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The Virginia SBDC Network is the largest provider of counseling, training and business resources for small businesses in the Commonwealth. Our mission is to grow Virginia's economy through small business success.

The Virginia SBDC is an organization of 29 local SBDC offices across Virginia providing professional business counseling, training, and business resources to help grow and strengthen Virginia businesses. Thousands of business owners and managers received one-on-one counseling every year, and twice as many business owners attended a training program offered by a local SBDC. SBDC professionals assis

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5 ways to support small businesses this holiday shopping season 10/12/2021

5 ways to support small businesses this holiday shopping season

Small businesses long have been the heart and soul of local communities. There is something to be said about being on a first-name basis with a local restaurateur or another small business owner, as such familiarity often translates into exemplary service.

However, fewer than 80% of entrepreneurial small business ventures make it beyond their first year, and only around half make it beyond five years.

Consumers who want to help their favorite small businesses survive can use the holiday season and beyond to set the course for success. Consumers can make a concerted effort to fuel this important cog in their local economic engines.

Read More: https://www.nvdaily.com/nvdaily/5-ways-to-support-small-businesses-this-holiday-shopping-season/article_c5eeca97-f872-5f48-b2f9-8f1f7b33694e.html

5 ways to support small businesses this holiday shopping season Small businesses long have been the heart and soul of local communities. There is something to be said about being on a first-name basis with a local restaurateur or another

Virginia Wine Month | Virginia Wine 10/12/2021

Virginia Wine Month | Virginia Wine

October is Virginia Wine Month. Pick a vineyard or a weekend. Plot out the perfect itinerary or follow wherever the road takes you to explore the shifting landscape and extraordinary wines of Virginia.

Read More: https://loom.ly/qIsoe4g

#VAWineMonth

Virginia Wine Month | Virginia Wine A hint of a chill enlivens the air. The foliage bursts with brilliant color. And glasses everywhere are raised to celebrate the harvest. The perfect backdrop for a new adventure.

Why CDFIs are a Powerful Impact Investment 10/12/2021

Why CDFIs are a Powerful Impact Investment

Why CDFIs are a Powerful Impact Investment Think it’s a myth that you can make a societal impact while generating a financial return? Impact investing doesn’t have to be about trading a financial loss for a social gain. In fact, it can be an effective strategy to improve the stability of your portfolio while supporting local communities ...

10/12/2021

Cybersecurity Awareness Livestreams

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

10/12/2021

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

Join us for our Cybersecurity Livestream today at 12:30 PM EST. Only on Facebook.

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Testimonies of Excellence & Pride (Excelencia y Orgullo) 10/12/2021

Testimonies of Excellence & Pride (Excelencia y Orgullo)

From the U.S. Small Business Administration: This week: Celebrate National #HispanicHeritageMonth with us on Thursday, October 14!

Meet inspiring entrepreneurs who pivoted. Learn how they overcame challenges and faced this adversity with “grit and ganas (a drive to succeed)”.

▶️ Register here: https://loom.ly/QQRe3mE

Testimonies of Excellence & Pride (Excelencia y Orgullo) Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

FedEx, USPS release deadlines for holiday shipping 10/12/2021

FedEx, USPS release deadlines for holiday shipping

FYI: As the holiday season is just around the corner and supply chain challenges persist, FedEx and U.S. Postal Service customers are being encouraged to place their shipping orders sooner rather than later.

"The busiest time of the season for the Postal Service begins two weeks before Christmas," USPS said in a statement. "It’s expected that customer traffic at all Post Office locations will steadily increase beginning the week of Dec. 6, with the week of Dec. 13-18 anticipated to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week of the season."

Read More: https://loom.ly/SZFZp0Q

FedEx, USPS release deadlines for holiday shipping As the holiday season is just around the corner and supply chain challenges persist, FedEx and U.S. Postal Service customers are being encouraged to place their shipping orders soon rather than later.

10/12/2021

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday!

