANOKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LOCATED DOWNTOWN AT 210 S. Jefferson Street in downtown Roanoke. Please make payment by credit card at the end of registration, sending in a check prior to class, or stopping by our office and paying by check. Credit card payments cannot be accepted over the phone. We do not give refunds;, however, if you miss class, you can attend another class. Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center to 210 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke VA 24011. For questions please call Tom Tanner at 983-0717 ext 103.
Speaker: Tom Tanner
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Entrepreneurship is the American Dream. Unfortunately, of the 1 million businesses started each year, most of them eventually fail. The one common theme may be lack of planning. If you are considering the possibility of starting a business, this free seminar will provide information that may help your business be among the 20 percent that survive and thrive. Prepare to start a successful business by evaluating your entrepreneurial abilities, marketing strategies, financial resources, legal form of organization, and receive tips to prepare and present your business plan.
Speaker: Kim Ray, Business Analyst & Training Coordinator, Longwood SBDC
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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. Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC, SCORE, and/or CIC business advisors to focus on your concept development, business profile, and/or business plans, including financial projections.
Speaker: CIC Staff
Thursday, February 11, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Being a business owner means being able to communicate your concept to many diverse audiences including your employees, your clients and potential lenders and investors. Being a good public speaker can enhance your reputation, boost your self-confidence and open up countless opportunities. This class is designed to teach you the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking and presentation skills. Taught by Larry Tracy – author of “The Shortcut to Persuasive Presentations.” Please arrive on time. If you arrive 15 minutes late you will not be able to attend the class. To attend the next class e-mail Sheina@cbponline.org ** This workshop is made possible by the generous contribution of time and expertise by a CBP volunteer. Please respect our volunteer's time by arriving on time. If you are unable to attend the class, please notify us promptly. Refunds will be made in accordance with our published cancellation policy. ** CANCELLATION POLICY: *Please review carefully for our cancellation policy has changed as of January 1, 2016. -Participants whose checks are returned for insufficient funds will be charged a $35 fee. -Participants who have paid for a class and do not cancel at least 24 hours in advance, will forfeit their entire payment. -Participants wishing to receive a refund and have cancelled in a timely manner will be charged a 10% administrative fee. All events are held at our center at our Springfield location - unless noted otherwise. If you need directions, please visit our Website http://www.cbponline.org. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Speaker: Larry Tracy, author of “The Shortcut to Persuasive Presentations"
Fee: $ 50.00
Friday, February 12, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
We live and do business in a global community, and too often there is little difference in the physical or technical features of our product or service from that of our competition. How effective are you at sharing the BENEFITS your customers receive when they do business with YOU instead of someone else? Are they buying your product/service, or are they buying into your expertise that’s included in the package? When product and price are similar - and they often are - people choose to do business with those whom they like and trust. So when you take the time to make a personal connection, the message you communicate has a much better chance of being received. The time you invest now in making that initial connection pays dividends in the long-term relationships that follow. In today's session, Wes Dove will lead us through an interactive discussion to help us make stronger and more effective personal connections regardless of our environment, culture, field, or business. Business Smarts Breakfast sessions are held on the 2nd Friday of every month with networking opportunities and guest presentations on a variety of topics. The series is sponsored by your Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, and the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Breakfast is provided by The HoneyBaked Ham Company.
Speaker: Wes Dove: http://www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/wesleydove/ Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker with The John Maxwell Team, Safety and Human Resource Manager with Blauch Brothers, Inc of Harrisonburg
Fee: $ 10.00
Monday, February 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Seminar hosted by the University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development. The Seminar will provide the basic of self evaluation, the idea, entrepreneurship, defining the need, determining the feasibility, and what actions are necessary. Topics within these areas will include analytical methods; research sources; the legal forms of businesses; record keeping; laws, regulations, and policies; and a discussion on the value and importance of business plans and financial analyses.
Speaker: Susan Ball - Business Counselor
Fee: $ 30.00
Monday, February 15, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Do you want to learn how to maximize your cash flow and get a clear picture of your finances using a cash flow statement? Gaining financial control by understanding cash flow is crucial to your success. Without proper cash flow even a thriving business can fail.
