October 2019 | GoStaffordVa.com
Virginia Art-Business Conference
November 7-9
The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists is excited to announce that it will be hosting a three day Art-Business Conference in Stafford, Virginia. The program will kick off with a Thriving Art Exchange and ask the question: "How can we foster collaboration to build a vibrant, creative, and entrepreneurial community in Stafford and Rappahannock region?". All business, community, and creative leaders are encouraged to attend.  Please mark your calendars; we hope that you can attend.

The Stafford County Department of Economic Development and Tourism is a sponsor of this event. The event will be facilitated by Shem Cohen, who is presenting on behalf of The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists.  The nonprofit organization is dedicated to equipping artists with the business tools to become thriving entrepreneurs, while addressing the health and transparency of the industry as a whole.

This inaugural conference is for working artists and artisans and related stakeholders. Topics include setting a viable business objective and action plan, honing a brand story, understanding sales channels and effective pricing, developing sales strategies, and building a dynamic peer network.  MORE>>
What's Next? Stafford. - A message from John Holden
The Virginia Arts Business Conference organized by the Clark Hulings Foundation is one example of our revived focus on fostering entrepreneurship.  This event is focused on arts as business.  It also allows us to celebrate Virginian artists and encourage their business growth.
You may know that I am passionate about innovation and creativity-the driving forces of entrepreneurship.  Let me also remind you that entrepreneurship is not just about "start-ups," it is a critical component of any growing business.
We are exploring other opportunities to foster innovation and creativity-and thus entrepreneurship across Stafford in the coming year around cyber and related technologies.
Our efforts will dovetail with the expanded programs at UMW Stafford around cyber security workforce development (below).  Along with our existing cyber business community, the new American Cyber League, and Germanna Community College's Cyber degree programs, we are exploring opportunities to foster new innovations and entrepreneurship around Cyber and related technologies-stay tuned for What's Next.

Veterans Business Bootcamp Recap
Over 25 guests attended the Veterans Business Bootcamp's bi-annual workshop at UMW Stafford Campus this past month. This five hour program provides an intensive overview of the critical first steps of the new veteran entrepreneur. Multiple experts in business, finance, and law outlined the transition into business ownership.  Read more >>
Prepare for cybersecurity certification locally with the University of Mary Washington
Registration is now open for a non-credit certification program for professionals seeking to earn the sought-after Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP) credential. The University of Mary Washington, in partnership with GO Virginia, the Stafford County EDA and other area local government and educational organizations, is offering a 12-week, in-person course that is enhanced by targeted local study groups and additional online prep. The CISSP is for cybersecurity professionals with at least five years' experience in their field.  Read more >>
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Office Space For Lease 
39 Tech Pkwy
Stafford, VA 22556 
- 45,000 SF building with contiguous spaces from 5,297 RSF to 20,670 RSF
- Class A finished, design and construction
-   Well parked at 4.5/1000
-  Turnkey lease rates
Business Training Opportunities 
Payroll Processing
University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center
October 29, 10am - 12 noon

Seminar hosted by UMW Center for Economic Development. This session will give you a good understanding of payroll processing requirements and how to manage your payroll, from hiring to full compliance.
Germanna Community College
Start Date: November 6
Having a presence on social media is an integral part of marketing your business.  Your customers are already on Facebook and your business should be there too!  However, simply having a Facebook presence is only the beginning.  In this class, you will learn how to create and customize your business Facebook page, build your valuable readership, sell your "likeability", leverage your business, and engage readers. 
Start Date:  November 5
This course will teach students about various contract changes involving federal contracts and how they impact their bottom line as federal contractors. Students will be able to identify in scope and out of scope contract changes and different remedies that are available to federal contractors. 
Communicate for Decisive Impact
Germanna Community College
Start date:  November 7  
Do you have a story to tell? What kind of story - Business? Research? A new project proposal? Who is the recipient of that story? Explain or report actions taken? Do you need to either establish or enhance a current communication effort to better influence or inform a specific audience? This class introduces the student to basic communication planning and engagement considerations; discusses attributes of shaping an effective outreach and engagement program; reviews the distinctions between the target audience, stakeholders, influencers, advocates and antagonists and ideas on how to approach and engage each group; and discusses proactive versus reactive communication processes. 
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P.O. Box 339
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