Made in ALX to Open Holiday Pop-Up Shop in November 10/11/2021

Made in ALX to Open Holiday Pop-Up Shop in November

This holiday season, please consider buying your gifts at local shops! After 2020 and the economic hardships of 2021, our local Main Street shops need all the help we can give them.

Given current supply chain issues, it is time to start planning your holiday gift list. Prepare now.

Shop from local artists, creators and makers in Old Town this fall.

Made in ALX, a collective of more than three dozen Alexandria-based makers, creators and artists, is opening a pop-up shop in Old Town that will be open through the holiday season starting in early November.

Learn More: https://loom.ly/ma6hMVw

Made in ALX to Open Holiday Pop-Up Shop in November Shop from local artists, creators and makers in Old Town this fall.

10/11/2021

One click is all it takes. You can stop cyber incidents by reporting phishing to IT departments and email providers as soon as you see it. #BeCyberSmart

True North Group VI Small Business Development Center

One click is all it takes. You can stop cyber incidents by reporting phishing to IT departments and email providers as soon as you see it. #BeCyberSmart

True North Group VI Small Business Development Center

Timeline Photos 10/11/2021

Virtual testing launched into the forefront with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Long before the advent of the pandemic, the founders of Proctor 360 saw the trend of online testing.

Follow along this week as we highlight how Proctor 360 used the Mason Small Business Development Center.

Read More: https://www.virginiasbdc.org/proctor360/
Website: https://proctor360.com/

Virtual testing launched into the forefront with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Long before the advent of the pandemic, the founders of Proctor 360 saw the trend of online testing.

Follow along this week as we highlight how Proctor 360 used the Mason Small Business Development Center.

Read More: https://www.virginiasbdc.org/proctor360/
Website: https://proctor360.com/

10/11/2021

Quarterly Pitch Practice sessions are coming to Loudoun starting Oct. 27, 2021! Brought to you by the MEC Loudoun, each quarter 3 to 5 companies will have the opportunity to give their 12 min. pitch to a panel of investors and previously funded entrepreneurs. In these Pitch Practices you can get critical feedback for your startup venture--before you go in front of investors and actually ask for their money. Don't go unprepared, take the opportunity to practice here.

An investor pitch is one of the most important skills a founder needs to develop. Get the skills to put your business on a course to success at the MEC- Loudoun's upcoming Pitch Practice session designed for early stage ventures.

Apply by the 10/18 deadline to get valuable, expert feedback on your pitch. Learn more and apply now: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lE4glarecWV6dsoUeyYlEMiuCPeKhijg2a5mnF1euFQ/viewform?edit_requested=true&fbclid=IwAR04ceTQHZQUOC8hcVC8oWfqVO_iqua3hXGY65QPBCJRYJIo1FcPLv8sUCY

10/11/2021

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Do not fall victim to a cyber attack. Be prepared.

Join our #cybersecurityawareness livestream. Every Tuesday at 12:30 PM EST. Only on Facebook.

#cybersecure #smallbusiness #ransomware

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Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!

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Calling all innovators, makers, small business owners, startup founder, and creators!

Are you located in Virginia? Are you an early stage innovative entrepreneur? Then you do not want to miss this upcoming event from the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center.

The Charlottesville Angel Network and the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center have joined forces to help you polish your pitch presentation!

Learn More ▶️ https://loom.ly/Wlxxcdo

Pitch Preview Event: (All from noon – 3pm)

– November 4 – Deadline to apply October 25, midnight

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center - CV SBDC

Calling all innovators, makers, small business owners, startup founder, and creators!

Are you located in Virginia? Are you an early stage innovative entrepreneur? Then you do not want to miss this upcoming event from the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center.

The Charlottesville Angel Network and the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center have joined forces to help you polish your pitch presentation!