Speaker: Joy Corprew
Fee: $ 30.00
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, February 18
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Introduction and Overview of QuickBooks – covering set-up issues and an overview of using lists in QuickBooks. This would include a review of and encompass the chart of accounts, the use of items, customer and vendor lists, and the use of account classes. Managing Revenue – including the proper set-up of customers and jobs, processing sales, deposits, credit memos, bad debts, and properly making deposits. Managing Expenses – including proper vendor set-up, entering expenses, and writing checks and bank reconciliation procedures. The set-up and proper use of sales tax issues. Payroll Processing – including set-up issues and processing options, and the filing of quarterly and annual payroll forms with QuickBooks. Various other functions in QuickBooks including inventory, job costs, and the management of data including report options and obtaining management information. (This course is applicable to QuickBooks Basic, Pro, Premier, and industry specific editions.) You should be knowledgeable in keyboarding on a computer to get the fullest benefit from this session. The course may be offered on laptop computers
Speaker: Angela Rudolph with Rutherford & Johnson
Fee: $ 250.00
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Hosted by the University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development. This one day five-hour workshop covers the development of the narrative and financial forecasting portions of the business plan. A workbook will be provided that will take the attendees through a step-by-step approach to creating a business plan.
Speaker: Susan Ball - Business Counselor
Fee: $ 60.00
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 1:00 PM to 1:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Friday, February 19
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Our newest class gives you access to all the benefits of this Web-based accounting program. Class Outline: • Getting Started: • Overview of QBOL vs. Desktop version • Subscription Levels, Features, and Reports • Importing Desktop Data to QBOL and Setting up your Company • Navigating within QBOL and some Best Practices • Recording Transactions: • Sales & Revenue: Types, Settings & Entering Transactions • Expenses & Purchases: Types, Settings, and Entering Transactions • Additional Transaction Types initiated from the Quick Create Menu • Other Tools; Reconciliation History • Types of Reports and Reporting Methods • Expanding Usability: Invoices & Payments; Payroll; Intuit App Center You will receive a copy of the QuickBooks Online Training Guide for use during and after class. We offer this workshop in 2 parts to allow you time to process the information and even practice a bit back at your own computer. This class will be “hands-on” on laptops utilizing a sample company for all exercises. If you wish to bring and use your own laptop, the preferred browser for either Windows or Mac is Google Chrome. Please note: We will not use your own company records during the class or be able to trouble-shoot issues with your personal machines. The course is taught assuming participants have a basic understanding of bookkeeping terms and practices. See our Keeping the Books workshops if you need fundamental training.
Speaker: SV SBDC QuickBooks classes are taught by Henry Reeves, CPA, QuickBooks Pro-Advisor, and founder of QB Financials, LLC; Susan Steele-Ward, CPA at PBMares LLP; and Martha E. McCoy, EA , PBMares LLP.
Fee: $ 179.00
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This course describes the fundamentals of the most important aspect of any small business: marketing. At the end of this course, you will be able to create a comprehensive marketing plan for your small business that encompasses a creative plan, a positioning plan, and a media marketing calendar--the essentials of any good marketing strategy. Topics covered by this course include: What is marketing? Conducting market research. Analyzing the market environment. Selecting your target markets. Placing products & services. Website Do's and Don'ts. Social Media Marketing. Creating a marketing plan and calendar. Determining ROI. Pre-Registration is required.
Speaker: Bart Smith
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Are you thinking about starting your own business or have you already started and think you might have missed a few things? Then this workshop is for you. We will provide you with the steps to a successful start such as the basic of self-evaluation, the idea, Entrepreneurship, defining the need, determining the feasibility and what actions are necessary. A discussion will cover the importance of how these topics will assist you with creating a sound business plan. This Seminar will be offer on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Speaker: Joy Corprew/ Bonnie Haywood
Fee: $ 30.00
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Entrepreneurship is the American Dream. Unfortunately, of the 1 million businesses started each year, most of them eventually fail. The one common theme may be lack of planning. If you are considering the possibility of starting a business, this free seminar will provide information that may help your business be among the 20 percent that survive and thrive. Prepare to start a successful business by evaluating your entrepreneurial abilities, marketing strategies, financial resources, legal form of organization, and receive tips to prepare and present your business plan.,Entrepreneurship is the American Dream. Unfortunately, of the 1 million businesses started each year, most of them eventually fail. The one common theme may be lack of planning. If you are considering the possibility of starting a business, this free seminar will provide information that may help your business be among the 20 percent that survive and thrive. Prepare to start a successful business by evaluating your entrepreneurial abilities, marketing strategies, financial resources, legal form of organization, and receive tips to prepare and present your business plan.
