Lin Hite, Longwood SBDC Regional Director
If you want to increase sales for your startup or existing small business, this is the seminar for you! Small town retail is being threatened by discount stores, shopping centers and online shopping. We will be discussing a number of ways to grow your customer base.
Some of the topics will be:
· Ways to Market Your Small Business
· The Customer Service Skills That Matter
· How to Get Better at Selling in Retail
· Event Ideas That Attract Customers
September 16, 2021
BUILDING THE FOUNDATION
For Your New Business
Michael Scales, Longwood SBDC Business Analyst
Some of the most popular reasons to start a business include-having a unique business idea, designing a career that has the flexibility to grow with you, working toward financial independence, and investing in yourself.
Prepare to start a successful business:
· Evaluate your entrepreneurial abilities
· Marketing strategies
· Financial resources
· Legal form of organization
· Tips to prepare & present your business plan
· Cybersecurity Tips
Not every small business is positioned for success, so you may be in for a real challenge when you decide to take the plunge, ditch your day job, and become a business owner. The stage is often set in the beginning, so make sure you start with a strong foundation.
September 21, 2021
GUIDE TO RETAIL RENEWAL
Marc Willson, VSBDC Retail Consultant
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
September 28, 2021
Brandon Hennessey, Longwood SBDC
Director of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
What if you could spend all your time doing what you love? Or finally stop talking about that idea you’ve had and start moving toward actually doing it? The CO.STARTERS Get Started Workshop is here to help. Whether just getting started, stuck on a particular issue, or in need of a refresher, this workshop will provide the jumpstart needed to get you moving.
This workshop is INTERACTIVE and you will be required to complete your participant workbook, participate in interactive activities, and keep your video ON during the workshop.
· Evaluate your entrepreneurial abilities and assumptions
· Explore your idea through the CO.STARTERS Canvas
· Refine your model through customer engagement
· Defining and Taking Next Steps
During this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to understand what’s driving you, to explore your idea through the CO.STARTERS Canvas, and refine your model by learning ways to get meaningful customer feedback and start pursuing your idea today.
September 30, 2021
me to refill your cup and ZOOM with us to build connections with other entrepreneurs and learn about our featured resource!
Join us for the SOVA Entrepreneur Meetup on September 1 at 9am. This week, we’ll learn about our featured resource, Black BRAND, from Crystal Cobbs.
Crystal is the President of Black BRAND Dan River Region, a 501c3 organization focused on Business, Research, Analytics, Networking, and Development.
Black BRAND is the Black Chamber of Commerce for Virginia’s Hampton Roads and Dan River Regions. Their mission is to promote group economics through professional development and community empowerment.
On September 1, take time to refill your cup and ZOOM with us to build connections with other entrepreneurs and learn about our featured resource!