Learn More ▶️ https://loom.ly/Wlxxcdo

Pitch Preview Event: (All from noon – 3pm)

– November 4 – Deadline to apply October 25, midnight

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center - CV SBDC

Timeline Photos 10/08/2021

With help from the Central Virginia SBDC, Delany Products was able to survive the COVID-19 Pandemic and bring a new product to market. The Virginia SBDC Network is here to help out businesses of all types, in both the hard and good times.

We cannot wait to see all the great things in store for Delany Products' future.

Read More: https://www.virginiasbdc.org/delany-products/
Delany Website: https://www.delanyproducts.com

Delany Products Central Virginia Small Business Development Center - CV SBDC

With help from the Central Virginia SBDC, Delany Products was able to survive the COVID-19 Pandemic and bring a new product to market. The Virginia SBDC Network is here to help out businesses of all types, in both the hard and good times.

We cannot wait to see all the great things in store for Delany Products' future.

Read More: https://www.virginiasbdc.org/delany-products/
Delany Website: https://www.delanyproducts.com

Delany Products Central Virginia Small Business Development Center - CV SBDC

2021 Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program 10/08/2021

2021 Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

2021 Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program !

Do not miss the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) 2021 Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program on Wednesday, October 13, from 1–4 p.m. ET.

This event is a great chance for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and intellectual property (IP) professionals to learn about resources available to the Hispanic innovation community.

Register early for this special free online event.

Link to register: https://loom.ly/Tmaz6GI

Take this opportunity to:

✅ Hear from a successful inventor about how IP can be a key to your success
✅ Learn about building networks in your community and finding mentors
✅ Discover USPTO resources for inventors and entrepreneurs

United States Patent and Trademark Office #HispanicHeritageMonth

2021 Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program 2021 Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

The great book shortage of 2021, explained 10/08/2021

The great book shortage of 2021, explained

Be prepared for the holidays! Shop Soon.

If there’s a particular book you’ve got your eye on for the holidays, it’s best to order it now. The problems with the supply chain are coming for books, too.

Read More: https://loom.ly/7XnZSUY

#supplychain #smallbusiness #shopsmall #shoplocal

The great book shortage of 2021, explained Demand for books is way up this year. Supplies are way, way down.

10/08/2021
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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

Attracting, Retaining and Reskilling Talent 10/07/2021

Attracting, Retaining and Reskilling Talent

Did you miss the Alexandria Small Business Development Center's latest webinar, Attracting, Retaining and Reskilling Talent?

Luckily it was recorded!

Watch Here: https://loom.ly/c-8p8MU

#HR #Hiring #SmallBiz

Attracting, Retaining and Reskilling Talent ‘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 st...

Timeline Photos 10/07/2021

Join the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for Restaurant Week! Happening October 11-17 to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Restaurant week is a week-long celebration of Latin Cuisine throughout the state of Virginia where locals and tourists alike, can explore the many different types of flavors that make up the diverse world of Latin Cuisine.

How will your restaurant benefit?
1. Restaurant Week is free for restaurants who want to participate
2. Your restaurant will be showcased on www.quepasafestival.com
3. Marketing about Restaurante Week included in our Newsletter, Social Media, & Radio / Newspaper / Magazine

Who can participate?
Any Latino / Hispanic / Latinx Restaurants or Food Trucks in Virginia �

Learn More: www.vahcc.com/restaurante-week

Join the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for Restaurant Week! Happening October 11-17 to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Restaurant week is a week-long celebration of Latin Cuisine throughout the state of Virginia where locals and tourists alike, can explore the many different types of flavors that make up the diverse world of Latin Cuisine.

How will your restaurant benefit?
1. Restaurant Week is free for restaurants who want to participate
2. Your restaurant will be showcased on www.quepasafestival.com
3. Marketing about Restaurante Week included in our Newsletter, Social Media, & Radio / Newspaper / Magazine

Who can participate?
Any Latino / Hispanic / Latinx Restaurants or Food Trucks in Virginia �

Learn More: www.vahcc.com/restaurante-week

Timeline Photos 10/07/2021

[email protected]$w0rds_d0n't_hav3_2_b_th![email protected]!

