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VetBizLadyStart Program

Virtual

Penetrating the government contracting industry can be a challenge, but women veterans have the experience and leadership it takes—they just need a place to start. To help women who are transitioning out of military service into business ownership, several regional partners have collaborated to create a free, 14-week training program. This program will provide the information, tools and connections needed to start a small business and position it for success with federal contracting opportunities. Successful women contractors will serve as training experts, teaching participants about a variety of business topics, such as products and services, pricing, processes, funding and marketing. Classes begin on September 20 and meet weekly for virtual instruction plus additional networking and mentoring opportunities. Hurry! Class size is limited and participants must register by September 13. 

BYOB speaker series

ODU Strome Entrepreneurial Center 4821 W 49th St, Norfolk, VA

The BYOB speaker series is focused on providing insights and [...]

Free

Setting up Backups Workshop – Protect Your Critical Information Series

Virtual

Do you regularly backup your data? If you answered NO or if you are unsure then your business is vulnerable to cyber attacks. Virginia SBDC Cybersecurity advisor, Tom Stamulis, will show you how to implement the processes and techniques in a how-to workshop to help protect your critical information. This workshop will cover: Backup solutions for both Mac and PC Using external and cloud solutions Backing up Office 365 How to automate your backups Each 45-minute workshop is limited to 15 people. This workshop is set up for small group interaction and discussion. To protect the sensitivity of the information shared, these sessions will not be recorded.

How to Generate Leads Using Digital Marketing Tools

Virtual – Zoom

Turning online activity into sales can boost your revenue and profits. In this roundtable event you will hear from other local business owners about how they use digital media to grow their business. They'll share what tools and process helped them increase the number of prospects in their sales funnel. This live session will cover: What B2B techniques work to attract large enterprise buyers How B2C, social selling and influencers can increase retail sales How to use a customer relationship management system and curated content to merge lead generation and in person prospecting How to use paid social media for special event marketing. Join our panel of SBDC advisors and clients to learn how you can leverage these same tools to drive growth and profitability in your own business.

AT&T Women in Power Business Expo

Gather Newport News 654 Hofstadter Road, Newport News, VA

The Women in Business Expo is Back with a new [...]

Free

Encryption Workshop – Protect Your Critical Information Series

Virtual

Do you encrypt your data? If you answered NO or if you are unsure then your business is vulnerable to cyber attacks. Virginia SBDC Cybersecurity advisor, Tom Stamulis, will show you how to implement the processes and techniques in a how-to workshop to help protect your critical information. This workshop will cover: * Encryption solutions for both Mac and PC * Benefits of encrypting critical information Each 45-minute workshop is limited to 15 people. This workshop is set up for small group interaction and discussion. To protect the sensitivity of the information shared, these sessions will not be recorded.

Attracting, Retaining and Reskilling Talent

Virtual

FINDING AND KEEPING THE TALENT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED ‘Attract, Develop, and Retain Quality Employees’ is the mantra of successful CEOs and HR people across the US. Small business often has difficulty in each step of this process. This webinar will help you design an effective hiring process that is easy to use and results in better applicants and smarter selection tactics. Whether your area is dealing with low unemployment or you have not been able to find the right skills, it offers tips and tactics to succeed. We will cover ways to enhance your current employees’ knowledge and skills as well as to offer re-skilling to address new needs. Retention is a product of hiring the right people up front, then providing them with the coaching and development to succeed and grow. We will cover all of this plus some basic information for those considering allowing remote or hybrid work options. Along with other resources, a link to free “The Small Employers Guide to Effective Hiring” will be included.

Dept. of Defense SBIR/STTR “Tips Before you Submit” WEBINAR

Virtual

This special 1.5 hour webinar is designed to help those who are planning a submission an upcoming Dept. of Defense SBIR/STTR deadline. The next DOD SBIR & STTR BAA's open on Aug. 25, will begin accepting proposals on Sept. 21, and closes Oct. 21. This session will briefly cover the key elements of a DOD SBIR/STTR that make the proposal most competitive, followed by plenty of time for Q&A with the instructor! This session is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Instructors: TechOpp Consulting COST: Free for Virginia based small tech firms $35 for all others

VPN Setup

Virtual

Do you use VPN for remote workers? If you answered NO or if you are unsure then your business is vulnerable to cyber attacks. Virginia SBDC Cybersecurity advisor, Tom Stamulis, will show you how to implement the processes and techniques in a how-to workshop to help protect your critical information. This workshop will cover: Dangers of Open Wifi How a VPN works How to set up a VPN Commercial VPN options Each 45-minute workshop is limited to 15 people. This workshop is set up for small group interaction and discussion. To protect the sensitivity of the information shared, these sessions will not be recorded.

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