Speaker: Lin Hite, Director, South Boston
Thursday, February 18, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
Do you know how the structure of your business affects the way you pay taxes? Are you keeping detailed records of your business finances – and do you know what expenses are deductible? This class will answer your small business tax questions and help prepare you for the next tax season. Taught by the CPA firm Lemay & Company. Please arrive on time. If you arrive 15 minutes late you will not be able to attend the class. To attend the next class e-mail Sheina@cbponline.org. ** This workshop is made possible by the generous contribution of time and expertise by a CBP volunteer. Please respect our volunteer's time by arriving on time. If you are unable to attend the class, please notify us promptly. Refunds will be made in accordance with our published cancellation policy. ** CANCELLATION POLICY: *Please review carefully for our cancellation policy has changed as of January 1, 2016. -Participants whose checks are returned for insufficient funds will be charged a $35 fee. -Participants who have paid for a class and do not cancel at least 24 hours in advance, will forfeit their entire payment. -Participants wishing to receive a refund and have cancelled in a timely manner will be charged a 10% administrative fee. This event is held at our center in Springfield - unless noted otherwise. If you need directions, please visit our Website http://www.cbponline.org.
Speaker: Lemay & Company
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, February 18, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
Communication Skills - Mastering the Business of the People in Your Business: This is the seventh seminar in a series of seminars on how to master the business of the people in your business. Communicating effectively is a skill that can be learned and practiced. In this session we will explore your individual style, where you need to improve, how much you communicate non-verbally and develop your story. Upon completing the class, you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a professional business counselor in our office. For questions, please call the SBDC at 540-831-6056. Fee: No Charge. RU PARKING PERMIT IS REQUIRED (ISSUED TO ATTENDEES UPON ARRIVAL). PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Speaker: Robin Weeks, Leadership coach and founder of My Pivotal Point. She is co-founder of A New Start-Up as well as a personality expert and small business counselor.
Thursday, February 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Whether you’re just starting your business or you’ve been in business for a while, having a business plan is vital in gauging the success of your business, an important tool to seek financing, or to market your business. At the completion of the two part workshop you will have the knowledge and tools needed to create a business plan. This seminar will be offered in two sessions on the third and fourth Thursdays of each month. Please plan to attend both sessions. You only need to submit one registration form and one fee for both session dates.
Speaker: Joy Corprew
Fee: $ 60.00
Monday, February 22, 2016 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Do you know what your financial records can tell you about your business? As a responsible owner or manager, you need to know the "language of business." Your business records allow you to monitor cash flow, track deductible expenses, prepare financial statements, and support your tax returns. In this workshop, you'll learn the fundamentals of basic bookkeeping tasks and how to use your chart of accounts. You'll learn to record and match revenues & expenses, record receipts & disbursements, handle end-of-period closings, and read financial reports. This seminar is not software-specific and will apply to any manual or computerized accounting system. It is an excellent foundation course for additional QuickBooks training. The class is taught by Henry Reeves, CPA, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, JMU Professor of Accounting, Certified Business Advisor, and founder of QB Financials, LLC.