Seriously, who can remember that? Make your password a passphrase and put it in a password manager!

#BeCyberSmart #CybersecurityAwarenessMonth True North Group

[email protected]$w0rds_d0n't_hav3_2_b_th![email protected]!

Seriously, who can remember that? Make your password a passphrase and put it in a password manager!

#BeCyberSmart #CybersecurityAwarenessMonth True North Group

10/07/2021

There are millions of modern manufacturing jobs coming online in the next decade — opportunities to create, contribute and connect. October is National Manufacturing Month!

Join us in celebrating and raising awareness about the opportunities available in the manufacturing space here in the Commonwealth and throughout the country.

Learn More: creatorswanted.org

National Association of Manufacturers

There are millions of modern manufacturing jobs coming online in the next decade — opportunities to create, contribute and connect. October is National Manufacturing Month!

Join us in celebrating and raising awareness about the opportunities available in the manufacturing space here in the Commonwealth and throughout the country.

Learn More: creatorswanted.org

National Association of Manufacturers

Timeline Photos 10/07/2021

Happy Thursday!

Happy Thursday!

Condé Nast Traveler Names Alexandria a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. in 2021 10/06/2021

Condé Nast Traveler Names Alexandria a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. in 2021

Condé Nast Traveler Names Alexandria a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. in 2021.

More than 800,000 filled out surveys for the magazine's 34th annual Readers' Choice Awards.

Read More: https://loom.ly/cAIbsKE

Condé Nast Traveler Alexandria Living Magazine Virginia is for Lovers Alexandria Small Business Development Center

Condé Nast Traveler Names Alexandria a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. in 2021 More than 800,000 filled out surveys for the magazine's 34th annual Readers' Choice Awards.

Timeline Photos 10/06/2021

Even before the pandemic, Delany Products was looking to fix their business model. Pressure from a globalized marketplace caused Delany to change business models. During the height of COVID-19, Delany started working with the Central Virginia SBDC on a website refresh and an exploration into international markets through the Virginia SBDC's International Business Development Program.

Follow along this week as we highlight how Delany Products reworked their business model for success during COVID-19 and beyond.

Read More: https://www.virginiasbdc.org/delany-products/
Delany Website: www.delanyproducts.com

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center - CV SBDC Delany Products

Even before the pandemic, Delany Products was looking to fix their business model. Pressure from a globalized marketplace caused Delany to change business models. During the height of COVID-19, Delany started working with the Central Virginia SBDC on a website refresh and an exploration into international markets through the Virginia SBDC's International Business Development Program.

Follow along this week as we highlight how Delany Products reworked their business model for success during COVID-19 and beyond.

Read More: https://www.virginiasbdc.org/delany-products/
Delany Website: www.delanyproducts.com

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center - CV SBDC Delany Products

10/06/2021

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

Join us every Tuesday at 12:30 PM EST for our Cybersecurity Livestreams. Do your part, be cyber smart!

VI Small Business Development Center

State/Local Contracting: Using eVA – Central Virginia Small Business Development Center 10/06/2021

State/Local Contracting: Using eVA – Central Virginia Small Business Development Center

Looking to get into Government Contracting but confused on where to start? Join speaker Courtney Mustin and the Central Virginia SBDC to learn the ins and outs of eVA.

October 7 @ 10:30 AM

Topics covered in this workshop:

What is eVA?
How to register for and use eVA
What types of solicitations are posted through eVA?
Live demo and walk through of the eVA website and registration process

Learn More and Register: https://cvsbdc.org/event/state-local-contracting-using-eva/

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center - CV SBDC

State/Local Contracting: Using eVA – Central Virginia Small Business Development Center Virginia’s eProcurement Portal is eVA. Courtney Mustin, Business Services Manager for Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, will teach attendees how to register in eVA and successfully use it to win government customers. This program is a recommended continuation to SWaM ce...

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