BUSINESS EDUCATION
SERIES

Are you looking for efficient and affordable opportunities to sharpen your skill set and learn new ways to grow your business?
 
The Chamber's Business Education Series is designed to do both. Whether you are a small, medium or large organization, join us for workshops led by Chamber members sharing their areas on expertise and knowledge. 

Business Education workshops are complimentary for current Chamber members and $15 for future members.

If you are interested in leading a workshop, apply here.
THANK YOU TO OUR SERIES SPONSORS



UPCOMING  WORKSHOPS 
Delivering Presentations that WOW!
Wednesday, April 11
8:30 - 10:00 am
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

Everyone has to speak. Whether one is back room or front office, effectively delivering the message you want to get across is an everyday challenge. In this workshop you will learn to cope with sweaty palms, the dry throat, and the "I can't do this" panic that many times confronts even the best of presenters. In this session, we'll build on the speech writing techniques outlined in Lori Muhlstein's earlier class. Each participant will deliver in this class a captivating speech about their business and/or profession. Each will then be critiqued, allowing all to grow to a new level of presentation comfort and excellence. You will leave this class with tips that will improve your next presentation, and as a bonus, knowing a great deal more about all of your fellow Chamber colleagues!

Chuck Thornton is a speaker and marketer who has spoken before numerous groups, large and small. He has been an instructor of public speaking at Shenandoah University in Winchester and his wit, style and assessments will allow you to acquire tips to improve your public speaking. Come, let us hear you!   Learn More or  Register
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Setting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Business Success
Wednesday, April 25
8:30 - 10:00 am
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

Mary Polsley Williams of The Alternative Board will present why Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are important to growing and improving your overall business.  You will learn how to:
  1. Determine your KPIs
  2. Set Standards for your KPIs
  3. Measure Your KPIs
  4. Use KPIs to improve your overall Business
Takeaways from this session:
  1. Some KPIs you can start using right away in your business
  2. Some ideas on how to determine and measure additional KPIs

Learn More   or  Register

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Hitting the Brakes on Healthcare Spending
Wednesday, May 9
8:30 - 10:00 am
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

MaryEllen Elie, Regional Market Lead (MD, DC, VA) for Interactive Health Inc. and member of the Healthy Workplaces Committee, will present on  how wellness programs can drive your business forward by minimizing the rising tide of healthcare cost.

Over 50% of the U.S. population is living with serious chronic conditions including diabetes, heart disease and depression.

The solution: intervention and prevention through a well-designed wellness program. 
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Transforming Office IT in 2018 - Necessary Infrastructure and Budget to Help You, Not Burn You
Wednesday, May 23
8:30 - 10:00 am
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

Mike Jennings, CEO of BEI, will help members and guests understand their IT Operational Maturity Level (OML) and discuss how successful small and medium businesses leverage their technology investment to attain business goals.  Taking into account your organization size and budget, he will share his guidance on what you can do, what you should do and what you absolutely need to do.  Mike will help you understand which areas to prioritize when developing an IT budget; must haves vs nice-to-haves.   Learn More or  Register

Call for Speakers - Show Yourself Off! 

The Business Education Committee is seeking Chamber members to present one of our Wednesday morning workshops during 2018. It's a great opportunity to share your expertise and help other Chamber members.

Our 2018 theme is "Learn to Grow Your Business." Below is a list of suggested topics to get your wheels turning; however, we welcome other topics that fit the theme. If you're interested, please complete the Speaker Application found on the Business Education Series web page.  If you have questions, please contact Ashleigh Dorfman, Events and Development Director at 703.707.9045.
 
Suggested Topics for 2018's "Learn to Grow Your Business" Series
1.       Planning for the Year Ahead
2.       Being Productive as a Business Owner
3.       Executing Great Sales and Marketing
4.       Essential Metrics for Your Business
5.       The Value of Customer Segmentation
6.       Talking About the Benefits of Your Product/Services
7.       Digital/On-line/Social Media Marketing for Your Business
8.       Adding Technology That Will Grow Your Business
9.       Being the Leader of Your Company
10.     Effective Selling



The mission of the Business Education Committee is to establish the vision and coordinate the delivery of a dynamic series of continuing educational workshops to Chamber members and the community for practical application in the growth and success of their businesses.


Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

1886 Metro Center Drive, Suite 230, Reston, Virginia 20190 

T: 703.707.9045 | E: communications@restonchamber.org