Speaker: Henry Reeves
Fee: $ 60.00
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM, 10 sessions ending Tuesday, July 12
Topic: Business Basics
Take a 360-Degree View of Your Business Learn more at http://www.valleysbdc.org/event/growthwheel-workshop-series/ GrowthWheel® is a visual toolbox for decision-making and action-planning for start-up and growth companies. GrowthWheel helps you build or expand your business through a simple action-oriented process that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work. The flexibility of the GrowthWheel toolbox allows us to choose and adapt just what is needed to meet your needs. GrowthWheel was designed around the observation that all businesses - in all industries and life stages - have four lasting challenges in common: You must create an attractive Business Concept, build a strong Organization behind it, develop lasting Client Relations, and do it all while maintaining profitable Operations. Within those four challenges, GrowthWheel provides 20 focus areas encompassing all you need to consider for starting, managing, and growing a business. In this new workshop series, we'll work together to create a profile of how your business is doing, identify future opportunities and obstacles, and draw up an action plan to move you forward. Join us for the Free Introduction and Overview on Feb 9 and then the 10-session series beginning Feb 23. We meet 8:30-10:30am at The Bridge in Fishersville. The series meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from Feb 23 to July 12. Fees: Feb 9 is FREE to everyone! The Series is only $150 for members of the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce, and $200 for non-members. Your fee covers 10 sessions and all 20 focus areas, your GrowthWheel Notebook and Worksheets, plus light breakfast and coffee at each session. Bring the Team! Because GW is such a dynamic tool that covers all aspects of your business, you will benefit if more than one member of your team attends. Send a second or third member from your organization for only $50 each. They can attend all sessions or pick and choose according to their roles and the topics. How does GrowthWheel help your business? • It supports the decision making that you do every day. • It supplies a visual toolkit for dialogue, focus, setting agendas, making decisions, and taking action. • It provides a simple action-oriented process to help you grow. • It stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work. • It helps you or your team determine which areas to focus on first to strengthen and grow your business. It gives an alternative to the conventional business plan.
Speaker: Joyce Krech, Director, Small Business Development Center
Fee: $ 150.00
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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. Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC, SCORE, and/or CIC business advisors to focus on your concept development, business profile, and/or business plans, including financial projections.
Speaker: SBDC Staff
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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. Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors to focus on your business or marketing plan.
Speaker: Joyce Krech, SBDC Director
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
People in Orange County are looking for what you offer - and they're looking online. That's why we're teaming up with Google to host a free workshop to help you and your fellow businesses get online and on the map. Help more customers connect with your business on the web! Bring your own laptop or use one of ours! Brought to you by the: Orange County Chamber of Commerce Orange County Office of Economic Development Orange Downtown Alliance Central Virginia SBDC To register for this workshop, please go to the following website: http://www.centralvirginia.org/events/lets-put-orange-on-the-map-2
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Meet with other local business owners, Marketing Directors, and Betty Hoge, Director of the CV SBDC, to share issues and solutions to marketing practices in your business. There is no fee for participating in this Roundtable; however, registration is needed to ensure there is a seat at the table for you! Thank you, Sponsors, for helping to make this event a reality. Sponsors include The Orange County Economic Development office, Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and the Orange Downtown Alliance along with the Central Virginia SBDC. To register, please go to the following site: http://www.centralvirginia.org/events/marketing-roundtable.
Speaker: Betty Hoge
Thursday, February 25, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
BrandYOU!: Personal Branding & Power Networking Workshop. You will learn to: ~Understanding how to maximize your personal collateral. ~Build your personal brand formula ~Be a power networker Please arrive on time. If you arrive 15 minutes late you will not be able to attend the class. ** This workshop is made possible by the generous contribution of time and expertise by a CBP volunteer. Please respect our volunteer's time by arriving on time. If you are unable to attend the class, please notify us promptly. Refunds will be made in accordance with our published cancellation policy. ** CANCELLATION POLICY: BrandYou Only -Participants whose checks are returned for insufficient funds will be charged a $35 fee. -Participants who have paid for a class and do not cancel at least 2 days in advance, will forfeit their entire payment. -Participants wishing to receive a refund and have cancelled in a timely manner will be charged a 10% administrative fee. This event is held at our center in Springfield - unless noted otherwise. If you need directions, please visit our Website http://www.cbponline.org
Speaker: CHIANTI LOMAX, OPTIMAL LEADERSHIP GROUP, LLC
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, February 25, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Whether you’re just starting your business or you’ve been in business for a while, having a business plan is vital in gauging the success of your business, an important tool to seek financing, or to market your business. At the completion of the two part workshop you will have the knowledge and tools needed to create a business plan. This seminar will be offered in two sessions on the third and fourth Thursdays of each month. Please plan to attend both sessions. You only need to submit one registration form and one fee for both session dates.
