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June 2021

A Guide for Retail Renewal

June 30 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Virginia is reopening in Summer 2021 and retail has changed. Marc Willson of the Virginia SBDC is presenting a Guide for Retail Renewal webinar to share: Current retail trends since COVID Customer expectations of the retail experience New opportunities and challenges to maximize for success Tips for developing and executing a renewed business strategy Registration - https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=900410040  

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July 2021

Managing Your WordPress Website

July 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us and learn how to create and/or better manage your WordPress website! Are you looking for a simple, yet effective website to use for your business?  WordPress might be a good option!  In this workshop, we’ll cover “the basics” on creating and updating a WordPress site, including: * User management * Page creation and editing * Image and video uploads * Plugin management * Linking to social media  Instructor:  Cameron Nelson, Chief Digital Advisor, Virginia SBDC and CV SBDC…

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Federal Government Contracting 101

July 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Are you interested in Federal Government Contracting? Join us and learn strategies and tips for securing federal business. Join Lisa Wood, Director of the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), for this informative presentation - a "must" for those who are considering the Federal Government contracting market and want to learn how to prepare for/navigate this huge potential market.  This "beginners" class offers tips and tricks on how to win Federal business. Lisa Wood is the Statewide Director of the Virginia…

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Securing Your WordPress Website

July 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Creating your website with WordPress can be exciting but also overwhelming. Once you have built your site, you need to secure it. Hackers like to take advantage of inexperienced users and new websites to get access to your sensitive information. Most security breaches can be prevented if your site is up to date. Virginia SBDC Cybersecurity Advisor, Tom Stamulis, will share essential security practices and tips on how to keep your plugins up to date and your site secure. Registration:…

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Marketing Monday: Pivoting to e-Commerce Sales

July 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

If you're interested in pivoting more of your efforts to ONLINE SALES, join us during lunch and learn: The variety of websites available, the possibilities for upgrading yours to better accommodate online sales and the estimated costs to accomplish this! The various e-commerce platforms available and how to select the best based on your specific business needs. How to setup and manage your online storefront or service portal and how to use data and marketing to maximize returns. Register Here

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Reach Customers Online with Google

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn how your business can be found online with Google. This workshop explains how Google Search works and how you can improve a website's visibility with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The session also introduces products like Google My Business, Google Trends, Search Console, Google Analytics, Google Ads, and more. In this workshop we’ll discuss best practices for: Improving your website’s visibility in Google’s organic search results, on all devices; Creating a free Google My Business listing; Advertising your business on…

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Fundamental Cybersecurity: Protecting your Business and Information

July 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Virginia SBDC Cybersecurity Advisor, Tom Stamulis, will discuss current threats impacting small businesses and the risks that could impact the operations of your business.  He will introduce fundamental cybersecurity controls, which are in alignment with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model (CMM) developed by the Department of Defense. He will provide instructions on how every small business can implement these controls using the people, processes, and technology they have in place.  Registration: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900410049

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Cyber Awareness Training for Your Business

July 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Cybersecurity awareness is essential for all businesses regardless of size. Your employees are the first line of defense in protecting your digital information and your business from hackers. This training will focus on the latest online threats such as phishing, malware, and ransomware. During this session the Virginia SBDC Cybersecurity Advisor, Tom Stamulis, will provide an overview of the latest threats along with tips that every employee can use to protect your network. Registration: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900410047

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August 2021

Create Virginia: Writer Kevin Roose Keynote on DIGITAL OWNERSHIP AND NFTS

August 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Presented on Zoom, NYT Technology Journalist Kevin Roose will be talking to us about Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs). NFTs are a hot new thing that artists need to be aware of and understand, as they are a kind of digital signature and ownership on a work. Register Here

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