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Is Owning a Small Business Right For You?

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Come explore the realities of starting a business and access your readiness to start a business. At the end of the class, entrepreneurs will: (1) Discern between the myths and realities of small business ownership; (2) Start a self-assessment to determine their readiness to become a small business owner; (3) Gain insight about their readiness to start to a business; (4) Learn the various types of business; and (5) Develop a checklist to apply for a bank loan.

Brew N Business

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Join us for a cup of coffee, networking, and brainstorming.  This monthly meeting is at 7:30AM on the first Friday of the month at Woodstock Cafe in Woodstock.  One business each month will share a problatunity (problem opportunity) and the group will brainstorm potential solutions.  You may have the same question as the business presenting AND chances are you will also take away a great idea you can use!  

Agribusiness HR Challenges

In addition to running an agricultural business, you are expected to deal with human resource issues and the increasing responsibilities that places on front-line managers. In this class, you will discuss current issues in the human resources field and the changing role of managers regarding legal landmines, sexual harassment, workplace diversity and managing a seasonal workforce. Gain knowledge, techniques and strategies for strong recruitment by selecting the best candidates through the behavioral interview process. Come learn about key HR issues to help attract, retain and protect your most valuable asset – your people! Class resources included.

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Quickbooks Desktop Version

Learn to manage the financial aspects of your business quickly and efficiently with this powerful accounting software program. QuickBooks is designed especially for the small- to-mid sized business owner who needs a fully functional accounting system that’s also easy to use. In this class, you will gain hands-on experience as you master the tools you need set up a chart of accounts; reconcile your checking account; create and print invoices, receipts, and statements; track your payables, inventory, and receivables; create estimates; and generate reports. Whether you’re new to QuickBooks or have already used earlier versions of this accounting software program, this course will empower you to take control of the financial accounting for your business. Should currently be using the following: QuickBooks® Pro, Premier or Enterprise.

Please note this class runs 9/11/17 to 9/13/17 from 8AM-12PM each day.

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Banking for Small Business

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“Banking for Small Business” will discuss banking products and services available to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, including business checking, merchant services, business loans and cash management services. This class also explains how to select the best banking products and services for their business. Guest instructors from the banking industry, Tommy Mutter and Billy Whirley.

At the end of the class, entrepreneurs will:
• Gain a solid understanding of the banking products and services available to small business owners
• Understand the importance of building effective long-term relationships with a banker or lender
• Recognize the role of a personal credit score in the lending process 


Marketing Made Easy

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If you’re like most small businesses, you have a very tight marketing budget.  The 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever.  Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available.  Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques.  Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar. Tips on effective press releases will also be shared.  

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Meet your presenter:

Dale Maza is a marketing and product development professional with over 30 years experience.  He has worked with national and international companies helping them initiate their marketing and product direction.  Through the years, Dale has developed a portfolio of successful products and services. 


Dale is currently a SBDC Marketing Counselor with the Lord Fairfax Development Center.  His knowledge of looking at and understanding the total business gives him a unique understanding that can help any business succeed. 

This seminar will be held  at

Berryville-Clarke County Government Center Government center at 101 Chalmers Court, AB Meeting Room on Second Floor

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Business Insurance for Small Business



Every small business owner should review their policies once a year.  This class is for companies in all stages of business development, especially those who do not yet have insurance or find some insurance terms and concepts to be confusing. Special guest instructors from the Insurance field Brian Wilkins and Drew Forte.
In this class entrepreneurs will
–         Recognize the importance of small business insurance
–         Understand the full range of insurance products and services
–             Required coverage
–          Other coverage


Small Business Recordkeeping, Structure, & Taxes

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The class is intended for any small business owner that needs help keeping their company financially stable. The financial management training will introduce record-keeping techniques to help small business owners uncomplicate their lives. Topics covered will include financial statements and business terminology; cash flow management tips; and how to manage accounts receivable and accounts payable. A successful business rests on sound record-keeping practices and solid cash flow. Without good records it is impossible to determine the financial condition or profitability of a business. Special guest instructor CPA, Michael Callahan 

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Build A Website

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Having a website is crucial in today’s electronic world. This workshop will teach you website hosting options, show you simple, practical steps to create your website, and features you must have on your website. This is a presentation – you do not need to bring a computer. Please call 540-868-7093 for more information. Taught by Darrell Andrews, LFCC Website Design Professor.

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