Speaker: Joy Corprew
Fee: $ 60.00
Monday, February 29, 2016 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Monday, March 07
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Whether you are a new or established business, if you are a new or inexperienced QB user and planning to use the desktop version of QuickBooks, this 8-hour hands-on class will help you gain full benefit from this powerful accounting program. We’ll cover: *all QuickBooks functions, menus, navigation, and help screens *the chart of accounts, customer and vendor lists, forms, and registers *reporting options, including customizing, filtering, and downloading reports to Excel. And you’ll practice: *bank and credit card reconciliations *sales of products and services *entering and paying bills *recording fixed assets and bank loans You’ll also receive the QuickBooks 2015/2016 Student Guide for use during and after class. We offer this workshop in 2 parts to allow you time to process the information and even practice a bit back in your office. We start with 4 hours (1:00-5:00 PM) on Monday, February 29th and conclude with 4 hours (1:00-5:00 PM) on Monday, March 7th. The course is taught assuming participants have a basic understanding of bookkeeping terms and practices; see our Keeping the Books workshops if you need this fundamental training. The class is taught by Henry Reeves, CPA, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, JMU Professor of Accounting, SBDC Certified Business Advisor, and founder of QB Financials, LLC. To register for this course, go to the following website: http://www.centralvirginia.org/events/quickbooks-desktop-for-beginners-two-part-course.
Speaker: Henry Reeves
Fee: $ 169.00

March

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Are You Ready to Start a Small Business? Speaker: Pat Hood The participant will learn about being ready to start a small business: 1. Introduction to program, partners, & area officials 2. Local information guide 3. Necessary traits for entrepreneurship 4. Developing a mission statement & vision
Speaker: Pat Hood, Director of Crater SBDC
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
To register for this event, go to the following website: http://www.centralvirginia.org/events/rio29-marketing-initiatives
Speaker: Betty Hoge
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
To register for this event, please go to the following website: http://www.centralvirginia.org/events/rio29-marketing-initiatives-2
Speaker: Betty Hoge
Thursday, March 03, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
Hiring your 1st (2nd or 3rd) employee can be exciting and challenging. Are you ready? Do you know how to recruit top quality candidates? Do you have an HR plan that encourages them to stay? This class is taught by local recruiting and human resources experts. Please arrive on time. If you arrive 15 minutes late you will not be able to attend the class. To attend the next class e-mail Sheina@cbponline.org ** This workshop is made possible by the generous contribution of time and expertise by a CBP volunteer. Please respect our volunteer's time by arriving on time. If you are unable to attend the class, please notify us promptly. Refunds will be made in accordance with our published cancellation policy. ** CANCELLATION POLICY: *Please review carefully for our cancellation policy has changed as of January 1, 2016. -Participants whose checks are returned for insufficient funds will be charged a $35 fee. -Participants who have paid for a class and do not cancel at least 24 hours in advance, will forfeit their entire payment. -Participants wishing to receive a refund and have cancelled in a timely manner will be charged a 10% administrative fee. This event is held at our center in Springfield - unless noted otherwise. If you need directions, please visit our Website http://www.cbponline.org
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, March 03, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
Project Management - Mastering the Business of the People in Your Business: This is the eighth seminar in a series of seminars on how to master the business of the people in your business. This workshop is an introduction to project management, and highlights the primary functions and principles of project management, as well as provides an understanding and some basic insights. Upon completing the class, you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a professional business counselor in our office. For questions, please call the SBDC at 540-831-6056. Fee: No Charge. RU PARKING PERMIT IS REQUIRED (ISSUED TO ATTENDEES UPON ARRIVAL). PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Speaker: Robin Weeks, Leadership coach and founder of My Pivotal Point. She is co-founder of A New Start-Up as well as a personality expert and small business counselor.
Monday, March 07, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
To register for this seminar, please go to the following website: http://www.centralvirginia.org/events/louisa-business-bursts-hiring-workers-for-your-business
Speaker: Betty Hoge
Fee: $ 20.00
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